Methyltheobromin wrote:Interesting to see that this Zassenhaus could stand its ground against the Pharos. Given that this is one of the newer models with all the associated problems, I'm wondering if anyone has compared the Pharos to another hand grinder from the golden age of hand grinders, when construction was still more solid, especially adjustment mechanisms and bearings? Would be really interesting, at least for me, as I've been contemplating for quite a while whether the Pharos (or maybe the HG One) would be a step up over my Dienes Mokka 88. If this Zassenhaus was indistinguishable for shot quality when dialed in properly, then I don't think I will need to get a Pharos, as I currently have a Dienes 88 that's almost as new and works really well.
This particular Zass grinder is the best I've used, having gone through at least 4 dozen German grinders (KYM, Deines, Trosser, etc.) on eBay and other places. Most are gone now via CL and a couple are used for cereal grinding and spice grinding. A new Zass I got before this one couldn't do espresso well at all. I don't believe any hand grinder from the golden age has the precision that the Pharos (or HG-1) has.
But I am happy with the one I have.