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I Love This $18 Electric Coffee Grinder So Much, I'd Grind Up On It

I swear by this thing — and so do 9,000 other Amazon customers.

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This lil' guy is the #1 best-selling grinder on Amazon (I'm so proud of him), costs only $17.63, and lets you grind any whole-bean coffee your heart desires.

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Case in point: When I was in Madrid recently (I know how that sounds, OK!!!), I became obsessed with this café, Cripeka, around the corner from my Airbnb, and took home a bag of their house blend as a souvenir. It only came as whole beans, but that didn't matter — I knew I could grind them up at home and make a fresh, full-flavored cup of coffee (with my Chemex, aka that contraption on the right, though of course you could also use a standard coffeemaker) that reminds me of my trip.

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Don't get me wrong: I used to drink pre-ground coffee all the mother-effin' time, but I converted to the practice of grinding my own whole beans, because, I could immediately taste how much richer and smoother it was.

To clean it, all you have to do is wipe it out with a paper towel, and it barely takes up any kitchen real estate: When I'm done grinding 😏, I just tuck it back inside one of my cabinets.

This thing has a 200-watt motor and stainless-steel blades, so it's powerful enough to grind 3 ounces of coffee beans into a fine powder in literal seconds.

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All you have to do is hold down the black button until you're happy with the consistency — about 10 seconds for a super-fine espresso grind. The only downside? It's a little loud, so be careful not to wake up your roommates in the morning (unless you hate them, which is all the more reason to buy this).

You can also use it to grind up herbs, spices, seeds, and nuts for different recipes, like Amazon user Lady Phoenix does — one of 9,000 customers who gave it at least four stars.

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"Where do I start with this grinder? We use it constantly in the kitchen to grind our spices. We buy bulk peppercorns and sea salt and it grinds it into a powder in seconds. It's amazing how well this grinder works. I just wipe it out with a paper towel to clean it." —Lady Phoenix

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Oh, and it is DURABLE — I've had this tiny grinder for three years and it still gets the job done. (Here it is next to a banana for scale.)

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Amazon user S. Markham has owned his even longer: "Fabulous grinder, lasts forever! I have several of these, they never give up! Some are over 25 years old."