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Thread: Best filter HAND grinder

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    Best filter HAND grinder

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    What's the best hand grinder for filter coffee from your experience??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vittorio View Post
    What's the best hand grinder for filter coffee from your experience??
    The Lido I used to have was amazing for clarity of flavour. Theyíre not the most convenient for travel, but if youíre looking for grind quality theyíre good value. There are some new kids on the block that are probably as good but I donít have any personal experience. If money is no barrier then you could also look at - Apollo, Kinu47 and Hiku.
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    james hoffman has two videos extensively reviewing hand grinders.

    cheapies - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLEBfom0mhM

    goodies - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dn9OuRl1F3k

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    I have leroyc old lido E, and can vouch for its greatness. I added a millimetre scale to it for ease of repeatability and adjustment finesse. I feel the scale allows me to grind for aeropress, then return to espresso grind easily.
    However, I use the porlex mini when away at work. It holds my 18g dose easily, and fits in the back of my aeropress, so very compact.
    If size/price is no issue, lido. If travelling and budgeting- porlex mini. Imo..

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    What’s your budget?

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    I would consider something for not more than $150/200

    thanks guys!

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    Try Porlex or Hario, they have quality products that fit that range. There is also a non-branded grinder with steel burrs that is in budget. Any of these would be consistently great for filter.
    The only issue could be grinding time, but for a standard 15g filter, it would not be a concern.
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    The non branded (hand) grinder with steel burrs is the Precision Hand Grinder. At $100 I reckon its good value for money. I have one as a expendable travel grinder so that I don't have to worry about losing my favourite.

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    Stretch the budget and use the discount code that the site sponsor has (check out coffeeparts in sponsor section) and pick up a Lido ET for $245 not much ‘travel’ like in size but I have a Lido E (non folding handle version) and really like it. Big and more aggressive burrs mean better result (my opinion) and faster grind time
    http://www.coffeeparts.com.au/lido-3-hand-grinder

    May be had cheaper if you know where to look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vittorio View Post
    I would consider something for not more than $150/200

    thanks guys!
    Jump onto site sponsors websites and have a look. The two with the biggest ranges of hand grinders are Alternative Brewing and Coffee Parts. If you can get a Lido 3 on sale for just over $200 Iíd highly recommend it. Otherwise the Precision Hand Grinder that ĎOtagoí mentioned is amazing value at $100. Iíve got one and Iím stoked with it. Itís capacity is a little on the small side, but thatís the only real negative. Donít get a Hario or Porlex they are absolute crap compared to the Precision Hand Grinder and not all that much cheaper. An extra $30-40 for steel burrs and a much better design is well worth it. Iím not sure if any site sponsors are selling it. Talk Coffee in Melbourne have had them, but thatís all I know of.
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    Agree that the ceramic burr grinders eg. Porlex and Hario are pretty bad. There are lots of positive reviews about them online, but that’s because most reviews lack useful context, so you get no sense of how good they are. They’re probably better than preground; that much is true. Spending a little more for something with burrs that are sharp and held securely instead of smooth ceramic that rocks around is probably well worth it; spending $60-$90 on a ceramic burr thing that you then feel you have to upgrade strikes me as false economy.

    I’ve got a comandante, for what it’s worth. Grind quality seems great; I haven’t done much real analysis with it, but it’s perhaps feasible that it’s even in the realm of stock EK43. Bad points: I’m not so sure about the adjustment range; there is a spindle with tighter thread pitch you can buy, but that’s an extra $70. The body is also fairly fat, which makes it uncomfortable to hold for longer grinding sessions.

    There’s a unibody aluminium grinder ... forget the name ... that looks fantastic. There’s so little play in the shaft; it’s amazing. But I think it just uses italmill burrs, so I don’t know how great the grind quality will be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luca View Post
    Thereís a unibody aluminium grinder ... forget the name ...
    Would that be the Helor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Otago View Post
    Would that be the Helor?
    Feldgrind?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Otago View Post
    The non branded (hand) grinder with steel burrs is the Precision Hand Grinder. At $100 I reckon its good value for money. I have one as a expendable travel grinder so that I don't have to worry about losing my favourite.
    Is this the handground precision grinder with the side mounted handle?
    I think you are talking about the woodgrain one... I can't find any utube clips, or other guides/reviews on it...
    Any links?

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    Best filter HAND grinder

    Quote Originally Posted by Jackster View Post
    Is this the handground precision grinder with the side mounted handle?
    I think you are talking about the woodgrain one... I can't find any utube clips, or other guides/reviews on it...
    Any links?
    No. The ĎPrecision Hand Grinderí is just a small travel grinder, completely different to the Handground. No site sponsors currently sell it so itís not possible to provide a link. A former site sponsor is selling the wood grain version for $99. Not too hard to find if you go have a little look around the interweb.
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    Yep, found a few around that price.. it is similar size to porlex in that it will fit inside a aeropress. Looks good, im liking it and the positive thoughts on it.
    Perhaps time to pass the porlex along...

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    What is the best is always going to be subjective!

    I have a Lido 3, which gives great results as well as a cheaper Hario, it also gives me great results.

    I'm just as happy to use either for my filter coffees.
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    We stock the Rhinowares https://www.leafbeanmachine.com.au/p...-hand-grinder/ which fits inside your Aeropress and is well priced and compact for travelling.
    The Handground is a larger unit and double the price but has many features that make it a popular choice https://www.leafbeanmachine.com.au/p...offee-grinder/
    If you have any questions feel free to contact us.

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    Thanks guys.
    This thread has been really useful.
    I'm now pretty keen on the Lido 3 or Comandante.
    Still can't figure out which is better for v60 and french press....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vittorio View Post
    Thanks guys.
    This thread has been really useful.
    I'm now pretty keen on the Lido 3 or Comandante.
    Still can't figure out which is better for v60 and french press....

    Which way did you end up going with this? Still trying to make up my mind on a very similar decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackster View Post
    Is this the handground precision grinder with the side mounted handle?
    I think you are talking about the woodgrain one... I can't find any utube clips, or other guides/reviews on it...
    Any links?
    The Handground would have to be the worst hand grinder I have ever used at any price point. Glacially slow and it breaks. They promised the world and delivered garbage. Beware.

    The little Precision that goes for about $100, is in a completely different ballpark to the small ceramic burr stuff and other than for finish (cheap, fake timber look). Grind quality is up there with the big $300 stuff and it won't break. Capacity of the Precision is only about 20g, but you can go again if required. It's also quick.

    No brainer and it's my traveller of choice for the compact footprint.

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    I was just in this situation. Ended up with a lido 3. Canít fault it in terms of build. Coming from a Hario skereton I think it was called its such a huge difference

    Only issue is yes its a little big but that doesnít bother me and after a while youíll get use to the adjustment method and not changing when you take the grounds collector off. But easily a great piece of kit

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    I guess that given no budget is mentioned, the OE Apex could also be thrown into the mix...



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