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Date: 04 Jan 2007 20:41:49
From: Bob Wilson
Subject: Can a pepper mill grind coffee?
I bought my wife a battery operated pepper mill (and cheeze and cork
screw) and was wondering if anyone has tried to grind coffee in a pepper
mill?

I've got to roast some more beans before pulling the experiment but was
wondering if anyone has already done the experiment.

Thanks,
Bob Wilson




 
Date: 20 Jan 2007 07:48:29
From: stereoplegic
Subject: Re: Can a pepper mill grind coffee?
the ones designed to crack the peppercorns before grinding should work
ok, otherwise they usually won't do a very good job of feeding the
beans down to the burrs. if the grinding mechanism stays steady (many
move around quite a bit if not set very fine) you might get a nice
consistent grind with a little patience. the bigger the mill (10" tall
or more) the better, these hold lots of pepper, but have narrow
chambers which don't allow many beans at a time.

On Jan 4, 8:41 pm, bwilson4...@hotmail.com (Bob Wilson) wrote:
> I bought my wife a battery operated pepper mill (and cheeze and cork
> screw) and was wondering if anyone has tried to grind coffee in a pepper
> mill?
>
> I've got to roast some more beans before pulling the experiment but was
> wondering if anyone has already done the experiment.
>
> Thanks,
> Bob Wilson



 
Date: 12 Jan 2007 16:09:22
From:
Subject: Re: Can a coffee mill grind pepper?
In alt.coffee, Bob Wilson <bwilson4use@hotmail.com > wrote:
> I bought my wife a battery operated pepper mill (and cheeze and cork
> screw) and was wondering if anyone has tried to grind coffee in a pepper
> mill?

I do the opposite. If I need a lot of ground pepper, or any other herb or
spice, I use an old Trosser coffee grinder. It works GREAT.


--
The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so
certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.
-- Bertrand Russel



 
Date: 06 Jan 2007 13:06:21
From: Ed Needham
Subject: Re: Can a pepper mill grind coffee?
I take a Turkish hand grinding mill on campouts and hikes. It takes a while
to grind enough for a pot of coffee, but you do it while sitting around a
campfire talking and heating water. It's sort of a Zen experience as the
smells all merge.
--
*******************************
Ed Needham
"To absurdity and beyond!"
ed at homeroaster dot com
*******************************

"Bob Wilson" <bwilson4use@hotmail.com > wrote in message
news:1hrfo29.kjf0u13o811cN%bwilson4use@hotmail.com...
>I bought my wife a battery operated pepper mill (and cheeze and cork
> screw) and was wondering if anyone has tried to grind coffee in a pepper
> mill?
>
> I've got to roast some more beans before pulling the experiment but was
> wondering if anyone has already done the experiment.
>
> Thanks,
> Bob Wilson




  
Date: 06 Jan 2007 16:49:23
From: Jack Denver
Subject: Re: Can a pepper mill grind coffee?
Although these resemble oversized pepper mills (and indeed can be used as
pepper mills - I got this idea many years ago from "The Frugal Gourmet"
(whose career later came to a scandalous end - what is it about clerics and
young boys?)) they were of course designed to grind coffee so it's not that
surprising that you can use them to grind coffee - duh. On ocassion when I
have been between electric grinders I've used one with a cordless drill so
that you don't have to crank endlessly. I can even turn it into a Zen
experience if I repeat my mantra while the drill is spinning -
Ommmmmmmmmmm.



"Ed Needham" <ed@nospamhomeroaster.com > wrote in message
news:459fe50b$0$2648$35f68331@news.win.net...
>I take a Turkish hand grinding mill on campouts and hikes. It takes a
>while to grind enough for a pot of coffee, but you do it while sitting
>around a campfire talking and heating water. It's sort of a Zen experience
>as the smells all merge.
> --
> *******************************
> Ed Needham
> "To absurdity and beyond!"
> ed at homeroaster dot com
> *******************************
>
> "Bob Wilson" <bwilson4use@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:1hrfo29.kjf0u13o811cN%bwilson4use@hotmail.com...
>>I bought my wife a battery operated pepper mill (and cheeze and cork
>> screw) and was wondering if anyone has tried to grind coffee in a pepper
>> mill?
>>
>> I've got to roast some more beans before pulling the experiment but was
>> wondering if anyone has already done the experiment.
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Bob Wilson
>
>




 
Date: 05 Jan 2007 18:11:46
From: Felix
Subject: Re: Can a pepper mill grind coffee?
Ian Smith writes:
> However, there are pepper grinders that use mechanisms
> intended for more general spice grinding that claim to
> be able to handle coffee beans.

Right ... once upon a time, the Unicorn Magnum product literature made
this claim, but the knob top would make grinding coffee inconvenient,
and they cost enough to discourage me from experimenting. All the
ceramic burrs I've seen look dull compared to these:
http://www.unicornmills.com/images/nav/grinders.gif


Felix



 
Date: 05 Jan 2007 13:53:10
From: Ian Smith
Subject: Re: Can a pepper mill grind coffee?
On Thu, 4 Jan 2007 20:41:49 -0600, Bob Wilson <bwilson4use@hotmail.com > wrote:
> I bought my wife a battery operated pepper mill (and cheeze and cork
> screw) and was wondering if anyone has tried to grind coffee in a pepper
> mill?
>
> I've got to roast some more beans before pulling the experiment but was
> wondering if anyone has already done the experiment.

Normally it doesn't work, largely because the mechanisms are expecting
something about the size of a peppercorn, and often won't feed a
coffee bean into the burrs. Also, I think a peppercorn is relatively
easily grindable - you can crush them with a pestle and mortar more
easily than you can a roasted bean.

However, there are pepper grinders that use mechanisms intended for
more general spice grinding that claim to be able to handle coffee
beans. 'Crushgrind', for example, have a ceramic spice grinder
mechanism that works without a central spindle and will draw in lumps
even bigger than a coffee bean. Some grinder manufacturers that use
the mechanism claim their grinders will grind coffee, but I wouldn't
like to try it - I think I'd get bored long before I'd ground enough
to make a double...

regards, Ian SMith
--


 
Date: 05 Jan 2007 01:22:14
From: Jack Denver
Subject: Re: Can a pepper mill grind coffee?
No but a brass turkish coffee mill makes a nice pepper grinder.


"Bob Wilson" <bwilson4use@hotmail.com > wrote in message
news:1hrfo29.kjf0u13o811cN%bwilson4use@hotmail.com...
>I bought my wife a battery operated pepper mill (and cheeze and cork
> screw) and was wondering if anyone has tried to grind coffee in a pepper
> mill?
>
> I've got to roast some more beans before pulling the experiment but was
> wondering if anyone has already done the experiment.
>
> Thanks,
> Bob Wilson




  
Date: 05 Jan 2007 08:01:05
From: Bob Wilson
Subject: Re: Can a pepper mill grind coffee?
Jack Denver <nunuvyer@netscape.net > wrote:

> No but a brass turkish coffee mill makes a nice pepper grinder.

Thanks! I hadn't thought of that.

Upon further testing with the pepper mill, the burrs are too small to
grind enough coffee in a reasonable period of time.

I do have a Zass at work but have from time to time thought about using
a battery operated hand drill with nut driver.

Bob Wilson


   
Date: 08 Jan 2007 08:39:49
From: Danny
Subject: Re: Can a pepper mill grind coffee?
Bob Wilson wrote:

> I do have a Zass at work but have from time to time thought about using
> a battery operated hand drill with nut driver.
>
> Bob Wilson

I have used a battery drill on a manual coffee grinder. Provided you
can get the speed low enough it works fine.

--
Regards, Danny

http://www.gaggia-espresso.com (a purely hobby site)
http://www.malabargold.co.uk (UK/EU ordering for Malabar Gold blend)



 
Date: 04 Jan 2007 21:25:11
From: DougW
Subject: Re: Can a pepper mill grind coffee?
Bob Wilson wrote:
> I bought my wife a battery operated pepper mill (and cheeze and cork
> screw) and was wondering if anyone has tried to grind coffee in a
> pepper mill?

Burrs are too small and even if you could adjust them, the grind would
be no better than a whirlygig. If you want to work your arms get a Zass. :)

--
DougW




 
Date: 05 Jan 2007 13:44:24
From: Rusty
Subject: Re: Can a pepper mill grind coffee?

"Bob Wilson" <bwilson4use@hotmail.com > wrote in message
news:1hrfo29.kjf0u13o811cN%bwilson4use@hotmail.com...
>I bought my wife a battery operated pepper mill (and cheeze and cork
> screw) and was wondering if anyone has tried to grind coffee in a pepper
> mill?
>
> I've got to roast some more beans before pulling the experiment but was
> wondering if anyone has already done the experiment.
>
> Thanks,
> Bob Wilson

Depends what you want to do with the coffee.

If you want to make espresso forget it.

Rusty