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How to make the best coffee -Retro coffee mills, antique coffee mills

Updated on September 24, 2014

My meeting with an antique coffee mill - and why i am considering only the retro coffee mills.

When i see retro coffee mills i remember my Granny in the kitchen, roasting her coffee beans, grinding it with her (today) antique coffee mill and i will never forget that wonderful smell of coffee...listened to the comments about the best method to make a turkish coffee...

When i did become an addicted coffee drinker, i simply used the vacuum-packed grounded coffee and the filter, i did not have even a coffee grinder.I accept that this is an insult for the whole coffee concept, and what better way to make up for my own tasteless behaviour toward the coffee world, but to find out about those recipes and methods, trying to get people to discover the real coffee-taste. The retro coffee mills would be a first step to the gourmet coffee.

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last updated: Wednesday 17 September 2014

What gives the taste of the coffee?

there are few demands which have to be respected for having a good coffee:

1.Use good quality coffee, proper blend,freshly roasted and freshly ground

2.Use fresh, clean, cold water. Filtered or bottled water works well, but avoid distilled or softened water.

3.The grind chosen must be of the correct fineness for the chosen brewing method.

4.The pot must be cleaned and warm.

5.Make only enough coffee for your immediate needs. The coffee will deteriorate if you keep it too long. Avoid reheating coffee, it just doesn't taste the same.

6.Avoid boiling brewed coffee .

7.Use approximately 70 grams of coffee per litre of water.

So a good coffee needs a lot of care, work, and tools. Let's take it step by step.


Roasting, blending and grinding the coffee beans.

As i said, my granny used to roast the green coffee beans on her cooker, in a pan, using a wood spoon to stir in quite often. She used to roast the beans until they got a deep brown colour, and finally she always did throw a splash of cogniac on the beans.

I did the same, it was difficult only to get the green beens, sorts of Costa Rica and Colombian arabica coffees, and in the end i had the dark brown oily coffee.

The more difficult task was to grind it very well, as the turkish coffee recipe is asking for it.

And here the retro coffee mills are the one to help me to get there, with the setting for the most fine grinding. Probably a real antique grinder would do even better but this retro type got me quite satisfied.

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Roast your coffee for max. 3 weeks.

The roast coffee is the best 2 days after roasting till about 3 weeks after.

Kicking Horse Coffee, Kick Ass, Dark Roast, Whole Bean, 2.2 Pound
Kicking Horse Coffee, Kick Ass, Dark Roast, Whole Bean, 2.2 Pound

Strong flavor of this Indonesian and American blend. Price: $26.96

Lavazza Super Crema Espresso - Whole Bean Coffee, 2.2-Pound Bag (Packaging May Vary)
Lavazza Super Crema Espresso - Whole Bean Coffee, 2.2-Pound Bag (Packaging May Vary)

Smooth and sweet delicate taste of a blend from Brasilian, Central American and Indonesian coffee. Price: $26.59


Grany's secret mixture

If you want my Ganny's recipe for blending your coffee beans, take 50% of Columbian medium roast coffee beans and 50% of Costa Rica medium roast coffee beans. You will not be disappointed.

Coffee Bean Direct Italian Roast Espresso, Whole Bean Coffee, 5-Pound Bag
Coffee Bean Direct Italian Roast Espresso, Whole Bean Coffee, 5-Pound Bag

This coffee is roasted immediately prior to packaging, keeping this way the full, strong aromas. Price: $36.58


Retro coffee mills

.The importance of the grind can be but should not be underestimated. There are several things to think about here. First of all, there's the method used to grind the beans into bits small enough to make flavorful coffee in an efficient manner. Second, there's the size of the grind, from coarse to fine, and what coffee brewing method each size lends it to.

Most people are probably familiar with those blender-like grinders with the whirling blades. You know, the ones that makes the loud buzzing and crunching sounds. Then there are the more sophisticated machines that use a burr grinder. These consists of a mechanism that pushes the whole beans between two moving grinding surfaces at a given (and usually adjustable) distance apart. The beans are crushed all at once to the same size particles, instead of being chopped repeatedly into smaller and smaller bits, like in the mini-blender style grinder. These devices range from expensive electric models that have sophisticated controls for grind size to the traditional (and far less noisy) hand grinders you see in antique stores for around $120 or far less expensive, good hand grinder manufactured nowadays, like Zassenhaus or Peugeot.

I did find more stylish the retro grinder, and i bought this Peugeut Nostalgie Teinte Coffee Mill and i am very happy with it. Find it clicking on the photo.

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Why using retro coffee mills?

As i told, grinding at home the coffee beans is an important step for brewing a good coffee. The aromathique oils of the coffee beans are what we need to keep in our coffee and the home grinding will keep them at least 50% of it. If we use medium roasted coffee beans, the oil is still in the texture of the beans and grinding at home we have them for our gourmet coffee.

The method is important too, the eletrical grinders will chop the beans from big pieces to small, losing oil every time. But the retro manual coffee mills will grind the beans at once and they will lose less oil. If you will brew at the whole ground, you did your best.

Retro coffee mills will let you to have different finess of the particles, and you need this according to the different brewing method used.

Here you will find retro coffee mill

not that you can not find here all kind of coffee grinders, but the retro ones are really good looking in the kitchen. Still, find yourself any grinder, is better than to buy your coffee grinded and vacuum packed.

Turkish coffee, Granny's recipe.

First you add the water and sugar in the pot(ibrik) without any coffee. Then you put the coffee pot on fire and you wait until the first small bubbles appear at the bottom of the pot. This is a sign that the water is hot and just before the boil point. At this point you must add the coffee and start stirring until the coffee rises. You can lift the pot, to let the coffee settle down and then repeat the process but putting the pot back on fire. Once it foams and rises again remove it from the fire and serve.

Serve the coffee with water, to be stylish.

Obviously, there are strong opinions about other 2 ways (at least|) making turkish coffee, not to mention the several other ways of making coffee in Middle East.They are delicious and real coffee lover will discover them online. But to start this is a good one.

Coffee pots for a turkish coffee (if you are not having at home from your granny)

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Antique coffee mills

Antique coffee mills are collection pieces, looking very well in our kitchen. Not always are used, not always are good for a proper grinding. But if you want a real coffee mill, you will find them in specialized shops, and you can find a good working one. Look at them, they are the original ones, making you proud of being a coffee lover(don't be bothered by few antique clocks).

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Tips to Make Great Coffee at Home.

Specialist's advice

Get advise from specialists about how to make a real coffee, they will give you much more information. However, for start keep it simple is better.

Do you like the freshly grinded coffee?

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    • stanger66 profile image

      stanger66 4 years ago

      I simply love a cup of coffee.

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      LiliLove 4 years ago

      I like the smell, but I'm more of a tea person. I have a retro coffee mill at home, just like the one in your intro photo. It has been in the family for years.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      I like coffee and tea both, what about you?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I knew I'd find a place on Squidoo where I can get a fresh cup of coffee. :)

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      Thrinsdream 5 years ago

      Yum, love coffee, but I have to train straight after as otherwise go a little haywire with the caffeine buzz! With thanks and appreciation. cathi x

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      Bill Armstrong 5 years ago from Valencia, California

      great lens

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      poutine 5 years ago

      The retro coffe mills certainly have a lovely nostalgic look.

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      Iudit Gherghiteanu 5 years ago from Ozun

      @anonymous: I do like coffee, and you never know...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      do you like coffee ? we could meet for one.....

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      Iudit Gherghiteanu 5 years ago from Ozun

      @JoshK47: now the automatic espresso machines are using the same grinder and the freshly grinded coffee, they are all right, who likes espresso.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Great lens - fresh ground coffee is certainly the best kind for starting your day. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Freshly grinded or not but Turkish coffee definitely.

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      LouisaDembul 6 years ago

      My grandmother always used one of these mills, it brings back sweet memories. I very much prefer freshly roasted and ground coffee, the taste is superb!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      50/50 Columbian and Costa Rican thanks for the tip! I remember seeing coffee grinders in all the old folks kitchens growing up and was always fascinated by them and what fun when I was allowed to do some of the grinding. Very nicely done!

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      yourgoldenfuture 6 years ago

      sure... nothing better than that