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    Hand grinders - Rosco Mini or Pharos

    Iím weighing up these two hand grinders.


    I have a Flair hand espresso maker. Previously I was making cold drip and hand grinding with a Hario Skerton.


    My Hario cannot grind espresso effectively. Takes ages and lots of readjustment mid grind. And Iím getting zero crema.


    Iíd be very happy to stay all manual, partly because Iíd like to take it camping, and partly personal preference for manual food and beverage prep.


    Iíll probably mostly be grinding for the Flair, but imagine it could be useful to grind coarser sometimes for a batch of cold drip.


    From my reading, some of it seems to come down to taste preference, but without trying them out I canít decide either way based on that.


    Iím concerned that the Rosca is top heavy and will get knocked over a lot hanging out on my benchtop. On the other hand, most reviewers are impressed by its engineering, and Iím all for beautiful functional objects. The Pharos also looks good to me, but some reviewers find it a pain to hold steady while grinding.


    So currently Iím at an impasse. Is there anything else anyone would suggest as a basis for choosing one over the other? Thanks for any ideas.

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    There are two other grinders that may be worth considering
    Aergrind Made By Knock
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    Helor 101

    I have an Aergrind and it is excellent but I know many people find the Helor to be very good

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    Hi Coffeemed- Iíve been using a Rosco Mini for office brews for the past few months. Love it. Very consistent and built to last forever. Yes it is a bit top heavy but thatís no problem for me as I store it in my desk drawer. Highly recommended.

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    I happen to have the original Rosco, Helor 101 and Aergrind . While they all produce excellent quality grounds, I would pick the aergrind for the portability and easy of use. Only concern I have heard was that the MBK owner doesn't really offer much in terms of aftersales support.

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    Hi Coffeemed


    If you are prepared to consider the Rosco or Pharos then the field seems to be wide open as to size.


    This makes one of the Orphan Espresso Lidos another option. If you wanted the versatility to do either espresso or drip, the Lido 3 lets you handle either, albeit with some difficulty with adjustability in the espresso range. The other avenue would be a Lido E or ET. The Lido 3 or ET will give you added portability when camping with the Flair.


    If you are partial to darker roasts then the Pharos is less of a handful and boy do they churn through a 17gram dose quick smart! By the way, if you have smooth bench tops, I recently tried out a couple of vacuum suction tools (see pic) as a back stop for the Pharos. These were 55mm dent pullers from SCA on special for $5 each. They certainly help to control the Pharos without the need to modify your bench by screwing in holders like the OE dogs.


    However, of all the options mentioned I would think the Aergrind best fits the bill. It is cable of espresso and drip and is certainly a good match with the Flair - even better with the Aeropress where it fits in the piston.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Otago View Post
    ........if you have smooth bench tops, I recently tried out a couple of vacuum suction tools (see pic) as a back stop for the Pharos. These were 55mm dent pullers from SCA on special for $5 each. They certainly help to control the Pharos without the need to modify your bench by screwing in holders like the OE dogs.....
    Apologies for hijacking the thread but these looks like an interesting concept, how are you using these ? Do you just lean the Pharos against them or do you somehow clamp the Pharos to them ?
    While on the subject does any one know where to get Pharos replacement feet with the threaded insert ? The rubber on mine is breaking down and marks the bench badly

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    To avoid further hijacking this thread I have started a new thread on some Pharos issues. See "Pharos 1 to 2, vacuum hold down dogs, RDT and countersunk top plate screws" under Grinders.

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    I sent off an email enquiry via the portaspresso website. No response as yet, which isn’t shocking knowing it’s a small operation, but just checking whether others have purchased recently?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coffeemed View Post
    I sent off an email enquiry via the portaspresso website. No response as yet, which isn’t shocking knowing it’s a small operation, but just checking whether others have purchased recently?
    Yes, I purchased a few months ago. I found Ross responded to e-mails usually within a day or two. Lead time to fabricate was around 3 weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gavisconi007 View Post
    Yes, I purchased a few months ago. I found Ross responded to e-mails usually within a day or two. Lead time to fabricate was around 3 weeks.
    Thanks Gavisconi

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