The Peugeot Paris pepper mill represents the absolute quintessential classic quality mill shape. And so it’s no surprise that it’s still a best seller that looks stunning in any home or professional situation. This mill is nice and tall, beautifully finished in a natural stained beechwood. At 12" tall it is seriously big and holds a LOT too, so you won't be refilling it all the time. If you want a big and impressive mill, this is a GREAT choice! It's really sturdy too, since there is so much wood in it (the wood at the base is also very thick so it'll be super strong too). So how do you improve on a classic? With the excellent new U-Select mechanism, that’s how! This mechanism allows you to smoothly select from a range of grinds, from super-fine to very coarse, all with a simple twist of the bottom ring; that’s right, no more unscrewing the top screw and having the top of the mill rattle if you wanted a very coarse grind. Now the grinding (the same twisting of the top) is independent of the grind setting (twisting the bottom). It really works! The manual models still work great of course, but if you’ve ever been frustrated by the “floppy top” syndrome of the traditional mill design (especially if you prefer coarse grinds), you’ll LOVE the Peugeot U-Select.
Here's what Peugeot has to say: The high quality beech wood used in Peugeot mills is grown, harvested, dried, shaped and finished in France. Paris mills are available as either pepper or salt mills (various sizes for each), in either a varnished or a piano-style gloss lacquer finish. For Paris u'Select mills, the grind is adjusted by turning the ring at the bottom of the mill. Turning the ring in one direction makes the grind finer, turning in the other makes it coarser. Once the grind size is set, it will stay in place until the user changes it. Peugeot of France created the pepper grinder in 1842. The patented design of the grinding mechanism created by a company engineer for the first Peugeot pepper mills is still in use today, virtually unchanged. Often copied, but never equaled, the mechanism made of case hardened steel is designed to crack the peppercorns before the actual fine grinding process. The grooves on a Peugeot mechanism are individually cut into the metal, and then case hardened, making them virtually indestructible. The same unyielding commitment that goes into every Peugeot pepper mill mechanism is also evident in the stainless steel salt mechanism. Peugeot grinding mechanisms are the choice of food professionals and discerning cooks around the world.