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    Gday folks,

    Newbie here... *I have had a look around the topic and cannot find any information on manual grinders...

    I go bush regularly, and want to have a manual grinder to cover my bases when out in the boonies. (no power and a Presso)

    I would like a good one, and really do not have any idea on what I am looking for. *Ideally I will need an espresso grind.

    Any advice or more to the point, any pitfalls to look out for would be truly appreciated!! *(be kind to me, and please treat me like an idiot as I really want to learn about this)

    Thanks in advance!!

    Bob

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    Re: Manual Grinder

    Hi and welcome Rasta

    The best manual grinders are the German made
    Zassenhaus Coffee Grinders
    Cost is about $140 but well worth it as they will last for decades

    KK

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    Re: Manual Grinder

    hi rastas

    the turkish grinders are quite good
    being cylindrical they also pack well

    graham

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    Re: Manual Grinder

    I has a look at the Zassenhaus on line. Methinks a trip to Mr Coffee is in order...

    I had not heard of the turkish grinder.. Time for more research!! Thanks for the responses so far..

    Bob

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    Hi Rastas,

    I just ran my morning beans past my Zass grinder (43 year old) for a Syphon Brew rather than adjusting my big electric one. It took about 2 minutes to do the grind on 20g of beans so done well before the kettle boiled :) The grind quality and consistancy is possibly better than my old Ibiteral electric grinder

    The turkish grinder might be a better option than the zass for the presso as I believe they can grind finer also a good weapon to throw at a wild marauding possum ;)

    If you have a bit more of a look around you will find some plastic/ceramic grinders but they seem to have a problem with broken bits in hiking kits.


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    Re: Manual Grinder

    Some of the better Turkish mills are fitted with
    Zassenhaus hardened chrome steel cutting burs

    Ask on the quality of the burs

    http://www.sweetmarias.com/prod.zas.shtml
    About half way down the page

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    Re: Manual Grinder

    Hey all. Im looking for a manual mill as a Chrissie present for my brother to go with a Presso - I really like the style of the Zassenhaus 159 - see here - but damned if I can find any mentions of it apart from that site.

    Anyone have any advice on where I could find one?

    Thanks
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    Hi Matty, I have the zassenhaus 156 that I use with my presso. It is great! I purchased mine from Presso when they had there sale in June. I have taken it and my Presso away quite a few times and they work really well together. I am not sure if Presso have anymore but it is a starting point.

    Good luck with your purchase.

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    Hi Matty,

    havnt seen the 159 being carried in Oz by anyone so maybe try emailling Zassenhaus and ask the question who if anyone they have sold that model to here?

    happy hunting :)

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    Gday Matty, just a quick reply, I have had a Zassenhaus 151 [smiley=thumbsup.gif] for about 20 years , picked it up at flemington markets NSW for $25 then, great machine , if you search for coffeecompany you might be able to source the model you are looking for even though they are marked as out of stock at the moment, cheers Gaz

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    Oops accidentally put in a web address , if you search for "coffeecompany australia zassenhaus" you will hopefully find the links Gaz

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    Re: Manual Grinder

    I was in their store the other day, none available. They told me there is no longer an Australian distributor...

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    Re: Manual Grinder

    Would love to get my hands on one of these. Anyone know of any Australian sellers with stock?

    I was looking at buying a Turkish grinder (Zassenhaus 175M) from SweetMarias but thats going to cost me about $150 or so shipped. Still might be my best option but I thought I might give CS another try. FWIW, yes Ive read the above thread (and other sites) and Coffee Company no longer stock them. The "Hon" model Turkish grinder is not adjustable.

    I intend to travel to Singapore in March and might be able to at least drink freshly ground plunger coffee over there rather than the awful instant I had to drink last time. The Zass Turkish grinder seems ideal for travel purposes as long as it doesnt appear b0mb-like in luggage x-rays.

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    Re: Manual Grinder

    I saw some brass Turkish coffee grinders in a little cafe in Newtown.

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    Thanks TG.

    as far as I know most Turkish grinders are non-adjustable which is fine if you want fine. Im after adjustable ones.

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    Hi "Rastas000" I have 6 manual grinders 3 of which are Zassehaus. Pe De (dutch I think) and Armin Trosser are also very comparable to Zassenhaus. 5 came from Ebay US and one from Trade Me NZ, most I paid was $35US plus freight and least I paid was $10.50NZ (TradeMe). I scout them out then on sell for what I get them for to other coffee people usually to compliment an Aeropress or plunger. Most are at least 50 years old and the finer the grind the better they perform. Even got a Zassenhaus salt and pepper set............yes the madness continues to thing other than coffee!!!

    Good Luck

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    So do you have any of these for sale at the moment Redzone?

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    Re: Manual Grinder

    Ahhh.... Guys?

    We have a dedicated section for the sale of items between members so it would be preferred that you conduct this sort of conversation where it belongs or use the PM Service...... :-?

    Thanks,
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    I found a recommendation for this travel grinder on the CoffeeGeeks site and thought itd be ideal for taking on hols. They say its a fully adjustable burr grinder with a 7oz(?) capacity. Its only $US24, but freight is another $US39. I have been trying, unsuccessfully so far, to track one down locally.

    If anyone has seen or tried something similar Id love to know about it.

    Cheers - Carrie



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    Hi Flynn,

    do the ferralbay thing for a Zass would be my pick. New they are overpriced and most of the secondhand ones will be liucky to have been used very much. From what I have read AVOID antthing new and chinese or replica ;) Also some of the plastic cased ones like above (not this particular brand) are prone to broken plastic housings which makes them trash material.

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    CarrieK, Ive heard those ones are about as good as two rocks - it sucks.

    Ive got a brass turkish style Zass. Its the goods.

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    Thanks Beanflying & Yeeza, good to know. Back to looking at 2nd hand Zassenhaus. :)

    Cheers - Carrie



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