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Posted Tue May 10, 2011, 10:21am
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lambretta76 Said:

I don't necessarily have a problem with a hand grinder, although I found none with decent reviews at various sites so I ruled them out. If you have one you could recommend, I'd certainly entertain the idea.

Else it looks like trying to sort out a refurb Baratza or get the weighted, SS Capresso Infinity.

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Grinding for drip is something most vintage hand grinders can knock out with no problem - a little patience on eBay can net something suitable in the $20 - $30 range - if you are in a hurry $50 will get a nice condition mill almost instantly.  I find longer handle mills are easier to grind with than shorter handle mills.

For drip I like the open hopper bottom adjustment mills since many sit around as decoration without seeing a lot of use but sell for less than closed top mills in similar condition. Mills with no label will sell for even less.  I have less than $20 including shipping in the Armin Trosser in my photo (I.D. verified by "A.T." on the outer burr housing) that got a paint job somewhere in time.  This longer handled model still has many years of service left.

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I chew coffee beans with my teeth while gargling with 195 F water to enjoy coffee. What is this "coffee brewing" device you speak of?
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Posted Tue May 10, 2011, 12:08pm
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Just checked and they've update since last evening:

Refurbs at Baratza

Unfortunately, no Virtuoso.

Will check eBay for hand grinders -- are there particular models to look out for or avoid?
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Posted Tue May 10, 2011, 12:29pm
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I avoid the newer "buy it now" ones with the cog wheel adjustment similar to the Hario Skerton - these usually have cast iron burrs instead of forged steel burrs.  Cast iron burrs take forever to grind the beans and do not do a very good job in the process.  

If you want a branded mill then KyM, Armin Trosser, Pe De Dienes, Zassenhaus, B.C. and De Ve are good makes to start searching for - look out for rust and warped or cracked wood - look at the pictures very carefully - remember, even the best made mill will suffer considerably from 50 years of rough handling so use those brand names only as a starting point.  I will admit I am particularly fond of the Dienes brand mills since they used thick, quality wood and excellent burrs.

 
I chew coffee beans with my teeth while gargling with 195 F water to enjoy coffee. What is this "coffee brewing" device you speak of?
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