sniggings Senior Member Joined: 27 Apr 2007 Posts: 49 Location: UK Expertise: Just starting
Posted Fri Oct 16, 2009, 2:29pm Subject: Re: Peugeot Bresil Hand Coffee Grinder!
well I received my grinder today,it's my first proper grinder so don't have anything to compare it too but on first opening I was impressed with the build quality,the main box seems very well put together,the draw is a very snug fit but only holds enough ground coffee for 1 cup but is not really a problem as all you have to do is remember to empty the draw, if making more than a cup,but to be fair if you buy this grinder you know it's only for a cup or two at a time,as for the grind it produces ,well to me it seems as good as any shop bought coffee grounds if not better,all seems very uniform,up to now I have not tried changing the settings to much as I can only drink so much coffee! the grinding of the beans is a lot easier to turn than I thought it would be,the number of turns needed for a cup up to now seems to be around 80 but I think I have the setting a bit to fine at the moment so need to do a few trail runs,so in conclusion I am very glad I went for the peugeot grinder,one last thing I just remembered to mention is I'm surprised the mill dosn't come will I lid but lets not be too fussy.
I have a Nostalgie by Peugeot and I like it. Good even grind and not hard to use. I use a small Purdey paint brush (any brush would do- I like the copper ferrule that has less risk to scratch) to sweep out the drawer and the upper bin. I don't use our electric grinder much anymore. But if you are grinding a pound of coffee for a big event or party it would take a lot of time. It looks like they are made in Quingey, Dampierre or Viney, France. However the burr inside mine is stamped TRE SPADE Made in Italy. TRE SPADE is around since 1894 and makes great products also. So some of the parts are farmed out? I think you made a good choice and you payed more (as did I) for yours than one of those cheapo hand grinders that the reviews say are mostly junk. I read about Peugeot at peugot.fr/histoire and auto-pedia.fr. These sites are in French. My French is a little rusty but couldn't find much in English. I didn't care for the Zassenhaus grinders (although they are reputed to be quality) because it appeared harder to access the upper bin for wiping out to get rid of old coffee oil once in a while. The Peugeots are easy to get into, top and bottom. You can make a lid cut out of a plastic lid making a notch or whatever. That's why I got the Nostalgie- to not have dust going in the bin when not in use (you can set a small cloth on top when not in use), and beans flying out at rare times when in use, but both styles have been around for decades and are popular. Peugeot started these in 1840 or 1842. Go look at internet pictures of ancient ones. You'll be amused, I guarantee.
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