In an age where everything is becoming electric, it might seem strange to be looking for a manual coffee grinder. But nothing could be further from the truth. Because even though manual grinders have been around for centuries, they are still ver useful. Our best picks for manual grinders are:
|Best Manual Grinder Overall|
|Best portable Grinder|
What makes a good manual grinder?
When you are grinding coffee beans manually, you are not able to spin the handle as fast as an electric motor. That is why blade grinders are never manual. They rely on very fast spinning blades that rule out a manual operation.
Manual burr coffee grinders have evolved since the very fist models which started to appear in the 16th century. Burr grinders rely on steel burrs that crush and cut the coffee beans until they can escape through the space between them. The shape and material of the burrs combined with the bearing system around them determine the quality of the grind.
When you are manually operating the grinder, it also needs to be ergonomic and stable. A lot of models use a horizontally spinning handle. This is not the most ergonomic way to apply force, and we found it difficult to keep the grinder secured underneath. Your arm has to go around the rotating handle.
Some models (such as Handground) use a vertically spinning handle which allows you to secure the base to the table with one hand and spin with ease with the other.
Quality of the ground
The quality of the ground is the most important aspect of any grinder. It can be summed up in one thing: consistency of particle size. In short, a better consistency of particle size allows you to brew better coffee.
To assess the consistency of the particles size for the different hand grinders, we had to test them. See this article on our testing process.
We reviewed the following manual coffee grinders
Handground Precision Grinder
- Precision mechanics for consistent particles
- Wide range of coarseness settings
- Hold 100 grams of beans in glass container
- Grinding handle on the side for ergonomic power delivery
- Custom engineered ceramic burrs
- Precision engineering of axles and gears
- Special grip pad on the bottom to stay securely on the table.
- Easy disassembly for cleaning
OE LIDO 2 Manual Coffee Grinder
- 48mm Etzinger Swiss Steel Conical Grinding Burr Set
- Diecast Crank Handle with Integrated Funnel for easy bean loading
- Soft Grip Easy Turning Knob
- Large Capacity Food Safe BPA Free Plastic Hopper holds up to 70 grams (10 tablespoons) of coffee beans
- Bronze Dual Axle replaceable Bearing System for complete grinding stability and consistent particle size
- Micrometric Stepless External Grind Size Adjustment System
Anti Static ABS Plastic 8oz Catch Jar
- Rubber Counter Stand
- One step disassembly process for trouble free cleaning with the included natural bristle brush
- Assembly/disassembly uses a single included tool
- Buy It Once – Lifetime Quality
- Dimensions: 13″ overall height to the top of the knob, 3″ diameter at the catch jar
- Smooth Grip Clear Hopper is 2″ in diameter
- Weight – 2.35 pounds (1068 grams)
- Ceramic conical burrs with wide range can grind from powder to french press
- Made in Osaka, Japan
- 30 gram capacity
- Stainless steel, static free body
- 47mm diameter and stands 178mm tall
Hario Ceramic Burr “Canister” (CMHN-4)
- ceramic burr for a consistent grind
- adjustable from fine to coarse and vice versa.
- durable and last for a long time
- Made of glass, wood and metal combination
- coffee grounds in an air-tight jar
The results of the testing can be seen in the table below.