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.
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 mechanical grinders.
They became popular because most people already used a
mechanical grinder for their spices.
The coffee is
placed between two disks. One stationary, the other a
moving disc. The moving disks
grind the coffee beans between them. This process is also known as milling.
Another type is the spinning blade grinder. The beans are placed in
a compartment and are chopped up by a spinning blade.
The spinning blades keep on chopping until the desired
grind is achieved, heating and possibly destroying some
of the flavor.
Coffee grinders started to be used commercially
in the 1800ís. This was helpful for events with large
groups of people who wanted coffee. Coffee
grinders were also used commercially in the coffee
houses that seemed to be sprouting up on every corner of
These grinders were adjustable to
make the size of the coffee whatever you wanted. 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,
too. While is seems like a small thing, the grinder no
longer had to be held in your hand while you ground it.
Experience gained about coffee during this
milling process led to creating a better grind. The more friction that took place while
grinding, the hotter the coffee bean would get. This
changed the flavor of the coffee. If the ground coffee
was uniform in size, brewing was easier. The finer 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. This allowed the coffee merchant
or 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. The demand
began for coffee that tasted different! People wanted a
variety to choose from. The mechanization of coffee
grinders made this possible.
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, really good
to start with the grinding process
Follow the advice in this website and you'll have your friends and family
eagerly responding to your next call of
"Anyone for Coffee?"
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a cultural standpoint, coffeehouses largely serve as
centers of social interaction: the coffeehouse provides
social members with a place to congregate, talk, write,
read, entertain one another, or pass the time, whether
individually or in small groups.