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shipofools
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Posted Tue Jun 13, 2006, 7:12am
Subject: Tre Spade Manual Burr Grinder-Anyone?
 

Lika deez.

I have a Gaggia Factory (essentially a La Pavoni Professional) manual lever machine. I love the routine and result. I usually have good luck with pre ground Illy, Lavazza, Kimbo, etc....but would like to start grinding my own.

Now I'd love to get a manual burr grinder. The Zassenhaus looks pretty good-but difficult to find right now. I've also considered those brass Turkish grinders. Then I stumbled on the Tre Spade. I am familiar with their sausage fillers and meat mincers and my MIL has a tomatoe squeezer from them. My impression is that they are extremely durable and high quality.

Anyboody here own one? Any thoughts? Finally-I've had no luck at all finding a seller on the web. No response yet from Tre Spade (FACEM) either. Anyone ever run across one for sale?
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Posted Tue Jun 13, 2006, 12:31pm
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Welcome!

You will quickly tire of hand grinding.  Hit ebay or cg buy/sell forum for a used grinder.

 
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Posted Fri Jun 16, 2006, 10:58am
Subject: Re: Tre Spade Manual Burr Grinder-Anyone?
 

Thanks kristi.

I like the ritual and control that I get from my lever machine, and I don't mind the time it takes.  In fact, I enjoy taking my time with it.  So I don't think grinding a couple cups a day will set me off.

Is speed the main reason everyone uses an electric grinder?  Or are electric grinders "better" in performance and result?

I'll also confess to a desire for a more suitable heirloom piece.  A faded, scratched plastic electric grinder does nothing for me aesthetically.  A well oiled Tre Spade though-bellisima!
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Posted Fri Jun 16, 2006, 11:14am
Subject: Re: Tre Spade Manual Burr Grinder-Anyone?
 

I have a very old one, bought decades ago. Ergonomically, it's wonderful for a hand grinder. There's a bevel gear at the top, so the drive handle runs in a vertical plane, and the latter is a heavy, and quite beautiful flywheel. That said, its burrs aren't even in the Zass's league, and its adjustment mechanism, while it won't wander, has extremely coarse steps in the region of interest. If they've fixed those deficiencies, it would be a wonderful grinder. The flywheel meant that grinding for a double wasn't hugely slower than an espresso grinder: maybe forty seconds. Let us know what you find out!

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Posted Fri Jun 16, 2006, 6:28pm
Subject: Re: Tre Spade Manual Burr Grinder-Anyone?
 

Hmmm, I was under the impression that the burrs were beautifully milled and top notch.  Damn.  The lack of fine adjustment stinks too.  

I'll keep looking.  I'm heading into Boston's North End next week-there are some funky old Italian groceries that might have something.
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Posted Sun Apr 6, 2014, 8:28am
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Well... I have a Peugeot (Peugeot Freres) Nostalgia hand grinder (which I like very much), and when I looked inside underneath where the drawer is: on the metal of the burr grinder it is stamped TRE SPADE Made in Italy (!). Peugot started making these types in 1840 but they are made now "in France" perportedly by a company that picked up the name from Peugeot. (using at least some TRE SPADE parts?). TRE SPADE has been making hand grinders since 1894. I don't know yet if and what is the source of who is making my Peugot in France but a lot of the parts besides the grinder burrs resemble TRE SPADE also. But I saw Models of TRE SPADE new hand grinders offered on some internet sites.) atomiccoffeemachine.com, salvetoregreco.com, fantes.com, etc. The TRE SPADEs looked some different a little and some a lot from the Peugeots. Anyways it looks like they are not from China. My grinder adjusts nicely and easily and I get a uniform grind. I only do drip thru paper and cone or gold filter. Got my Nostalgia at Amazon.com but there are numerous other sources. The pluses are it needs no electricity, it's good looking, it is quieter but not totally quiet, it has a good burr mechanism, and I personally enjoy the procedure enough that I still don't use our electric grinder much now. Minuses are takes some light turning effort and some time to grind. Good for maybe up to 3 or 4 servings but if you are grinding coffee for a party or large group it will be time consuming. Maybe a minute or two of grinding per strong portion. So for the wife and me maybe two to two and a half minutes to grind.
Is my Peugeot made by TRE SPADE? Will post if I find out.
Found some information on Peugeot but not much yet on TRE SPADE. I went to auto-pedia.fr and to peugeot.fr/histoire but it is in French. According to the site, they still make the Peugeot mills there in Quingey, Dampierre, and Viney(Isere), France but the burr inside mine says TRE SPADE.
See also trespade.it
That is tre spade's website. They show pictures of their models and some history of the company.
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Posted Sun Apr 6, 2014, 8:42am
Subject: Re: Tre Spade Manual Burr Grinder-Anyone?
 

Kristi Said:

Welcome!

You will quickly tire of hand grinding.  Hit ebay or cg buy/sell forum for a used grinder.

Posted June 13, 2006 link

Really? Depends on your definition of "quickly," I suppose. I've been hand grinding pretty much daily for a decade or more and I'm not tired yet.

New, I'd look at the Lido 2. Used? Not as easy as it used to be, but a good long look at the Hand Grinder Jive thread over on Home-Barista is a real education in brands, capabilities, things to look for and avoid, etc. It's a long thread, so brew yourself a pot, get a comfortable chair and start reading.
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