As I’ve stated previously, I’m not inclined to buy a lot of gadgets to clutter my kitchen, but here’s one that is worth its space: a custom coffee grinder. I have the Hamilton Beach model pictured above.
If you’re a coffee drinker, it allows you to only grind a few days’ worth of beans at a time and thus enhancing freshness. You can set the lever to various grind sizes within categories of “auto drip” or “espresso.”
But I also use it for other things: if I need to quickly grind up an herb or a spice, or when I want to make some raw/demera/turbinado sugar more suitable for recipes (or to better dissolve in coffee).
Save yourself a future heart attack, though, by carefully wiping down the blade if you use sugar or any other substance that could get sticky. Not because a sticky blade will cause a heart attack, per se, but because a sticky blade may not turn and will thus make you think your coffee grinder just died, which may cause severe distress. But it didn’t die, and you can calm down, it’s just sticky.