Grinding Whole Coffee Beans

Lupe ShopKrups Electric Coffee Bean Grinder

Grinding whole coffee beans in a grinder gives your coffee a whole different taste and aroma . We started doing it last year when I purchased this Krups Electric Coffee Bean Grinder from Amazon. It can also be used for grinding spices too, but if you do that, you probably should have one exclusively for coffee beans too. It has a 200-watt motor and will grind about 3 ounces of coffee in 3 seconds. The instructions say that it has a large capacity and can grind 12 cups of coffee, but I am not sure about that. I usually put 3 tablespoons of whole beans in at a time and grind them. Then do that several times to fill a small pint canning jar with the ground coffee. I have not kept track of how many tablespoons I use for each pot. I make the coffee every night before we go to bed, so in the morning it just has to be put on the stove and perked.

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The Krups Coffee Bean Grinder has stainless steel blades and inside. Like I said above, it can be used to grind spices and grains as well as the coffee beans. The lid is designed so it can’t be started without the lid on it for safety reasons. Good thing too! I found it to be easy to use, but I get tired of standing by the counter to use it. I finally got smart and dragged my stool up to the counter so when I use it, I can sit down. You have to press the button down and hold it while it grinds. I would have preferred a on and off switch, but this works.

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Whole Coffee Beans in Krups Grinder.

I never fill it up to the top so I am not positive how that would work. I did not want to ruin my beans, even for this post. I have been purchasing organic beans and the coffee does have a much better flavor. I do not know if that is what the difference is or if it because I am using beans now instead of pre-ground. Many people only grind the beans just before they make the coffee. I don’t do that, because my husband puts the coffee on in the morning when he gets up and is getting our wood stoves going. I am fortunate enough to wake up to the aroma of fresh perked coffee! Yes, I know, I am quite spoiled! Still, Krups says, “In fact, coffee beans lose 40% of their aroma in the few minutes following the grinding process.” So I could be missing out on some of my aroma.

 

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Fresh Ground Coffee Beans

There you have the fresh ground coffee beans. Now you can grind them finer than I do. I do not use a filter in my coffee pot, just the filter that is part of our coffee pot. I looked at the reviews on Amazon and cannot agree with all of them. I do not see that you have to use a paper filter and I don’t. One reviewer said it was too loud. Of course it is a loud, it is grinding beans for goodness sake! I am not one for loud noise either, but shoot, you are only grinding it for a few seconds. Another reviewer said when you pour it out of the grinder, not every drop of the grounds comes out. That is correct, but for me that is such a trivial matter………though what I do is to wipe it out with my clean finger into the coffee grounds basket on the coffee pot. Mine is usually pretty clean and then I wipe it out with a paper towel. The reason it does that is due to the oil in the coffee beans.

 

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Enjoy!

 

I recommend the Krups Electric Coffee Bean Grinder. I use it myself and have been very happy with it. It is a good buy and not real expensive. As of this writing it is only $15.99 on Amazon. Buy one and get a bag of organic coffee beans to go with it. I think you will like it.

 

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A Cordless Hand Vac Is Easy To Handle

Dustbuster Cordless Hand Vac

Dustbuster Cordless Hand Vac

 

A cordless hand vac is easy to handle because it is light, at about three pounds. If you are having trouble navigating a larger vacuum cleaner, then one of these small hand held models might be the way to go. I have bad shoulders and knees and needed something that I could handle easily. In a house that uses wood stoves for heat and cooking, cobwebs and dust is a pretty common problem. Add to that, two cats, a house bunny and two humans with lots of hair. I wanted a vacuum that I could raise up to the ceiling and use before my shoulder would give out on me. This model, the Black & Decker Dustbuster Cordless Hand Vac, CHV1510 is the one I purchased from Amazon. I paid $39.99 for it with free shipping, since I am a Prime customer. I bought it in August of 2014 and I am still using it and it works well for me.

 

Dusterbuster Hand Vac Box

70% More Suction Power

 

After reading the listing on Amazon for my Black & Decker Dustbuster hand vac today, I see there are a number of new reviews since I bought mine. It has 7,670 reviews on Amazon’s site, giving it an average rating of 3.4 stars. That is a lot of reviews for this, but what I see as being the biggest issue is the battery. It seems that the battery gives out over a year of using it daily. I don’t use mine daily, as I have to be mindful of how much power we have coming in, due to us generating our own electric with solar and wind. If I used it daily, maybe I wouldn’t like it so much. Right now it works great for me and my battery lasts for however long I am using it. I don’t vacuum for too long a time due to my shoulder. So I use it and then plug it into the charger so it will be ready the next time.

 

Dustbuster 15.6 Volts

Dustbuster 15.6 Volts

 

Cyclonic Hand Vac?

According to Black & Decker’s site it means that this model has many new features and benefits, which I have listed here:

“Features + Benefits

  • Rotating, slim nozzle targets dirt in tight spaces
  • 50% more reach than the previous Dustbuster design for less bending and better accessibility
  • Brush and crevice tool accessories are located on-board so there are no loose items to misplace
  • Wide mouth design means this vac can effortlessly scoop up large debris
  • Cyclonic action spins dust and debris away from the filter so suction power stays strong
  • Translucent, bagless dirt bowl makes it easy to see dirt and easy to empty
  • Removable, washable dirt bowl and filters allow for a thorough, hygienic cleaning
  • 3 stage filtration means less clogging and cleaner air exhaust
  • 3 versatile ways to store: horizontally, vertically, or mount on a wall
  • Charging indicator light allows you to always know you have a good connection
  • Lightweight and portable for quick clean-ups”

 

 

Black & Decker Dustbuster

Black & Decker Dustbuster

 

Another thing that impressed me about this hand vac is that it got a lot of attention on Amazon. Not only did it have so many reviews, but it also had 399 answered questions! Now that is a lot of questions about a household appliance. Before customers started shopping online, they had no one to ask all these questions of. You just went into a store and asked the salesman. Of course, they would try to steer you to the models they were trying to get rid of or had a special promotion on. Now you can ask the question you need to know before purchasing. This is definitely a good thing. The questions and reviews seemed to focus on the life of the battery. I can understand why, since what good is the cleaner without a long lasting battery? Hopefully, Black & Decker will work on that problem. But like I said, I don’t really have a problem with that, at least not at the present time. Maybe in the future.

 

Hand Held Vac

Hand Held Vac

I can charge it on our 12 volt alternative electric system with no problems. Would I recommend it to others? Yes, I definitely would. Since I am using it and have for over a year now, unlike the reviewers, I have had no problems and would give it a 5 star rating!

 

I highly recommend the Black & Decker CHV1510 Dustbuster Hand Held Vac. This link takes you to Amazon to make the purchase. Amazon did not ask me to do this review. I am an affiliate associate with Amazon, but this does not affect the reviews I write. I honestly bought this product and am using it and wanted to share with my readers of this blog. Go to my Disclosure page for more information.

 

 

 

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Copyright © 2015 Kathleen G. Lupole
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