Where and when did snobbery get such a bad rap? How can being a coffee elitist be a bad thing? More importantly, what’s the opposite of a coffee snob? Is it someone that is happy to drink gross grounds scooped out of a 5-gallon bucket and left to sit all day? Let me get something straight from the beginning, I am becoming a coffee snob, and I don’t see anything wrong with that.
I think that if you are drinking a cup o’ joe, you should really enjoy that cup. It should be an event. It should be different and exciting. Coffee is my drug of choice. It is a treat to be savored – an experience to look forward to. Why should I, or anyone else, settle for an inferior brew?
Since my snobbery is still blossoming, I am learning as I go. I’ll drink and find new nuggets of information along the way. Like many other coffee drinkers, I tend to jump the gun and focus on the wrong things sometimes. I look for different brewing methods – I’ve got three myself. I look for different beans – I’ve got four varieties currently. The brewers and the beans are more enticing and glamorous, but another component deserves more emphasis: the grinder.
Coffee snobs, even those in training, know that beans begin losing their flavor as soon as they are ground, so if you are drinking preground beans, you are having an inferior product. I recognized this early, which led to by blade grinder purchase. It was quick, efficient, and cheap. I thought it did the job well enough, but then I learned more.
Blade grinders don’t really grind coffee beans. They whack the beans with a hunk of metal to break it into smaller pieces. If you have a blade grinder, take a look at those pieces. Chances are good they range from large chunks of beans to coffee dust so fine it would float through the air. If people dedicate their entire lives to growing, roasting, and delivering these beans to my kitchen from all around the world, the least I can do is not mutilate them.
With beans, the word to remember is “extraction.” Given a constant water temperature, large pieces of coffee need more time to extract the flavor while smaller pieces need less time. If you have a mix of sizes left from your blade grinder, you are going to have a lot of coffee that is under-extracted and a lot that is over-extracted. Unfortunately, they do not balance each other out.
So, there was my dilemma: a coffee snob without a proper grinder. I turned to Amazon for the answer. I was in search of a burr grinder that could deliver variable size grinds for varying brewing methods, but I didn’t care about cost because I figured a good grinder would be a good investment. I am the only coffee drinker in the house, though, and I only average a cup per day. And I change my beans cup to cup. I needed something that was a single serve, easy to clean, and didn’t create a hassle when switching beans.
Enter the JavaPresse Manual Coffee Grinder. What I found was a cylindrical form factor in a stainless steel with a hand crank on the top that turns the ceramic grinder. It has received amazing reviews on Amazon and was only about $25, which is super affordable in the world of burr grinders.
Prime shipping brought it to my door, and in more than a week of testing, I have been quite happy. It is easy to dial up a grind appropriate for my Moka pot or Aeropress. I even got some cold brew going. The JavaPresse pieces separate for cleaning and grind size adjusting. It is easy to clean and easy to store. I put it in my Aeropress. It does take a little work once the beans are loaded to grind them down, but it only gives me more time to imagine how good this cup is going to taste.
There might be a better grinder on the market, but for my needs, the JavaPresse is perfect for my needs. Factor in the low price and the JavaPresse becomes a steal for any coffee snob or caffeine elitist-in-training.
Consume.Review.Repeat. gives the JavaPresse Manual Coffee Grinder 9.3 perfectly ground beans from Ethiopia out of 10.