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    Ceramic hand grinders

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    Hi all,
    Im off on a trip to India and looking to put together a highly portable, light and compact combination to allow me to make coffee on my travels. Ive posted regarding the brewing option elsewhere but was wondering if anyone had any experience with ceramic hand grinders. I was thinking that way I could take some sealed beans with me and grind as I go.

    Ive seen both the Hario ceramic hand grinder and the Kyocera (slightly more expensive) advertised but would appreciate it if anyone could share their experience with them.

    Thanks.

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    GDay Andy
    I have used the Aeropress with the Kyocera grinder for both local and overseas travel. It is a very good lightweight and robust solution. Works well. The Kyocera also makes it very easy to get the ground coffee into the Aeropress as the diameters are a good match.
    The Hario is larger so requires more space, the Porlex grinder is also an option but it is not as easy to hold as the Kyocera and looks as if the case could be bent if squashed or hit hard while traveling. The Porlex ceramics look very similar if not identical to the Kyocera.
    Kyocera is a company that is welll known for its ceramic technology in electronics and artificial joints so they do know their materials

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    Re: Ceramic hand grinders

    Thanks, knew I could rely on someone out there to have been there before.


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    Re the Porlex grinder mentioned above. This is what we use with the aeroepress, and pretty happy with it. It is basically a metal cylinder in two halves and a detachable handle. The others would I think be easier to hold, but I dont notice any particular discomfort with the Porlex. The body is pretty tough, it has travelled a lot without a dent so far. Nonetheless I think any of the grinders mentioned would do the job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 003F262F3915184A0 link=1292581496/1#1 date=1292583968
    GDay Andy
    The Kyocera also makes it very easy to get the ground coffee into the Aeropress as the diameters are a good match.
    The Hario is larger so requires more space, the Porlex grinder is also an option but it is not as easy to hold as the Kyocera and looks as if the case could be bent if squashed or hit hard while traveling.
    Hmmm. Just to chuck my $0.02 in here - I have an AP and a Hario. We take them with us when we go camping etc. The Hario is (IMHO) a close to perfect fit for the AP. You unscrew the bin from the bottom of the Hario and it pours perfectly into the AP... I know the Kyocera kind-of fits into the AP but you probably really dont want to do that. There is 200 odd cranks of the handle to get through to get a double shot!

    Ive given hazbeans porlex a twirl (not in anger, mind you) and I have to agree with him - there is no real drama holding it whatever.

    Just my $0.02 (GST included!)

    /Kevin


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    Whatd you end up getting Andy?

    Im off on holidays too and am looking around for an aeropress and either the skerton or the slim hario.

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    Go the slim Hario or Kyocera unless you have Giant hands.Also have a look at the Grindripper from The Espresso School which will give you a dripper with the grinder.

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    Ive been using a Kyocera as my sole grinder at home for 10months now.

    Ill have 1-2 double shots in the morning depending on how much time I have. And 2-3/day on the weekend. *Takes about 2-3min to grind a double while Im watching the morning news.

    To be honest, its a good grinder but, the grind consistency is a little variable. *Both myself and my brother have one and the results are the same regardless. *Its not like you get talcum powder and then half a bean, more like 85% correct size grinds; 15% larger size up to about tripple size grinds. *Im not sure how the larger grinds get past the burrs, yet to find an answer. *It is usually grinds that are long and thin, so my initial thoughts were that they just slip through with the odd pause in grinding, but thats just an hypothesis.

    I have used other hand grinders that grind more consistently but take up to 10min flat out to grind a double and they are metal/SS construction that get surface rust if they get scratched.

    There is also a funny symptom of the metal crank going down the centre of the grinder slightly statically charging the grinds. *After youve ground your double shot give it a quick shake to loosen the grinds and help dissipate the charge.

    Ive never found a hand grinder that grinds as fine as the Kyoceras, and the finer the grind the less variance in grind I get.

    Cleaning is so simple, but requires you to sacrifice the odd bean to find the right size grind again. *And you cannot compete with the ultra compact size and weight.

    I also find <insert cliché warning> it adds to the coffee experience too. *The smell from grinding the fresh roasted beans waft past your nose and really build up the anticipation of having your hard earned brew. *Either that or your body knows your about to satisfy your caffeine addiction *;D

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    Re: Ceramic hand grinders

    The usual thoughts on why the grind size is variable is that due to the wobble in the shaft - the plastic sleeve is not an exact fit - the burrs also wobble and therefore let larger particles through. I have the same issue on my mini mill and with the KYM hand grinder (wobble due to the thin metal case/lid, the rest is well anchored... plus an inexact casting... still its largely similar in terms of grind quality).



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