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Francois et Mimi Manual Ceramic Coffee Bean Grinder (Black)

3.0 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
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  • Uniform, Adjustable Grinds
  • Non-slip base, Glass Canister
  • Quick and Easy Set-up and Disassembly

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Product Dimensions 7.7 x 7.3 x 4 inches
Item Weight 1.8 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.8 pounds
Manufacturer Francois et Mimi
ASIN B00JZC01BM
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3.0 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #197,118 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#190 in Home & Kitchen > Kitchen & Dining > Coffee, Tea & Espresso > Coffee Grinders > Manual Grinders
Date first available at Amazon.com April 28, 2014

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By Harold Garner on June 14, 2014
Color: Black Verified Purchase
Purchased this , primarily, for traveling. I love coffee and fresh ground is best. I have a bevel grinder at home but it is a large, noisy, heavy, powered grinder that doesn't pack well. Cost brought me to the checkout with this one. The ceramic grinding mechanism attracted me as well as I've had very good luck with ceramic pepper grinders as they hold their grind size adjustment well and the uniformity of the grind is surprising. This grinder is just the right size for travel, big enough to be ample and handy in use and small enough to be pack-able but not flimsy. Plus it comes with an extra grounds container, not that I will use that. Still, that adds to the value of this purchase. As to the quality, there is nothing I've noticed about this grinder that tells me it's not a good manufacture or design. The fifth star I hold in reserve for exceptional values, scarcities in the market place, and/or remarkable design, function, or utility. This item missed that star but I'd buy it again.
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Color: Black Verified Purchase
This grinder works well and is fairly easy to adjust. It comes with an extra decanter with a lid that is great for transporting ground coffee.

My only complaint is that the grinder part has no lid and a little coffee frequently flies out onto the counter.

Also, I plan to acquire a small tray to catch the coffee that falls off when one removes the grinder from the decanter and sets it down while removing ground coffee.

This is my second hand grinder. I thoroughly enjoy the coffee. I can recommend this one.
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Color: Black Verified Purchase
This guy works well to grind beans! It does it quietly and evenly and is wonderful in every way. But one day I got some AWESOME beans from Costa Rica via Blue Bottle Coffee and they were slightly smaller than my usual beans. The difference in bean size was enough to make the grinder difficult to turn and when I applied my strength to the issue the ceramic element shattered. Now I've got grounds mixed with ceramic and need a new grinder. I'm going for the Hario Ceramic Coffee Mill that this is a knock-off of.
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Color: Black Verified Purchase
I bought one of these and it last two weeks. The ceramic burr cracked on me. I know I had a cheap one and I assumed that because I was trying to get a really fine espresso grind with it that is probably what broke it. I decided to get another one with the lesson learned of not to go for too fine of a grind. So when I get the replacement I set up for a grind with my V60. That isn't too find and is actual pretty close to most grinds you get when you order pre-ground coffee.......well I turned the crank twice and the burr shattered again. I will not be replacing it. I sent it in for a refund. Do not get this item. The phrase "you get what you pay for" really applies to this, Just spend the extra money and get a Hario manual grinder. I've had mine for a year and still works as well the same day that I bought it. I bought this one here to keep at work. I actually prefer my blade grinder over this sub-par Chinese made burr grinder. You'd be better off getting a mortar and pestile.
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Color: Black Verified Purchase
Great product for grinding a small amount of beans. I wouldn't recommend if you are planning on making more than 6-8 cups of coffee at a time as it does take a long time and a lot of manual effort to grind the beans.

Doesn't chop and mangle like electronic grinders, actually GRINDS the beans. Comes with an extra jar, which will be nice if the primary one ever breaks.
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Color: Black Verified Purchase
Works very well to grind beans. It's small enough to pack with you if your going camping or elsewhere you may not have electricity. The only down side is it takes about 20 minutes of cranking to grind enough beans for a 12 cup pot of coffee. Your arm gets tired. I love that the jars have lids to store the already ground beans if you make extra in advance. It came with two jar bases.
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Color: Black Verified Purchase
I purchased the original Hario grinder and loved it so much I thought this knock-off would be just as good. Not even close. You can see the difference in quality immediately. After some moderate use, the ceramic grinder on this unit cracked into 10 pieces into my coffee grinds. It's final insult was to ruin the coffee I had just ground. Wish I had saved my money or spent more on another Hario unit.
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Color: White Verified Purchase
Great idea but crushed bean pieces fly out when you get down to the last few. It's like they get excited and need to jump out of the crusher and onto the counter top.

Update: I have had this grinder for 11 months now. The ceramic burr just broke into pieces yesterday! And I didn't even use it for three months during the summer!!!
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