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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

An Idaho couple said its newly crafted coffee grinder takes your morning pick-me-up to a new level.

Barb and Doug Garrott spent the past three years making a hand-cranked grinder called Lido 2. It is constructed with cast metal, professional-graded parts that grind coffee beans more consistently.

Anthony Rue, owner and barista at Volta Coffee, Tea & Chocolate, said the type of grinder is important in making a good cup of coffee.

“You can pay $35 and get a hand-cranked grinder, and it’s every bit as good as the most expensive grinder you can get,” he said.

Rue said most hand-cranked coffee grinders are hundreds of dollars less than machine grinders, but they take about a minute and a half to grind a cup’s worth of coffee — much longer than a machine grinder.

“It doesn’t sound like much, but when you’re standing there, it’s a total pain in the butt,” Rue said.

Mario Mighty, a UF Ph.D. student researching the Jamaican coffee industry, said a hand-cranked coffee grinder makes coffee with finer grounds.

“Depending on the audience and who you’re trying to sell your coffee to, that may not matter, or it might matter a great deal,” he said.

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