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    Whats a brass hand Turkish grinder worth?

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    Hi all,

    Theres a "Vintage Greek or Turkish Brass COFFEE GRINDER c1920" on the evil bay atm. Regardless of whether its authentic or not, I have a bit of a liking for these old looking things (have a Spong No. 1).

    Im wondering, assuming it worked, would it be adjustable? ie. could I actually use it for espresso (and maybe Turkish if I wanted), or do you think its just a paper weight?

    And what do you reckon theyre worth? I havent seen one like this before.

    Knowing my luck lately, somebody will read this and out-bid me anyway, but Im still wondering :)

    thanks snobs!

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    Re: Whats a brass hand Turkish grinder worth?

    You can a new one that looks the same and then wont feel ripped off the bay of evil one turns out to be fake.

    I might be able to price them in Newtown over the weekend, if they are still where I last saw them.

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    Re: Whats a brass hand Turkish grinder worth?

    The modern ones will grind coffee from espresso to talcum

    Dont know about the grind adjust-ability of antique models
    The ones branded as mocha grinders will be OK for espresso

    KK

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    Re: Whats a brass hand Turkish grinder worth?

    cool, maybe Ill get a "modern" one then. What are they worth? In the order of $100, or way more?

    thanks.

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    Re: Whats a brass hand Turkish grinder worth?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5951595E5452300 link=1274963680/3#3 date=1275003995
    cool, maybe Ill get a "modern" one then. *What are they worth? *In the order of $100, or way more?

    thanks.
    Depends on the size
    But yes up to $100

    KK

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    Re: Whats a brass hand Turkish grinder worth?

    The one on Fleabay would not be adjustable. You can search CoffeSnobs, Coffeegeek or Home-Barista forums for verification of this. There are a couple of Zass Turkish up there now which are adjustable (or at least one is).

    My Zassenhaus Turkish is adjustable but, at the time of purchase (late 2008), it was the only one I could find that is.

    The Zass Turkish are now US$81.50 from Sweet Marias (where I bought mine from). I dont think there are any distributors in Australia.


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    Re: Whats a brass hand Turkish grinder worth?

    Just go the ceramic new style and be done with it..

    Second hand store or Saint Vs etc and pick up a brass (fake or otherwise) for the shelf and to act as a dust collector ;D ;D

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    Re: Whats a brass hand Turkish grinder worth?

    Ceramic new style? Got a picture or link handy?

    thanks :)

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    Re: Whats a brass hand Turkish grinder worth?

    Quote Originally Posted by 424A42454F492B0 link=1274963680/7#7 date=1275007911
    Ceramic new style? *Got a picture or link handy?

    thanks :)
    Search Kyocera Grinder
    I think Supreme Roasters is now stocking them

    Also see post #21 and onwards for photos & tests
    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1240128496

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    Re: Whats a brass hand Turkish grinder worth?

    Quote Originally Posted by 06222B2B28281206223E20224D0 link=1274963680/8#8 date=1275008113
    Search Kyocera Grinder
    I think Supreme Roasters is now stocking them

    KK
    Kyocera will do turkish? Ive been considering them, but thought they werent that fine...

    Of course, Im usually wrong :)

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    Re: Whats a brass hand Turkish grinder worth?

    Do you want an antique grinder or do you want a grinder you can use? The Kyocera is the latter and they have good reviews and they will grind finely but they dont look as good as a Turkish (I think).

    Plus, hand grinders are labour intensive and only good if you want one for compact travel use.

    If you are considering collecting them, it sounds like you want form over function.

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    Re: Whats a brass hand Turkish grinder worth?

    Quote Originally Posted by 3D353D3A3036540 link=1274963680/9#9 date=1275008732
    Kyocera will do turkish?Ive been considering them, but thought they werent that fine...

    Of course, Im usually wron
    I drink Greek/Turkish coffee regularly

    No it will not do the required talcum powder grind
    I have tested it out

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    Re: Whats a brass hand Turkish grinder worth?

    Quote Originally Posted by 2E24312626293D3B480 link=1274963680/10#10 date=1275008983
    Do you want an antique grinder or do you want a grinder you can use? The Kyocera is the latter and they have good reviews and they will grind finely but they dont look as good as a Turkish (I think).
    I want one that I can use, but if its also antique and looks the part, that would be a bonus.

    Plus, hand grinders are labour intensive and only good if you want one for compact travel use.
    That too (camping)

    If you are considering collecting them, it sounds like you want form over function.
    It was a side-thought, but realistically I dont need any collections at the moment (except maybe another Spong...)

    There are some kyoceras on the evil bay for about $65.

    thanks guys!

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    Re: Whats a brass hand Turkish grinder worth?

    If you want a Turkish/Greek styled grinder you can also get them new on the bay of evil. There is a evilbay shop in Greece that has a good range of them and Brikis as well.

    PROBLEMS - if it is based on stones for grinding it is designed to grind just one thing and that is powder for Turkish/Greek coffee. If you get a burred one then you will be better off for adjusting the grind but even then burr quality may be questionable.

    If you want Plunger/Stovetop grind then get a second hand European (not chinese rubbish) hand grinder (Zassenhaus ets) will do that great. If you want Espresso grab a Kyocera/Hario type but they dont do course grinds as well as some of the older styles.



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