Friday, October 9, 2015

Hario Personal Coffee Grinder -Product review-

Hario Personal Coffee Grinder -Product review-

This is the thing: since I was little little and young young (I was once both: little and young) that woman that claimed to be my mother had, between many many idiosyncrasies, this "I must drink a coffee first thing in the morning", so every day before anything -including saying good morning- she went to the kitchen and put the tea pot on the stove while she prepared her coffee.

Way back then, at least in Mexico where we were living at the time, the only imaginable coffee one could possible drink was either Instant Nescafé or Instant Café Oro- and...if by any chance someone had gone to the USA, then they were asked to bring Maxwell House....wooooow.

The advertising was "great ideas come from great coffee" and somehow I think she bought into that even though the great ideas never came to her (buying boxing gloves for Christmas so my bully brother could beat me in a professional way is not exactly a great idea nor having me play a little cute Mexican native for a mother's day school play in grade one in a public school...I WAS BLOND and WHITE!!!....I was beaten by the school's older kids  as if I was a Conquistador in the middle of an Aztec battle). Regardless...the ideas did not come with the coffee... I can attest to that.

Observant as I was, soon I learned that the priority to face the day was to have a coffee in the mornings. My mom gave me her approval when she considered that I was old enough... so at 7 I started drinking my morning coffee. I blame my hair loss to that...

The years passed by and my morning coffee routine extended to 3 or 4 coffees in a day. I still drink 3 or 4 coffees in a day but my taste for instant got lost in time when I moved to the West Coast where coffee is almost a religion. In my search for a fantastic coffee I have French presses, Italian coffee brewers, filtered coffee machines and a fantastic Nespresso and an incredible ROK machine which I'll review in another time. Today I'll focus in this little contraption that helps to get a fantastic fresh ground coffee:

Hario Personal Coffee Grinder -Product review-

I learned about this coffee grinder thanks to Bea's baking book -one of my all time favorites- and I ordered it on line. It was not expensive (around $25 US back then) and I got it quite soon after.

This is a FANTASTIC personal coffee grinder. It can grind for 1, 2 or 3 servings. I am the only one who drinks coffee here, so I always grind just for me. This "personal" coffee grinder is made of high quality plastic and it doesn't wake up the cats when I prepare my coffee. The noise level is minimal.

This is a ceramic burr grinder that can be adjustable (by adjusting a locking nut on the base of the burr) so I can grind for a filter (my Italian French Press has a metal filter so no waste there), for an expresso machine like my ROK or whatever other setting you might need. The burr set is of great quality and the end result grind is as even as it can get.

Grinding your fresh coffee just prior to drinking your joe releases all the aromas and oils that makes the coffee drinking experience a taste of heaven. For traveling is a great alternative as it uses almost no space AND its as silent as it can be. I highly recommend this grinder, unless you rather drink tea...because that I have absolutely no idea how to prepare.

Oh, and by the way....for those who claim that coffee is bad and addictive I can debate that in a second. I have been drinking coffee for almost 50 years (I am SO old!) and still here and if I look like a zombie escapee is not exactly for drinking coffee... marriage is worst for your health, for example. I drink coffee and I'm married. I am a masochist.