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   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 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 town.

 

        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 coffee seems 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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