Forget Italian waiters brandishing giant wooden phalluses, Cole & Mason salt and pepper mills are the daddy. Or rather their precision grinding mechanism is. It makes these grinders the Aston Martin of the kitchen, with sleek lines and engineering of such fine detail it makes grown men and women weep. We are talking diamond-cut ceramic (salt mills) and machine-cut, hardened carbon steel (pepper mills), both so hard wearing they’re guaranteed for a lifetime.
And the company’s description of what their grinders will do for your food has us looking at the humble pepper corn in an entirely new light: ‘Rather than simply crushing the peppercorns, the advanced mechanism instead strips them down by their individual layers as it grinds. As the different flavours within these layers are released they mix together to deliver the fully rounded and intense flavour of the peppercorn.’
After all this, it almost goes without saying that you can set it to grind to your exact specifications, from ultra fine to ruggedly coarse, and it’s spring-loaded for even grinding consistency.
Plus we think a bit of effortless, one-handed press-button electric grinding makes us look pretty cool in front of our mates.