Even before its current zenith of popularity, coffee has been a favorite beverage worldwide for centuries. To prepare coffee beans for use, human ingenuity has created hundreds of versions of coffee grinders, and this book is devoted exclusively to them. With 600 quality color photographs, the authors direct a marvelous tour of the best and most sought after examples from around the world. Accurate information about the makers and the time and place of manufacture make this a valuable resource for collectors as well as a rich visual history of over 300 years of American and European coffee grinding devices. Each example is described with its current value. Joseph E. MacMillan, a leading authority on coffee grinders and author of the MacMillan Index, writes in his Foreword to this book, "Knowing the quality of these authors, I am confident that this book will be an asset to the serious collector and will be enjoyed by all of its readers for years to come."
The authors are leading collectors of coffee grinders. Judith Sivonda's special interest includes the coffee grinders made in Connecticut, where she lives. Michael White is a founder of the Association of Coffee Mill Enthusiasts and the author of Early American Coffee Mills***.