A few weeks back, I was sent a review pack of Escazu Costa Rica blend beans (review to follow later). Having been shipped from the US to my small tropical island residence, the best way to do this was to ship them whole bean rather than ground. But my problem was I did not have a grinder at home. And I couldn’t find a cafe who would grind these for me for free, as they usually grind only beans bought from their stores.
And so I decided to buy myself a small grinder for home use, and settled with the Krups KM 75, which is a very compact grinder that can mill up to 75 grams of coffee at a time. I got it for a reasonable price of $30 at a local department store.
What’s great with getting to grind my own beans is that my coffee is now fresher than ever. Ground beans usually go stale in a few days, even when I transfer these to an airtight container. But having a grinder on hand lets me grind just the right amount for a day’s worth of brewing (I usually brew about 4 to 5 times a day).
Passion for Coffee has a handy guide for grinding beans, which you might find useful, depending on the brewing method you prefer. I just realized I have to grind my beans finer, since my drip-brewer uses a cone-shaped filter.