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AIBU to grind my own coffee beans?

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BruegelTheElder · 16/10/2018 11:21

DP thinks I'm a coffee snob. I'm aware that being all into coffee is quite a hipster thing these days, and I do have quite a lot of tattoos and good taste in music, so maybe I'm a little worried.

But it's just that I bought a little hand grinder thing a couple of months ago and coffee made from freshly ground beans tastes so much better! I'm quite lazy though and am getting sick of doing it by hand multiple times a day, so I want to get an electric one. AIBU?

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FlowThroughIt · 16/10/2018 11:31

I thought grinding your own coffee beans was normal if you're really into coffee. If a love of coffee makes you a hipster then my great-grandparents were the original hipsters. 😂

Good taste in music is subjective and 85% of people seem to be covered in tats now, I don't understand how that and coffee make someone a hipster. Hmm

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AuntBeastie · 16/10/2018 11:33

YANBU. I’m only slightly interested in coffee and I grind my own beans. It’s much nicer! And electric grinders make it super easy and can be used for spices too.

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SlipperyLizard · 16/10/2018 11:33

DH grinds his own coffee beans, but has an electric grinder - the hand ones take way too long! But you need a decent one that will grind to the right size for your machine/cafetière etc.

DH probably is a coffee snob - but why not? I don’t like it, but can appreciate it must taste better than instant!

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Usernumbers1234 · 16/10/2018 11:37

Completely normal. Air is the enemy of coffee, keeping them in bean form as long as possible keeps them fresher, less surface area exposed to it

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Rainbowtrain · 16/10/2018 11:38

We did this all the time growing up, I am from a different country and it was the way. You would buy beans by weight. So nice, my parents let me do the grinding (aka push button) and this just made me very happy/sad.
Damn it do it OP!

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wijjy · 16/10/2018 11:40

Not unreasonable at all.

One of these is pretty good and not massive expensive or very large.

Delonghi KG79 Electric Coffee Burr Grinder With Adjustable Grinding

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MatildaTheCat · 16/10/2018 11:43

Do you have a specialist coffee bean subscription? I think it’s important to have sourced your beans with as much care and attention as possible.

If so YANBU and go ahead.

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ethelfleda · 16/10/2018 11:44

YANBU. I want to buy a bean to cup coffee machine one day. Coffee is amazing.

I have a Nespresso machine which is nice. But the best coffee I’ve ever tasted was in Venice. I would walk back there for another one of those €1 americano from a random news agent.

I assume the reason it is so good is that so many people buy their coffee out in Italy that the beans are always fresh. Even if you grind your own, surely they have a limited shelf life? Interesting to know if anyone knows the answer to this.

And I most certainly not a hipster.

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DDogMum · 16/10/2018 11:51

My husband does this, he loves it! Get an electric grinder on amazon... we've got a bigger one for at home, and take the mini one away with us (think air bnb kind of thing).
I thought he was a snob at first too... but anyone willing to make that much mess over the kitchen side to make ONE cup of coffee must really really really like the taste!

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Hoppinggreen · 16/10/2018 11:54

We’ve got a bean to cup machine and I didn’t think it would make a lot of difference but last week DH bought ready ground coffee by mistake and I thought I would use it up ( machine does both) and it really didn’t taste as nice
So yes, go for it

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BruegelTheElder · 16/10/2018 11:55

I want to buy a bean to cup coffee machine one day

Oh that sounds amazing! I didn't even know they existed!

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MrsTommyBanks · 16/10/2018 12:00

Go for it. I got a Delongi electric grinder for Christmas last year and I use it everyday.

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Drummingisfun · 16/10/2018 12:26

Do it. I have a bodum electric grinder which is excellent. I just grind a day's worth of beans first thing in the morning, mainly so I don't have to keep fishing the grinder out of the cupboard.

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MissMooMoo · 16/10/2018 12:28

I have a bean to cup machine and only buy beans. The taste is so much better!

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Clutterbugsmum · 16/10/2018 12:31

My dh grinds his own coffee beans to take to work. He even got a french press coffee maker for work. And he’s as far away from being a hipster as you can get.

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BruegelTheElder · 16/10/2018 12:35

It's surprising how much better it tastes. Even cheap beans taste better than an expensive fancy brand that comes ground.

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SpoonBlender · 16/10/2018 12:40

YANBU. Grinding beans makes the better coffee.

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bellinisurge · 16/10/2018 12:47

Totally normal. I brought a hand grinder back from another country where sitting and chatting while you took it in turns to grind the coffee was the norm.

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LRDtheFeministDragon · 16/10/2018 12:54

I don't think it's snob. I use a grinder I paid about 4.99 for in Starbucks about 15 years ago, and I buy my beans in Aldi.

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Supernothing22 · 16/10/2018 12:57

Buy a bean to cup machine.

Had mine 5 years and it's the best thing over ever bought. The smell in the morning from the fresh beans is lovely.

I do buy my beans from a family shop in Scotland who hand roast in small batches and with 1st class posts they are delivered within 2 days.

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Twickerhun · 16/10/2018 12:58

We grind the beans - so much fresher

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Firesuit · 16/10/2018 12:58

I've never ground my own beans, but I read somewhere recently that electric grinders give a much worse flavour than hand grinders.

Writing that, it didn't many any sense to me, so I've now googled. What matters is whether you have a burr grinder or blade grinder. Hand grinders are burr grinders and cheap electric grinders are blade grinders. There are however more expensive electric grinders that are burr grinders.

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CoperCabana · 16/10/2018 12:59

Which Bean to Cup machines do people have?

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NorthEndGal · 16/10/2018 12:59

We grind fresh each time, but nothing fancy like, we just use a 10 dollar electric grinder.

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Firesuit · 16/10/2018 13:00
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