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Topic: travel grinders- in defense of the Zass. (2 msgs / 85 lines)
1) From: Steve Bien
I'll weigh in on sweet maria's Turkish hand grinder and award it top rank,
even to my own surprise. I ended up buying both the Zass mill (item A) and
the 'other' (item B) to do my own comparison. 
The Sweet Maria zass mill costs almost twice as much as the previously
mentioned rival but right off I could see that the machining was superior,
especially in the fit of the handle. It also, for the backpackers out there,
weighs 30 grams less. 
Details: unlike its competitor, which I could not adjust to do anything but
Turkish grind, the zass mill adjusted through the whole spectrum of grinds.
Since on the road I drink aero press coffee, something this side of Turkish
grind was essential. The grind of grinder b was too fine even for my
espresso machine. True Turkish grind. A side benefit of the capacity for
adjustment is that grinding is significantly faster at even a slightly more
coarse adjustment. 
The zass' handle fits better, in keeping with its better machining, and with
those dozens of revolutions, the more snug fit of the zass handle is a real
factor. 
So, even though it costs a lot more, it's a keeper for me. 
Steve
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2) From: Martin Dobbins
Steve,
Thanks for the review could you give us a few more clues to the identity of=
 Item B so I can avoid it?
Thanks,
Martin
--- On Mon, 4/6/09, Steve Bien  wrote:
I'll weigh in on sweet maria's Turkish hand grinder and award it top
rank,
even to my own surprise. I ended up buying both the Zass mill (item A) and
the 'other' (item B) to do my own comparison. =
The Sweet Maria zass mill costs almost twice as much as the previously
mentioned rival but right off I could see that the machining was superior,
especially in the fit of the handle. It also, for the backpackers out there,
weighs 30 grams less. =
Details: unlike its competitor, which I could not adjust to do anything but
Turkish grind, the zass mill adjusted through the whole spectrum of grinds.
Since on the road I drink aero press coffee, something this side of Turkish
grind was essential. The grind of grinder b was too fine even for my
espresso machine. True Turkish grind. A side benefit of the capacity for
adjustment is that grinding is significantly faster at even a slightly more
coarse adjustment. =
The zass' handle fits better, in keeping with its better machining, and
with
those dozens of revolutions, the more snug fit of the zass handle is a real
factor. =
So, even though it costs a lot more, it's a keeper for me. =
Steve
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