Posted Sat Jan 4, 2014, 7:18pm Subject: hand mill/grinder for turkish coffee
Hello, I am looking to get one of these hand mills ideea beeing to spend as little as possible. Would the hario mini be god for turkish powder like? Or do I absolutely need to cough-up 90 for a zass? This is more like a novelty for me, I plan to use it maybe once a week for 2 cofees, so I'm willing to put up with something which is relatively slow to grind. I'd get a real turkish one but I hear they're mostly crap. Thanks!!
Posted Sun Jan 5, 2014, 9:53am Subject: Re: hand mill/grinder for turkish coffee
I own a Hario slim mill along with other grinders. I have never needed a turkish grind but experimenting with different grind settings ,I did at one point, get a turkish grind.
I can't claim that it will go as fine as a turkish grind for all coffees as sometimes I've found with certain coffees an espresso quality grind is hard enough to get.
If you only make that amount of coffee a week I would say go for it for the sake of costing 30. They are great little grinders for the money and if you don't have use for it after a while it'd be a lovely gift.
The skerton mill (bigger version of hario slim mill) will cut down grind time a bit as it does take some time especially if you want it really fine.
oktyone Senior Member Joined: 26 Apr 2012 Posts: 33 Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Sun Jan 5, 2014, 10:18pm Subject: Re: hand mill/grinder for turkish coffee
Turkish hand grinders are THE ones to get if you want a proper turkish coffee powder-like grind.. I own two Harios (Skerton and Mini) and a Porlex and none can grind as fine as my Turkish grinder without clogging and stalling.
Zassenhaus looks great, though sweetmarias claims it's not suitable for proper turkish grind.
The thing with turkish grinders is that, yes, there's a ton of crappy ones sold as souvenirs for tourist that won't grind properly, but there are reputable turkish manufacturers that make great grinders. Mine's a Sözen, and bought it online at www.turkishmill.com a couple of years ago for no more than 50$ including shipping from Turkey.
Other reputable brands to look for are HON and ACAR, if you're patient enough i'm sure you could find great deals with any of these brands at ebay or craiglist.
There's also www.turkishcoffeeworld.com as well, they ship from within the US, but i'm not sure of the quality of the grinders they offer, they're probably pretty good, but i'd ask them first.
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