on 13 September 2015
Ups: The grinder is good, soundly built, simple but nicely crafted woodwork. The magnets to secure the drawer shut are neat. Smaller box than the Zassenhauss so easier to grip.
Been happily using it for 2 months, at least twice a day. Makes a good, even ground without effort (Childproof bottle caps require more muscle). Takes five minutes to grind one load of beans which makes about 2 measures/cups. (Spinning a steady, medium speed rhythm, keeping the crunching and helping the beans to fall in place with the occasional tilt, makes it even faster). Initially it requires a bit of testing to set up the desired grinding level, though. The mechanism is adjustable but once set it keeps in place.
Downs: The plastic cover works fine but needs a pull to be taken off or placed back on, so I expect it won’t age well. The gradation device (cogwheel) could do with some marks to help keeping track of different positions/grinding settings. The knob/screw at the top of the handle wants tightening from time to time, else the handle wobbles a bit during spinning.
In all, still a good choice: Ceramic grinding drum as the German ones for 30% of the price... I think is worth it.
on 9 April 2015
Have been using this everyday for about a week now, so far no problems. It takes a little bit of experimenting to find the right size of grind, I use a frech press and this grinds the beans perfectly, though I don't know if it would grind fine enough for expresso coffee. It is very nicely made and easy to use, I must admit I now prefer it to my electric burr grinder, as it just holds enough grinds for a couple of mugs.