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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Antique coffee grinder


My grandmother used this antique coffee grinder as a planter for years. I've put it back into use doing what it was originally intended to do. It took some cleaning and de-rusting, but now it makes great finely ground coffee. As cool as it was with a spider plant growing out of it, I'm glad that it's back in commission. By the way, its buddy up above is an antique juicer that Tristan gifted me--we've been on quite the fresh-squeezed OJ bender lately.

14 comments:

Oldfool said...

I have been looking for one of those coffee grinders for years. I guess they are all being used as planters.

Dardrian said...

Man, I wish I had some of those hand-powered gadgets!

Stone Cottage Mama said...

This is so awesome and you never see these anymore! I have a few things that belonged to my grandmother in my own kitchen and it's a beautiful feeling.

Grant Wagner said...

That is really freakin' cool. I'm not a coffee person, but if I was, I would want something like that for instead of the crazy mini-blender thing the wife uses. Congrats on an excellent restoration job.

Mikey C said...

I've got an old dutch oven that my great grandma used when she was younger, and she was given it by an aunt or something like that, so the thing is over 100 years old. With a little bit of TLC this kind of stuff will last forever.

leslie said...

Oh my gosh!!! We have the exact same grinder hanging in our kitchen. Do you remember it when you traveled through Quincy??? Coffee just doesn't taste the same unless it has been through the grinder. And no...electric will not do! It has to be our antique grinder!
Leslie

jimmycrackedcorn said...

Awesome! We love ours. And my mother has that same juicer. It might be time I talked her out of it.

Libby: said...

Leslie and Matthew,

Hi! Yes, I definitely remember yours. Thought of you when I hung ours on the wall! Does yours have the little glass cup underneath? I've seen photos of that online but ours is missing that piece.

jimmycrackedcorn said...

Our cup is probably a replacement, based on some antique web sites I have seen. It does fit perfectly in the place though, so it's possible we have an original.

Eric said...

awesome. we had a hand-held one, but it was a pain to hold and crank. Looks like having it attached to something solid is really nice!

Maureen said...

Please post more--I've really enjoyed reading your musings.

Maureen said...

Now that I've stumbled on your blog and fell in love with your posts, I'm going to be selfish and ask for more blogging.

Please continue the saga of your life and the choices you're making. I'll even be happy with pictures of how your exercise cycle has evolved since your post about it.

Visible Voices said...

NICE PHOTO! Your juicer isn't really antique. When I was a little kid back in the late 50s, my dad sold WearEver aluminum cookware door-to-door. That juice squeezer is one of theirs, and is so well designed, it uses (as you already know) human leverage to do a serious extraction on any poor lime that gets in its way. Designed to be big enough for oranges, and maybe even grapefruits, too. So enjoy your vintage WearEver squeezer, I like mine, too. (Altho, mine is from Savers, not a relic from my dad's 2nd job.)

Libby: said...

That's so cool! Thanks for the info on the origins of my juicer. It's nice to know the history.