Recieved this item the other day - quite impressed. I, too, use a coffee grinder - great for making 5-spice powders or anything that requires a good amount of product. I use a mortar and pestle when I need some thing more cracked than ground (cracked pepper for pepper vodka
). I think this will be great for - a. keeping whole spices organized and fresh and b. ease of use when a small amount is called for. The inserts that hold the product come with caps for storage (look to be quite air tight) and you replace them in the grinder by turning a locking stopper, changing spice containers and reinserting the stopper - flick of the wrist. I'm thinkung of repackaging all my spices in these containers, vacuum seal and freeze any extra and make a rack/tote to organize. We'll see if it works.