For a More Flavorful Cup of Coffee, Upgrade to This Grinder
Clunky and often noisesome, coffee grinders typically fall into the category of countertop appliances that most of us store out of sight as soon as they’re done whirring. But Key, a new streamlined version by Weber Workshops—a maker of well-crafted kitchen tools that was founded by Douglas Weber, one of the original members of Apple’s iPod product design team—offers a different take on the everyday necessity.
The compact implement features a large, commercial conical burr set that, unlike blades, which chop beans into variably sized chunks, produces consistently sized particles that result in a more flavorful drink. (Orders will begin shipping next month, following the company’s completion of a successful crowdfunding campaign for the machine in July.) To use, simply pour in the beans, place the tumbler on the wooden landing pad, adjust the burr alignment to determine the dimensions of the grains, and press a button on the side to get things spinning. There’s a knob to modify the speed of the grind, and a built-in brush to sweep grounds away when the work is done. Whether your preferred brewing method is a pourover, aeropress, espresso, or other, the apparatus all but guarantees to transform your morning coffee routine for the better.