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    Small Grinder for Coffee While Travelling

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    Hi Guys,
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    Been perusing the CS forum for a while now and I've gotta say that I've learnt so much from people's suggestions on here.
    Thought I'd actually register today so I can get in on the discussion.

    I'm after a nice portable burr grinder that I could take travelling with me to make plunger coffee with fresh beans away from home. Probably something in the <$200 range.
    Also thinking about getting an Aeropress, I've heard some good things about them.

    Any suggestions?

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    Various hand grinders will do the job. Hario skerton hand grinder, kyocera, porlex. .. they'll all do the job for you. All well within price range but require a little more elbow grease than just pushing a button. My camping combo is an aeropress n hario grinder although I've tried a porlex and preferred it so will be going to that when the hario dies or more likely lose it!

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    yeah the Porlex is a nice bit of gear for camping etc

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    Thanks for the recommendations. That porlex does look like a nice piece of gear.

    I probably should have mentioned that I really want it more to leave in my locker at our ski club over the winter, so electric is still good...unless you think a hand mill would give better results? I gather you'd get a better quality burr than in an electric one as you're not paying for the motor etc.

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    The Porlex Mini also fits nicely inside the Aeropress, so is handy if your luggage space is limited. After a while the handle occasionally tends to come off the spindle when grinding, but no big deal. Aeropress + Coava/Able Disc (instead of filter paper) + Porlex Mini is a pretty hand combo. I used this exclusively when based in London for 3 months and really got to like the style of coffee I was making.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry O'Speedwagon View Post
    The Porlex Mini also fits nicely inside the Aeropress, so is handy if your luggage space is limited. After a while the handle occasionally tends to come off the spindle when grinding, but no big deal. Aeropress + Coava/Able Disc (instead of filter paper) + Porlex Mini is a pretty hand combo. I used this exclusively when based in London for 3 months and really got to like the style of coffee I was making.
    +1 for this setup. It's what I use at work and when travelling. I've got a Porlex mini and a kyocera and although the burrs appear to be the same I much prefer the feel of the Porlex... and like BOSW said, it fits inside the Aeropress!

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    I suppose it depends on how portable and how many coffees you are likely to make.

    If you start offering free coffee you may be so popular you will never get to go skiing.

    I don't know of a electric grinder that I would call portable.

    How fragile are plastic hoppers?

    I have a porlex it seems to work well I was cautious about grinders made with glass parts because they may break.

    However well made glass can be surprisingly tough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnosmith View Post
    I'm after a nice portable burr grinder that I could take travelling with me to make plunger coffee with fresh beans away from home. Probably something in the <$200 range.
    Did someone say they wanted a Lido 2? I think someone said they wanted a Lido 2.
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    Great. Thanks guys!
    Think I'll go out and grab the Porlex/Aeropress/Disc combo. Sounds perfect.

    Just out of interest, how long does it normally take to grind enough beans for a cup?

    @don - I hear you! Probably making for a few at a time...although the delicious aroma of freshly ground beans will attract hangers-on I'm sure :-)

    @Dragunov - That Lido 2 does look like a beauty, but is it worth the (considerable) extra money over the Porlex?

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    Ah damn it seems my post from yesterday got swallowed by the ether. It said something about requiring moderator approval?

    Suffice to say, I was sold on the Porlex, but then after you suggested it Dragunov the Lido 2 looks so damn pretty! I do like the idea of supporting a small organisation, even if it is significantly more costly. Has anybody used one of these? Sure looks like it works well

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    they're fairly new (and many of us are on the waiting list for the new shipment), but definitely sounds like a good choice for filter/press. from what i know the porlex has the same issues as the harios/kyoceras - poor performance on filter grinds due to lower bearing issues which is what the lido was designed to work against.
    otherwise, for the same amount of money, a breville smart grinder or sunbeam em480 might do the trick

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    They are coming direct to Oz and will be available at around the same time. Will help keep post costs down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Talk_Coffee View Post
    They are coming direct to Oz and will be available at around the same time. Will help keep post costs down.
    They do look like good portables (me thinks camping and holidays)
    Who'd stock them Chris? Do you hold OE stuff?

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    We'll be stocking them but they're not coming from OE

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    Quote Originally Posted by Talk_Coffee View Post
    We'll be stocking them but they're not coming from OE
    Do you have any idea of cost or when it will be available?
    Ta

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beenz View Post
    Do you have any idea of cost or when it will be available?
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    Not at this point and after MICE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnosmith View Post
    Great. Thanks guys!
    Think I'll go out and grab the Porlex/Aeropress/Disc combo. Sounds perfect.

    Just out of interest, how long does it normally take to grind enough beans for a cup?

    @Dragunov - That Lido 2 does look like a beauty, but is it worth the (considerable) extra money over the Porlex?
    Got mine Porlex Mini & Aeropress a year ago, did the job if not perfect. as far as I know, maybe around 15-20 turns would be good enough. as for OE Lido 2, nice hand grinder but different level. US$175, Pre-order in US now: http://www.oehandgrinders.com/LIDO-2_c_23.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnosmith View Post
    @Dragunov - That Lido 2 does look like a beauty, but is it worth the (considerable) extra money over the Porlex?
    Based on who's offering it I'd suspect so, but I haven't used one.

    At the very least you should be able to get a consistent grind out of it, which I believe is not possible with the Porlex (something about the shaft eating out its plastic mount).

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    I use a hario mini for plunger coffee at work and for travel. Takes a minute or so to grind enough for one. Grind seems consistent (at plunger grade, I've never tried it for espresso). They're about $50-$60 locally, it as little as $35 online from Japan. I don't know if I'd recommend one for grinding for a group of friends though.

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    The OE Lido 2 is on display at MICE and I was impressed. Great build, easy to use and everything the Pharos wasn't.

    Bombora supplies have added this to range and it will be available from us (and possibly some other sponsors who do business) with them- soon!

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    Looking forward to a photo or two!

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    Quote Originally Posted by thegoner View Post
    Looking forward to a photo or two!
    Ask and you shall receive!
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    It would be genuinely worth your while extending your budget to $360 for a Rosco Mini. I can't yet speak from experience but hoping I will be able to soon. Understand though that it is a lot of money which not everyone is willing to part with.

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    A Hario slim has been my travel grinder for a couple years now.

    On occasion I have used a Sozen Turkish mill in the field, but the Hario is lighter and grinds faster!

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    I'm considering a grindhaus, seeing as my kyocera just died. I like the lido2 but it might just be a bit big for travelling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Talk_Coffee View Post
    Ask and you shall receive!
    Chris, are you able to give any idea on how it performs for espresso in terms of ergos and quality?

    There's a bit of talk of it being designed primarily for brew grind sizes and not being ideal for espresso, but it's hard to tell who's talking from experience/reliable sources and who's just talking.

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    Ergos and and build quality- excellent.

    Ours didn't make it this week (eta Tuesday), so I'll hold off on reporting grind quality. FWIW, with precisely located conical burrs and the precision in adjustment and alignment of the burrs, there is no reason to expect that it shouldn't be terrific for espresso. Stay tuned...
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    Ours arrived today and I have had a play- albeit brief.

    Usability is great and you can just grip the central section and grind away. The action is not too heavy and it feels faster than the usual small grinders. One thing I hadn't realised is that the lower jar which collects the ground coffee is in fact just that- a jar. I am yet to check if anything we have in the pantry suits, but I reckon there will be quite a few breakages. It may be that this will change when we have actual production models.

    Grind adjustment is great and the the result certainly looks even. The locking mechanism works beautifully and will grind at what was pretty much turkish. Rick had a go at the first shot from it- low and fine with one of our leva machines and it was a 100% choke.

    It will be interesting to see how these grinders ultimately used. A traveller by car on on a desk- for sure. In a pack or in a plane I am not so sure. It's about 1.6kg and looks to be about 35cm tall.

    I have no doubt that this will be able to be used successfully in lieu of an electric grinder for espresso. Would I? Nope... I'll stick to the Kony-E, but I have a new grinder at home for all manual methods now.

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    Cheers Chris; I appreciate the info.

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    Thanks for all the info Chris.

    Any word yet on when you may have them in stock?

    I'll be down in Melbourne town in the 1st week of July and would love to see one in the flesh.

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