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    Advice on Spong No. 1

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    Hi all,

    My Mum is considering giving me a Spong No. 1 she owns for Christmas (how nice!). *It has the original tray.

    I want a hand grinder for camping & anything without power (fishing, bbqs, picnics, cyclones...) probably to be used with plungers or stovetops.

    I cant find much on the Spong. *Does anyone know if its any good in general? *How fine does the grind usually go on these things? *Can you sharpen it if its blunt? *(I think theyre blades, not burrs).

    It looks like this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/aarn/3404516274/ or this: http://www.coffeehouseinc.com/solditems.htm (about halfway down). *Neither of these are the actual one.

    Your wisdom is appreciated, thanks!

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    Re: Advice on Spong No. 1

    I just bought some beans from a (tastes good to me) coffee shop in Geraldton called Bella Vista.

    I ground some on the finest setting and it almost comes out like flour! Its quite fine and I can press it together to make it "stick" (which I dont think you could do with a courser grind). So far so good :)

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    Re: Advice on Spong No. 1

    OK, some obligatory photos, since I couldnt find many photos of this online so someone else may be interested.

    Spong No. 1:


    View from the top:


    Inside the hopper:


    The blades:


    The grind:


    Its not quite flour, but it seems to be quite fine. Im used to a Breville conical burr grinder, so not a great benchmark.

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    Re: Advice on Spong No. 1

    how did it taste? looks very fine to me and would need backing off a bit for plunger i reckon or you might get a bit of mud??

    are they adjustable?


    does the nostalgia improve the taste? Not being a smart arse, but a gift from "mum" like that is from the heart and will be treasured even if the coffee is only "good" [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

    happy xmas :)

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    Re: Advice on Spong No. 1

    Quote Originally Posted by 79757C717178140 link=1260888625/3#3 date=1260958017
    how did it taste? looks very fine to me and would need backing off a bit for plunger i reckon or you might get a bit of mud??
    There was a bit of slurry, I should try Turkish! *I have to read up about plunger coffee as Im not so good...

    are they adjustable?
    Yes, theres a screw on the back. *Its a bit rough - no markers or anything. *It just tightens up the mechanism. *I might have to put on some tape to mark my trials!


    does the nostalgia improve the taste? Not being a smart arse, but a gift from "mum" like that is from the heart and will be treasured even if the coffee is only "good" [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

    happy xmas :)
    I know what you mean, but I was a bit disappointed in my first brew. *TBH Id rather it decorated my Mums kitchen than mine. *I want one to carry around and use :)

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    Spong No. 1coffee mill

    Ive been using it for a couple of weeks now, and the results are promising. *Heres my notes:

    • The finest grind blocked up my Breville BES820 (dual wall basket - I still havent ordered a real one) so it grinds finer than the Breville conical burr grinder unmodified.
    • There is no accurate way to get the same grind size for the next grind - just a thumb screw with no graduations or marks so its trial and error
    • grinding as fine as possible produces a consistent grind (as in the photo), but grinding courser produces some varying sized granules
    • With good beans, it made excellent plunger coffee, with plenty of crema!


    The Breville pressure gauge usually sits on the edge of "optimum", but this time it was well into the red, and the sound and lights were all "struggling"!

    I cant wait to get a real basket and try it out.



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