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Grinders, Coffees and Caffeines by Mark Prince
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JVBorella
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Posted Wed Nov 28, 2007, 9:49am
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Mark, Thanks for the heads up on the Zassenhaus Mill as I've been looking for a grinder to take along on road trips.  I picked up one of the #156 Beech Knee Mills from Bald Mountain Coffee just in time for a trip next week.  Prices in the states seem to be lower then your area with the Knee Mills averaging around $75-$85.

 
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Posted Thu Nov 29, 2007, 11:04am
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Yo!! Have you tried Novo Coffee?? I keep looking for a review, but I can't find any on coffeegeek. If you haven't tried it yet, please do.
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Posted Thu Nov 29, 2007, 3:44pm
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opps!  too much caffeine, resulting in my dribble?  Somewhere, sometime ago I thought I remembered a quote of ~20mg of caffeine extracted in a single.  Sloppy mind when I think I already have the answer & miss an obvious error.  Sorry:(

MarkPrince Said:

I think that calc is wrong because there's 1000 milligrams in a gram, not 100?



Mark

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Posted Fri Dec 7, 2007, 11:41am
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Is last year's Holiday Gift Guide still available? I can't find it on the site but would like to peruse it.
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Posted Sun Dec 16, 2007, 10:50am
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Mark:
in this article you said:
"While the HGL is taking a season's hiatus, efforts to raise money for CoffeeKids will not. For the month of December, we'll be featuring a direct donation link to CoffeeKids right on the front page of CoffeeGeek, as well as a mention at the start of each article for the month, a sticky in the forums, and banner ads on the website. For every dollar you donate through these special paypal links (which go directly to CoffeeKids), CoffeeGeek will match those donation dollars, up to $1,000. So the more you donate, the more we donate."

I want to do this and see nothing other than a link to the direct website.  Please advise me (and others) how to get matching contributions.  I am also curious if there is away to get matching by check instead of paypal as well.

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Posted Sun Dec 30, 2007, 6:48pm
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Excellent article, in my very humble opinion.  I was under the impression that the longer the roasting process, the more caffine is cooked out--a manager at a coffeehouse I used to work at told me that when she was training me.  

I'm new to this site, just found it today, but I plan to stay tuned and continue to learn from your articles.

Glad to be a registered reader,
--ALEX
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Posted Mon Mar 31, 2008, 12:30pm
Subject: Re: Grinders, Coffees and Caffeines by Mark Prince
 

Interesting that you liked the new Zassenhaus grinders!

I have seen three of Zass's recent items---a 154ma, a 156ma, and a 169dg.  I did not disassemble them for close analysis, nor even try grinding beans in them, since I wanted to return them to the dealer.  Why would I want to do that?  Because construction quality on all three was far below the standard of my 2-year-old 169dg.

The main things I noticed were some errors in assembling, imprecision in the hopper closing mechanism, and the fact that the burrs weren't even aligned properly: the shaft was not quite perpendicular, which was most noticeable when the grind was set very fine, and a third of the grinding stroke would cause the burrs to grind against each other while the other two thirds was silent.  But the clincher for me was that the burrs don't look machined anymore, but are merely cast.  I've uploaded pictures from my old 169dg here:

http://ml.cs.colorado.edu/~ben/oldgrinder1.jpg
http://ml.cs.colorado.edu/~ben/oldgrinder2.jpg

...and pictures of the new 169dg here:

http://ml.cs.colorado.edu/~ben/newgrinder1.jpg
http://ml.cs.colorado.edu/~ben/newgrinder2.jpg

As you can see, the old grinder has very sharp, well-defined burrs, with obvious signs of machining.  The new one isn't as bad as most knock-off decorative grinders, but it is a big step down.  These are representative of the three newer Zassenhaus grinders I've seen.  Unfortunately, I don't know whether the new burrs are as effective, but they're obviously more cheaply made.

Any feedback on whether this is typical, and direct comparisons, would be appreciated.
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