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
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...
An added advantage of the porlex (especially the porlex mini) is that it will fit into the aeropress piston.
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.
I love my Skerton for the Aeropress!
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
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.
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