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Zassenhaus Manual Mill - David Echelbarger's Review
Posted: October 25, 2005, 4:39am
review rating: 7.8
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Dave Wire 10.00
Ryan Kavanagh 9.33
Michael Pruner 9.00
Tim Lake 9.00
M V 9.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.8
Product Reviewed: Manual DG169
Manufacturer: Zassenhaus Quality: 6
Average Price: Varies Usability: 8
Price Paid: $84.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Sweet Marias Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 2 years Overall 7
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Great for drip -- but may not be up to other applications.
Positive Product Points

Let's you grind on the go.  Fun to crank, sometimes.  Nice aroma

Negative Product Points

This is a great grinder for drip coffee.  Just don’t ask it to do too much.  I bought the Zass planning on using it for Vac pots and espresso.  The burs, however, are not aligned properly.  I had read numerous reviews about how wonderful this product was for these applications.   I was shocked when it produced significant dust and even with coarse grinds would choke my espresso machine and some vac pots I have.  I returned it to Sweet Maria’s and got one that was better but the burs were still off.  Same result, although closer to working  – close, however, doesn’t work with vac pots and espresso.  

Recently, I seem to be reading more comments about the limitations of this grinder and wonder if the quality has slipped a bit.  That is why I am writing this review, to raise this question.

Detailed Commentary

Like everything with coffee, there is a learning curve.  I put a thin line on the screw thread as a reference point, so you can dial the grind you want.  I leave mine in a given spot, however, since the only application I have is for drip/pour over coffee – works great for that.  The DG169 is nice not only because of the aesthetics, but it allows you to grasp the hopper effectively with your non grinding hand.  

I wouldn’t be without this grinder – absolutely love it, but disappointed that it won’t work for espresso, but especially for my stainless steel vac pot.  I had visions of taking that pot camping and grinding manually for it – just won’t work – too much dust.  So, I’ll settle for pour over – and for that this works great.  

I’d suggest the Zass — although with the new ones – you might not want to get your expectations up.

Buying Experience

As always with Sweet Mara's:  Exceptional.

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