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How can I grind coffee without a coffee grinder?

I like my coffee super-fine.

I've had some luck with using regular coffee grinders and running it for a long time, but I'd like to explore (possibly manual) alternatives. There are 2 reasons I want to try the manual alternative:

1) Electric coffee grinders are extremely noisy. This makes it kind of impractical to grind coffee at odd hours (which I love to do)

2) My electric coffee grinder seems to be wearing pretty fast.

I tried the Kyocera "Hario Skerton" grinder which was eah. It's a bit fragile, and when trying to get a fine grind you get a lot of crunching of the ceremic plates, which again will pretty much destroy it really fast.

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marked as duplicate by TFD, Chris Steinbach, KatieK, rumtscho Jan 8 '13 at 18:37

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What is the actual question here? –  SAJ14SAJ Jan 4 '13 at 23:52
    
Asking about better manual grinders or if there's a way to practically home stone grind short of dropping beans in the backyard and rolling stones around –  bobobobo Jan 5 '13 at 0:14
    
You might want to edit the main question to make that clear, in case folks don't come down to the comments. –  SAJ14SAJ Jan 5 '13 at 0:22
    
What kind of coffee do you make and use to make it? What kind of electric grinder are you currently using? –  spiceyokooko Jan 5 '13 at 12:59

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Your best bet is probably mortar and pestle:

mortar and pestle

I've never used one for coffee until just now and it didn't take long to grind up a scoop of beens into a very fine powder. When searching for a picture, I found lots of references to mortar and pestle being used for Turkish coffee, so super-fine seems to be no problem.

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Turkish coffee is made from super fine grounds, boiled together with the water in a small kettle (ibrik). The grinders are typically hand cranked, c.f.

Turkish Coffee Grinder (Amazon)

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