A couple months ago, my cousin brought over an old-fashioned manual coffee grinder. How quaint! How charming! You can find the old-timey ones not only in antique shops, but new ones online (the one above is from Sweet Maria's).
He put coffee beans in, and started grinding.
And kept grinding.
And still kept grinding.
We left and came back, and he was still grinding. He said he was almost done.
Finally, he pulled open a little drawer to reveal ... a little pile of coffee grounds.
Then added more coffee beans to grind more.
Wow, a manual coffee grinder is slooowwwww.
They're energy efficient and work well when the power is out and they are quieter, but a hand grinder would not get much play at our house. Have you seen Foodgoat in the morning before he's had his coffee? Have you tried to get to taste yogurt cheese in the morning before he's had his coffee?
Let's just say I would not want to make the coffee making processs take longer than it has to.