Yes, you read that right. Sometimes new things just don’t work as well as the old ones.
Today almost everything is designed to be as cheap as possible. Well, cheap just doesn’t last. A good friend of mine told me that his grandma always said “Cheap IS expensive.” Meaning, when you have to replace the crap and buy another piece of crap to replace it, you’d have been better off spending more in the first place buying quality.
Such is the case today. But let’s backtrack a little. A couple years ago, I was living in Krakow, Poland. Being fond of good coffee, I went looking for a good quality *manual* grinder. New ones today come in two versions: SUPER expensive electronic, and very cheap crap with a (with a blade instead of the preferred conical burrs). I didn’t want to break the bank and I’m not fond of cheap crap. So, I decided to try to find a used grinder that might still be in good condition.
There are lots of antique shops in Krakow and I had plenty of free time, so I thought it would be fun to look around and see what I could find. Although I did find some VERY unique old grinders, including one made from an old artillery shell (no joke!), I never found one that was a reasonable price AND in good condition. So I bought a new $10 grinder that came with a free bag of beans. It was both slow and problematic as it jammed all the time and had to be adjusted for different types of beans. Basically a big waste of time.
Today I finally entered an antiques shop that I haven’t been to before, and found a decent selection of both very fancy and very practical grinders. There were actually 2 available for about $20 and I had trouble deciding which one to buy. I asked the owner to show both to me and in the process I discovered that one of them didn’t actually work. Decision made!
Now I just have to find some good beans to try it out. I can’t wait!