Post By LeroyC
Post By Otago
Best manual grinder for espresso <$100
Just purchased "The Little Guy" for use at my weekender and am now looking for manual grinder to go with it.
I would ideally like a Lido E but finances wont stretch that far at the moment, whats everyones opinions on the best manual grinder for espresso under or around the $100 mark?
To go with The Little Guy the best option by far is the Gefu Lorenzo. Iíve sold my Lorenzo, but used it in combination with my The Little Guy when I had it and it was fantastic. Other people will recommend other things, but I promise you that for around $70ish from somewhere like Peterís of Kensington you canít go past the Lorenzo.
There was another thread that mention another hand grinder under $100, the Precision Handgrinder. I haven't used it but might fit your purpose of u ask other members experience there.
Ps. LeroyC, didn't u end up buying the Precision? Not good for espresso grind?
Awesome, that was on my shortlist.
Originally Posted by LeroyC
The Precision Handgrinder looks like a nice bit of kit, is it worth the extra over the Gefu Lorenzo?
I wouldnít say itís better itís just different. Definitely more solid and better suited to travel being quite a bit smaller, however I donít think itís as good a match to your The Little Guy. Thatís because itís capacity is only about 20g, maybe 22g at a push. The Lorenzo will easily hold 30-40g which makes it perfectly suited for the Little Guy as youíre generally going to be using 25-30g of coffee when brewing in it.
Originally Posted by JaseH
Re the Precision Hand Grinder, I have just purchased one as a backup grinder and find it an impressive little unit for the money. Although rather diminutive it has a fair heft but at 422g is only marginally more than an Aergrind at 392g (both with handle included). It is smaller in diameter than an Aergrind and therefore a looser fit in the Aeropress piston.
The stainless burrs are pretty aggressive, as per the attached pic, and are definitely a step up from the ceramic burrs that are standard fare at the lower price point. The Precision throughput is pretty much on par with a Lido 3 and Aergrind if not just a little behind. IMO it is definitely much faster than any of the ceramic burrs. The handle length seems well matched to the effort required for the burrs.
The grind quality would be acceptable for use with a Little Guy (I have one) but, as LeroyC mentions, the hopper capacity might be a limiting factor depending on the density of beans used. You should get by with smaller/denser beans at the Little Guy minimum dose of 20g.
Only problems have been small shards escaping from the hopper on early grinds, but that was just a technique issue and disappears once you learn to apply downward pressure on the handle while grinding. The wooden handle knob was also squeaky but once removed (novel magnet retention) and a little grease applied that was also resolved.
I think the bottom line is that, at this price point, it is a good buy.
Cheers guys. I went for the Lorenzo and might eventually upgrade to the Lido E down the track if I feel the urge