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    Best portable hand grinder for office environment?

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    Hey guys, so I've recently gotten a new job in an office. I was starting to get snobby about my coffees beforehand, but this has just next levelled it. I have people around me either buying coffees, using pour-over Harios, Aeropress, plungers, ugh.

    So I've had to ditch my instant and decided for an Aeropress first up (mainly as I'm easily swayed and the local 'bake n brew' shopkeep said it was good)
    By the time I've bought ground beans for it and almost gotten through them, I've upped my snob factor and am thinking grinding my own is the way to go?
    Can anyone recommend a decent hand grinder, that doesn't cost more than $150?


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    I'm mainly hoping to get one that needs minimal cleaning and possibly isn't super noisy? (is that even possible?)
    If noise isn't really an optional thing, i guess i can leave to grind haha

    I've read a few posts in here and heard the Rhinowares Compact, Hario Skerkton, Precision Hand Grinder all mentioned?

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    Quote Originally Posted by smgl33t View Post
    Hey guys, so I've recently gotten a new job in an office. I was starting to get snobby about my coffees beforehand, but this has just next levelled it. I have people around me either buying coffees, using pour-over Harios, Aeropress, plungers, ugh.

    So I've had to ditch my instant and decided for an Aeropress first up (mainly as I'm easily swayed and the local 'bake n brew' shopkeep said it was good)
    By the time I've bought ground beans for it and almost gotten through them, I've upped my snob factor and am thinking grinding my own is the way to go?
    Can anyone recommend a decent hand grinder, that doesn't cost more than $150?


    TL;DR
    I'm mainly hoping to get one that needs minimal cleaning and possibly isn't super noisy? (is that even possible?)
    If noise isn't really an optional thing, i guess i can leave to grind haha

    I've read a few posts in here and heard the Rhinowares Compact, Hario Skerkton, Precision Hand Grinder all mentioned?

    Cheers
    The Precision Hand Grinder is by far the best of those three, but it is quite small. Itís max capacity is about 22g depending on the coffee. If thatís enough for you then itís the best option. The only other one in your price range worth considering is the Handground. Personally I reckon you should Afterpay a Lido. Thereís lots of EOFY sales on at the moment so you can get one for Ďfour easy payments of $60!í Haha!
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    Helor 101 is very good and easy to clean. I have it as my travel, work and filter grinder for 3 yrs now. Very easy to clean as well
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeroyC View Post
    The Precision Hand Grinder is by far the best of those three, but it is quite small. It’s max capacity is about 22g depending on the coffee. If that’s enough for you then it’s the best option. The only other one in your price range worth considering is the Handground. Personally I reckon you should Afterpay a Lido. There’s lots of EOFY sales on at the moment so you can get one for ‘four easy payments of $60!’ Haha!
    Agreed on the Precision- awesome little grinder and it's quick to use as well.

    Handground- complete and utter garbage, prone to breakage, glacially slow and not to be touched with a barge pole unless you'd like to spend 10 minutes grinding 40g.

    Lido- terrific and huge capacity. They're around at under $250 in the EOFY sales.
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    Good feedback on the Handground. Good to know as I thought Iíd like to try one some day but might give it a miss now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeroyC View Post
    The Precision Hand Grinder is by far the best of those three, but it is quite small. It’s max capacity is about 22g depending on the coffee. If that’s enough for you then it’s the best option. The only other one in your price range worth considering is the Handground. Personally I reckon you should Afterpay a Lido. There’s lots of EOFY sales on at the moment so you can get one for ‘four easy payments of $60!’ Haha!
    Thanks for the responses guys!
    Sorry for the dumb question, but 22g is around what I'd be wanting for a standard cup of coffee right? Maybe a hlbit more if I want stronger?

    $100 is probably want I'd want to be spending for a work grinder..
    If I up my game at home too, I'll probably get a proper automatic grinder and measure out etc

    So what would the purpose of getting a Lido be, other than the larger grind amount? Just trying to see the purpose of the added $150 cost vs whether it's worth it for a few cups a day

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    22g is espresso dose, I personally use 12-16g in my Aeropress.

    lido E or TE have a finer thread on the adjust so you can make smaller adjustments for same movement of the grind adjustment rings. The grind quality, build quality ect should be better the more you spend. I love my Lido E but it’s big and heavy compared to the cheap little entry level grinders.
    Maybe stalk the other coffeesnobs in the office, see what grinders they use and see if that is what your happy to use / spend money on. Someone may even be happy to make you a coffee using there Aeropress and grinder for some money and you can decide if you like that style of coffee, I say style of coffee as not sure what you drink and you may not like the persons beans they use so focus on the style of drink

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    At $100 new the aforementioned Precision Hand Grinder is the standout. Its capacity is the only limiting factor, but this can be addressed if you are prepared to experiment with your brew ratios. You haven't said what size drink you prefer but the Aeropress recipe can be varied to deliver a concentrate which can be diluted to taste.

    To help with this, why not buy a discounted earlier edition of the World Aeropress Championship (WAC) Annual which has recipes from each of the regional championship winners and the finalists. For a bit of fun, especially with your workmates, a set of Aeropress dice from the WAC shop will introduce variables for each of the key elements of grind size, Aeropress orientation (upright or inverted), brew ratio, temperature and stirring. The dice were developed by the espresso guru, James Hoffman, and can be very instructional.

    Good luck on your Aeropress journey. They are a versatile brewer that is simple to use and especially to clean. An added bonus is that your favourite brew can be easily taken with you when you travel, and the Precision Hand Grinder is perfect for this as it fits inside the Aeropress piston.

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    Waiting for my precision to arrive.
    I find that 22g bean capacity is plenty, as I use 17.5g dose for my aeropress (and also my espresso dose) and use it to make as full a cup as possible. It's perfect size for one mug, but can be split if required.
    I have the 17.5g doses prepacked into ziplock bags, so it's grab the required amount of packs and go.
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    Sounds like the precision is probably the one to get! Thanks guys for all your input, it's much appreciated!

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    Precision arrived today. Initial thoughts are it's pretty good. Looks like roller bearings in construction. Takes a fair amount of winding, but it was pretty fine, so expecting it to be much faster as I coarse it up a bit.
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