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Topic: I stumbled upon cofeemill geekery (5 msgs / 134 lines)
1) From: Tom Martin
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Well, not exactly geeks who would actually use coffeemills for it's intended
purpouse- they'd rather use them as decorations. 
I founda Spong and co No. 1 coffee mill at an estate sale. I paid a 'fair'
price, and in hindsight should have offered a little less. I'm really happy
with the grind and guality of the unit, but the output is a little small and
there is no room for anything larger than a 1/2 cup reciever. Anyone else
have experience with this mill? any way to increase it's output? 
Tom Martin
Oakland CA 94608

2) From: miKe mcKoffee
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   any way to increase it's output? 
Tom Martin
Oakland CA 94608

3) From: Dan Mouer
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I have an electric spinner, for spinning yarn from fleece, made with a =
little sewing machine motor. I'm thinking of rigging it up with pulleys =
to my Zaasenhaus grinder.

4) From: stereoplegic
i was very seriously considering Spong grinders before i found my 
Trossers at prices i was willing to pay. no actual experience w/ them, 
but all the Spongs i saw looked like very good, sturdy mills.
fatcogtom wrote:

5) From: Michael Wade
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I used a Spong for just about 30 years (the same one), from around 1970, =
when I moved to a cabin with no electricity, right up until I finally =
bought a Solis Maestro from our hosts circa 2000.  I had fallen in love =
and moved back to civilization years earlier, but it had gotten to where =
I valued the morning ritual of grinding by hand for itself.  Kind of a =
Zen thing.
What I finally came to realize, after using the Solis and reading =
explanations of the necessity for grind precision on this list, was that =
the lack of precision (or any!) bearings combined with the crude as-cast =
teeth on the rotor and body resulted in just sort of crushing and =
smearing the beans to random size particles ranging from dust to =
moderate chunks.  It is basically "early industrial farm machinery" in =
technology level.  Tom Owen once compared it to "a mortar and pestle".  =
I was a bit put out with him until I realized he was right.
Don't get me wrong, I still have it, and use it once in a while.  I =
think I've lost something by whizzing my beans to a quite decent press =
pot grind with virtually no effort, but if you want a real, functional =
hand-powered grinder, I would recommend a Zass or something similar.  I =
almost bought one of those "Giant" Trossers that were available for a =
By all means, keep the Spong, and put it prominently on display.  It is =
a work of industrial art and deserves to be admired. 
Best regards,
Michael Wade

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