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    New "vintage" coffee grinders for 99c

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    Has anyone ever bought one of the various brand new "vintage style" wooden coffee grinders off the evil bay, usually for an opening bid of 99c ?

    While Im sure they may look nice as an ornament, Im just wondering whether they would actually do the job of grinding coffee, especially for espresso, even if it was to use on odd occasions when I had guests etc.

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    Re: New "vintage" coffee grinders for 99c

    You get what you pay for.

    I wouldnt buy any grinder that costs less than my beans.

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    Re: New "vintage" coffee grinders for 99c

    I agree, you get what you pay for and Im guessing theyre mass produced in China or somewhere.

    I was just wondering if they are purely ornamental or whether they actually worked in any sense whatsover, for espresso/plunger, even if you only used it once a year.

    I dont think anyone would seriously consider buying one to use on a regular basis.



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    Re: New "vintage" coffee grinders for 99c

    Firstly, IF it did grind beans, it would be useless for espresso, but possibly OK for plunger.
    There are many ornamental grinders out there, and for that price thats what I would be expecting, without of course being able to have a look at the bur set.

    I have a no-name hand grinder that I still use for plunger on occasions. It has a reasonable looking bur set, that will always grind beans, unfortunately the shaft and bearing arrangement leaves a lot to be desired and the slop in the system means grind is very uneven. It cost a lot more than $1, but came from a specialty kitchenware shop.

    My neighbor spent similar amount to me at same shop, but got a hand grinder on top of a canister, but the bur set was hopeless, and it would hardly grind anything....even after I spent ages hand filing the leads, it was still next to useless for grinding.


    Hope that is of some help.

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    Re: New "vintage" coffee grinders for 99c

    I have a hand grinder that my son got me for Mothers Day a year or so back. It isnt particularly great, but comes into its own when we have blackouts - reasonable common here. Then its the pan of water on the stove, out with the handgrinder and plunger and I dont have to worry about the coffee fix.... :)

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    Re: New "vintage" coffee grinders for 99c

    I wrote a very mini review of my 99 cent grinder somewhere on this forum....

    Its a cheap imitation of the genuine Trespade vintage grinder. Theres too much play in the moving burr to produce an even griind for espresso.

    The quality of materials is also below par.

    Dennis speculated it would rust before it ground 17 grams of beans...

    Well, it ground about that much for a plunger on our boat a couple of weeks ago.

    ...but we havent been back to check the rust situation...



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    Re: New "vintage" coffee grinders for 99c

    So Robusto, was it worth the 99c?

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    Re: New "vintage" coffee grinders for 99c

    Dennis, the 99 yes. The $9 postage? The jury is still out.



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