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    Manual Coffee <Grinders Mills>?

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Query for anyone who has a finger on the commercial pulse.

    Are Zassenhaus coffee mills still being manufactured?

    All the sites, that I have visited, list the grinders as "Out of Stock". *And my Google search failed to find the Zassenhaus company.

    Just curious (It looks as though I bought mine in the nick of time).

    Felix

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    Re: Manual Coffee <Grinders Mills>?

    Which Zass did you get Felix?
    I bought one last year (156SW knee mill, porcelain lined top hopper). Its great for travel and has been places, but Im dubious about its ability as an espresso grinder. Also the adjusting nut tends to creep if I am too vigorous with my hand grinding.
    Coffee Company in Balaclava had stocks this time last year.

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    Re: Manual Coffee <Grinders Mills>?

    Quote Originally Posted by rice link=1162171126/0#1 date=1162175598
    Which Zass did you get Felix?
    **I bought one last year**

    SNIP

    Coffee Company in Balaclava had stocks this time last year.
    I bought mine from the same source - last year.

    Now they list all their models as "Out of Stock".

    And I suspect they will not get any more. *Zassenhaus has either closed shop or been swallowed by a bigger player. *Their web-page has vanished.

    Mine works well, but I would welcome having a backup.

    Felix

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    Re: Manual Coffee <Grinders Mills>?

    They are currently out of stock, Ive been told by the importer that they expect another shipment towards the end of the year.

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    Re: Manual Coffee <Grinders Mills>?

    Just a tip on how to stop the adjusting nut that tends to creep. Firstly, put a permanent pen marking on the knob as reference point. Then put some tacky heat sensitive glue around the base (this can be commonly found on the Pineapples in Woolies ) & then an elastic band to help secure it.

    The grind of the Zassenhaus is excellent as long as you keep it stable when grinding. I have found a strip of foam cut from a cheap $5 camping mats & joined into O shape makes this alot easier & more comfortable!

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    Re: Manual Coffee <Grinders Mills>?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pioneer Roaster link=1162171126/0#3 date=1162339236
    They are currently out of stock, Ive been told by the importer that they expect another shipment towards the end of the year.
    And I hope that this expectation becomes a reality.

    I worry that the Zassenhaus web-site, which had a lot of helpful information in both German and English, appears to have vanished.

    Felix

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    Re: Manual Coffee <Grinders Mills>?

    Quote Originally Posted by 14coffee link=1162171126/0#4 date=1162342038
    Just a tip on how to stop the adjusting nut that tends to creep. Firstly, put a permanent pen marking on the knob as reference point. *Then put some tacky heat sensitive glue around the base (this can be commonly found on the Pineapples in Woolies ) & then an elastic band to help secure it.

    The grind of the Zassenhaus is excellent as long as you keep it stable when grinding. I have found a strip of foam cut from a cheap $5 camping mats & joined into O shape makes this alot easier & more comfortable!
    This sounds beyond my current skills - even if I managed to understand correctly *what it said.

    Perhaps we are not talking about the same Zassenhaus model. Mine is a Zassenhaus 156.

    I have already put a mark on the &lt;knob &#124;adjustable nut&gt;, And I have put a few marks on the metal top-cover of the grinder. *By lining the knob-mark up with one of the marks on the cover, I can get:
    - either an espresso grind or a coarser vacuum pot grind; and

    - see if the nut moves during the grind.

    In my view, the absence of an embossed scale on the top-cover is a design defect (easily remedied).

    The Zassenhaus 158 - designed specifically for making espresso-grinds - looks quite different and may need a different approach.

    When I bought Zassenhaus 156, I thought that the presence of a "ceramic powder chute" and the ability to hold it between the knees gave the Zassenhaus 156 the edge over the 158 model.

    I would welcome comments from users, who have experience with both designs.

    Felix



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