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Handground Precision Coffee Grinder: Manual Ceramic Burr Mill - Matt Black
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Every coffee bean has hundreds of flavors and aromatics locked inside. Handground makes it easy to achieve a consistent grind and release the full flavor potential in every cup you brew. Grind For Any Brew We drew inspiration from the focus ring on a camera lens so selecting the right grind size is simple. Twist the numbered ring to setting 1 to produce an espresso grind or 8 for French Press. There is a step in between each number for a total of 15 coarseness settings. Lock And Load The hopper opens extra wide so loading up to 100 grams of coffee is a breeze. The top locks on with a quarter twist to prevent beans from flying out while grinding. If there isn't a scale available, each measurement mark on the side of the hopper represents ~10 grams of beans. Manual Made Easy Handground is the first portable manual coffee grinder with a side mounted handle. Placing the handle on the side allows for a more natural motion and the ability to place your opposite hand on top of the grinder for stabilization. The handle is made from solid aluminum and complimented by a beautiful pakka wood knob.
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Only downside is that setting 1 is not as fine as I would like for espresso. perhaps there is a way to getting those ceramic mills closer together.
Good quality, robust, I like it!
After contacting Handground the responded quickly and set me a replacement burr set which resolved an issue I was having. Excellent customer service and now grind size is consistent as expected.
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Grind Consistency - Very consistent particle size. Finest grind setting matches that of a $500 automatic machine.
Adjustment Ring - Easy to use, adjust grind settings easily without removing the bottom container like most compact hand-grinders.
Vertical Handle - Premium coffee-grinding experience. The vertical handle feels natural to use. Grinder is more suitable placed on a flat surface, with your other hand securing it. Wood handle is a very nice touch! Doesn't feel cheap.
Solid Construction - No wobbling at all. Solidly built and has a heavy spring in the axle that keeps the burr aligned. Product came in with a set of washers for ultra-fine calibration.
Elegant Design - Beautiful product! Looks nice on a kitchen counter-top.
Thumb Nut Design - I thought the minimalist, metal nut permanently secured the lower burr until I read the manual. It's good to be able to remove the lower burr by twisting the Thumb Nut while securing the handle, but the design could be more user-friendly by adding grooves/indentations or some texture that notifies people that it can be removed.
Maintenance - Grinder is easy to clean, but has a lot of parts that are NOT dishwasher-safe. HAND-WASH only! Best practice is to NOT store oily beans (or any beans at all) on the top container if necessary. Always load the right amount of beans that will be used.
Size - Largest hand-grinder I've used. Can be used for travel, but takes up more space compared to more compact products. Handle is non-removable.
Super Sticky Pad - Catches dirt easily when traveling and moving the grinder around a lot, but can be easily cleaned with water.
Conclusion: Product feels designed to be used at home, kitchen or in a professional cafe setting. Can be used for travel, but takes up more space than the average hand grinder. Very premium, well-built product that offers a very consistent grind. Good collection piece for your coffee enthusiast friends or love ones.
""The burrs should last for a couple years with normal use. Although they will wear down faster if you are grinding for espresso often.
We are arranging to have extra sets of burrs produced in the production run that is going on right now and will have them available to order through our website within a couple months.
The cost will be between $15 to $20"
This is a review of the Handground Precision Coffee Grinder, Brushed Nickel color. I got mine through the Kickstarter project and waited about a year before finally receiving mine. The wait was worth it.
My only negative right now is the Nickel finish. There are lots of little imperfections particularly noticeable on the top gear box where the handle attaches. Since the Nickel finish is a $20 upgrade I would expect a much better quality. Had I known ahead of time I would have chosen the Black or White finish. I have docked one star as a result of that. I have uploaded a photo of the metallic finish. What looks like specks of dust are the imperfections I refer to.
I had been looking for a capable, manual hand-grinder for a long time. About the only grinder I found that was high quality with excellent performance was the Orphan Espresso Lido 2 and now Lido 3. These are certainly well made and good hand grinders, but cost about twice as much as the Handground Precision Coffee Grinder. I was not willing to pay upwards of $200 for a manual hand grinder.
I've used a less expensive and less capable ceramic burr grinder for over a year. While it produces a pretty nice and consistent fine grind, anything more coarsely ground is very inconsistent. Compared to the consistent and reproducible grind I'm getting with the new Handground grinder, there simply is no comparison.
This grinder uses a large 40mm ceramic burr. The stainless steel shaft has 3, yes 3 bushings that eliminate shaft wobble. Shaft wobble is the primary culprit behind inconsistent grind in most other handheld ceramic burr grinders that I've seen. The shaft wobble allows the burr to wobble which results in the inconsistent grind found in these types of grinders. Great engineering by Handground solves that issue.
I also like the 15 pre-set grind settings, from 1 to 8 with a half-step between each number giving a total of 15 grind settings. The setting is consistent so if you grind an espresso, then grind coarse for French Press, going back to a 1 setting for espresso gives you exactly the same grind as before.
The glass catcher has a sticky pad on the bottom that prevents the grinder from sliding around while you are grinding. When the pad gets dirty, which it eventually will, I simply peel it off the bottom and rinse it under warm water and let it air dry. You don't want to dry it with a towel because fibers from the towel will stick to the pad. Just let it air dry and you'll be good to go in just a few minutes, then it sticks right back onto the glass bottom ready for action.
The crank shaft is aluminum thus very sturdy and the wood knob makes it easy to grasp and turn.
This was a really well thought out manual coffee grinder. It is a bit larger than your typical hand ceramic grinder but the large hopper size holds 100g of beans. What I love is that the hopper has 10 markings on the side. Each mark represents roughly 10g of coffee so as you pour beans into the hopper you can guesstimate the number of grams of beans you will be grinding to correspond with your brew method. This saves the time you would normally spend in having to weigh the beans beforehand and is close enough for me.
Handground provides a circular, magnetic disc that has "recipes" for various brew methods. It's a cheat sheet for determining the amount of beans in grams that you will need to grind along with the corresponding ratio of water you will need and the grind setting. It's quite handy and a reminder to use the correct grind setting for the method of brewing that you are doing.
Also included are two spacer washers and an allen wrench. The allen wrench is used to disassemble the burr assembly and the washers are used to adjust the length of the stainless steel shaft in the event that you need to do a fine calibration of the burr to give you the proper close tolerance in the burrs that you need to get a fine grind. You probably won't need to use these right away but only after the burrs have worn a little bit after some period of time, to restore the tolerance necessary for that fine grind.
This is the grinder I've been searching for. It's priced right as far as I'm concerned. As long as the ceramic burr holds up over longer term use, I'll be a happy camper. Well to be honest I'm quite happy already but my review will be updated if necessary to reflect longer term useage issue if any arise.
And for the users of this that are complaining that you can't rest the hopper upright after you've removed the collector, just flip it upside down and rest the hopper on it's top instead of it's bottom... problem solved.
Fantastic ceramic burr grinder for the home brew coffee aficionado.
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