coffee grinder


I have a really stupid question. A friend of mine gave me a bag of coffee beans, but I don't own a grinder. I don't want the coffee to go to waste b/c she said it's the best coffee she's ever had and it's fairtrade too. At the same time, I don't want to go out and buy a coffee grinder (don't they cost like $40)?

What should I do?
Jun 28, 2009 @ 10:24 am

8 Replies


Haha! Awww...

BB, that is not a stupid question at all! In fact, I have no idea and would also like to know the answer. Coffee savvy peeps... please help us out! ;P
Jun 28, 2009 @ 02:23 pm
Ali de Bold

Not that expensive

You can pick up a coffee grinder from Winners or a housewares store for around $20. It makes a world of difference for the freshness of your coffee and you'll use it forever. I'd go for it!
Jun 28, 2009 @ 03:03 pm


I didn't know you can get them for $20. I saw them over X'mas (can't remember where) and I remember thinking "Wow! $40 for a grinder?!?!" I'll definitely go check out Winners. Thanks MC!! :)
Jun 28, 2009 @ 04:53 pm

yes true...they are NOT all $40

I got mine on sale somewhere ( I want to say KitchenStuff Plus but unsure) for even less than $20....let me rack my brain and remember...

They are great...I love grinding my own coffee beans. I feel like the coffee tastes better.
Jun 28, 2009 @ 05:03 pm

one more question...

Do you use your coffee grinder for anything else? For example, my uncle (who doesn't drink coffee as far as I know) uses his grinder to make ground flax seed and ground black sesame. I think he says they taste better when freshly grounded (like coffee I guess).

Do you think using the coffee grinder for other stuff will change the taste of the coffee if the "other stuff" has a stronger scent?
Jun 28, 2009 @ 08:11 pm


We have 2 coffee grinders. We have a small one that used to be my
husband's main squeeze coffee grinder. But then we really got into
grinding our own spices to make curries and what not. W/ all of the
overwhelming spice flavors, it got relegated to being just a spice
grinder and my husband just used grounds rather than whole beans. We
have since gotten a hand me down grinder from my parents that is larger
capacity than our spice grinder.

On another note, some local "home grown" coffee joints may grind the
beans for you if you ask them. Just be sure to buy some beans of
theirs or even just a cuppa joe for that visit as gratitude for the
Jun 28, 2009 @ 09:18 pm

right on !!!

yes, starbucks will grind the coffee you buy from them:)

the grocery stores (some of them) also have coffee grinders in them.

i have used my grinder in the past for spices but i really have to wash it out-otherwise i can still smell the spices....i got a magic bullet for 'other' things-like grinding flax.

Jun 28, 2009 @ 10:22 pm

another suggestion

You can pick one up at HomeSense for cheap (around 20$) or, even a better solution, if you live in Toronto, let's meet up and I'll happily take it off your hands :D
Jun 30, 2009 @ 12:46 pm

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