Antique Coffee Grinders

Coffee lovers adore not only the rich flavor of fresh ground coffee beans but the enticing smell as well. With all the newer type of coffee grinders sold in the market, nothing beats the perfect grind that antique coffee grinders produce. But who in this day and age still have antique coffee grinders? The sound of antique brings to mind the ideas of old, rudimentary, probably cobwebs, and rustic features. It also sounds like many hundred years old, a precious item that is so fragile it must be displayed only and never used.

Since the ancient days, people have been relying on coffee for their caffeine boost, helping them maintain a somewhat productive day. Many years have passed and coffee has come a long way. In fact, coffee shops have become one of the more profitable businesses in the world.


If you haven’t and want a great looking collectible for your kitchen, then this is one item you’ll want to consider. Some points to keep in the back of your mind when buying one of these great items are whether or not the seller is legit, whether or not the item is worth buying because of the condition it is in, and whether or not the item is real.


Coffee grinder with natural wood body of French trademark Mutzig-Framont was made in the 19th century

If you’ve found an antique coffee grinder that you want to purchase, be sure that you familiarize yourself the person or business that is selling it. Scams are becoming more and more popular these days, so you want to protect yourself from getting scammed into buying a fake item. If you’ve found a seller that you think is trustworthy, consider sticking with them and not venturing out to other sellers. If you have to buy from someone else, be sure to find out as much as possible about them before doing so.


Goldenberg early 1900’s side handle coffee grinder

Finding the ideal antique coffee grinder no longer requires a ton of footwork and heaps of good luck. In fact, stellar antique finds are much more readily available online than at garage sales or thrift shops. Usually, valuable and valued items are ready to be claimed in the virtual world of the Internet, and savvy shoppers can get what they want at a price that they can live with.


Italian antique coffee grinder, early 1900’s

It is definitely true that collectors often love the shopping process. Many look forward to long weekends of hopping from consignment store to consignment store, browsing flea markets and thrift stores without end. For those individuals that collect only casually, however, this can be very time consuming, and in many cases unproductive. It also requires more market savvy than most casual collectors have built.


Iron coffee mill/grinder, the Enterprise Manufacturing Co. of Philadelphia PA

At home, many still enjoy the flavor and taste of coffee through the use of electric coffee grinders. In mere seconds, you can enjoy grinded roasted beans. Gone are the conventional days wherein people still need to grind their coffee beans in coffee mills with their hands.

To the youth, hearing the word antique may sound somewhat distasteful, but actually antique is very classy and elegant. And so are the antique coffee grinders. Old is not always passé and obsolete as a matter of fact. Olden appliances are sometimes made of more durable materials and works better than the modern appliances we have today.


Antique Delft porcelain coffee grinder

These days, antique coffee grinders pose as collectible kitchenware. It is not only hunted by collectors but is also quite expensive. For those who adore the country kitchen look, antique coffee grinders are an impressive display on your island or countertop.

For others though, antique grinders are not merely for display purposes. They are fully functional and used by some coffee lovers.

There are several types of antique grinders. One of them is the antique box coffee grinder. It is shaped like a box. You turn on the crank above to grind the coffee beans. The box underneath can store up to a pound of good coffee.


Antique Ottoman Islamic Turkish engraved brass handle coffee grinder

Another antique type is the upright coffee grinder. It is made of iron, with two grinding wheels. It is preferable to those regularly drinking coffee because cast iron is more durable than wood.

An antique European coffee grinder is often made of porcelain. Collectors love to have one. The Porcelain Dutch Grinder features patterns of canals and windmills.

Even if you can now buy cans or packages of pre-ground beans, it is still incomparable to the delightful taste of freshly ground coffee beans. For those have tried using an antique coffee grinder, even if you buy the whole beans in groceries, you will still taste the huge difference when it comes to the flavor of your coffee.


Antique Kenrick & Sons Cast Iron & Brass Coffee Grinder, West Bromwich Staffordshire, England, 19th century

Moreover, if you do not have your own mill at home, you still need to grind all your beans at the same time. Electric coffee grinders can do the same job but are very noisy. There are also instances where in it can heat your beans up and rob its great flavor.

With antique coffee grinders, you can actually grind beans to its proper texture, without making the mistake of overheating them. It is a superb investment, showcasing a rich and attractive piece of history.

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