Why grind so fine for Turkish? - Page 3

Coffee preparation techniques besides espresso like pourover.

#21: Post by vit »

jpender wrote:Thanks for the info about the Sözen grinder. So inexpensive: I can buy one for $35 including shipping. My Kinu and my awkward old OE LIDO 1 are far from ideal for producing a fine Turkish grind. I know Turgay Yildizli likes the Comandante but it's about 10X as expensive. So maybe I'll pick up a dedicated Turkish grinder.

But first I am going to experiment more with espresso or slightly-finer-than-espresso grinds in my cezve. If that consistently produces good results then there would be no reason for a dedicated dust-maker.
Yes, Sözen is quite cheap, but there are some drawbacks. While it is considerably faster than Kinu (for turkish), force on the handle is also significantly higher and it's not nearly as nice to hold like the handle on Kinu. Also, whole grinder has strong brass smell; although I wouldn't say that it transfers to the coffee, it might be a problem for some ...

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#22: Post by baldheadracing » replying to vit »

The strong brass smell can be an indication of a counterfeit; fakes used to be everywhere on eBay and Amazon when I got mine.

Sozen sells direct-to-consumer at https://www.sozengrinders.com/ (used to be Turkishmill.com) The grinder uses a square drive, so it is easy to use with a variable speed cordless drill. Also, although adjustment of grind size is technically possible, I wouldn't bother touching the factory -set adjustment. The burr design and centering mechanism works for very fine grinds ... I couldn't recommend it for anything coarser.
-"Good quality brings happiness as you use it" - Nobuho Miya, Kamasada


#23: Post by vit » replying to baldheadracing »

I also bought it at turkishmill.com, I don't know is it original or not, it looks like a turkish grinder and smells like it ...

There is an adjustment screw at the bottom, mine was set to about 1 turn and it's ok for turkish grind. I also did a "mod" to enable grinding coarser, as was suggested by one of our members from Turkey (hitting the top of the axle with a hammer a few times to deform the plate with that screw below the burr). I tried making a few espressos when using cheap DeLonghy espresso machine, with mediocre results of course ... it's at about 2 turns, however this is not espresso grinder, produces too much fines ... at 3 turns it's somewhere in the range of french press ... it's not a precise machine like Kinu, but works well for what is designed for and is definitively better than various Hario grinders for lower price