Sometimes a manual coffee grinder is used rather than an electric grinder to grind the coffee beans.
Why would one want to use a hand crank coffee grinder? Among others, a hand grinder comes in handy if:You don’t want to pay the high-price of electric grinders, especially the more expensive ones like burr and conical burr grinders (for a good one you can pay in the $100 range, and higher end electric coffee grinders may cost you a couple of hundreds dollars like nothing).
Here are some reviews on hand coffee grinders.
Hand Coffee Grinder Reviews
Hario MSS-1B Mini Mill Slim Coffee Grinder.
This is a very small, compact hand coffee grinder made from plastic. It is good for hand grinding your coffee and for camping. You can easily take it along with you, as it doesn't weigh much and won't break like glass.
The grinder is adjustable to grind on various levels, coarse or fine, by turning a nut at the bottom.
It grinds in just a couple of minutes (about two minutes, but add a bit more for fine grinds). If you need it for a single mug of coffee for yourself, it will do the job. It’s not practical if you have many folks drinking coffee.
The lid that comes with the grinder protects the beans from jumping out while grinding. You can keep the grinder in your hands and grind while you go.
As a manual burr coffee grinder, it is not automatic and is not as easy to operate as an electric-powered grinder. It is what you expect a hand operated grinder to be.
Note: it’s not a big deal to figure out this manual grinder, but if you do need the instructions, they are unfortunately only in Japanese and don't have an English translation.
The manual coffee grinder is now (at the time of this writing) priced at about $33 on Amazon’s site. Get it here:
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