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Zassenhaus Turkish Mill - Chul (Chuck) Kim's Review
Posted: September 17, 2003, 6:40pm
review rating: 7.4
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Jim Pellegrini 9.00
Andrea Watkins 8.00
Chul (Chuck) Kim 7.40
Joe Foo 6.00
Michael Toy 6.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.8
Manufacturer: Zassenhaus Quality: 9
Average Price: $100.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $80.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Sweet Maria's Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 1 month Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: Just starting Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Frugal Gormet "Ultimate Pepper Mill"
Bottom Line: Excellent Mill that's well worth the cost. BUT not my first choice for coarser grinds.
Positive Product Points

Outstanding quality in terms of materials and workmanship. Just what you'd expect from Zassenhaus... not to mention for the price.

Negative Product Points

My only real issue with this mill is the inconsistency of coarser grinds. But, in my opinion, it remains unparalleled for portability, quality, and consistency of any fine grind application (Turkish or Espresso).

Detailed Commentary

When I first received my mill, I immediately disassembled it. Not at all surprising when you consider I did the same to the first Swiss watch I was given... at the age of eight. I can't say that this particular penchant of mine for wanting to see how and how well something works has ever changed. And given that I am "Possessed of a Meticulous Nature" (pronounced: Anally-Retentive), I almost always managed to correctly reassemble whatever it is I've disassembled.
  All that to get to this point--I was greatly taken aback by the fact that the burr was not at all anchored. There was the bushing towards the top of the milling assembly around the shaft which drives the burr; but at the base, it floated freely! Given all that I had heard about the consistency of the grind, I couldn't imagine how this could be so.
  I will grant you that the grind is wonderfully consistent for the finer grinds: Turkish and espresso. It also does a wonderful job for medium-coarse grinds such as for drip makers. But things aren't quite as perfect when grinding for coarser applications such as for my press or siphon. Don't mistake me, it still does a wonderful job... but when you examine the grounds closely, the evidence of the freely floating burr is unfortunately plain to see.
  Since this is the first Zassenhaus mill I've owned, I wonder if this particular design "feature" is universal. But I look forward to finding out first-hand.

  Oh, and to make things perfectly clear, I use this mill at least two or three times daily and am extremely happy with it overall.

Buying Experience

Sweet Maria's was absolutely wonderful! Including their patience when I encountered... issues with my credit card company.

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