Hand held coffee grinder

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Hand held coffee grinder

Post by montana » Thu Jun 27, 2019 3:45 am

Hi...I'm looking to buy a good quality coffee grinder that is not electric but grinds by hand. Mainly for espresso and french press . I'm looking at a ..Hario Skerton Pro. I also heard there are some good grinders made in Germany but information in Canada is limited . Can anyone recommend a good quality grinder ?

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Re: Hand held coffee grinder

Post by ragdoll serenade » Thu Jun 27, 2019 4:10 am

I would suggest you peruse the Home-Barista website. www.home-barista.com I have never had a hand grinder but off the top of my head the demands of espresso and french press grinding are quite different. I think you may be hard pressed to find one grinder that does both those well.

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Re: Hand held coffee grinder

Post by Leo Apray » Thu Jun 27, 2019 4:14 am

Made in Germany is Comandante.
You might also want to check Feldgrind and Kinu. Both are not made in Germany, but are also very good.

I have an Aergrind in the office. It's basically a Feldgrind in smaller size, so that it can fit into Aeropress.

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Re: Hand held coffee grinder

Post by Marshall Dixon » Thu Jun 27, 2019 4:36 am

montana wrote:
Thu Jun 27, 2019 3:45 am
Hi...I'm looking to buy a good quality coffee grinder that is not electric but grinds by hand. Mainly for espresso and french press . I'm looking at a ..Hario Skerton Pro. I also heard there are some good grinders made in Germany but information in Canada is limited . Can anyone recommend a good quality grinder ?
Spong and Co. They are still available from the home barista site already mentioned.
I bought a No. 1 second hand about 30 years ago. I fill it pretty full for 1 cup and it takes a little coaxing to get the beans to feed into the screw mechanism at times. Especially finer grinds. If I were to buy one new I'd get the No. 2. It makes a little mess, but they all do.

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Re: Hand held coffee grinder

Post by chiral3 » Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:05 am

If you want a portable one I use a Porlex (with my Hario press). They are made in Japan, slender, durable, and have a ceramic, conical burr for consistent grind. If you're looking to grind down to espresso you'll want a well-made conical burr or else you'll have too much variation in grind size with lesser quality. At french press size grinds the quality matters less.

If you want something a little less portable with a larger capacity the Harios are always just fine.

If you aren't weighing your beans always remember to memorize you rotation count for different size brews.
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Re: Hand held coffee grinder

Post by Rognvald » Thu Jun 27, 2019 3:41 pm

I bought a beautiful one with a painted ceramic receptacle and a "good grinder" for our boat. After a short time, I found it too labor intensive for even one cup of coffee. We use pre-ground or use an electric grinder when we have access to shore-power. . . . Playing again . . . Rognvald
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Re: Hand held coffee grinder

Post by montana » Fri Jun 28, 2019 12:56 am

Thanks everyone . Rognvald brought up a point that a co worker mention about the amount of effort to grind a cup using a cylinder grinder . He said the box style . .Zassenhaus..took less effort . Is this something I need to consider ?

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Re: Hand held coffee grinder

Post by montana » Fri Jun 28, 2019 1:03 am

Hi chiral3 . .are you saying ceramic is better than steal for espresso ?

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Re: Hand held coffee grinder

Post by chiral3 » Fri Jun 28, 2019 6:52 pm

No, not at all; they are both harder than the bean. I don't manufacture grinders here so I am guessing, but I would think that it is easier and less expensive to create a ceramic burr versus a metal burr that's the best / right shape at tight tolerances. Good grinders are expensive and apart from a quality motor (for electric grinders) your paying for quality parts engineered to tight tolerances.
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Re: Hand held coffee grinder

Post by RJVB » Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:16 am

Looking for a truly hand-held solution ... as a way to get in a bit of compulsory morning exercise? ;)
ragdoll serenade wrote:
Thu Jun 27, 2019 4:10 am
off the top of my head the demands of espresso and french press grinding are quite different.
French press is the kind of coffee maker made popular by Bodum; a glass pot in which you mix boiled/ing water and grinds, wait a few minutes and then press down the grinds with a piston that lets the coffee through?

If so, it is my understanding that this requires a bit coarser grind, while true espresso (from a 15+ bar machine) requires an extremely fine grind. We have an electric Bodum grinder which does have an espresso setting but I still find the result much coarser than what you find in off-the-shelf packaging by reputable (Italian) companies.
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Re: Hand held coffee grinder

Post by Andrew Pohlman » Fri Jul 05, 2019 4:55 pm

Mortar and pestle??? That what I have used. Takes some skill to get the grind where you want it - coarse for french press, and super fine for espresso. But cost for a very nice ceramic mortar and pestle was <$10US.
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Re: Hand held coffee grinder

Post by Dirck Nagy » Fri Jul 05, 2019 5:22 pm

Zassenhaus.

Been using it for years.
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Re: Hand held coffee grinder

Post by brad4d8 » Fri Jul 05, 2019 5:34 pm

I use (and like) the JavaPresse hand grinder (with the Aeropress coffee maker-similar to a French Press but easier to clean). It's a burr grinder that can be adjusted to different grinds. If I fill it to the top, it has just enough for one cup the way I like it. Not good if you need to grind for more than that at one time.

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Re: Hand held coffee grinder

Post by Brian Sterling » Thu Oct 03, 2019 3:23 am

I use the Javapresse hand grinder as well, but I have heard that the Hario is quite good.

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