We've been struggling for the last year to find a good green balance to our coffee routine. We've made great strides: we take our own cups to the coffee shop, we bring home fair-trade, locally roasted beans by the pound, and we employ our own french press when making it at home. But we do indeed still have one of those ridiculously loud (and not very effective) grinders. While it doesn't use much energy... we were still intrigued with this hand-cranked grinder.
The folks over at Publicola bring up the point, too, that these old grinders were made to last. We had one in the kitchen growing up that my mom found at an antique shop. She insisted it still worked, but that was well before my coffee-drinking years.
Most models available, antique or new, offer adjustable grinds and many reviews we've read say that the grind is quite uniform, even on the older antique models.