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Zassenhaus Manual Mill - M V's Review
Posted: May 17, 2008, 4:29pm
review rating: 9.0
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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: Box Mill 151
Manufacturer: Zassenhaus Quality: 8
Average Price: Varies Usability: 5
Price Paid: $72.50 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: sweetmarias Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 1 month Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: No
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Bottom Line: Good housing, good burrs, but everything else kinda sucks.
Positive Product Points

Grinds fast and can do very fine grinds.

Negative Product Points

Takes a bit of manual labor. Coffee tray is small.

Detailed Commentary

This thing can make awesome espresso grinds and can go much finer still (I started out making dust which leaked through portafilter on Silvia), so should be good for turkish coffee as well. The manual labor was too much so I added a gear motor and can now make enough coffee for a double espresso in a few of minutes (50 rpm btw, so about 100-200 revolutions total for the manual labor crowd).
The main downside to this machine is the wheel/knob thingy which adjusts how fine the grind is. This thing is very loose and cannot be set reliably. As you rotate the lever to grind coffee, the adjustment wheel also rotates. I have made a clamp for this wheel and only then could I get good grinds.
Bottom line: the housing is solid, the burrs are capable, but everything else needs to be improved on by the user. If you are like me, with access to a good machine shop and can machine your own parts, then this is a cheap way to good grinds. Just add a $10 motor off ebay, and you are good to go.

Buying Experience

This was a gift to me, ergo no idea.

Three Month Followup

Same as original assessment.

One Year Followup

It lasted about two years. Gradually, the whole assembly became more and more loose and It was no longer practical. Good for beginners but not a serious workhorse even for one person.

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