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  • Would you use a hand grinder as you primary machine? Poll.

    Lets try this again!

    Given my post/poll the other day when I asked about grinder speed in which 62% who voted indicated they wanted a grinder that would grind 18 grams of beans in 20 seconds or less, I'm wondering how many would choose a hand grinder in preference to a powered device?

    We hear plenty of testimonials as to how great some hand grinders are, just wondering how it shows in usage patterns?
    69
    I own both a hand and electric grinder.
    24.64%
    17
    I only own a hand grinder.
    10.14%
    7
    I prefer the hand grinder.
    8.70%
    6
    I prefer the electric grinder.
    15.94%
    11
    I use electric because its faster.
    15.94%
    11
    I use a hand grinder because it is quieter.
    5.80%
    4
    I bought a hand grinder because it was cheaper than electric.
    5.80%
    4
    I use a hand grinder because it produces a better grind.
    8.70%
    6
    Can you taste the difference in the cup when you switch from hand to electric?
    2.90%
    2
    Will use either! one is as good as the other.
    1.45%
    1

  • #2
    If I was the only one drinking coffee in the house I would use my pavoni and lido full time. As it is now, my partner makes coffee for herself while I'm at work and there is no way she would go in for it. In fact the whole reason I have a doserless electronic is so I can dial the grinder in so her and visitors can get the dose right without any hassle. We also get a number of visitors, so both the lido and the pavoni aren't really suited to knocking out 4-5 back to back coffees .
    So to answer the question Yelta, at this stage, no, I wouldn't use a hand grinder full time , but in years to come that may change

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    • #3
      Have been hand grinding for almost 5 years, and 2 of those was strictly on hand grinding.

      The reasons I am still hand grinding and found it indispensable.

      i) Portable - holiday, work travel, coffee in office, pretty much any scenario away from your home coffee station.
      ii) Quiet - it's quieter than electric counterpart but not completely silent. So I can easily lug it around, moving further from the bedroom area and grind away without offending anyone. Try lugging a 20kg electric beast.
      iii) Retention/waste - on the electric grinder, I always have to purge some coffees first thing in the morning otherwise the coffee is terrible. I home roast so it matters a lot. If you have some excellent $280/kg Geisha I trust you don't want to purge that away either?
      iv) Retention/multiple coffee - not related to waste. But with a hand grinder you can easily switch between different coffees. For example, I did a cupping (no I don't do this often) of my 4 home roasts yesterday. Using an electric grinder would be difficult without worrying about the retention/cross contamination.
      v) Better coffee in the long term - clean grinder = better coffee. Unless you religiously clean the grinder (strip down and clean every month), the grind residual really imparts muddier taste to coffee after a while. No such problem with a hand grinder.

      Electric grinder appeals because it's fast and convenient - perfect for today's expectation of everything fast and convenient in this modern society. Admit it, people do get lazy(myself included) when they can.

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      • #4
        I've recently switched to hand grinder full time. I make myself and a lady friend a few coffees on the weekend and take it to work for 2-3 espressos a day, mon-fri. I don't find it takes much effort at all. Athough I imagine it would suck if you were regularly entertaining groups of people (that's not me).

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        • #5
          I've also recently switched to a hand grinder full time. It suits my needs which is usually 1 or 2 coffees a day for myself or other housemates. Haven't had a party with guests yet. So that may be tiresome.
          Otherwise, really enjoying the low retention and ability to switch between beans without too much hassle (I.e. purging, wasted shots).
          I haven't timed myself when grinding my 18gm dose, but the process is therapeutic, and makes me look forward to the morning routine. And the aromas coming from the grinder are just awesome.
          Edit: and it's so much quieter than my previous motorised grinder. I don't feel guilty pulling shots early in the morning.

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          • #6
            I've been using an HG-one as my principal grinder for at least three years. I only have to make a cuppa for myself and the missus each morning, and hand-grinding has become second nature. It's a little slow when visitors come, but they enjoy watching the process.

            Sniff

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            • #7
              I remember writing to SniffCoffee (hi James!) a few years ago asking him about his HG-one..he spoke very positively about his one...I trusted his opinion and ordered one..haven't looked back. I also have a Robur that has been unused since then. Hand-grinding has just become the norm at my house.

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              • #8
                Afraid I'm an electrical grinder aficionado due to both physical and health issues.
                Some days, it's all I can do, just to stand at the bench and hit the various buttons and levers.
                Worth it though, for the excellent coffee at the end...

                Mal.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Dimal View Post
                  Afraid I'm an electrical grinder aficionado due to both physical and health issues.
                  Some days, it's all I can do, just to stand at the bench and hit the various buttons and levers.
                  Worth it though, for the excellent coffee at the end...

                  Mal.
                  One of these days will drop in and see you for a brew Mal, would be good to meet you face to face.

                  Don't often get up that way, it will happen.

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                  • #10
                    Excellent idea mate...

                    Just give us a yell when you're coming...

                    Mal.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Dimal View Post
                      Excellent idea mate...

                      Just give us a yell when you're coming...

                      Mal.
                      Will do Mal, 2016 is about stuffed, probably mid 2017.

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                      • #12
                        Look forward to meeting you and yours mate...

                        Mal.

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                        • #13
                          Hg 1 user for coming on 2 years. It can be tough going with a light roast (bendy bean) for espresso. That's the only time I find it difficult. Static is also a but of a pain. I like changing the grind very easily. I love the low/ no retention, and I like "feeling" the grind. Much as I liked feeling the extraction on the Pavoni. Wouldn't go back.
                          Between it and the Alex Leva , its all the exercise I get. So I'm grateful.
                          if we had lots of guests, I'd just set someone to work on it.

                          Also using a Lido 2 at work. Again, I don't mind the "exercise". No retention. No static.

                          Both grinders I hope to last for generations. We'll see.

                          As for electric, I only had a little Isomac. Served me well, but no surprise that these are much, much better.

                          I just like the quiet, and the sense experience. (And the bang for buck).

                          And I live in the Dandenongs, where working electricity is a rare treat.

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