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OK, everyone can muscle down on their pestle and crush any spice in a mortar. Still, when using a lot of seeds and spices, wouldn't it be cool if they could all be ground at the push of a button. I just bought a DeLonghi electric coffee mill that does just that. It grinds with two burr wheels as opposed to the classic coffee grinder and does a great job. It turns cinnamon sticks into the most aromatic dust that you can imagine. It does the same with black pepper, fennugreek, cumin seeds, anise seeds, etc. It costs $40 CAD at WalMart.
Do you use it to grind coffee too? Can you clean it thoroughly enough to prevent spicy coffee and coffeeish spices?
btw the link doesn't seem to be working.
Sorry about the bad link. Just 'Google' "DeLonghi DCG 4" and you will see lots of live links. When I look at their own wesite http://www.delonghi.com/ I see that this little model has been discontinued (hence the low price). I really hadn't thought of coffee griding as I was really interested in turing, say, cinnamon sticks into powder. But, yes, it does strip down nicely and can washed. Still, given its all plastic construction (with the exception on the grinding wheels), it's always going to carry some wonderful reminder of the spice you ground last. For example, yesterday I tried it out with whole allspice and cloves - it did a wonderful job, but, despite my washing, it might enhance any future coffee grounds! (Not its purpose, of course).
originally a starblvd post by David, Mar/3/2004 03:43:04 [-05 EST]
I am a total gadget nut. This is exactly the sort of thing I would buy. The thing is though, I really enjoy using my pestle and mortar because I can accurately control just how roughly or finely I grind the spices and also because I can slow down and spend a long time enjoying the aromas being released. Of course if I was grinding a large amount of spices every day I would certainly have one of these machines.
You have a good point, David. It makes no sense to have this machine for small amounts that can be done by hand in a few minutes. We do, however, often make large amounts of various dishes which we freeze in one portion zip lock bags ( Indian dal dishes, for example). Some jobs, like turning cinnamon sticks to powder, can also be quite a chore in an m&p. Still, I did say that this machine was designed for lazy person!
originally a starblvd post by CAM, Mar/17/2004 08:31:06 [-05 EST]
I think most people who uses an electric grinder for spices use a separate one for coffee. My father tells an amusing story about using the spice grinder to grind coffee.
By the way, did you know that the latest rage in coffee is southeast asian coffee? Thai, Vietnamese... even Cambodian if you can get it outside Cambodia.
originally a starblvd post by MEF, Mar/17/2004 12:29:28 [-05 EST]
The cheaper Robusta grown in S.E Asia now accounts for about 30% of the bean market. It gets used for instant coffee and is blended into many major brands. The only problem that it has is a lack of flavour. It is the clear choice for a cheap jolt.
originally a starblvd post by llizard, Mar/18/2004 18:44:18 [-05 EST]
: The cheaper Robusta [...] is the clear choice
: for a cheap jolt.
I drink coffee because I like the taste of our coffee, not because I'm looking for a jolt. (I've never understood people who drink any old brown coloured swill just for the caffeine buzz.) There was an article about various coffee beans in a recent issue of SAVEUR and I am now very careful to read the label on our coffee beans to ensure that we are buying Arabica (we are and always have, as far as I know)