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Okay for a first grinder,
This review is from: Coffee Mill Italian Design (Kitchen & Home)
After only 2 weeks of use it has been resigned to the back of the cupboard. I tested this grinder with a Gaggia Classic espresso machine, a Vev Vigano Stovetop and a French Press. Only got consistently decent results with a French press, and the stovetop was very hit-or-miss:
Anything is Better than a Blade Grinder -
Using a blade grinder defeats the purpose because the even-ness of grind is much worse than shop-bought preground coffee.
The Burrs Are Cheap
China made, dull, and lack precision. Beans are chewed rather than evenly ground and compared to a decent electric grinder they are actually quite uneven. The poor burr quality really does show through when trying (yes, trying) to grind dark roast, which makes it constantly jam.
Although better than blade grinders I would hazard to say it was much better than preground.
The novelty of manually grinder the coffee quickly wears off. I'd consider myself to be physically quite fit, but having to turn that crank for a few minutes every morning becomes very tedious, very quickly - particularly if you're grinding more than one cup worth of beans.
Few Fineness Adjustments
There are probably about 6 settings within a 'useable' range - this is too limiting. The bottom two are too fine for a stovetop, too coarse for espresso.
Overall, I wouldn't say it was a terrible grinder - if you're not a coffee snob and looking for a basic, cheap grinder this isn't a bad choice. However, you will get vastly better results with an electric burr grinder and even some slightly more expensive manuals.
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Initial post: 5 Dec 2010 13:30:36 GMT
Any recommendations please? I use a dualit espressivo machine and sometimes a stove top bialetti. Dont really want an electric grinder unless I can find an industrial one, I think they just look tacky.
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Dec 2010 14:46:32 GMT
Last edited by the author on 30 Dec 2010 14:48:37 GMT
The best manual is probably a vintage Zassenhaus, which can be picked up on 'well known auction site' for around £80. They provide a better grind than the electric grinders which retail at around the same price. I say vintage because the more recent models aren't nearly as good.
However you can't go too wrong with a Hario Skerton or Kyocera. Both have ceramic burrs which will last an age and can grind down to espresso fineness. Both cost around £35-40.
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