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Topic: Travel grinder? (22 msgs / 669 lines)
1) From: Linda Sharpe
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Anyone have an experience with one?  I'm off on a Wine Cruise in August and
want to continue my romance with home roasted coffee first AM.  Linda

2) From: Derek Bradford
I'm sure I won't be the only one to recommend a Zass...  They're great
for travelling (yes, I know...for everyday use, too.  :)
--Derek
On 7/20/06, Linda Sharpe  wrote:
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The Uglyroast 3! Coffee Roaster.  ...Now 85% less ugly!http://uglyroast.atspace.com

3) From: Lissa
on 07/20/2006 10:15 AM Linda Sharpe said the following:
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The couple travel hand grinders I've bought haven't worked well. They've 
been the plastic type. Instead, I use my Trespade, or even my Zass. 
Before I bought them, I used an Arabic (Turkish) coffee grinder I got 
from a Lebanese grocery store. I had mud in my cup (they grind very 
fine, and are not adjustable) but are very, very portable and sturdy.
Be well,
Lissa
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Newton's apple. Perhaps it was pushed there by some ghostly
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Thomas H. Benton, "Stacks' Appeal"

4) From: Brett Mason
I have several Zass and Trossers.  They work great.
(Since I know it's coming... For those who complain about how hard a manual
grinder is, try Folgers - it's already ground....)
Regards,
Brett
On 7/20/06, Linda Sharpe  wrote:
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Regards,
Brett Mason
HomeRoast
   Zassman

5) From: Justin Marquez
On 7/20/06, Brett Mason  wrote:
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Linda,
Depending on how long the cruise lasts, a possible alternative would
be to pre-grind and carry that.  Certainly it would be optimal to
grind just before brewing, but homeroasted coffee pre-ground is almost
certainly better than anything you could get onboard.  The purists
will tell you it is stale, but it surely isn't bad.
Try a test... grind some and let it sit in a sealed container for
about the same length of time as the cruise and see if it is OK to you
or not. You could also make a brew of the same stuff fresh ground
after sitting the same time as the ground stuff and make a
head-to-head comparision and decide is it worth taking the grinder or
not. (Although once you've decided to brew your own, how much more
stuff is needed to grind?)
There is also the "potential for a mess" factor to be considered, too.
Unground coffee is a lot easier to clean up if it gets loose in the
luggage!
One thing is a plus... on a wine cruise, the fellow passengers will
more likely understand your passion for the best coffee (and bringing
your own stuff to have it on board) better than the average fellow on
the street!
Safe Journeys and Sweet Music
Justin Marquez (Snyder, TX)

6) From: Lynne
I second the recommendation. I'm very happy with my Zass (which I use 
everyday).
Lynne
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7) From: John F Coffey
On Jul 20, 2006, at 9:26 AM, Lynne wrote:
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Okay all nice recommendations.. I'm sure the Zass is a great grinder...
But even according to our hosts.. Zass hasn't shipped a grinder in  
OVER a year... and I don't see any available on ebay or anywhere.
I see a couple of trosser grinders for sale...
Any other suggestions of things you can acutally GET that one could  
use as a portable grinder ??
--John

8) From: Derek Bradford
On 7/21/06, John F Coffey  wrote:
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Quickly searching, I find 9 zasses currently up for auction in eBay...
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9) From: Brett Mason
ebay - look for Zassenhaus - there's plenty ...
i.e. search for     *(zassenhaus, fassenhaus)    *and you'll be surprised...
I also like my Armin Trosser grinders
Brett
On 7/20/06, John F Coffey  wrote:
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Regards,
Brett Mason
HomeRoast
   Zassman

10) From: Brett Mason
Here's one or more Zass:http://cgi.ebay.com/ANTIQUE-ORIGINAL-ZASSENHAUS-GERMAN-COFFEE-GRINDER-NR_W0QQitemZ300008313726QQihZ020QQcategoryZ13930QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItemhttp://cgi.ebay.com/OLD-ANTIKE-ZASSENHAUS-COFFEE-MOCHA-WOOD-GRINDER-MILL-30_W0QQitemZ250008857867QQihZ015QQcategoryZ13930QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItemhttp://cgi.ebay.com/ZASSENHAUS-COFFEE-GRINDER-WOODEN-W-METAL-TOP_W0QQitemZ180007515591QQihZ008QQcategoryZ13930QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItemThere are 12 on eBay right now - these are the better for my budget">http://cgi.ebay.com/VINTAGE-GERMAN-ZASSENHAUS-COFFEE-GRINDER-MILL-GERMANY_W0QQitemZ320007848868QQihZ011QQcategoryZ13930QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItemhttp://cgi.ebay.com/Zassenhaus-coffee-grinder-mahogany-brass_W0QQitemZ250009933715QQihZ015QQcategoryZ13930QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItemhttp://cgi.ebay.com/ANTIQUE-ORIGINAL-ZASSENHAUS-GERMAN-COFFEE-GRINDER-NR_W0QQitemZ300008313726QQihZ020QQcategoryZ13930QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItemhttp://cgi.ebay.com/OLD-ANTIKE-ZASSENHAUS-COFFEE-MOCHA-WOOD-GRINDER-MILL-30_W0QQitemZ250008857867QQihZ015QQcategoryZ13930QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItemhttp://cgi.ebay.com/ZASSENHAUS-COFFEE-GRINDER-WOODEN-W-METAL-TOP_W0QQitemZ180007515591QQihZ008QQcategoryZ13930QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItemThere are 12 on eBay right now - these are the better for my budget
choices....
Brett
  Mr Information
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On 7/20/06, Brett Mason  wrote:
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Regards,
Brett Mason
HomeRoast
   Zassman

11) From: Tim TenClay
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I have a GSI OUTDOOR JavaGrind (available:http://store.everestgear.com/148622.html). It's compact, grinds
really well...Is a pain in the butt to use.  It's awkward to hold and
grind (although it grinds reasonably nicely into a FP or filter)...I'm
disappointed but will probably use it for years since I've now
purchased it.  Our local hiking shop had a different one, it's
available online at:
 http://store.everestgear.com/330456.htmlI can't vouche for it's grinding capabilities, but it looks more "hold-able".
Incidently, I only post the above links as reference and because Tom
and Maria don't sell them.  I can't say anything about the company.
Grace and Peace,
  `tim
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Rev. Tim TenClay, IAPC
Dunningville Reformed Church (www.dunningville.org)
Knots & More Tatting Supplies (www.knotsandmore.com) NATA #253
Personal Blog:http://www.tenclay.org/blog

12) From: Vicki Smith
I don't know how you will be brewing, but if you are talking about 
something like a pour over or French Press (which are my choices on the 
road) then you might be able to take a reasonably inexpensive (though 
not great) burr grinder with you and plug it in on shipboard, much as 
you would an electric razor. Camping is another story.
SM has a blade grinder on the site they recommend for brewing methods 
that aren't very picky.http://www.sweetmarias.com/prod.electricmills.shtml#bodumCmillThese smallish grinders don't take up any more room than a Zass would.
vicki
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13) From: Lynne
Yes, new Zassenhaus' are nonexistent. Did a fast search on eBay - I 
found about 20 (some are outside of the U.S.) I was lucky since I bought 
my (esxcellent) used Zass from a member of this list. From what I have 
read, they last nearly forever. The Trossers are also supposed to be 
very good, too.
The other alternative is to buy a blade grinder (gasp! - I know... I 
know..), such as a Braun. Compact, easy to pack - you could try it out 
before your trip to see if you can tolerate the taste difference.
Lynne
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14) From: Philip Keleshian
I have the second one listed. It does a good job. It takes a while but
then I read that so does a Zass. One advantage of this one is that it is
available.
It has nice conical burrs which look as good as what you will find in a
Solis burr grinder. I think it grinds as well as the Solis.
Other than the fact that grinding for even one cup is a several minute
workout the only other downside is the gap at the inlet of the auger is
a bit small so large beans can be a problem.  It works well on
peaberries.
Phil

15) From: Brett Mason
Zass Times:
  I find grinding takes 30 seconds for a one-cup, and 1.5 minutes for a
vacpot / presspot.
Brett
On 7/20/06, Philip Keleshian  wrote:
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Regards,
Brett Mason
HomeRoast
   Zassman

16) From: Myron J
I am a Zass man..but seeing that new ones are not easy to come by...What is 
the take on Peugeot grinders.. (Besides being French, are there other 
disadvantages;-)
(Peugeot Coffee grinders look snazzy in their cubistic rendition by Juan 
Gris...)
Also as far as brewing methods go...Aeropressing might be good since it is 
not glass.
best..happy sailing and drinking
Myron Joshua
Kibbutz Kfar Etzion
90912
Israel

17) From: Sandy Andina
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Either the Zass Turkish or Traveller II have worked fine for me,  
though the latter generates static and both require considerable  
elbow grease. If space and weight are not a premium and I have  
electricity nearby, I take a (gasp!) Starbucks blade grinder.
On Jul 20, 2006, at 9:15 AM, Linda Sharpe wrote:
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Sandy
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Either the Zass Turkish or =
Traveller II have worked fine for me, though the latter generates static =
and both require considerable elbow grease. If space and weight are not =
a premium and I have electricity nearby, I take a (gasp!) Starbucks =
blade grinder.
On Jul 20, 2006, at 9:15 AM, Linda Sharpe =
wrote:

Anyone have an experience with one?† Iím off on a = Wine Cruise in August and want to continue my romance with home roasted = coffee first AM.† Linda


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18) From: Tara Kollas
I really like my Zass Turkish grinder - I think the shape is especially nice
if you have to dump the grinds into something small, like a one cup brewer.
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19) From: Sandy Andina
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I have the second one listed (large size Traveller II). Only bummer  
about it is that it generates static unless you line the catch  
chamber with foil, and even then you'd better have a towel or tissues  
underneath it when you remove the chamber.  The Zass is a tad faster,  
too. But I'm grinding for three people this trip, and we have little  
time to dawdle, so I'm bringing the whirley-blade.
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Sandy
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I have the second one listed =
(large size Traveller II). Only bummer about it is that it generates =
static unless you line the catch chamber with foil, and even then you'd =
better have a towel or tissues underneath it when you remove the =
chamber.† The Zass is a tad faster, too. But I'm grinding for three =
people this trip, and we have little time to dawdle, so I'm bringing the =
whirley-blade.
On Jul 20, 2006, at 12:30 PM, Philip =
Keleshian wrote:
I have the second one listed. It = does a good job. It takes a while butthen I = read that so does a Zass. One advantage of this one is that it = isavailable.It has nice = conical burrs which look as good as what you will find in aSolis burr grinder. I think it grinds as well as the = Solis.Other than the fact that = grinding for even one cup is a several minuteworkout the only other downside is the gap at the = inlet of the auger isa bit small so large beans = can be a problem.† It = works well onpeaberries.

20) From: Steven Van Dyke
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Rather than foil just 'huff' into both chambers right before you grind.  =
I exhale into the top chamber when I add the beans, then pop off the =
bottom and do it.  Your exhaled breath adds humidity and cuts the static =
*way* down.
Enjoy!
Steve :->

21) From: Marc
When I go away for a long weekend I take my aeropress and pre-grind the
coffee. I then use a foodsaver to make individual sized compartments in a
gallon bag and seal them. This way the coffee stays the freshest and is very
easy to pack.
-Marc

22) From: raymanowen
My good friend is a stack walker and coffee aficionado with the following
moniker:
Modern Languages and Linguistics Librarian
Professor of Library Administration
University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign  -ro
On 7/20/06, Lissa  wrote:
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