Hi, all, I was wandering through REI yesterday, and among the kitchen stuff found this grinder, for $20: (If that link doesn't work, Google 'JavaGRIND') I bought one as a possible replacement for the Zass Turkish Mill I usually travel with, and used it this morning with my AeroPress. It has a few clever features: the grinding handle locks the grind adjustment, and when you're done grinding, the handle reverses and locks into a recess on the bottom of the grinder; there's a rubber cap that covers the ceramic burrs, so they won't get chipped. It was designed to mate with GSI's JavaPress, so it's a bit clumsy to hold it on top of the AeroPress; it might work better to grind it into the cup, and transfer the grounds, and I'm a bit concerned about longevity of the burrs held into the lexan with a couple of self-tapping screws. It's certainly worth having around in case the power goes out and I can't use my Rocky, though...
There's this one two in the "related items" list...http://www.rei.com/online/store/ProductDisplay?productId=2042&storeId=8=000&catalogId=40000008000&langId=-1&addon=739919-600987
*Don't* do it! This is the one I bought because I was too cheap to pay $80 for the Zass. The directions say something like "Jump and dance around to keep the beans feeding into the burrs..." Talk about tedious! It *is* possible to eventually grind enough coffee to make a cup, but by that time the morning is pretty well shot. I still use it, as a pepper grinder. It works pretty well for that. On 4/20/06, Aaron Peterson wrote: <Snip> =8000&catalogId=40000008000&langId=-1&addon=739919-600987 <Snip> ribes) go tohttp://sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html#personalsettings<Snip>
Frank, I have the REI Traveler grinder, (pictured as an alternative on the link). It has held up well for a travel, camping and backpacking grinder. I have not tried to use it for espresso, just FP. although the all plastic construction does not convey a sense of lasting quality, it works wells and I probability won't where it out, given the intended use. The Traveler II might be a bit less "design to fit". but is self contained and compact. The housing becomes the grounds container. Cheers, Geary
These have been mentioned from time to time but as far as I know you are the first to try one. I would be interested to know how it compares in grind quality to your Zass, and is it any faster or easier to use? On the link you posted was a reference to a 33 oz french press made of Lexan, with a neoprene cover. Seems like this would be a good mate to your grinder if the grinder fit it snugly. Perhaps the grinder was made for that purpose? Thanks for sharing your find. PeterZ Not near any REI stores, here in LHC, AZ Fulton Martin wrote: <Snip>
I'm also happy with my Traveller II. I bought it last week, not because I'm too cheap to buy the Zass, but because I needed something now and the Zass isn't available. It seems quite reasonable, though a bit larger than I thought it would be from the picture. I definitely look forward to trading it in, as it were, on a Zass, but will take it on trips in the meantime. Rudy
1) The grind quality seems about the same, although I haven't played with it all that much. I *do* like the fact that once you zero in on the best grind for your purpose, it's locked in by the handle. (Unlike the Zass, which depends on the tension of a spring to hold the setting.) 2) It's about as fast, but not nearly as convenient. The Zass is self-contained: once you load the top with beans you can wander around with it, since the grinds fall into the bottom container. The JavaGRIND needs to be held onto whatever you're using to catch the grinds, be that an AeroPress, a cup, or the companion French press. As for the Traveller II, perhaps they've improved it since I bought the one I don't like (or I got a bad sample, or it's a different model / manufacturer--mine doesn't have any identifying marks on it, or...). Glad others are using it successfully. On 4/20/06, Peter Zulkowski wrote: <Snip> d=40000008000&productId=48039869&parent_category_rn=4500495> <Snip> scribes) go tohttp://sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html#personalsettings<Snip> ribes) go tohttp://sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html#personalsettings<Snip>