She reacts... well.. like a cat on catnip, to small amounts of coffee.
So we don't go there. heh
And yeah, I grew up with lots of old, nostalgic-type bits and bobs. My dad was always interested in trying things out without the electronics and whatnot. And if a hand grinder will give the same quality, for less, then great. But I don't know how feasible that is here.
For curiosity's sake, I did a few Internet searches for muscle powered coffee grinders; it seems that Zassenhaus is a good brand to consider. There is a short FAQ about them on the
Sweet Marias website
that you might be interested in.
The writer there suggests that espresso grind is achieveable with a good hand cranked coffee mill; I wonder if anyone out there in CoffeeCrew land can confirm from personal experience if that is true or not.