Porlex Mini Stainless Steel Coffee Grinder
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- Ceramic conical burrs with wide range can grind from powder to french press
- 20 gram capacity
- 47 mm diameter and stands 130 mm tall
- Made in Osaka, Japan
- Stainless steel, static free body
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Porlex is a Japanese company that specializes in food grinders. This grinder is very well made with a well thought out design. This is one of the most compact, useful grinders on the market. The silicon allows you to have a firm grip on the cylinder while grinding. The handle comes off and you are able to store it alongside of your grinder when you are not using it. The grinders inner spring helps keep the grind consistent even when grinder for coarse brewing. The stainless steel body makes the grinder indestructible and static free. The ceramic, conical burrs are easy to clean, will last long, and will remain rust-free.
Top customer reviews
As one "one-star" rater put it, the handle design is AWFUL. A minor design tweak would fix it - the spindle wears down and the handle socket deforms - manufacturing it with a harder metal would solve this. The problem is that if you're not careful, it will fly off. I've hit cabinetry, but fortunately not gouged my hands. You just need to modify your technique and "bear down" while you're grinding. I don't consider this solving the problem, but it will keep your cabinetry looking nicer until they fix the design.
Also the ceramic grinder seems to be situated in a sleeve that has been inserted into the stainless cylinder and held there by friction. On occasion I will grind a roast that is exceptionally hard and the entire internal assembly will shift rather than grinding through the bean. It's a little disconcerting.
I bought mine for $75, which seemed high. But I now see its dropped in price by about $30. At that price point I would unhesitatingly recommend it, in spite of its flaws. The coffee is what matters, and it's pretty darn tasty. Plus my forearm is pretty ripped from all the hand grinding.
Here are the reasons why:
1.the grinding mechanism: it floats, and is not locked in place. If you look hard enough, you'll find people who have built work arounds to keep the rings in place. But why should you have to do this? This is a MAJOR design flaw. Without a rigidly embedded grinding mechanism, your end result will be a wide range of grind sizes, as the two plates shift around as you're grinding. Why is this bad? You're simultaneously overextracting and underextracting, when you're brewing with both both fines and chunks. Seriously, the grind consistency here is no better than a whirly bird blade grinder: completely wasted effort.
2. The turning handle is seated on a soft octagon metal nub which wears down over time. After six months, I really have to concentrate on keeping the handle pressed downward to keep it from flying off.
Good design is not just a matter of brushed steel.
It's form...and function.
Spend your money on something that does a good job grinding and not just looking good.
As a follow up, I got another and it too was oblong. I've moved on to a completely different grinder that has had no problems.