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    Best Portable Grinder

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    Afternoon CS'ers!

    I've got a long holiday coming up in a few months and I'm planning to take a batch of my own roasted beans with me to keep me going!

    I'm thinking of purchasing an Aeropress to use whilst away so I was wondering if there are any decent portable electric grinders out there or should I just stick to a hand grinder?

    Thanks for any advice

    Mick

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    Hand grinder.

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    Best Portable Grinder

    Hand Grinders
    What budget are you wanting to work within? & How 'good' a grinder are you after?
    < $100- Cheap and Cheery?
    $100-$300 Good quality burrs and more consistent results?
    > $300 Top of the line hand held?
    > $800 Pointy End (benchtop) not really camping grade- but could be if you're a bit crazy :Tic

    Btw this is rather subjective and some will argue semantics but it's somewhere to start...

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    Quote Originally Posted by eaglemick View Post
    Afternoon CS'ers!

    I've got a long holiday coming up in a few months and I'm planning to take a batch of my own roasted beans with me to keep me going!

    I'm thinking of purchasing an Aeropress to use whilst away so I was wondering if there are any decent portable electric grinders out there or should I just stick to a hand grinder?

    Thanks for any advice

    Mick
    I took my Porlex Mini (well under $100) + Aeropress with me to the UK for 3 months....worked a treat. Got a bit sick of hand grinding by the end, but no regrets.

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    An added advantage of the porlex (especially the porlex mini) is that it will fit into the aeropress piston.

    Happy travels

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    I started with a Porlex mini but it became a bit annoying to spend so long grinding, especially when making for two. It did quite a nice job though.

    The problem I had with mine was the handle steel was too soft and lost its good grip of the spindle, sometimes spinning off at speed into my knuckles. I would have only done about 30 grinds with it too.

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    A Hario Skerton at 30% off?
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    I love my Skerton for the Aeropress!

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    Thanks Guys,

    I'll take a look at the Hario and Porlex. Will be making 2 coffees each morning whilst away so sounds like grinding may take some time though

    The wife thinks I'm mad but last time I was back in the UK the local coffee shops were terrible. Think I'm spoilt living downunder now

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    Quote Originally Posted by eaglemick View Post
    Thanks Guys,

    I'll take a look at the Hario and Porlex. Will be making 2 coffees each morning whilst away so sounds like grinding may take some time though

    The wife thinks I'm mad but last time I was back in the UK the local coffee shops were terrible. Think I'm spoilt living downunder now
    Mick, If you're going to the UK, fresh roasted beans for the Aeropress aren't too difficult to source and are not expensive. I used Hasbean while over there, and they were great (can have delivered or buy at cafes). I'm guessing you're not going to be in London (otherwise I could point you to some very nice coffee places).

    Back on topic, I have the Porlex Mini and Hario Skerton. Couldn't pick a difference in grind quality (I'm not expert though), but the Porlex is just more convenient for travel....no glass, the top section (where the beans go) has a lid, the bottom section (where the ground coffee goes) is cylindrical and doses easily into the Aeropress. And, as said above, the Porlex Mini fits inside the Aeropress, so it takes less carrying space. The Porlex *might* grind slightly slower, but it's not as if the Skerton is 50% quicker. I know what Simonko is talking about re the handle sometimes decoupling, but didn't find it a problem.

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    Thanks Barry O!

    I have family in the south and the missus has family in the north plus we need to get to a wedding in Scotland so taking my own beans is one less thing to worry about when we get there!

    Also looking forward to trying my own roasted bean combos in an aeropress rather than the espresso machine so this is a good excuse to justify the purchase

    Mick

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    Quote Originally Posted by Talk_Coffee View Post
    A Hario Skerton at 30% off?
    Thanks Chris, think I'll go for the aeropress combo on your site as that looks like great value



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