Coffee Grinders

The earliest method of grinding coffee involved placing it in a bowl and using the blunt end of a stick to crush it along the sides and bottom of the bowl. This process was time consuming and messy. It was also a lot of hard work! Others without much patience simply smashed the coffee with a hammer.

These methods were replaced by a mechanical grinder. This became popular because most people already used a mechanical grinder for their spices.  The coffee was placed between two disks, one stationary and the other a moving disc. The moving of the disks resulted in the grinding. This process is also known as milling. The milling style coffee grinder is now available in many colors with many features. The price varies on the brand and the features you choose. Generally they are between $50 and $200.

Coffee grinders began being used commercially in the 1800’s. This was helpful for events with large groups of people who wanted coffee, such as Church gatherings or fairs. Coffee grinders were also used commercially in the coffee houses that seemed to be sprouting up on every corner in town. These grinders were adjustable to make the size of the coffee grounds whatever was best for the style of coffee desired. The grinding blades could be brought closer together or further apart by tightening or loosening a screw. The innovation of the wall mount happened around this time as well. While this seems like a small thing, the grinder no longer had to be held in your hand while you ground it, which relieved a lot of the effort required to grind, as well as the potential for making a mess.

More facts about coffee were discovered as more and more coffee was milled. For example, the more friction that took place while grinding, the hotter the coffee bean would get. This changed the flavor of the coffee. And if the coffee grounds were uniform in size, brewing was easier. The finder the grind, the more flavor the coffee had. To make all this happen, grinding coffee by hand was replaced by a machine doing the work with the machine controlled by a person. This allowed the distributor to process the coffee it sold the same way every time.

This machine process led to big coffee plants producing large amounts of coffee. It was the beginning of tin cans of coffee being marketed. Ironically, the machines that were invented to make the coffee all taste the same began to change. This is because now the demand began for coffee that tasted different! People wanted a variety to choose from.

Some people still like to grind their own coffee. They know just how to make it to their liking. Most of us prefer to purchase our coffee already ground. There are many grocery stores that offer the choice of purchasing coffee beans, then grinding them in an electric machine right there in the store. No matter which way you enjoy your coffee, it all seems to start with the grinding process.


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Try A Thermal Coffee Machine For Your Home

Try A Thermal Coffee Machine For Your Home

For many of us, coffee is an essential part of the day.  A day without coffee is a bad day and a day without good coffee is just not the same, so your choice of home coffeemakers is important. You need to learn about and then select from the assortment of coffee makers to find the best one for your home.  May coffee lovers advise that you choose a thermal coffee machine for your kitchen.  If a thermal coffeemaker is your choice as well, you should make sure to check out the ratings on them before you buy.  Then you will know the best price for your machine and what features you want to purchase before you buy.

Of course, thermal coffeemakers are not the only option on the market in terms of brewing machines.  You can still get an old-fashioned drip machine or even a French cold press.  If you want something more newfangled, you can try the pod machines that shoot steaming water through a coffee-filled pad like coffee is make in a European coffee house.  You might also buy an home espresso maker if you are a real connoisseur.  Just make sure to search online for ratings and comparisons on any type of machine before you buy.

Thermal coffeemakers might win you over, though, because these keep your coffee hot for hours at a time.  You can preserve your coffee’s flavor and keep it from burning while it still stays warm and ready for you.  You can get a small one-cup-at-a-time thermal coffeemaker or a large thermal coffeemaker that holds 8-10 cups of coffee at a time, great for a large family or for your office.  Usually the carafes are made from stainless steel.  If they are double-walled then they can operate alone or together.  The double-wall carafe will keep your coffee tasting great at the perfect temperature all day long.

Some  thermal coffeemakers have 24-hour digital timers that you can program.  They may have other features like easy to change filters, auto shutoff, and gold or platinum permanent filters.  You can buy one that allows you to pour your coffee even if the whole thing isn’t done brewing.  You can also buy them with different color lids on the carafes so you can remind your office if the coffee is regular or decaf.

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Coffee-maker Basics

Coffee-maker Basics

The first thing many people do when they wake up in the morning is to fire up the old coffee maker. Most models today are very easy to use, all you need is a filter, some coffee, and running water. Hit the button and you can have a pot of steaming hot coffee in just a few minutes. Today, almost every home has a coffee maker of some type in the kitchen.

There are many variations on the coffee maker. The basic model is nothing special, it brews you a cup of coffee and that’s it. However, some advanced models offer much more. Many brands of coffee makers offer automatic shutoff mechanisms. That means that if you leave your coffee maker on for an extended period of time, or forget to turn it off before you leave the house, the machine will shut off automatically after a while. This automatic shutoff mechanism is designed to prevent the coffee maker from burning the coffee or even starting a fire if left for too long.

Then, there are  more advanced versions of the coffee maker that offer more features. Some advanced models sport timers, which are great for ensuring that you have a pot of steaming coffee ready before you even wake up in the morning. Prepare all of the ingredients, set the timer the night before, and when you wake up your coffee will already be made. You can shave ten to fifteen minutes off your morning prep time just by having a timer on your coffee maker.

In the early days of coffee drinking in the West, coffee was a special treat, consumed in special coffee shops. But people can now enjoy all the coffee they want in the comfort of their own homes. Some people probably thought that with more and more coffee shops opening up, coffee makers at home would disappear. However, even though coffee shops are springing up everywhere and are more popular than ever, it will probably be a long time before people throw out their coffee makers.

That is especially true with the arrival on the scene of specialty coffeemakers that make individual cups for instantly fresh coffee, and even home custom coffee roasters and home coffeemakers that grind the beans, brew the coffee, and keep it warm for you.

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