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The Best Cheap Manual Coffee Grinder



Made possible by my Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/jameshoffmann

Here are links to the grinders I reviewed (these are Amazon affiliate links):
Porlex Mini – https://geni.us/porlexmini
Hario Slim – https://geni.us/harioslim
Rhino Coffee Gear – https://geni.us/rhinocoffeegrinder
Henry Charles – https://geni.us/henrycharlesgrinder
Javapresse – https://geni.us/javapressegrinder

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  1. Him: “dirt cheap”
    The FIRST one on Amazon: $100

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  2. im watching a playlist of your videos and your audio mixing is horrible, the music is too loud, and your voice is too quiet, and the volume i have to use varies for every video, just a suggestion for your editor

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  3. I have just bought exactly the same grinder as the two on the right side (from the viewer's point of view); it cost me an equivalent of GBP 2.90 (two point nine zero). Uneven particles? Well, maybe, but the price/performance ratio is unbeatable 😄

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  4. Thanks for this

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  5. In 2017, I bought the Javapresse hand grinder from Amazon for $23 US, to travel with my AeroPress. The reasons that I bought it were it's a burr grinder, it was inexpensive, it didn't weigh a ton and the company that sold it was located in my home town. I think the grind size is inconsistent, but the AeroPress is forgiving. I like that it holds 30 grams of beans, which is what I use with the AeroPress, and something that I never thought about when buying it, the funnel for the AeroPress sits on top of the grinder for loading the beans as long as you have it sitting level. My sister adopted it and so I bought another in 2021 for $29 and it only used for travel.

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  6. i would suggest testing by using screen mesh to judge grind consistency if that is even a thing i dont know

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  7. I'm disappointed that the Hario grinder doesn't have that trademark "beehive" ridged shape.

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  8. So my Hario grinder decided to die because of a small plastic part that lives inside the ceramic burrs. Seems like built in obsolesce to me. Contacted them and apparently they don't sell spares in the UK – anyone who owns a 3D printer want to print me a new part? Seems crazy to have to chuck the whole thing away 😢

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  9. if you dring in that way, sucking air and making that noise you lose looooot of taste

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  10. Thanks!

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  11. You talk too much!

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  12. Would any of these make a good espresso?

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  13. How would any of them grind for espresso or is that a no go zone?

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  14. update? maybe? please? …

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  15. Looking over your year-old series re various aspects of coffee making, my first observation is that, unless one lives in London or NYC, not all the machinery you reviewed/recommended is available. Secondly, I'd feel more comfortable with a tasting panel vs one person. Thirdly, the quality of the audio, crucial in this kind of offering is, as are all offerings from UK/EU, miserable. I believe it's because the transatlantic cable degrades it.

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  16. THANK YOU!!! Amazing video, I appreciate your clearly thought out and articulated opinions. I initially questioned why you wouldn’t want the window & why it would be a problem, but you very quickly schooled me and I have now decided I’m going to look for one without of I can find one. THANK YOU for such an epic quality video! I couldn’t fault a thing if I tried! Amazing work, I’m late to the party, but stoked I stumbled upon this awesomeness!

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  17. Watching this after buying whole coffee beans by mistake

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  18. Is the Hareo smart any good?

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  19. Someone should make a motor less grinder that can adapt to most brands of blenders!

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  20. Why are many of the motor is grinder so much more?! Don’t they just attach a motor to the crank?

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  21. Are any of these suitable for espresso grinding?

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  22. Nice video, you should talk about the best coffe grind for French press

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  23. I bought a Porlex a few years ago on recommendation from a friend. It lives in my camper now. It is perfect for me, since it's just me and the dog and she doesn't drink coffee. My typical coffee load is about 65gm/l with a dark roast. I use an AeroPress for extraction.

    It works for me. 😉

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  24. when you said "cheap" I was thinking like £5-£10, not fifty quid lmao

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  25. I think it's time you did another one of these reviews for both cheap and ultimate hand grinders as there's been a lot of movement in the market in the intervening period. Lots more brands, better quality and price movements. Hence I think it'd be great to see this updated for 2022. Great video though!

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  26. To be honest, having two grinders that are virtually the same might be a good addition to this kind of comparison so that you can see the difference between two supposedly identical units and see how much the tolerances are

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  27. I bought a manual grinder at Aldi for £12. It works, but requires a "bean cracking" grind before finally finely grinding the beans.

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  28. Don't wear grey.

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  29. SO MANY name plates for the Java Presse, etc

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  30. You should've looked at how well the Mizoca did in testing. It's another manual grinder.

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  31. I’m using Porlex and it is slightly frustrating that you cannot fit more than 25 g of coffee. But… you can fit more than 30 g in bottom container, so I just refill the upper part in the middle of grinding. Also, it depends on the size of the beans. For very small beans I’m able to fit up to 32 g one time.

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  32. Hario: the Toyota Corolla of coffee grinders

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  33. You have single-handedly expanded my interest and thus my knowledge in coffee. Thanks for doing these videos.

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  34. I'd prefer a "blind tasting" on 12:12 to eliminate the bias

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  35. Thank you, James! I had the Javapresse on my shopping cart because I saw a 4.3 rating out of over 20k ratings. Thanks to your comments, I took a close look at the negative reviews and they are consistent with your comments. You just saved me money.

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  36. 100 euros cheap? That is my half salary for a month. I was thinking about 20 euros or less 🙁 I can get zeller 27219. Do not know if its good or not. I hope its good

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  37. Help! I bought the Hario Slim Grinder as that seem to best fit my needs. How many clicks should I set the grinder to for a paper filter pour over method? Many thanks

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  38. Please review the Gemilai CRM3605 Day 7

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  39. I owned one of those grinders, by another brand, for my purposes it seems good enough. It costed 25 euros at Amazon. After a while the adhesive to hold the plastic construction to the metal body got lose. The company was actually really nice about it and sent me a new one free of charge. That one was a slightly updated one. I even think the burr was slightly different. That one had another issue, the handle was so thin that it carved into the metal of the shaft and at one point I couldn't grind anymore, the handle would just move around the grinder. So I decided to get a new and a more premium Timemore Slim Plus grinder. And because I grind for my AeroPress which takes ~30 sec. I don't think I'll need an electric grinder. Thank you for the video.

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  40. >need a new grinder
    > "I already had this one at home".
    Sold

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