Best And Top Rated Manual Coffee Grinders 2017

Coffee has become an essential part of most busy people’s lives these days. That’s why it is absolutely crucial that you get the right appliances as far as the preparation of coffee goes. No one wants to spend a fortune on something just for it to stop working soon after. That’s why today we’re going to focus on coffee grinders / mills, and we’re going to compare and contrast four of these. From the pros and cons to the special features of each. These will be:

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Onbora Manual Coffee GrinderView on Amazon
Peugeot Manual Coffee MillView on Amazon
Kuissential Coffee Burr GrinderView on Amazon
ceramic hand manual coffee grinderHario Ceramic Coffee GrinderView on Amazon

 

 

1. ONBORA MANUAL COFFEE GRINDER

Onbora is actually a pretty popular brand out there with a proven track record that anyone can rely on. Operating one can feel a bit like trying to hack rocket science sometimes but each grinder comes with a detailed instruction manual to help you along. This particular grinder will also do 1-2 cups of coffee at a time, taking between 2 and 5 minutes per grind so that can be a bit of a bummer. Tell you what, why don’t I just hop onto the pros and cons, since I’m already getting started!

 

 

PROS

  • This baby comes with a grind selector (adjustable) equipped with a slew of settings so you can control everything from the chemex to the aeropress to the herb and spice grinds, to the pour over. I wasn’t exaggerating when I said it makes you feel like a rocket scientist.
  • Being a manual coffee grinder, you don’t have to contend with all the problems that come along with needing a power cord or batteries to run your appliance. You can take this grinder with you wherever you’re going whether it’s a hike into the mountains or a quiet camping trip. Your constant companion.
  • Another plus of having a manual coffee grinder is that you won’t have to contend with the noise. Dear God! The noise! At least now your family doesn’t need to know when you’re up late due to the coffee grinder noise coming from the kitchen. All this due to the hand crank device built into the grinder.
  • These grinders are extensively tested using rigorous professional inspection processes. The end result is that burrs will last 5 times as long as your standard stainless steel blade
  • Convenience is an essential part of any home appliance and the the guys who made the Onbora tried to make convenience it’s middle name. Ergonomy, ease of cleaning and ease of use. These are the hallmarks of the Onbora.
  • Like I said at the beginning, it comes with a comprehensive user’s manual that enables you to transform into a coffee barista!

CONS

  • To be quite honest, there’s no particularly unique innovation with the Onbora. It’s pretty much the same as every other hand grinder out there.
  • Also, due to the fact that it’s like every other coffee rinder, it has its shortcomings as far as the consistency of the coffee is concerned. You’ll always have that “hmmm” feeling after you’re done grinding your coffee.
  • Some components, like the plastic inside the burr, are actually prone to breakage if not handled properly.

TOP AMAZON USER REVIEWS

  • “This thing is an amazing pepper grinder. The Burr seems to cut very well, and the long handle provides leverage to really power through pepper very quickly. I can’t speak to how it would work for coffee. It would take a while to grind the whole hopper.”
  • “Great grinder especially since it is adjustable for fine to very coarse coffee.”
  • “Works as described. Grinds up coffee quickly and you can have it coarse to fine. Fresh is best by far and this little bad boy has proven itself at home so now it’s ready for camping and backpacking.”
  • “Stylish design. Fits in hand nicely while cranking. One scoop of coffee takes about 1 min of cranking. Quiet– won’t wake others. Easy to use. Very good grinds as a result. Can taste a difference between this and blade grinder.”
Onbora Manual Coffee Grinder

 

2. PEUGEOT 19401765 BRESIL 8.75 INCH COFFEE MILL

Peugeot is such an icon that it is impossible to fully understand its line of devices without first learning something about the company first. Peugeot have been around since the 1800s when the Peugeot brothers started making hand tools after overhauling the family’s gristmill into a steel foundry. They became very successful due to the high quality of their products and quickly gained market share.

ceramic hand manual coffee grinder

Eventually, they grew their product range to cover small house appliances, bicycles and cars Of particular importance to our story here is the year 1840, when Peugeot created their coffee grinder, operating it on the burr mechanism and later extending its capabilities to grinding peppercorns as well. They have a whole range of grinding mechanisms now, from pepper grinding to salt crushing to nutmeg shaving. Peugeot are serious about their quality, and a lot of competitors have tried to copy them nd reproduce their award-winning products. But everyone ultimately falls short. That said, let’s get down to the coffee mill and look at its features!

PROS

  • The mill is fully adjustable, allowing you to grind the coffee to any kind of consistency and retaining the flavor you want. Remember, it’s a manual burr so you’re fully in control.
  • The burr is in stainless steel so it’s going to last quite a while. The burr is very resilient and resistant to corrosion giving you peace of mind even with left-over moisture on it.
  • You might want to get yourself a cup of espresso and we all know how fussy espresso machines can get. I know, worse than your girlfriend! Well, Peugeot will grind your coffee just as fine as said girlfriend(maybe even finer!) with a consistent product that is well suited to your espresso machine.
  • The mill has a good capacity of 2 oz. of coffee at a time, allowing you to grind larger portions that you can use for a longer time.
  • What’s better than a coffee grinder? How about a coffee grinder that also grinds pepper? Yep! You heard me right! The Peugeot can also be used as a pepper grinder with very high output.
  • Like I said at the beginning, Peugeot are all about quality, and you can be sure that that standard has been maintained with this coffee grinder. Made in France, to very high standards, it’s guaranteed to satisfy your needs, however demanding they may be. Also, it’s made of beechwood. Who doesn’t love beechwood!

CONS

  • No grind setting mark. That would be very helpful as at the moment you’ll have to mark it off manually with a marker or something. On the flipside, once you set the grind, it stays there.
  • If you put it on a slippery counter top it can be quite difficult to work with. Rubber feet would be a great help.
  • On particularly vigorous grinds it can produce dust.

TOP AMAZON USER REVIEWS

  • “Adorable. I love the look of this little grinder. It does well at grinding and you can adjust the grind. It’s messy…while there is a drawer to catch the grinds, they end up around it, under it and of course all over the table/counter when you pull the drawer out.”
  • “Go with the smaller one, unless your really got some muscles on you. My wife has to wrap her whole body around it to grind pepper.”
  • “Very well made. I use mine daily and it’s a lot quieter than an electric model.”
  • “I am very happy with this. It is easy to use especially if you are grinding freshly roasted beans. It is beautiful too!”
Peugeot Manual Coffee Mill

 

3. MANUAL CERAMIC HAND-CRANK COFFEE MILL BY KUISSENTIAL

This fantastic manual ceramic mill operated by a hand-crank allows you to grind your coffee anywhere. A great product for coffee brewers from Kuissential, this coffee basically allows you to take your coffee grinding to the next level. The main essence of a coffee grinder, as we all know, is that it allows us to steal the glory from coffee houses, who for ages have known that the secret to good coffee is to use freshly ground coffee. The coffee grinder allows you to do this in the comfort of your own home.

ceramic hand manual coffee grinder

Also, the fact that it’s a manual grind means less heat and less friction which means you get to preserve the flavor. It’s quieter, easier to clean, and adjustable (this has become a staple of all manual coffee grinders these days), allowing you to have full control on the size of your grind. The burr is ceramic, meaning it will generally last longer than your average stainless steel burr. It absorbs less heat and preserves the flavor in your coffee better. With the Kuissential coffee mill, the bottom part can also be used for storage for any grind that you want to keep for the future. Bean hopper has a sturdy lid to keep the beans in and the base is non-slip to keep everything steady!

PROS

  • It will give you a uniform size for your grind, up to a point. I’ll explain this in the cons.
  • Of course the staple of every manual grinder: adjustable grind sizes.
  • The storage compartment is a really great plus!
  • Add the non-slip plus. Slippery counter tops are the bane of many a coffee grinder and the guys at Kuissential took the bull by the horns here.
  • The fact that it’s quiet and easy to clean. I don’t want people around the house to always know I’m trying to make coffee. Especially at night. I also don’t want to spend precious hours cleaning the grinder.
  • The hopper lid is another great plus. Keeps all those beans in and stops them from jumping all over the place.

CONS

  • Very slow. I swear, I’ve never met a coffee grinder as slow as this one. It’s probably because of the propeller above the grinder, which blocks a lot of beans coming in.
  • With larger grinds, it doesn’t give consistent enough grinds. This probably also has to do with the propeller and can be a real bummer.
  • Some of the parts are actually pretty fragile and overall the grinder might not last that long.
  • It can actually be pretty difficult to operate and requires more strength than usual

TOP AMAZON USER REVIEWS

  • “The grind is uneven and takes quite a long time to complete. Furthermore, I can no longer adjust the grinder because the cap became stuck and no longer unscrews.”
  • “It takes a little work, muscle and thought when trying to select the right size to grind the coffee beans. I prefer the hand crank to the electric as the electric one I have does not grind the beans as fine as I prefer.”
  • “Got it fresh every time! I don’t even have to worry about power failures when I need to grind it.”
  • “This had the same material as a child’s toy. Very cheap. It does the job but not well.”
Kuissential Coffee Burr Grinder

 

4. HARIO CANISTER CERAMIC HAND COFFEE GRINDER/MILL

This one’s a Japanese model and, true to the Japanese and their style, it offer’s fine quality. One oddity for me, however, is the meaning for the name “Hario” in Japanese. It means “king of glass”.

ceramic hand manual coffee grinder

PROS

  • A rubber cover at the bottom ensures the contraption remains stable while you’re grinding. Lots of grinders don’t have this feature and I just don’t understand why. It is one of the things I check for before I get a grinder.
  • It has a great capacity, allowing you to do 120g of coffee grind at a time.
  • It has an ergonomic design that makes it very easy to use.
  • Due to having a ceramic burr, it’s also pretty easy to clean and preserves the flavor of the beans.

CONS

  • Inconsistent grind. This is a problem I see with a lot of manual grinders.
  • The instruction manual is not in English. Yep! I warned you! Luckily, it’s fairly easy to figure out how the grinder works.

TOP AMAZON USER REVIEWS

  • “I had this for three years. Still works perfectly fine and I’m very happy that I purchased this. Love the build quality of this product.”
  • “I am very pleased with this coffee grinder. The rubber base keeps it from sliding and makes it easy to hold onto. It grinds the beans very finely, which I like. Because of this, it takes a while to produce a good amount of grounds, but its about what I expected. I’m very happy with it!”
  • “Sturdy and gorgeous! Item has a truly functional design.”
Hario Ceramic Hand Coffee Grinder

 

CONCLUSION

The problem with electric coffee grinders is that you always have to worry about parts failing or power becoming a nagging issue. Also, the standardized nature of electric-run systems means you don’t have full control over your coffee grind and the excess heat and friction from the grinding process means sacrificing some of the flavor. None of this looks pretty, does it? That’s where the manual grinder comes in. You know what they say: not all super heroes wear capes, and the manual grinder is right up there with the rest of them. The important thing to remember is to always get the grinder that works best for you, and I can guarantee you’ll find that in one of the four above. Happy grinding!

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