I’ve been meaning to write about our antique coffee grinder for months, and have been spurred on by Manual Coffee over at The Clean Bin Project. I’m still impressed with the idea of using a mortar and pestle to grind up coffee beans!
We’ve been using an 1890s-ish manual coffee grinder for years, and it works as well as the day it was first made (I’m guessing); the “technology” is so simple, there isn’t much to go wrong.
Rarely does a grinding session pass without me thinking, at least fleetingly, of The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder. One long winter on the American prairies her family spent their days grinding wheat in a coffee grinder so that they’d have enough flour to make two loaves of bread each day. That was all they had to eat, and everyone in the family of six took their turns throughout the day. That is food for thought.