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Topic: photos of thrift store coffee stuff (19 msgs / 665 lines)
1) From: Kris Bhatti
OK, as promised, here are the photos of my great coffee-related finds from the thrift store: http://picasaweb.google.com/krisbhatti/2007OctoberThriftyCoffeeLighting and photo quality is pretty poor.  I gave my good camera to my daughter for school this year, so I'm back to the one I had a long time ago.  Good thing my husband didn't come home while I had all this stuff out.  He has no idea how many things I actually have from this store and this is only the coffee stuff.  Luckily he loves coffee and good food and everything I get there is related to one or the other.  
Kris
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2) From: Kris Bhatti
OK, as promised, here are the photos of my great coffee-related finds from the thrift store: http://picasaweb.google.com/krisbhatti/2007OctoberThriftyCoffeeLighting and photo quality is pretty poor.  I gave my good camera to my daughter for school this year, so I'm back to the one I had a long time ago.  Good thing my husband didn't come home while I had all this stuff out.  He has no idea how many things I actually have from this store and this is only the coffee stuff.  Luckily he loves coffee and good food and everything I get there is related to one or the other.  
Kris
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3) From: Sheila Quinn
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That's quite a spread! Thank you for posting the photos for us. Kinda 
gives me a little bit of hope to someday find at least ONE good coffee 
item at a thrift store! :)
Sheila
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4) From: Jason Brooks
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Kris,
   That rocks!  I just wish that the east coast had such thrift stores!
Just not the coffee culture here...
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5) From: Barry Luterman
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Only thing left to do is replace the hopper of the Mazzer with a canning =
funnel so you can open the kitchen cabinet. Probably can get it in your =
thrift shop for 5 cents or so. Good buys. Keep your eye open for =
Zassenhauses

6) From: Mike Chester
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Kris,
The Mazzer appears to be in excellent condition in the photo.  You asked =
previously how to tell the condition of the burrs.  They should feel =
sharp when touched similar to a sharp knife.  They could actually cut =
your finger when new.  You can get a new set on eBay for under $40 with =
a cleaning brush, so if there is any doubt as to their condition, I =
would replace them.  It is a very simple process on the Mazzers.  =
Unscrew the adjustment ring which is a left handed thread.  The top burr =
carrier will lift out exposing the lower burr.  There are three screws =
that hold the burr in place.  Remove them and lift out old burr.  Clean =
out any loose grounds and install new bottom burr and screws.  Turn over =
the upper burr carrier and remove the three screws holding the upper =
burr.  Clean and install new burr.  Make sure that the springs are in =
the proper spots and that they are in good condition.  Drop the upper =
burr assembly in place and screw down the adjusting ring loosely.  Turn =
on the grinder and adjust until you hear the burrs touching.  This is =
your zero point and you adjust from that point.  
Dull burrs will still shred the coffee, but you loose all of the value =
of getting a good grinder in the first place.
Mike Chester

7) From: Kris Bhatti
Hi Mike,
Thanks for the good advice.  I'll take another closeup look at the burrs for assessment.   I'm sure they are far from sharp so I'll check out those burrs on ebay as you suggested.  When I tore the grinder down yesterday, I was able to remove the top burr and clean all around it.  I took the 3 screws out of the bottom burr, wedged a screwdriver in by the burr carrier, but wasn't sure about how much muscle it was safe to use to pry off that bottom one.   Do you just stick a screwdriver in there and lever that burr off?
Thanks again,
Kris
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From: Mike Chester 
To: homeroast
Sent: Thursday, November 1, 2007 9:30:24 AM
Subject: Re: +photos of thrift store coffee stuff
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Kris,
The Mazzer appears to be in excellent condition in the 
photo.  You asked previously how to tell the condition of the burrs.  
They should feel sharp when touched similar to a sharp knife.  They could 
actually cut your finger when new.  You can get a new set on eBay for under 
$40 with a cleaning brush, so if there is any doubt as to their condition, I 
would replace them.  It is a very simple process on the Mazzers.  
Unscrew the adjustment ring which is a left handed thread.  The top burr 
carrier will lift out exposing the lower burr.  There are three screws that 
hold the burr in place.  Remove them and lift out old burr.  Clean out 
any loose grounds and install new bottom burr and screws.  Turn over the 
upper burr carrier and remove the three screws holding the upper burr.  
Clean and install new burr.  Make sure that the springs are in the proper 
spots and that they are in good condition.  Drop the upper burr assembly in 
place and screw down the adjusting ring loosely.  Turn on the grinder and 
adjust until you hear the burrs touching.  This is your zero point and you 
adjust from that point.  
Dull burrs will still shred the coffee, but you loose all 
of the value of getting a good grinder in the first place.
Mike Chester

8) From: Mike Chester
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I used a homemade tool that I originally made for removing electronic =
chips from their sockets.  I took a small screwdriver and bent the tip =
over into an L shape.  I could put the tip below the burr and apply =
leverage more straight up than with a regular screwdriver.  
Mike Chester

9) From: Kris Bhatti
OK, that sounds like what I was imagining.  A paint can opener should do it - looks just like what you described.
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From: Mike Chester 
To: homeroast
Sent: Thursday, November 1, 2007 10:08:05 AM
Subject: Re: +photos of thrift store coffee stuff
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I used a homemade tool that I originally made for removing 
electronic chips from their sockets.  I took a small screwdriver and bent 
the tip over into an L shape.  I could put the tip below the burr and apply 
leverage more straight up than with a regular screwdriver.  
Mike Chester

10) From: Homeroaster
I am a total thrift store fanatic!  You have been very lucky.
I've found Chemex and quite a few other things, both coffee and non coffee 
related.  Wooden furniture is always something I look for in these places. 
Occasionally I find an 1800's dresser or some other nice piece for $10.
Woo hoo.
One man's trash is...my treasure!
*********************
Ed Needham
"to absurdity and beyond!"http://www.homeroaster.com*********************

11) From: Larry Johnson
Ditto what Jason said. I've never seen anything even close to a real
grinder in any of the thrift stores around here. Plenty of bread
machines, though.
Good job, Kris! Thanks for posting the pics.
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12) From: Brett Mason
Yesterday I drove around to all the thrift stores in Cedar Rapids - I wanted
to know if I was just looking in the wrong ones... There was one antiques
coffee grinder, but was missing several parts and not in good enough shape
to just fiy the $20.  I did see one item that I wanted to tell you about...
There was a little ceramic container, with a seal and a wooden spoon, and a
saying "no matterI invite for coffee, they always like instant best."  I
could think of no way to offer it to anyone on list in good conscience, so
it is still out there!  But I wanted to tell you about it...
Brett
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13) From: Kris Bhatti
Being successful at getting good coffee (and kitchen) equipment at the thrift store requires several things to happen.  I think the reasons that I've been so successful are:
1.  I love a bargain and I'm willing and able to clean up and/or repair things if necessary
2.  I live in an area (Orange County, CA) with many affluent people who get rid of good stuff and many poor people who are the customer base for thrift stores
3.  I have the time to visit the thrift store often, sometimes I go every day
4.  The things that I want are not what the typical thrift store customer is looking for
There are probably other factors, but I think these are the most important.   My friends say "ooh, I need to go check that place out" when I show them my new treasures, but it's really unlikely that on the one day that they go, they'll find something that they want or need.  
Still waiting for a nice commercial espresso machine to show up there - really thought I might find one after I got the grinders last week.
Kris
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From: Brett Mason 
To: homeroast
Sent: Sunday, November 4, 2007 10:35:58 AM
Subject: Re: +photos of thrift store coffee stuff
Yesterday I drove around to all the thrift stores in Cedar Rapids - I wanted to know if I was just looking in the wrong ones... There was one antiques coffee grinder, but was missing several parts and not in good enough shape to just fiy the $20.  I did see one item that I wanted to tell you about...
There was a little ceramic container, with a seal and a wooden spoon, and a saying "no matterI invite for coffee, they always like instant best."  I could think of no way to offer it to anyone on list in good conscience, so it is still out there!  But I wanted to tell you about it...
Brett
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14) From: Eddie Dove
Yeah ... so yesterday my son and I were headed to the one big thrift
store I know about.  It is now painted purple, green and gold and is a
Mardi Gras Headquarters store ... useless.
Settled for the newly opened Harbor Freight Tools store where I found
picks for thorough coffee grinder cleaning.
Eddie
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15) From: Brett Mason
This afternoon Debbie and I took the white car for a run up to Stone City.
Debbie has a friend who lives in a stone barn.  Apparently this place is on
the Historical Register, for many reasons.  At 11,000+ sq ft, they have
quite a home!  So we went out, and took some coffee as a gift.  What an
amazing place!  Turns out every year is an art festival in their front yard,
a tribute to Grant Wood and the artists who made the colony in Stone City
about 70 years ago..  Here's a link to see the place:http://www.traveliowa.com/images/galleryhires/Grant_Wood_Art_Festival.gifNow the reason I mention this, and in the "thrift store finds" thread, is
this...  The owner gave me an old grinder, been in the family for 20+
years...  It is much like an Arcade, but with no markings.  Grinds OK, but
not as well as the old Arcade, or Trossers & Zasses...  But now has a place
on my shelf...
SO - if you are striking out at thrift stores, don't give up!  We all seem
to get some great finds along the way...
Brett
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16) From: Brett Mason
I just found an identical grinder to the one I was given - here's the link.
Does anyone ahve any more information on what brand this might be, origin,
etc.?http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item30183792028&ih4&categorys467&ssPageNameVW&rd=1Thanks,
Brett
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17) From: Rich
Looks like the one my great grandmother used back in the late 40s.  I 
suspect that it is a generic home grinder from the 20s->30s.
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18) From: Gary Townsend
Brett,
I found one exactly like it on Sat, for $5. in a flea market. Of course I
bought it! Mine is probably just a replica, no markings etc.
No one has ever ground any coffee in it, and I doubt that it's anything more
than a replica. But it looks right at home in between my Silex and Cory
vacpots ;-)
Gary
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19) From: Woody DeCasere
alot of grinders like that were just for decoration, we had one in my house
when i was growing up couldn't grind coffee for crap.
Kris, if you are ever looking to rid yourself of the rr45's doser, you have
a buyer, i have one that i got with a broken doser so for now i just rig up
a spout and it works fine, but i would like a doser to try some day.
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