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Decorative and Functional Antique Coffee Mill

Updated on March 15, 2011

I have an antique coffee mill that I inherited several years ago from my uncle who was born before the turn of the 20th Century. I'm not sure exactly how antique the coffee grinder was when I received it, but I know it is quite old.

It is a beautiful piece with untold amounts of sentimental value, and I value it greatly. Even though I love the Braun electric coffee grinder that I use almost every day, every once in a while I will grind coffee beans in my antique mill. However, it primarily sits in a place of honor on the bookshelves in my home office.

I'm not the only person who lists an antique coffee mill on her list of most prized possessions. Many people collect antique coffee mills for use and display. There is even an nonprofit collectors' association for just for people who appreciate, collect, and are interested it preserving these objects. The group is called the Association of Coffee Mill Enthusiasts (A.C.M.E.), and is more than 200 members strong.

If you appreciate antique coffee mills, you may want to consider adding one to your home. If you're primary concern in selecting a new coffee grinder is function, you may want to select a new coffee grinder that is a replica of an antique.

New coffee grinders designed to look like antique coffee mills make a nice decorative and functional addition to the kitchen of anyone who really loves a good cup of coffee made from freshly ground beans. This is a great choice for people who plan to use their antique looking mills every day.

If you want a genuine antique, you may have to shop around to find what you really want. You can find antique varieties for sale at antique shops and estate sales, as well as up for bid on eBay and other auction sites.

If you are just planning to display your antique coffee mill for looks, all that matters is that it looks good. However, if you are planning to grind coffee with it, you should verify that it works properly before purchasing it. If you plan to use it regularly, the most durable choice is one that is equipped with a cast iron body.


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    Matilda T 8 years ago

    Nice hub and a very nice grinder. I also find antique coffee mills very interesting.