Hario Manual Ceramic Burr Grinder
- Manufacturer: Hario
- Material: Ceramic, glass, silicone, cork
- Care: Dishwasher safe
- Dimensions: 4¼" x 6¾" x 8¼"
- Capacity: 120 g
- Warranty: Warranted against manufacturer defects
- Made in Japan
-The hopper (the cup that holds the beans while grinding) is small and very short, which results in the beans flying all over the place while grinding.
-Because the base is so wide, it's nearly impossible to grip the thing while grinding. So you end up expending a lot of energy trying to stabilize it instead of trying to grind your beans. Super hard to hold onto=super hard to grind beans.
-Once you've ground your beans, it's not easy to dump the grounds anywhere because you have to hold the whole thing upside down in order to dump it. So it's messy and awkward to get grounds out of it, unless you scoop them out, which is time-consuming.
-The handle feels super solid, but because it's reach is so much wider than the body of the grinder, it makes grinding beans really difficult because the whole thing wobbles about while you're grinding.
Because of its wide base, it can be somewhat difficult to grind on top of a counter. Therefore, I don't recommend grinding on top of a counter. Instead, I recommend grinding using counter pressure.
I prefer applying pressure at three points to prevent rocking: the lower part of the base, the upper part of the canister (opposite side from where I'm applying pressure on the base), and the bean holder (opposite of where I'm applying pressure to the upper part of the canister). I'm doing this by sitting and using my thighs to grip the canister, one hand to grip the bean holder, and one hand to grind. This might sound like a lot of work ... it's more like a medium amount of work. The first few times were difficult. I can load and grind enough for two cups in about 45 seconds now. I've had my grinder for only a few weeks. Towards the end of my grind (when the risk of projectiles is high) I put on the dome lid to cover the bean holder.
The lid is truly the one thing I don't like and that is because it can easily fly off (which is why I wait until the end of the grind). It would be nice if in future designs they designed a lip for it to clip into. I have thought about applying a little tape on the inside and across the gap underneath the handle to try and make it more secure, but have yet to do so.
You can get all kinds of grinds with this machine. It will take some experimenting to find the perfect grind. (Note: If you are looking for a Turkish grind, get prepared for a workout!) I recommend dialing down the burr setting all the way, then dialing it back and logging how many rotations back you used. You can track the grinds and coffee flavor to find the perfect grind for your device and taste preference.
If you don’t mind a little bit of work, are excited about experimentation, and obsess over the perfect cup of coffee, then this grinder is for you.
Good things are worth the effort. Highly recommended.
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