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Zassenhaus Santiago Coffee Mill Grinder Varnished Beech Wood
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- Manual coffee mill in varnished beech wood
- Features a conical burr grinder made from high grade tool steel; offers least possible heat build-up
- Adjusts from coarse to powder fine grind; instructions included
- To use: slide back lid, pour beans and grind; easy to hold mill
- Grounds collect in front drawer for easy removal
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For those wondering how big this is... the box without the handle is just a tad bit taller than a can of Coke. For those wondering how much coffee it holds... I was able to get nearly a 1/2 a standard U.S. cup of beans into the top hopper.
I have had a few grinders and I wrote a well-read and respected review of the Peugeot Nostalgie a few years ago. That WAS my go-to grinder. Not anymore.
I bought this grinder not because I was dissatisfied with the Peugeot, but because I was A. Curious; and B. looking for a grinder for work. I couldn't afford another Nostalgie since they sell for about $125 to $175 (and even ridiculously more). The Zass was selling for $120, but this one from Kochenprofi was listed as "one left" for $75. I didn't hesitate even though the first review of this said "worthless tat." Even used Zasses go for a lot on a certain auction site.
Compared to the expensive Peugeot, this grinder has eight distinct advantages:
1) It's cheaper;
2) It grinds faster;
3) it grinds with less effort (almost none, really);
4) it is made with higher quality materials with better finishes;
5) it is absurdly easy to adjust;
6) it is quiet;
7) the feed mechanism is better;
8) higher capacity drawer with better shape.
Even at $95, it's about $40 to $70 less than the Peugeot. When I grind the beans, the overall experience is much more efficient than with the Peugeot. The large capacity drawer fills rapidly and the beans slide down the feed into the burr with no effort. Normally, the Peugeot requires me to shake it in order to keep the beans moving down. Recently, I have been using really fresh beans that are covered with oil. These get stuck in my Peugeot and I have to push them down with my finger. In the Zass, they just keep right on sliding down no problem. The grinds are totally uniform and the drawer is HUGE compared to other grinders--it is also long and narrow, which makes it easy to fill my single-serving French press--I can just dump the grinds. If I need to adjust the size of the grind for a different coffee maker, I just turn the adjustment wheel. Other grinders have a notched index that requires disassembly to reset or to adjust. Also, all the parts of the Zass appear to be made of nice thick metals that are heavily finished. This one is chrome and it's a mirror finish that is impervious to moisture. All in all, the fit is better, too--there is no play or lumpiness of feeling when turning the handle. It's just so smooth and quiet in operation that I may bring the Peugeot to work and the Zass home so that my wife complains less about me waking her up when I grind coffee in the morning.
The one drawback might be, as I've read from other reviews elsewhere, is that the ease of adjustment also means that the grind setting doesn't lock like it does in grinders of other designs, like the Peugeot. Some people complain of having to readjust the grind mechanism halfway through a grind. Mine is new and I haven't had this experience.
Overall, this grinder kills my previously-reviewed Peugeot Nostalgie. I amost feel like going back and removing a star from my review of that grinder, but it's a great grinder, too.
One negative of this grinder though is the need for adjustment. To get it to where I want, I turn the adjustment until I hear the burrs just touching, then I back off like a half turn or something similar. This has always worked fine; however, I have found that the grind over time gets coarser and I may not realize when this is happening. So this is a little annoying, that one day I look down and think, "Whoa, coarse grind. When did that happen?"
Next negative is that for certain beans and certain adjustment settings, the beans at times will not drop through to the burrs and you may rotate a bit and have nothing happening at all, so that also can be annoying. A fist bump on the side may help, and I would note a few fist bumps at the end are necessary to get every last bean. If the lack of action is quite bad I might back off the adjustment and then tighten it again and that may help a bit. This problem occurs more on the finer settings as you'd expect, and the finer settings are probably how you are using this grinder.
This is starting to sound like a negative review, but yet another thing is that while I have always been happy with the grind, I have never felt it's really, really top quality in terms of consistency of the size of the grains.
Perhaps I'm nitpicking.
On the positive side, I have read some reviews here on Amazon about electric grinders and about static electricity problems that sound pretty insane. These static electricity comments are completely strange to me owning this grinder, so on the positive side, absolutely none of that have I ever noticed here.
Of course, it's also small, takes up no counter space, and is super-portable. I have taken this on trips.
All in all, it does do a very good job grinding, it's easy to clean, and it adjusts down to whatever size you want. You do have to carefully monitor the adjustment knob, but overall it's very good. Nothing in the world is perfect. It has been a quite steady and solid little machine over the years, though I'm not sure finally now after ten years that it's as good as ever. Note that this odd catching only started in the last few months, so if it dies or needs some kind of repair, it had a pretty good run.