You're off taking a leak at the break of dawn, watching the sun rise as a strong breeze comes in through the forrest. All the while your woman is back at the site frying up some eggs for breakfast. Indeed, life is good. You feel like a man — you are a man! — and are damn glad to be suckling at Mother Nature's teat as the gods above intended. But then the coarse sound of an electronic grinder comes splitting through the trees, jarring you from the soft rustle of the leaves and throwing you back into a nausea-inducing flashback of sweaty 7 a.m. trains to the office. It's really too bad you didn't pack GSI Outdoors's new JavaMill; no one wants to pee on their hiking boots. Even though there are innumerable — and counting — hi-tech camping gizmos that are making for portable (and convenient) power grids wherever you go, something about plugging in an electronic grinder in the wild doesn't feel right. Too domestic. And these hand cranks are no run-of-the-mill hand cranks. The follow-up to their successful JavaGrind burr grinders are burr mills, the coffee aficionado's method of choice for grinding down coffee beans. They produce uniform grinds, which is important for consistency in both flavor and aroma. Electronic grinders, on the other hand, are typically blades rotating at such fast speeds that not only are the resultant grinds not uniform, but the friction heats up the particles, altering the product. And it runs a reasonable $38. Basically, there isn't much of a decision to be made here. Available next February, it'll be ready in time for the spring season. Now what do you do with that pre-ground coffee you bought? Make booze of course.
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