One of my Christmas gifts this year was a hand coffee grinder. This is a great little device for grinding coffee beans by hand.
Why bother when I have an electric grinder? Because from time to time I like to actually pay attention when I make coffee. Instead of being a process that is automated and rushed, making coffee becomes something I focus on, pay attention to, and enjoy. I can feel the beans being crushed as I turn the handle. The experience becomes real and physical…something I am doing, rather than something I get done by a machine.
Anyway, I posted a photo of my coffee grinder on my coffee site, and within minutes someone left a comment.
Here is what he wrote:
“Very nice article but I must say manual coffee grinding is a thing of the past. With all these improvements in technology everything is going automated. Burr coffee grinders are in and manual coffee grinders are out!”
Someone else wrote:
“Nice idea, but I don’t have time for that.”