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My New Coffee Gadget - A Burr Grinder by De'Longhi

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A while back I posted about my [Dualit milk frother](http://bluenosegirl.com/milk-frother-dualit/ "old post"). I still love it and it works like a charm. Occasionally I get a batch of milk that just doesn’t seem to want to froth, not sure what that means about the milk! One day I would love to use a steamer but for now I’m happy with my Dualit. I recently bought another gadget to help along my new coffee making obsession.  It’s the [De’Longhi](http://amzn.to/pIKtZ5 "burr grinder") [burr grinder](http://amzn.to/pIKtZ5%20 "Burr mill") which means I’m learning even more about the whole coffee making process. A burr grinder (or mill) grinds the beans by crushing them between two steel burrs that rotate (vs using a blade) this achieves a more uniform grind.  How fine you grind the coffee beans depends on how long you will brew the coffee. The longer you brew your coffee the courser you’ll want to grind the beans.  Filtered coffee is brewed for longest, espresso the shortest.  I am still playing around myself to just the right taste. When grinding the beans the flat smells wonderful. Along with playing with the coarseness of the grind, I’m also having fun trying out different blends from the coffee shops around London (if you know of any hidden gems let me know).  The grinder itself is really easy to use. Pour in the beans, select how many cups of coffee you want to make, and how fine you want to grind the beans.  Then after a bit of noise you have a little box full of fresh ground coffee. The unit itself is fairly copact so it doesn’t take up much room when not in use in the cupboard. For the freshest coffee it’s best to grind the beans right before brewing as this means less exposure to oxygen, and therefore less deterioration will have happened. As a side note your old used coffee grinds can be kept for many useful things around the house.  Such as a deodorizor, hair shine, fixing scratches.  Who knew! There’s an [article here](http://www.cofei.com/health/beauty-with-coffee-grounds.html "coffee grind uses") if you would like to know more. Hopefully one day I will be able to make a cup of cappuccino that looks like the one in the above photo. [![burr grinder](http://ws.assoc-amazon.co.uk/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&Format=_SL160_&ASIN=B002OHDBQC&MarketPlace=GB&ID=AsinImage&WS=1&tag=wwwbluenosegi-21&ServiceVersion=20070822 "burr grinder")](http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B002OHDBQC/ref=as_li_ss_il?ie=UTF8&tag=wwwbluenosegi-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=19450&creativeASIN=B002OHDBQC)![](http://www.assoc-amazon.co.uk/e/ir?t=&l=as2&o=2&a=B002OHDBQC)  
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