HI there Ferry
I did look into the Comandante, and from what I can see of how it is made and of what, yes, I’ve little doubt your grandchildren would still be trying to wear it out.
While the Sette is wonderful, and I do use it when appropriate, you must understand it is rather large and heavy. The old De Ve weighs close to a kilo, and measures about 12 cm cube.Thus it can, and does, go everywhere. Tomorrow I’ll be bring it along as I cycle to join a small informal gathering to honour a couple we all know who recentl married on the other side the country and are out this side visiting. I’ll have an electric kettle, a 1.5 litre French press, a tiny scale, and a Pacamara COE winner along with a recently discovered and very delightful Pluma de Oaxaca. We SHALL have excellent coffee throughout the afternoon and evening.
During that multiday film fest, we did have the two Curtis machines pouring out the batch brewed coffee, but from time to time I did brew by hand in the French press… and rather than change, then rechange, the grind adjustment on thhe Setté I’d just weigh out for the press, then pop it into the old De Ve. That left the Setté free to do as needed for the main brew bar.
If you’ve never used a good hand grinder you may be amused to learn that there reall IS someting different about using a small hand powered instrument in place of a noisey push-the-button one. Some sort of a connexio, personal involvement, tha tactile hands on thing, wierd I know, but it is soothing, calming, maybe it even helps prepare us for the sensory delight of the coffee once its done. When it is part of the process, it tends to relax, draw you in, you become more a part of the process. Yeah, funny stuff, but I really do ENJOY using that thing, as well as the results from its use. Maybe it also pleases me so much more because I’ve already got MY hands on the restof the process from the jute bag to the cup. I roast my own, as well, using a small hand-controlled gas drum roaster. It is all together part of the rhythm of my day. Yeah, maybe I’m going all wistful and zen, but I don’t even think of it as anything strange.