After quite a bit of research into finding a good hand grinder for French Press, I settled on a Peugeot Nostalgie, as I had heard a lot of great things about Peugeot mills in general (i.e. the consistency in the ranges ideal for FP and drip). Well I received it today, and after a bit of playing around found that while at its "finest" setting the burr shaft is completely stable and produces a consistently small grind with little dust, as the adjustment is dialed for coarser grinds (it is top-adjusted) the "wobble" of the inner burr shaft becomes really noticeable. This translates to more variation in the consistency of the grind than I was hoping for.
I can understand that with a hopper full of beans, the issue of shaft wobble may not be a huge deal since the grinds will presumably keep the inner burr in place, but it seems like a detriment in the beginning and end of the grind. I am a little disappointed, as even from a novice engineering perspective, it doesn't seem like much to simply add a bearing of some sort to stabilize the inner burr shaft and avoid wobbling altogether, especially for a grinder of this cost. Has anyone else had any experience with similar manual mills? If so, is there a fix? I would like to avoid returning the mill if I can, so technical advice would be greatly appreciated. Failing that, I'd welcome any advice on manual mills other than Peugeot (new Zassenhaus'?) I could try.
Google is telling me that the Peugeot mill is around 150 dollars, does that sound right to you? If so, i'd send that puppy right back, that is too much money to get a substandard manual grind! I also noticed that the Peugeot seems to have stepped adjustments.
I bought an Orphan Espresso Lido manual grinder, which costs $165.00 new. The inner burr axle is supported by two bearings, so the gap at a course grind remains stable. The adjustment is stepless, so you will can really fine tune the grind. I've been using mine for french press and espresso grinds, I am very pleased with it's performance. As a bonus, it can be taken completely apart and cleaned with relative ease.
I almost bought a used Lido from a forum member here, good price too. I assume he is still selling it, maybe you two should talk?
I am very new to all of this, it was only after reading all of the praise on forums like this one, that I decided on a Lido. At first I was pretty set on a Hario Skerton or a porlex but read that they also suffer a bit from burr wobble. I really stretched my budget to buy the Lido, but after one week with it I have no regrets.
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