Ceramic Burr Coffee Grinders by Thirst Friend
We received a set of the regular and mini versions of the Ceramic Burr Coffee Grinders by Thirst Friend. These grinders have been really great to use wth our Aeropress at work, and both are really portable with the mini coming with a bag to carry. You even get a scoop to use with each one, and the ceramic conical burr is easily adjustable to suit any range of brewing methods, from the finer grinds of Espresso to the coarser blend of French Press.
We have found the hand crank design is really easy to use, and the stainless steel coffee mill is sleek and durable, and really pleasing design. We can safely say these are some of the best little grinders we’ve used in quite awhile.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at November 13, 2015 7:14 AM
I have one of these little burr grinders put back for emergencies. I was a bit concerned when I saw how many one-star negative reviews they have. The mini design appears to be an OEM product from China that a LOT of vendors are picking up, and a perennial complaint seems to be that the forcing cone that adjusts the grind by pressing into the conical burr is made of plastic, and tends to break after only moderate use, rendering the entire device useless.
For more regular use, I have acquired a Hario Skerton burr grinder, which I like a lot. I also backed a hand-driven burr grinder called "Handground" on Kickstarter, but I've learned not to count a product until I have it in hand, when it comes to Kickstarter, given how many kickstarted products I have NOT received.
The Hario is a great little grinder, with predictable results and reasonable convenience. Handground looks to be a good device too, with clear indications of grind size adjustments and a handle offset 90 degrees, making it one of the more ergonomic hand-grinders available. But these inexpensive little mini grinders still concern me with their durability. I suppose at the price one can easily replace it, but I'd wonder if spending just a LITTLE more for a higher quality device might be more cost-effective.
These look like a great way to go. I've been using manual burr grinders for years now. They are significantly less than an electric grinder with conical burrs (stay away from the disc burr grinders) and about the price of an electric blade grinder (I can't say enough bad things about blade grinders). These manual grinders are a breeze to use and produce a very consistent, reliable grind that will give you the most bang for your buck. And a great cup of coffee.