The prince of hand mills is the genuine
Turkish grinder. The tall, heavy copper or brass mills are still used
today throughout Turkey and other Middle Eastern countries for home
grinding. The dome-like top pulls off to reveal the space where the
whole beans go. The handle on the top is used to turn the mill. This
detaches and fits over the grind adjustment screw which is revealed in
the middle of the cylinder when the bottom half is removed. At the end
of grinding - the range of which is all degrees of "extremely fine" -
the bottom part of the cylinder holds the ground coffee.
Middle Eastern coffee must be ground to
the consistency of talcum powder, something no other type of domestic
grinder can achieve. The difficulty in serving an authentic Middle
Eastern coffee is not in getting the grind right; rather, it is finding
the right blend of coffee roasted to the right degree. (It is far easier
just to buy a commercial brand, such as People's imported from Nicosia,
or Kurukahveci, from Istanbul).