Hario Ceramic Coffee Mill-Original, Black
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- Manual coffee grinder using burrs made of ceramic
- Burrs make for a more consistent grind that’s easily adjustable and set for repeat use
- Ceramic burrs don't transfer heat and shave the coffee beans vs cracking the beans like blade grinders
- 2 Cup Capacity
- Handwash only
- Sleek, slim design makes it easy for storage
- Easy to clean, easy to use
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From the manufacturer
In Japanese, HARIO means 'The King of Glass'
Made in Japan,Design in Japan.
Hario Mini Mill Slim Hand Coffee Grinder
- When not in use, you can store the grinder without the handle
- Easy to clean and use
- Space save with slim design
- Sleek, slim design makes it easy for storage
- Ceramic Mill
- Beautiful ceramic mill, does not rust
- Consistent grind for perfect, fresh coffee
Enjoy the taste of freshly ground coffee at home any time ceramic mortar has no odor, does not rust. The coarse powder is adjustable simply by turning the knob, also, you can calibrate the amount of ground through the transparent bottle. When not in use, you can store the grinder without the handle. Secure design makes for easier grinding. Easy to clean with disassembled parts, slim design saves space.
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1. This product is small, very small. It is about 7 inches tall and 2 inches wide at the base. I knew it was small before buying, but cannot say that I wasn't surprised when I opened the box to see just how small it is.
2. The instructions in the package come in Japanese (no English translation). Be ready to figure things out for yourself, most notably, how to adjust the grind (it's at the bottom of the grinder, you have to manually turn a nut to adjust the grind from finer to coarser and vice versa).
3. It gives you up to 2 cups worth of grind space. Perfect if you grind you coffee just before drinking (like me), but not so if you want to grind large quantities at a time. This is very much a grind-as-you-go grinder.
4. As someone mentioned before, the finest grind takes a while to get all the beans grinded. Keep at it.
5. The grinding handle detaches and reattaches, it's not one whole product. You'll just need to store the handle near the grinder.
6. It's a great budget grinder. It grinds the beans at a consistent grind. That's what you're looking for. But, you're going to have to work for it. Be sure you don't mind the work before buying this product.
Overall, I'm a satisfied customer. I've used this grinder religiously every morning for about 4 months now.
Update (11/21/12): Over 2 1/2 years later and an additional 200+ reviews since I wrote this one, I'm still using this grinder every morning to grind my coffee.
Now this grinder's greatest asset is becoming my biggest downfall: I'm officially getting tired of manually grinding my coffee. I have lost all hope that it's going to break: the only chance I have of convincing my wife to let me buy a $200 electric grinder that can equal its quality. Such is life.
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1. Apply a firm grip to the handle and grinder barrel when grinding.
2. Do not let the handle wobble up and down as you grind. Remember it is detachable so you need to keep the shaft/barrel and handle aligned.
3. Go slow. You are only grinding a few tablespoons of coffee here, its not a race.
4. Keep your arms and hands in a flat circular motion. In other words don't let your hands go up and down in relation to each other as you grind.
Think of it as using a shallow socket on a beveled nut. Applying constant firm pressure will work every time. If you wobble you will strip the head of the bolt. That's never fun.
Now you can complain about the design but simply using it with some measure of care and you will get YEARS of perfectly reliable service out of this grinder. Just look at how many grinds I have gotten out of it.
However, due to the handle design all of the handle torque is applied to a really narrow part of the spindle. This causes the spindle to wear way more quickly than it should in that area, resulting in it being rounded off like a bolt being turned by a poorly fitting wrench. Because the spindle is taller than the metal portion of the handle, this causes the handle to get stuck in the worn section. Normally this wouldn't be a big deal, but the handle needs to be removed to fill the hopper with beans every two cups of coffee worth. I expect to get another six months of 3-4 times a week use out of this grinder before the handle either gets stuck so badly I can't get it off again, or it rounds off the corners so much that it just spins on the spindle instead of turning it.
Edit 2016-01-31: The handle completely rounded off the pentagonal shaft a couple of months ago, and now gets pretty well stuck no matter where I place the handle to keep grinding. I upgraded to another Hario grinder that doesn't have the same problems with the handle, but is harder to load and hold. Seems like the grail portable grinder is still at large.
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That said: this is my second Hario Slim mill. We have one at home that we use for our morning coffee, and I bought one for my office. I've had no trouble with the handle slipping off or not fitting the hex nut on top. I haven't attempted to disassemble either unit - I use a paper towel to wipe out the hopper and transparent grounds container after I finish a bag of beans.
And my take? I love these affordable little grinders. It takes about a minute to grind enough for one cup - enough time to earn you some curious looks from your colleagues - but it's really not that onerous. It's easy to use and clean, and makes for a really delicious cup of coffee.
I never bothered reading the instructions. It was a "suck it and see" approach with a few beans and a bit of a fiddly adjustment from the bottom. For me this is no great issue. I only needed to set it up once since I only ever grind for the cafeteria.
The grinder seems to be well made - but it is designed for grinding speeds a normal human being can produce. I can confirm that if you grind too fast (for instance if you attach a drill - even at the slower drill speeds) the grinder will overheat and start falling apart. Obviously I am not silly enough to do this. I just happen to been a relative of The Flash.