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Old 05-22-2011, 02:24 AM   #11
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Nice to see so many replies. But I don't even drink coffee; I was just wondering if a burr type coffee grinder would be good for spices if there's no such thing as a burr-type, spice-only grinder.

The various grinders you mention that you use for coffee (Cuisinart, Krupps, Magic Bullet) - are they burr-type?

I sure do need help with this!
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Old 05-22-2011, 08:28 AM   #12
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Mine is a burr-type. Sorry, your question above appeared to ask about having one grinder for coffee AND spices.

You can use a coffee grinder for spices.
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Old 05-22-2011, 08:46 AM   #13
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We have a spice grinder. We rarely drink coffee at home and that is either expresso or Irish (Bushmills). Now if we really want a jolt, we get Colada from a local Cuban place.

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Old 05-22-2011, 10:05 AM   #14
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Nice to see so many replies. But I don't even drink coffee; I was just wondering if a burr type coffee grinder would be good for spices if there's no such thing as a burr-type, spice-only grinder.

The various grinders you mention that you use for coffee (Cuisinart, Krupps, Magic Bullet) - are they burr-type?

I sure do need help with this!

While you can use a burr type grinder for spices, you don't need to. A regular blade type will work fine.
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Old 05-22-2011, 10:28 AM   #15
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Nice to see so many replies. But I don't even drink coffee; I was just wondering if a burr type coffee grinder would be good for spices if there's no such thing as a burr-type, spice-only grinder.

The various grinders you mention that you use for coffee (Cuisinart, Krupps, Magic Bullet) - are they burr-type?

I sure do need help with this!
The Magic Bullit is like a mini blender, with the whirly blades.
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Old 05-22-2011, 10:30 AM   #16
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The point of using a coffee grinder for spices is to chop them up. A burr grinder would not be the best method to do that. It would work, but it would be a more expensive way to go and you would not get as good a result as using an inexpensive blade grinder.
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Old 05-22-2011, 10:46 AM   #17
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A burr grinder also is designed to grind more product than you normally need with spices. and they are difficult to clean. The inexpensive blade coffee grinders work much better for spices. IMO there is little difference in brands, and all are fairly inexpensive.
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Old 05-22-2011, 03:21 PM   #18
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[QUOTE=Katie H;1003028]Ditto for me, Andy. Been doing this for years and have no complaints. I clean my spice grinder by running a piece of white bread through it, then brushing it out well.[/QUOTE]

I grind up rice in mine, Katie. I'm sure bread works well too.
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I have two coffee grinders. One for coffee and another for spices.
I used to have one grinder, then found mustard/fennel flavored coffee is not good. I have two Krupps whirly blades.
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I bought an inexpensive burr grinder so I would be able to dedicate the whirly blade grinder to spices. Turns out the burr grinder is good for everything except espresso made with a pump (like the machines with a lever or the electric ones with an electric pump). Darn. But, the burr grinder does a much better job of grinding coffee for Bodum. Much less of that very fine stuff that goes right through the screen and into your cup.
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