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Posted Sat Jan 12, 2013, 7:59pm
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I've heard that a vintage hand mill is a good way to go if a person wants a good hand grinder at an affordable price.  I'd love to hear some recommendations.  I will be using it mainly for pour over, but I'd like to buy an aeropress at some point, so I'd like to be able grind espresso as well.
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Posted Sun Jan 13, 2013, 6:06am
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Here is a good place to start your research:

Click Here (www.home-barista.com)

Remember, all these old mills were close when they came off the assembly line but that was at least 50 years ago for most. Wear and tear is completely variable - worn out to hardly used is available (often for the same price unfortunately).

If you go the eBay route after reading, and are willing to pay for a decent restoration and accurate grind description, then look for the seller "meshback". He does good work and is honest in his descriptions too.

 
I chew coffee beans with my teeth while gargling with 195 F water to enjoy coffee. What is this "coffee brewing" device you speak of?
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Posted Sun Jan 13, 2013, 12:40pm
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MikeSD Said:

I've heard that a vintage hand mill is a good way to go if a person wants a good hand grinder at an affordable price.  I'd love to hear some recommendations.  I will be using it mainly for pour over, but I'd like to buy an aeropress at some point, so I'd like to be able grind espresso as well.

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You can often find some vintage Zass hand mills on www.ebay.com

Len

 
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Posted Sun Jan 13, 2013, 9:36pm
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Some older Zass with the internal adjustment have a thimble style bearing and some have a ball bearing for the inner burr. If everything else is equal then the ball bearing is more desirable to me. Same with Dienes - some are made one way and some are made the other way. I haven't found a KyM that has an inner adjustment and anything but the ball bearing under the inner burr though.

Unless it is a Peugeot I try to stay away from top adjust mills - too much burr wobble for coarse grinding is very common with this design, but Peugeot braces the shaft in two places to minimize the wobble.

 
I chew coffee beans with my teeth while gargling with 195 F water to enjoy coffee. What is this "coffee brewing" device you speak of?
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Posted Mon Jan 14, 2013, 8:20am
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EricBNC Said:

Some older Zass with the internal adjustment have a thimble style bearing and some have a ball bearing for the inner burr. If everything else is equal then the ball bearing is more desirable to me. Same with Dienes - some are made one way and some are made the other way. I haven't found a KyM that has an inner adjustment and anything but the ball bearing under the inner burr though.

Unless it is a Peugeot I try to stay away from top adjust mills - too much burr wobble for coarse grinding is very common with this design, but Peugeot braces the shaft in two places to minimize the wobble.

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How can you tell if it is adjustable before you buy it?
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