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Dec 15, 2007 08:01 AM

Calgary: hand coffee grinders/mills

Where can you buy a hand crank coffee grinder in this town?

Thanks for any suggestions.

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  1. Hi bookley-

    I bought a Zassenhaus when I was in Germany in October, and while there does not appear to be a Canadian supplier, you can get them online from sweet maria's:

    You'll have to poke around the site a bit.

    I've also seen Peugeot mills at Kilian in Kensington- these aren't as good as the Zass by reputation (you can read all manner of consumer reviews at but they seem to be a good build. Most manual mills are really just toys.

    If you can get your hands on a hand grain mill with steel parts, that's a good option too.

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    1. re: John Manzo

      Thanks for the link. Was at Kilian yesterday, and learned there are some Bodum hand grinders on order (probably a couple weeks away, though). The Zass look great. Have also seen a few random cranks at the antique stores in Inglewood.

      1. re: bookley

        Have you called A Touch of Italy to see what they have or call Cappuccino King and ask for Peter Izzo and ask him if he knows, he is the most knowledgeable person in Calgary as far as coffee, and espresso goes, that I am aware of

        1. re: buddah cabaret

          ATOI has been holding my brasilia hostage for something like three months now- I have to find out what the problem is. I don't recall seeing any hand mills there.

          Cappo King doesn't have hand mills either.

          No offense to Peter or for that matter the boys at Fratello or Mr Cap for that matter, but when it comes to home equipment, there are no great sources in this town. Every store has a line that they specialise in and try to sell you, and for all these stores, their business clients are their first priority. Compare that to what you find at Caffe Tech in Edmonton and we have nothing similar here.

          1. re: John Manzo

            looking at krupps burr grinder or starbucks barista burr grinder. using grinder for expresso. Any info on burr grinders.

            1. re: Sorbethead

              Starbucks is the Baratza Virtuoso? The $200 one? Very nice grinder, and it can handle espresso.

              I don't think any Krups is up to the challenge. The Baratza has very positive reviews.

            2. re: John Manzo

              I should have said Peter would probably know where to find one, I know they have limited selection for household equipment. My mistake

        2. re: John Manzo

          Sweet Maria is sold out at the moment even though it says "in stock" under the beech wood model. There is a note at the top of the page.

          1. re: sharonanne

            Seems like they import three units at a time or something...

            Caveat: I only use my Zass for french press anymore. It will not grind for espresso without constant re-adjusting. Yes it is probably defective, but there's nothing I can do since I bought it in Germany :(. I was really looking forward to my low-tech pairing of a lever espresso machine and a manual grinder, but I am back to only using my Rocky for espresso, which is what I drink 99% of the time.

        3. For most serious coffee folks out there, the only hand grinder worth investing in is the Zassenhaus. Burr quality is equivalent to a commercial/prosumer electric grinder.

          Zassenhaus grinders are on the shelves at Elysian Coffee in Vancouver. It's not Calgary, but at least they have stock and you won't be paying the duties if Sweet Maria's ever gets stock in again. Send an email over to Elysian and they should be able to hook you up if you're interested.

          If you just want a cheap, passable hand solution, MEC has a little ceramic burr hand grinder designed for backpacking. I used one for french press for a couple years when I was (still am) a poor student. It's made from polycarbonate plastic and has a single spring loaded axle mounted to the top burr and the bottom burr is attached to the grinder. You need to find a good solid cup to fit the grinder in, as no base is provided . With a bit of searching, I found a mug that I could grind in to without any slippage. It's nowhere near as consistent as the Zass, but it's better than a blade grinder, and for $18 it's worth a try.

          1. Thanks for the advice. It turns out ATOI now carries Peugeot hand grinders. They've got two in at the moment, but $169.95 seems kind of steep. I THINK this is what they're carrying:

            And while technically carries Zassenhaus, they don't have any in stock, and I have the impression it's not that frequent that they do.

   out of Vancouver seems like the best bet. Five different Zassenhaus models at $109 (+$12 shipping to Calgary) each. They throw in a bag of beans too.

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            1. re: bookley

              Bookley, I paid 80euros for mine (the one that's curved for your knees), so I'd say $109 is a great price!

              1. re: John Manzo

                That's the one I ordered too (curve for knees). I thought it was pretty reasonable in the grand scheme of things. Thanks again for the advice.

            2. This is somewhat off topic but I am in the market for a new drip coffee maker (sorry coffee geeks!) and I have seen good reviews for the Technivorm brand and I was wondering if it is sold in Calgary?


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              1. re: Hart50

                I don't think they sell it in Calgary- your best bet is at Transcend Coffee in Edmonton,

                1. re: Hart50

                  Probably too late for you but if you are still drinking drip coffee do yourself a favor and purchase a siphon coffee maker and find a local roaster. Your coffee experience will be exponentially better.

                2. I saw 2 Zass grinder at Java Jamboree when I stopped by last week. They were on the shelf opposite the till, although I'm not sure if they're for sale. Couldn't find a price tag on them.