Grinding your coffee beans with antique coffee grinders is a unique experience, evoking nostalgic thoughts of old time coffee grinding, perhaps of one hundred years ago or more.

But many people use old coffee mills, grinders and pots, as collectibles and kitchen decor.

Among the known old coffee grinders are the much renowned Arcade coffee grinder items, like the crystal coffee grinders, made by the Connecticut-based Arcade King company.

What Is an Antique Coffee-Grinder?

Antique grinders used propeller blades to grind the coffee beans, and some people love more the taste and flavor of coffee ground manually with antique coffee mills than with today's electric-powered grinders, although manually cranked coffee grinders are produced and widely used also in today's times, and in fact hand milled coffee may have a different and better taste than coffee ground with electric coffee grinders.

There are many different kinds of antique grinders around. You can find lap, counter top size and wall mount antique grinders.

As a rule, antique coffee mills are made of glass, wood or cast iron. Obviously, the old grinders are hand operated (some of them known as the "Box Grinders", as electric coffee grinders were practically not available in old times.

Shopping for Antique Coffee Grinders

So, where can you find antique coffee mills? You can shop around at many places, including auction sites and individuals, companies and clubs specializing in antique coffeegrinders; there are, for instance, old coffee grinders of the early 1900s, and you may find them for about $100-$200 a piece, or may be much less.

Though, there are also much higher priced antique coffee-mills, like those ranging in the price of $1,000 or even more. It all depends on the type, model, condition and antique coffee grinder value.

Antique Grinders Auction

As said one of the places to look for antique grinders is at antique stores or online antique shops and sites where you can bid on antique grinders, and you can find hundreds of them around.

Among the old coffee mils and grinders that I found looking around at auction sites and antique clubs were plain and ornate grinders, burr and conical burr old coffee mils, grinders from wood or cast iron and other material.

The grinders include some that were still in a good working condition, and others that don't grind anymore and they are good to be used as a decorative means or for a display of collections. The grinders included flat units as well as wall mounted ones.

When looking for old mills and antique items, you may want to determine if it was cleaned, repainted and restored, or in original condition and remained untouched throughout. It is impressive to see those old coffee grinders that are still in very good condition today.

You may as well look for replacement parts for old grinders to replace missing grinder parts.

As to old cast iron grinders, they are said to have better endured the forces of age than the wooden ones, the latter of which may have lost some of their original strengths over the course of the years.

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For Collectors and Enthusiasts

Like antique grinders, enthusiasts of antique coffee items collect, trade, buy and sell also other old items used to make coffee.

Some collectors are interested in antique coffee roasters, among other antiquities related to coffee.

It is also worth to note, that some sellers would ship only to the United States out of fear for the valuable items being lost or broken during their overseas ride. 

You may also want to search around for sites and associations of antique coffee collectible enthusiasts, where you can find a world of information, tips, magazines, articles, photos and more about antique coffeegrinders and related interests.

Check out also:

Antique coffee grinders reference book - hundreds of colorful old coffee mill photographs and more

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