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    Manual Travel grinders?

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    Hi all, so Im looking for a manual grinder to take travelling. Mainly to grind up for a syphon. Is there anything thats a bit more up to date and compact than the traditional box and crank? Like a modern day pepper grinder thingy for coffee? One that you can vary the grind a bit? Maybe something like those cylindrical grinders with the crank.

    Am I asking too much or is ther something out there? ::)

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    Re: Manual Travel grinders?

    Have you seen this one?

    http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/01/hand_crank_travel_coffee_grinder.php

    edited: spell check

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    Re: Manual Travel grinders?

    It is adjustable from espresso to plunga.

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    Re: Manual Travel grinders?

    Hi mate

    Your looking for a Zassenhaus Coffee Mill I reckon, try on a quick google search on that brough these up, but im sure you can find a supplier in Aus? Others will jump in and let you know Im sure...

    http://www.sweetmarias.com/prod.zas.shtml

    http://baldmountaincoffee.com/page/BMCC/CTGY/Manual_Coffee_Mills

    Good luck...

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    Re: Manual Travel grinders?

    Hazel has one that looks like a giant pepper mill.

    I cant remember what brand it is or where she got it.
    Im going to her shopfront opening on Saturday.
    I could try to remember to ask.

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    Re: Manual Travel grinders?

    Yeah thats the only one Ive seen around at the moment, are these avaiable in OZ? Ive only seen them in the US. And I wouldnt mind having a play before paying more in shipping than what its worth.

    Thanks rudy!

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    Re: Manual Travel grinders?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thundergod link=1218707433/0#4 date=1218709796
    Hazel has one that looks like a giant pepper mill.
    Like this?

    It has a "trespade" badge on it, and does a decent plunger grind -- have never tried it for espresso tho.



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    Re: Manual Travel grinders?

    Thats not a "Maine Coon Cat" hiding back there is it Simone? Not that we can see very much of him/her from here... ;)

    From what Ive heard talking to a couple of people who own grinders similar to the one in the picture (a Zassenhaus Turkish Coffee Grinder), they do a very decent job of grinding for espresso. Theyre not cheap though but quite well made and very portable. Im not sure whether any of our Site Sponsors stock them, or similar units but it might be worth a try contacting them...

    Cheers, :)
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    Re: Manual Travel grinders?

    Quote Originally Posted by YeeZa link=1218707433/0#5 date=1218709913
    Yeah thats the only one Ive seen around at the moment, are these avaiable in OZ? Ive only seen them in the US. And I wouldnt mind having a play before paying more in shipping than what its worth.

    Thanks rudy!
    Sory Yeeza, dont think I know of any Oz seller. It is cheap though...try amazon, their shipping rates are usually very reasonable.

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    Re: Manual Travel grinders?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thundergod link=1218707433/0#4 date=1218709796
    Hazel has one that looks like a giant pepper mill.

    I cant remember what brand it is or where she got it.
    Im going to her shopfront opening on Saturday.
    I could try to remember to ask.
    Thanks TG, Ill ask her myself ....... and see you there! ;)

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    Hey Dan

    I did some research for something trying to come up with a match for the Aero at a reasonable price. Not much luck!

    Some camping stores have the type rudy describes - you dont have to go OS to get them, but they really arent much better than a pepper grinder from k-mart.

    Didnt Presso have the zass?

    The turkish style grinder is a lot of work, but more affordable than the zass. You can hunt them down in middle eastern shops that import foods. Theres a coffee roaster at Newtown around near the drama theatre (cant think of the name). He can be a crotchety old bloke and has been there for decades - Ive seen them there for around $50.00.


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    Re: Manual Travel grinders?

    Dennis I think that ones call Allegro and last time I was there he had several different sizes in the window and the prices appeared reasonable.

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    Re: Manual Travel grinders?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thundergod link=1218707433/0#11 date=1218784316
    Dennis I think that ones call Allegro and last time I was there he had several different sizes in the window and the prices appeared reasonable.
    Yep, thats the one!

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    Re: Manual Travel grinders?

    Whats the grind quality like on these suckers though?

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    You can grind as fine as turkish with them Dan

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    Re: Manual Travel grinders?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis link=1218707433/0#14 date=1218795485
    You can grind as fine as turkish with them Dan
    haha, oh yeah obviously ::)... hmm, I like the sound of these - I might have to do a trip out to Newtown and check em out.
    Like I said, Im basically using it for syphon, so it should be the goods. I guess what Im looking for is something thats built well, compact-ish, good grinding burrs, consistent grind, (as much as you can with a hand grinder anyway).

    Thanks for the help fellas. 8-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal link=1218707433/0#7 date=1218728726
    Thats not a "Maine Coon Cat" hiding back there is it Simone? Not that we can see very much of him/her from here... ;)
    Just for you Mal ;)

    I have better photos, but they dont include any coffee gear, so would be, like, totally OT ;D



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    Re: Manual Travel grinders?

    I was at the opening of HDs new shopfront and cupping and I didnt realise I was so close to that joint that you recommended Dennis - Bravos I think.... and they had run out :( They had an old one in the window but none for weeks. They also had that TreSpade one, but it was a bit much, and a little bulkier than I wanted.
    Ill keep searching. Aparently there is a Turkish market out in Auburn that sells them, which is a bit of a hike from where I live.... so the missions on hold unless anyone has any other ideas.

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    Re: Manual Travel grinders?

    Allegro.

    I forgot.
    I could have driven youn there.

    Did you ask Hazel what the one was she had, that Id mentioned previously?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thundergod link=1218707433/0#18 date=1218964831
    Allegro.

    I forgot.
    I could have driven youn there.

    Did you ask Hazel what the one was she had, that Id mentioned previously?
    Yeah she said she got hers from that "House" joint. Its a bigger though I think than I wanted. Ive pretty much got my heart set on the brass turkish ones now. I like how compact they are. Theyd fit in my skateboard pack real well ;)

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    Re: Manual Travel grinders?

    Well Dan, if all else fails, just take the beans with you and use a more traditional method...find one rock to place the beans on, and another to grind them with...and yes, Ive done it!

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    Re: Manual Travel grinders?

    Quote Originally Posted by cuppacoffee link=1218707433/20#20 date=1219014993
    Well Dan, if all else fails, just take the beans with you and use a more traditional method...find one rock to place the beans on, and another to grind them with...and yes, Ive done it!
    ...and you know what Dennis? That doesnt surpise me at all! ::) ;D

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    Re: Manual Travel grinders?

    Hey Dan,

    Since its for your Hario, how about these

    http://www.harioglass.com/china_s/products/taste/mill.htm

    I myself would like to get my hands on the skeleton one.

    Cheers
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    Re: Manual Travel grinders?

    oooh theyre kinda nice.... hmmm, I think my shopping list just got a whole lot longer for my trip to Japan in Jan 09, oh and dont worry, Ill keep you in mind HD ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by cuppacoffee link=1218707433/20#20 date=1219014993
    Well Dan, if all else fails, just take the beans with you and use a more traditional method...find one rock to place the beans on, and another to grind them with...and yes, Ive done it!
    And you were doing this because (a) you forgot your grinder, or (b) you just had to try it? ::)

    Notice theres no mention of the actual result! ;D

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    I had everything else needed to make coffee apart from a grinder so thought it was worth trying.

    The grind was a little uneven, ranging from turkish to gravel :o

    Spooned about 3 heaped teaspoons into the cup and poured hot water over it; formed a nice crust kind of similar to cupping. Took a while to push the bits aside, but it actually tasted ok. Or maybe it just satisfied my caffeine needs at the time - not sure which. :P

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    Hehe -- real bush coffee ::)

    Coffee floats to the top, gravel sinks to the bottom 8-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by simone link=1218707433/20#26 date=1219143031
    Hehe -- real bush coffee ::)

    Coffee floats to the top, gravel sinks to the bottom 8-)
    Youd think so, but the funny thing is that the gravel floats quite well - maybe cause the bits were big enough to trap gases in them! ;D

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    Er, was thinking more in terms of gravel from the grinding rocks :-/

    You know, the tooth breaking kind. :o

    But then, were not supposed to have to have to chew our coffee...



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