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Rosalin
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Posted Thu Oct 17, 2013, 3:31pm
Subject: A _Well-Built_ Manual Grinder for French Press
 

I've been looking for a manual grinder for use with my french press. I ordinarily use an MDF, and I'm really only looking for this to use when travelling and when the electricity goes out (here on the east coast that's been happening quite a bit more lately...) That said, I want it to be well-built and reliable, and to not fail when I'm travelling to some conference and am counting on my cup to take me through the day.

The Hario has an enticing price point but I don't like the looks of the plastic handle--it looks like it will twist off when I need it most (seems to apply to the Kyocera and maybe even the Porlex?--though I'm just judging pictures). Zass's turkish mill looks very nice and I'm willing to splurge on it, but I've heard conflicting things on the forums about its grind being way too fine to get a good press; I don't want to get it if it won't suit my rather particular need for it. I've also read that hand grinders generally really mess up a coarse grind for press.

Does anyone know of a manual grinder suitable for french press that is well built (all metal or with wooden handles like the Zasses)? What would happen if I did a turkish grind with my press anyway?
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Grinder: Preciso / LIDOs
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Posted Thu Oct 17, 2013, 7:09pm
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(Hi. Look at these to start with:

  1. Hario Skerton (or Kyocera equivalent) with the lower bearing mod (Click Here (www.orphanespresso.com))
  2. Orphan Espresso's LIDO (version 1 is now out of production but sometimes available used, and version 2 is coming out toward the end of the year)
  3. The Rosco grinders ($$$)
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Posted Thu Oct 17, 2013, 8:30pm
Subject: Re: A _Well-Built_ Manual Grinder for French Press
 

yeah, the Lido is great.  It's very well built and does an excellent job for press.  the price is high compared to many other manual grinders, but imo, quite affordable and well worth it, while the Rosco is uber expensive (although I haven't used one).

 
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Rosalin
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Posted Fri Oct 18, 2013, 6:29pm
Subject: Re: A _Well-Built_ Manual Grinder for French Press
 

The LIDO does look nice, though it appears in the prototype that that handle is silver plastic (or is it brushed metal?)...I just don't want it to fall off when I'm cranking it in a hurry one day.

Now, those Roscos, I just can't pick out any flaws in them.. they are truly beautiful machines. Pity I didn't know about them when I was living in Australia when the USD was buying more AUDs...those were the days...

Do you know much about the Roscos' espresso makers? Might one be able to mix and match with a Zassenhaus or something? I noticed you didn't comment on that one--is it especially bad for press applications?
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Posted Sat Oct 19, 2013, 1:22pm
Subject: Re: A _Well-Built_ Manual Grinder for French Press
 

Re: the LIDO, if you're talking about the LIDO 2 prototype the handle *knob* will be plastic but the arm/hopper feeder thing it's attached to will be metal, according to this recent update (+ video link):

Click Here (www.home-barista.com)

The LIDO 1 also has a metal "arm" with a plastic knob.
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