Before getting in to specifics of grinder construction and design, a few general observations: The concentration of our grinder restorations have been with German hand grinders: Robert Zassenhaus (Zass), Peter Dienes (Pe De), Kissing und Mollman (Ky M), C. Lehnartz, Armin Trosser (HT and AT as well as Trosser rebrands), Leinbrock's (Czech), Ahner of Austria, Italian mills such a PB, DP, Fraber and Tre Spade, French grinders by Peugeot Freres, the De Ve mills from Holland, and other obscure or simply less common brands.
The coffee mill is composed generally of two parts, the box, and the grinding mechanism.
We collect and sell antique coffee grinders or mills made by Arcade, Enterprise, Landers Frary & Clark, Parker, Steinfeld and other manufacturers.
We specialize in the wall mounted mills with glass hoppers or canister mills as these were sometimes included with the Hoosier Cabinets that make up the other part of our business (see link at bottom of page).
I will disclose all work I have done to any particular mill Our interest in antique coffee mills started during an extended power outage many years ago.
We were faced with a jar full of beans, and an electric grinder that sat silently on our kitchen counter.
Not all box grinders were square, but finding a round one, especially in cast iron, can be a challenge for a collector.However, housed in museums in both the United States and Europe are examples of the exquisite bronze coffee mortar and pestles from the seventeenth century that belonged to the affluent of the times.These beautiful utilitarian objects are examples of the craftsmanship of the Dutch, German and English.There’s nothing like a good cup of coffee, except, perhaps, a good coffee cup.But for people who really love coffee, cups and mugs are just the tip of the iceberg.