Post By artman
Post By Pretzal
Smart Grinder or Porlex Or ?????
Long story but I will be selling my main grinder (Fiorenzato) shortly and can only afford very cheap grinding options. I still have my Simonelli Oscar and Bacchi but in preference to putting them away until I can at least afford a K3 I was considering either a Porlex or smart grinder or other options at a similar price. Which gives a better result between the porlex and smart grinder? Any other options come to mind?
Can't say I've been happy with my Porlex - but it's a good 4 years old so maybe the issue has been fixed. I found the metal on the handle was too soft and the connection slot to the grinder became quickly worn. Once or twice during a grind the handle flies off, spins around and cops me in the knuckles at speed.
Also it's simply too slow if you have more than one coffee to make.
Same issue as simonko; my Porlex mini is about a year old but is used pretty much daily. Swapped it for a Kyocera that I had previously as the Porlex fits into my Aeropress for travel...
I don't really mind using the hand grinder every day; grind quality seems good (well, better than my Sunbeam EM450) but the adjustment steps are pretty large and changing the grind is a bit of a pain. So I'd go for the Breville.
At $65 and one grind event/day, a Porlex or similar equates to 17c per grind. 2 coffees? 8c per grind for a year's use...Got 2 or more years from it? 4 or less c/grind? People spend a Porlex in a week on t/a coffee.
FWIW, I view this entire class of grinders as travel grinders- for occasional use...
If you want to use a hand grinder exclusively, my opinion is that you should be looking to OE Lido or similar grinders which are manufactured at a totally different level of quality and performance. Everyday coffee requires an everyday grinder.
Last edited by TC; 8th February 2016 at 06:19 PM.
+ 1 re the lido
What Fiorenzato do you have ?
Check out the for sale section of the forum, bargain K3 there atm.
Its a Doge 63.
Originally Posted by kesa32
Firstly let me preface by saying I've never used a porlex but I've used a grindripper which is similar ie ceramic burr and I'd take a smart grinder over that every day of the week. Specifically, the grindripper took about 2.5 minutes of grinding for an espresso which was so tedious - I'd hope that the porlex wouldn't take that long if espresso is your choice of drink. The grindripper was much more pleasant for pour over (granted - what it was designed for) with much more acceptable grinding times and quality.
The smart grinder is a very easy grinder to live with - it's clean, quick (compared with hand grinding) and the minimum level grinder I advise people to buy if they're on a tight budget.
I also agree wholeheartedly with Talk_Coffee's comments - I also have a Portaspresso Rosco hand grinder which is comparable to the OE Lido - totally different ballpark. It grinds espresso beautifully in about 40 seconds and is something I could easily live with on a daily basis. When I'm trying new roasts it's my go to grinder - this will be perhaps controversial but in my very humble opinion it's capable of outdoing my Macap M4D -it's just not as convenient and simple to use as the Macap.
So, my opinion only - I'd avoid the porlex et al. altogether, unless it's for size/weight convenience and get a smart grinder and up or a lido/rosco and up.