Wonderful mill! Buy it because you love the process of coffee, and hand it down in your family (it WILL last that long).
Positive Product Points
Beautiful, functional, simple. Makes great French press grounds. Can also be used for pepper, coriander, cloves, allspice, cinnamon, etc (grind rice afterwards to clean it). Self-cleaning!
Negative Product Points
Takes a little effort (not sure this is a negative). Not the easiest to keep it still while grinding.
I am the only coffee drinker in my household, and I use a French press pot. Once I found the correct setting (using the instructions at sweetmarias.com), this made the best cup of coffee I have ever made at home. It does take some effort, but not much at all, considering that coffee is a very soft material compared to some grains and spices. I have the open-hopper version, so if I needed to I could grind at least a cup of beans. I have never had to grind that much. The drawer seems to me to hold a lot, but I think it only holds enough for about 6 cups. So if you are making a whole pot of coffee you might have to empty the drawer once (but will that kill you?)
It looks great on the counter! It's a beautiful, quiet, perfectly functioning work of art and engineering. It's great to be able to see exactly what is happening. If you have kids, this would be a good learning opportunity (and maybe even for your spouse!)
I got the mill at Sweet Maria's. I got a personal email from Maria herself when the mill had shipped, and I got it the next day after it had shipped (going from Ohio to California via USPS). I guess the fast shipping is not her doing, but I was really impressed with the customer service.
Three Month Followup
I still love it! It makes wonderful French press coffee. So easy to clean -- just run rice through it. It seems to hold its setting very well too. I have not had to adjust it except to clean it. I also love the fact that there is NO static buildup in the drawer. Just tamp it against the sink once to get the loose grounds out. I also get lots of comments about it -- it is a real conversation starter!