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Posted: 9/9/2011 5:57:34 PM EST
I need some manual coffee grinder suggestions. I've seen the build it yourself kits, and that may be what I do, but I figured I'd ping the hive for suggestions.

Thanks in advance.
Link Posted: 9/9/2011 6:30:35 PM EST
I've never done this myself, but couldn't you use a mortar and pestle to do the job?

Wouldn't be much fun for a large volume, but it would be uncomplicated.


Link Posted: 9/9/2011 6:35:53 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/9/2011 8:34:27 PM EST by TigerForce]
I have heard that the Turkish pepper mills, made of brass, can be used for coffee, but no personal experience myself. They can run ~$30, or more. Have also noticed that DO sometimes has mil surplus hand cranked Italian or German coffee mills from time to time, but they tend to be more more expensive.


ETA: also check out Lehman's: here.
ETA2: Looks like the reviews are all over the place for these.
Here's another one at Amazon; they have at least one other as well:
Kyocera Ceramic Coffee Grinder
ETA3: Shop around- you can find better prices besides what I've linked to above.
Link Posted: 9/9/2011 8:42:39 PM EST
Originally Posted By GilaMonster:
I need some manual coffee grinder suggestions.


Just out of curiosity - Have you ruled out battery-powered grinders, and if so, why?

Link Posted: 9/9/2011 10:09:34 PM EST
Cloth sack, hammer.

Simplify bitches.
Link Posted: 9/10/2011 1:33:26 AM EST
$20

GSI Outdoors JavaGrind Hand-Crank Coffee Grinder

Features Reviews Reviews Is there anything better than the smell and taste of freshly ground coffee, to start your day? With the GSI Outdoors JavaGrind hand-crank coffee grinder, you can enjoy that luxury, even on the trail or at camp.
Adjustable conical burr ceramic coffee grinder unlocks all of the flavor of your favorite beans better than blade-style grinders.
Sturdy alloy handle nests and locks in place for easy packing.
Stepped design allows grinder to seat directly on top of GSI Outdoors JavaPresses and most round containers.
Locking cover and protective dust cap keeps everything clean.
Weight: 11.2 oz.
Size: 5.3"x6.1"x4".
Material: Co-polyester.
Link Posted: 9/10/2011 1:54:44 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/10/2011 1:56:21 AM EST by Covertness]
Type in coffee grinder in the search bar. I make these all the time for people.

http://www.pennstateind.com/store/pen-kits.html

And no, I'm not looking for your business. Easy to make though.
Link Posted: 9/10/2011 5:08:36 AM EST
Sweet Maria's

Next, you'll be ordering green coffee beans to roast in a hot air corn popper....
Link Posted: 9/10/2011 6:00:39 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/10/2011 8:01:29 AM EST
Originally Posted By wsix:
Cloth sack, hammer.

Simplify bitches.


This is how I always used to do it when camping. wsix must be a CW re-enactor or something-not many people think of this method.
Link Posted: 9/10/2011 9:34:40 AM EST
Originally Posted By MPi-KMS-72:
Originally Posted By wsix:
Cloth sack, hammer.

Simplify bitches.


This is how I always used to do it when camping. wsix must be a CW re-enactor or something-not many people think of this method.


Not a CW guy. I've had to make coffee with coffee beans and no grinder before.

Link Posted: 9/10/2011 10:04:58 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/10/2011 10:09:12 AM EST by tc556guy]
I take it you don't keep a jar of instant in your preps?

edit.
Reminds me of being in Afghanistan when the folks back home started sending us pounds and pounds of coffee for the 2008 holidays...except they sent it in BEAN form. We were in the middle of A-stan with 50 pounds of holiday-themed funky flavored coffee beans.
Link Posted: 9/10/2011 10:07:58 AM EST
Originally Posted By warlord:
$20

GSI Outdoors JavaGrind Hand-Crank Coffee Grinder

Features Reviews Reviews Is there anything better than the smell and taste of freshly ground coffee, to start your day? With the GSI Outdoors JavaGrind hand-crank coffee grinder, you can enjoy that luxury, even on the trail or at camp.
Adjustable conical burr ceramic coffee grinder unlocks all of the flavor of your favorite beans better than blade-style grinders.
Sturdy alloy handle nests and locks in place for easy packing.
Stepped design allows grinder to seat directly on top of GSI Outdoors JavaPresses and most round containers.
Locking cover and protective dust cap keeps everything clean.
Weight: 11.2 oz.
Size: 5.3"x6.1"x4".
Material: Co-polyester.


I have this one. It works well for a few days camping but it would get tiring to use for the long term. It would be perfect if it was more cylindrical shaped because it would be a lot easier to hold on to.
Link Posted: 9/10/2011 4:05:33 PM EST
Originally Posted By tc556guy:
I take it you don't keep a jar of instant in your preps?

edit.
Reminds me of being in Afghanistan when the folks back home started sending us pounds and pounds of coffee for the 2008 holidays...except they sent it in BEAN form. We were in the middle of A-stan with 50 pounds of holiday-themed funky flavored coffee beans.


Ditto. I don't normally drink instant but I have put a bunch of it away for when the shtf. I figured it would be a lot easier to make.
Link Posted: 9/11/2011 7:04:43 AM EST
Originally Posted By Bones45:
Sweet Maria's

Next, you'll be ordering green coffee beans to roast in a hot air corn popper....


This. For preps, green is the way to go.

I've also ordered from these guys. When you buy bags (I've gotten 2lbs at a time) they are vacuum sealed. Real nice.
Link Posted: 9/11/2011 10:05:47 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/11/2011 10:41:08 AM EST
Had to use the hammer head on my hatchet on a flat rock once on a camping trip. Forgot the grinder.

Pulverized the beans and swept the grounds into the filter. Not bad, but you have to keep the fragments from getting away. Takes two people.
Link Posted: 9/11/2011 11:02:42 AM EST
I've heard that the Turkish grinders are good for coffee and other spices.
I want to get one of these myself.
Link Posted: 9/11/2011 1:53:57 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/11/2011 1:54:46 PM EST by DALIVISION2020]
Rock and a hard place
Link Posted: 9/11/2011 4:35:06 PM EST
Originally Posted By DALIVISION2020:
Rock and a hard place


this. 2 bricks. 2 pieces of wood and a 3 pound hand sledge. I could go on, but I'm betting your not concerned about SHTF scenarios lol.


porter and mestle, caveman style. uga bugah.
Link Posted: 9/11/2011 5:57:28 PM EST
I switched to ground and instant coffee after pondering this problem. Turns out I didn't care as much as I thought I would and the pre-ground stuff is fine.

That said, there is a thing called a "spice grinder" you can get from a head shop that will shred spices and may work for small batches of beans. It'd be a lot smaller than some of the camping portables. Usually it's made out of machined aluminum so might last longer too.
Link Posted: 9/13/2011 7:27:02 PM EST
Thanks for the ideas. Now I really want an M1 Garand with a grinder stock. Something to fabricate in the future.

Thanks for the ideas.

Ironically, as I posted this my power just came back from a monsoon storm.
Link Posted: 9/27/2011 3:11:53 PM EST
Instant for shtf. Can pour a spoonful in your mouth with sugar n creamer and add sip of hot water....instant espresso...
Link Posted: 9/27/2011 4:19:20 PM EST
I've always wanted to have one of these as a backup. I do know a guy that uses one all the time. check out http://non-electric.lehmans.com/search#?p=KK&srid=S6%2d2&lbc=lehmans&ts=ajax&pw=coffe%20grinder&uid=727196174&isort=score&view=grid&w=Coffee%20Mill&rk=2
Link Posted: 9/28/2011 9:59:27 AM EST
Originally Posted By wsix:
Cloth sack, hammer.

Simplify bitches.


Nails it. Pun intended.
Link Posted: 9/28/2011 10:13:44 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/28/2011 10:16:20 AM EST by TomJefferson]
Link Posted: 9/28/2011 10:42:04 AM EST
OP, you will not regret buying this grinder.


Together with a boiling pot of water and a pour over device or AeroPress, and you're golden.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 9:04:26 AM EST
Originally Posted By TomJefferson:
About anything can be used for a mortar and pedistol. Camping I often just use a knife handle and a cup.

My home manual I picked up at Lehmans, an old style cast iron wheel type. Its quite functional and very decorative.

I didn't see one on their site but found this which is very similar.........Wheel Coffee Grinder

You control the grit by the tension from the other side. You can do course for a percolator to fine for a drip. Percolators come in handy when the powers off and quite frankly I often wonder why we ever went to drip makers.

Tj


Marketing driven fad. Drip is ok but I never saw the advantages over a coffee press. Percolator coffee loses flavor from boiling. But it's simple and easy.
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 9:58:35 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/30/2011 9:59:33 AM EST by TomJefferson]
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 11:59:15 PM EST
Originally Posted By wsix:
Cloth sack, hammer.

Simplify bitches.


THIS ^^^^^^

Learn to Think outside of the box.

Link Posted: 10/1/2011 12:08:12 AM EST
Originally Posted By TomJefferson:
About anything can be used for a mortar and pedistol. Camping I often just use a knife handle and a cup.

My home manual I picked up at Lehmans, an old style cast iron wheel type. Its quite functional and very decorative.

I didn't see one on their site but found this which is very similar.........Wheel Coffee Grinder

You control the grit by the tension from the other side. You can do course for a percolator to fine for a drip. Percolators come in handy when the powers off and quite frankly I often wonder why we ever went to drip makers.

Tj


Drip makers make a more consistant product than percolators. Percolators must be watched and timed and are a pain to clean. They also tend to cook the coffee to bitterness when on a fire.

I've used percolators but I don't own one. I can make an improvised drip maker with a piece of clean Tshirt or paper towel and a clean can or two.

Link Posted: 10/1/2011 5:34:23 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/1/2011 9:10:26 AM EST
I have a Zassenhaus Manual.It wasn't cheap,but it's good and will last forever.
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