Tyler Chin, on gearpatrol.com:
Most importantly, hand grinding my beans brings me closer to the hands that farmed them. I try to buy coffee from roasters that are sustainably and ethically sourcing their beans. Coffee farming is a labor-intensive job, sometimes with minimal profit. As cheesy as it sounds, I feel a connection to the farmers who spend their days making sure the rest of the world stays caffeinated.
I used a hand grinder during most of 2020. The above is a great sentiment, but I was so happy to be reunited with my electric grinder — and don’t think I’d ever switch voluntarily.