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Thread: Hand grinder to match presso

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    Hand grinder to match presso

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    Anyone have some suggestions on a fair priced hand grinder to match my recently purchased presso for camping and fishing trips ??
    Any suggestions would be much appreciated, otherwise im looking at pregrinding for week long camping trips.

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    I went with the Hario Mini Mill Slim at around the $50 from memory.
    I take it with me almost anytime i'm am away from home and it has outlasted my 4 year old Aeropress.

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    Hi Mick,

    That'd be the Porlex. Pretty much unbreakable... light and compact.
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    I got a hario slim for the aero press. Has worked a treat. Haven't tried it on a fine espresso grind though. Will give it a bash and let you know how it goes.

    And any grinder would be better than pre ground wouldn't it?

    Cheers
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    Nothing beats the Porlex! All stainless steal with ceramic birrs. Fantastic title grinder- best on the market at the moment.
    currently with a new grinder on the way I'm using my Porlex to grind for my VBM a domobar Jnr and it's doing a better and more consistent job then my previous Rocky- use a bit slower I had a laugh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by artman View Post
    I got a hario slim for the aero press. Has worked a treat. Haven't tried it on a fine espresso grind though. Will give it a bash and let you know how it goes. And any grinder would be better than pre ground wouldn't it? Cheers
    Hario's are not as good for really coarse grinds because they have a very basic bearing set-up, and the burrs can wobble around a bit. But the finer you grind, the better they get. So they will do a better job for aeropress than for french press, and better still for espresso.

    I'm happy with mine, but if I had to replace it I would probably get a Porlex , they look a bit more durable.
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    This class of grinder (Hario/Porlex et al) are all pretty much the same. They're also all fine for aeropress. The newly released Rhinowares is cheaper (circa $55) and uses the same burr set as well- so it's the budget pick. It's just as well manufactured as Porlex, albeit a little top heavy with its better looking handle.

    The next logical step will be the Lido 2 when stocks finally arrive in around a month. It's at a whole different level, price point and mass. FWIW though, I couldn't be bothered using any of them for espresso. Too slow and too much work when you get one wrong.

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    To clarify the above post, I have received a message today from Porlex Australia to inform that they are not supplying burrs to Rhinowares. So now we all know
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    Chris, does the Rhinowares grinder have some sort of screw on cap to stop the grinding arm flying off the spindle? Just looking at your picture of it.

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    Hi Graeme,

    Must say I have never experienced that with Hario/Kyocera/Porlex or Rhinowares- but I have read of it, so I guess it must happen.

    The Rhinowares just has a pretty cap/cover, but the dynamics are the same.

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    Thanks Gerald

    I find that the spindle on the Porlex Mini eventually wears down a touch and so it becomes more likely that it disengages when grinding quickly (and partic. towards the end of the dose). No biggie. I still prefer to the feel of the Hario Skerton (which I also have somewhere).....and obviously it fits in the Aeropress.

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    I have a porlex and a presso. I did get then to use together. but.... I use the porlex happily with a via venizia , which with its pressurised pf is not too fussy about a large variation in grind size( which the porlex provides).

    The presso is relatively fussy though, and although I've not paired the two together much at all, I've not had good luck with that combo. As I said , I don't think she appreciates the grind variation.

    id actually really like to try the lido with my presso. But that's just more gear, innit?

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    Oh yeah, I have found after about 250 doses that the spindle has dulled a bit, so I have to concentrate a bit more when grinding, but no big deal. And the porlex is great for the portability and price. I'm just not convinced about it and presso as a combo.

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    Further to the discussion on burr sets, I have satisfied my curiosity and can confirm that Rhinowares uses a different set of burrs. Spot 'em

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    They'll be the ones with the black plastic.

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    Got it in one Barry

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    Is that the joke/difference? The plastic is black?



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