Grinder Experiments: So Far………

Coffee grinders are a must. Here in the shop I have a Swiss made Ditting that I use for everything. It is a great grinder. Easily adjustable grind, fast (but not too fast), powerful. Well worth its rather high price tag. The consistency of its grind has also become the standard by which I measure other grinders.

I did have another, an expensive, fancy name brand, that I was using for the espresso side of things here but it gave out. When, in the course of my discussion with the manufacturer, I asked if they could guarantee that I wouldn’t have the same problem again I didn’t get a response. It would be nice to have another, but for now the Ditting will do.

At home we have used the same hand grinder for almost twenty years. Good quality hand grinders are quieter and generally more durable and usually less expensive than their electric counterparts. It is by Salter & Co. They no longer exist. For most of this time we have used the French Press as the go to coffee brewer. More recently Espresso, the AeroPress and the occasional pour-over have made their way into the home brewing scene.

With these other brewing methods came the need for more variety in the grind of the coffee. The old coffee grinder is adjustable but somewhat fiddly. In fact most hand grinders seem to be fiddly, and most good quality electric grinders, though quite adjustable, are noisy, rather large and very expensive (and the Ditting is a bit over-kill). So I looked for another hand grinder to use for Espresso.

The search continues, but this is what I have found so far………….

Salter & Co.

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Pros:

  • Nice size
  • Can be clamped to the counter or fastened to the wall allowing one handed operation
  • Durable cast metal construction
  • Fairly fast grind for a hand grinder

Cons:

  • Fiddly grind adjustment
  • Less consistent grind then the Ditting, and then I prefer

Hario Small Compact Grinder

Pros:

  • Nice compact size – good for campers, cyclists
  • Ceramic burrs
  • Quiet
  • Fairly consistent grind

Cons:

  • Fiddly grind adjustment but less so than the Salter
  • Grind adjustment slips
  • Mostly plastic construction
  • Two hand operation – have to hold onto the grinder while operating
  • A little slower than I really want

Porlex Mini Grinder

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Pros:

  • Nice compact size – again good for campers, cyclists
  • Ceramic burrs
  • Quiet
  • Quite consistent grind (a bit more consistent then the Hario)
  • Mostly metal construction

Cons:

  • Fiddly grind adjustment but less so than the Salter – similar to the compact Hario
  • Two hand operation – have to hold onto the grinder while operating
  • Again a little slower than I would like

Hario Small Box Grinder

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Pros:

  • Nice compact size – though not what I would carry on a camping trip
  • Fairly robust construction with a classic look
  • Ceramic burrs
  • Quiet
  • Relatively consistent grind – closer to the Porlex than its little brother

Cons:

  • Fiddly grind adjustment
  • Two hand operation – have to hold onto the grinder while operating
  • A little slower than I really want

Antique Peugeot Box Grinder

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Pros:

  • Looks great! (Though not a camping accessory.)
  • Very durable cast iron construction
  • Fairly quiet but not as quiet as the Porlex
  • One handed operation
  • Faster grind then others
  • Can be attached to the counter top
  • Can grind large amounts at time

Cons:

  • Fiddly grind adjustment similar to the Hario box grinder
  • Still a little slower than I really want
  • Rather large
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About Art Brûlant

Artist and Coffee Roaster who likes the outdoors, cycling and fly fishing and also operates "Art Brûlant" a coffee place with space for Art.
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