The foundations for this website began back in 2002 at a flea market in Southern Ontario, where my wife and I happened to get our first burr grinder; a Saeco MC2002.
Really its my wife who is the original java nut, since she’s been drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes since she was about 12 (sorry hun, but its true!), but slowly I’ve been educated as well to what a great cup of coffee truly tastes like.
Here in Canada, we have a little coffee franchise called Tim Horton’s, and my old habit was to drink 1 or 2 cups a day of a drink they serve called a “large double-double”, which some coffee snobs might argue isn’t “real” coffee, even though half of the country drinks it all the time. The line-ups for this place, if you’ve never been there, are often really really long!
My wife, ever trying to teach an “old dog” (me) new tricks, once said “You should try it black!” My first response was a hearty “No, thank you!” and a look much like the face of the kid in this video:
But, after a while, I started to get used to having no cream or sugar, and then from there it was time to move away from the chain shops and onward to real home-brewed espresso, and the education of my taste buds. My wife’s response: “See?” 🙂
Over the years, I’ve become more and more picky as I’ve purchased new coffee supplies, including many of the grinders you will see on this website. Not too long ago, my son basically challenged me to make a website and start talking about all my coffee knowledge, since he said “You seem to think you know so much about it”.
Not one to back down from a challenge, especially from my young upstart of a son (he’s a good boy – very smart – like his father), I created this website to talk about my love of good, efficient coffee grinders, and other interesting facts related to my number one thing that gets me through the day: coffee! I’m also a very technically-inclined, detail-driven person, and so the mechanics of a well-built coffee grinder also fascinates me. Its a lot like cars, but that’s another story… 🙂
Along the way, I’ve managed to round up some other coffee buffs who like to talk and write about coffee from in and around the Ontario region, and so the Know Your Grinder “team” was born. There is now about six of us who help maintain this site, from the writing to the editing, to the reviewing of coffee grinders. We hope you find this website helpful in some way when it comes to learning about coffee grinders and coffee in general.
PS: If you have any questions, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org