Grinding the Demos

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Now that I’ve escaped from Stringtown crossed the flooded river and am home in Michigan, I can finally tell you about the antique commercial coffee grinder cincyjojo brought to the Farm Party!

She had emailed Thursday morning before heading to WV to see if she could/should bring it. Well, YES, you can! I love antiques, especially kitchen antiques–I wanted to operate it!

I was demonstrating roasting coffee beans in a cast iron pan at the Party. Perfect!

Photo courtesy of Carrie J-Wa

We’d roast the coffee beans and shake the chaf.

Photo courtesy of Carrie J-Wa

Even though they wouldn’t be ready for percolating, they could be ground.

Photo courtesy of Carrie J-Wa

After the beans were ready, cincyjojo hauled (it was heavy!) the grinder out to Suzanne’s steps so we could operate it.

It wouldn’t turn! A few packing peanuts later, we were in business.

We tried all of the grinder settings. The lower the number, the finer the grind.

This is the coffee beans ground on “7”, the coarsest grind.

Then we had the bright idea of grinding some of the wheat Pete had brought for the grain grinding demonstration.

We ground it on “1”, the finest grind.

Then on “1” again.

It was probably easier in the VitaMix Pete brought,

but it ground the wheat nicely. I would have used it in a loaf of bread!

What a wonderful grinder cincyjojo has. I was jealous. Very, very jealous.

Cindy blogs at Chippewa Creek ~ Our Life Simplified.

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