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    Hand crank coffee grinder.

    Wonder how many remember, or, have even seen one of these?

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    Got to thinking about this, if my memory serves me correctly one of the manufacturers of this type of grinder were a company called Spong.

    I have memories as a kid being given the task of grinding the beans for the adults on one of these, for brewing in a percolator, as a reward I wasnt allowed to partake in this (adult) brew, makin up for it now though.

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    Yep, these are Spong coffee mills, made in England up the mid-1980s. #1 is the smallest and I think the biggest is a #5.

    I have a #2. Grind quality is quite good.

    There are other similar brands

    http://www.home-barista.com/grinders...ry-t16165.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by flynnaus View Post
    Yep, these are Spong coffee mills, made in England up the mid-1980s. #1 is the smallest and I think the biggest is a #5.

    I have a #2. Grind quality is quite good.

    There are other similar brands

    http://www.home-barista.com/grinders...ry-t16165.html
    Way before this I believe, recall using a Spong in the 1950's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    Way before this I believe, recall using a Spong in the 1950's.
    Oh, they have been around for yonks (since 1856); I was just saying they ceased production of the Spong coffee mill sometime in the 1980s.

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    These Spong grinders are good for brewing methods other than espresso and offer a stable base not available from many other hand grinders. Generally, the higher the number the better the grind.

    However, be careful when considering offers online. There are now reproductions about and these do not have the burr quality of the originals. Fairly east to spot - very excellent condition of paint and labels, new screws, and handles that look as though they have had no use. The old adage applies - if they seem to good to be true, they probably are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    Wonder how many remember, or, have even seen one of these?
    Yep, my Grandparents had one that was mounted on the wall in a convenient place in the kitchen.
    I had the job of using it when ever we visited (from about eight years old). Didn't mind though, the aromas were glorious...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimal View Post
    Yep, my Grandparents had one that was mounted on the wall in a convenient place in the kitchen.
    I had the job of using it when ever we visited (from about eight years old). Didn't mind though, the aromas were glorious...

    Mal.
    Did you get to partake of the glorious beverage?

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    I was occasionally allowed to have a small cup - Loved it...

    Mal.

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    I have one that I've restored set up in my pantry. It's a number 2 and works well. I'd prefer a number 3 as the 2 is a touch small, but the 3's are the most popular, and therefore hard to come by and fetch a premium price here in NZ.

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    kaffee R.Z.

    Hi Yelta

    Your post reminded me I photographed one at a work colleague's place recently.

    I was there helping him setup NBN at his house but he wasn't around to ask more about it.

    Will have to remember to find out its history.

    See pic attached.
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