Grindcore

Date: 2011-08-09 10:39:02 Created: 2011-08-09 06:08:11

It finally happened.

I got myself an electric coffee grinder.

Over the years I have gradually increased my coffee sophistication (from a very low level to one only a few sensible steps higher). After getting a nice but unreliable (and of course rather slow) hand grinder the step to electric has been inevitable for quite a few months. Grinding beans for each brew fits my drinking at home very well, since I usually do not make coffee on weekdays and thus any amount of coffee can last quite a long time. I also use both a moka pot and a french press depening on mood and amount, and they ideally use different coarseness of the ground beans.

So, the step was inevitable. The only question was when, and the answer suddenly turned out to be early August of 2011.

I began in my usual way by looking at various more or less cheap and (hopefully) cheerful options at the usual electronics and appliance barns. A Krups grinder was available in many places, was decently priced and seemed to do everything I wanted. But people were mentioning the noise of the machine regularly in reviews and comments, and the more I thought about that the more desirable it seemed to pay extra for more quality and less noise. In the end I walked to my cosy local coffee and tea store Kaffelunden and bought a quality grinder, getting the very best service as well.

And here it is …

My Solis Scala 166 coffee grinder.

… my shiny new Solis Scala 166.

(I guess it can not be a serious appliance if the name does not include a number somewhere …)

There is not all that much to say of course. It grinds, quickly, efficiently, evenly and according to the selected coarseness. It feels very solid and nicely made and does not make too much noise.

My manual grinder was kind of fun to use and all, but now I am suddenly able to really select how fine a grind I want. And it does make a difference. Plus, of course, it saves a whole lot of time. As a result, I have been having much tastier coffee much more frequently in the last few days than ever before at home. Good thing they still have not reliably established any health risks with high coffee consumption …

One thing about the design of the Scala annoys me a little bit, and that is the design and attachment of the bean container. If you fill it up with more beans than you need and wish to put the leftovers back in storage, you have to lift and handle the whole grinder. The first time, I mindlessly detached the bean container, pouring beans all over the kitchen since the container lacks a bottom and is simply sitting right on top of the actual grinding mechanism.

I have not yet learned what amount of coffee I really need (and at which coarseness) to get the perfect result out of different brewing methods, but with such repeatable results it is only a matter of time before I figure it out.