If there's one obstacle between you and your coffee it's how to get beans dissolved into water, and without a coffee grinder on your side, you're going to lose the battle. Though there are a lot of lazy-man's-beliefs about what's suitable for home coffee brewing, there's one essential truth: grinding fresh, and grinding in a good coffee grinder, is perhaps the single most important thing you can do to make your good coffee taste great.
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But just this past weekend, I found myself with 18 pounds of brisket, 22 pounds of ribs, and 20 pounds of pork shoulder, all of which required a rub before an all-nighter of barbecueing before the Fourth of July. That's an awful lot of grinding, and for times like those, it calls for breaking out the big guns: an electric spice grinder. For all intents and purposes, a spice grinder and a coffee grinder are essentially the same rebranded product, so we won't distinguish between them in our comparisons.