I discovered that my coffee grinder set aside exclusively for spice grinding also did wonderfully making small batch tahini, nut butters, and quick pesto.
But, I killed it making a nut butter with raisins mixed in. Overheated and motor died. I just think wet sticky raisins are too much to ask from a coffee grinder.
So, I got a new one (cheapy $16 thing from Target) and after experimenting with using it to make sprinkles out of some chunks of parm killed that one too. (I think a chunk got caught under the blade and it overheated from not being able to move).
Now, I know that I'm asking too much from these little machines and will go back to using my smaller food processor more often. But I'd still like to use it for grinding nuts, spices, and making quick work of dressings and pesto.
Anyone have a sturdy brand they can recommend?