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Mtnjelly
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Posted Mon Jun 23, 2014, 10:08am
Subject: hand grinder suggestion for vacation set up
 

I'm going to the beach on vacation with my family next week.  I have decided to take an Aeropress but I don't have a way to grind.  I figured there's no point in taking a blade grinder.... might as well go to Starbucks before I do that haha.  So, I figured the best way to go would be to use a hand grinder.  Since I'm not very familiar with the world of hand grinders, I would like some help on the topic!

What portable hand grinder(s) would you recommend to use for an Aeropress? Ideally it would be in the $100 or less range... but I'm willing to pay more if it's really worth it.  Thanks in advance!
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Posted Mon Jun 23, 2014, 11:21am
Subject: Re: hand grinder suggestion for vacation set up
 

There are exactly four, "good" for aeropress, vacation size hand grinders.  They are:  Hausgrind by Knock, Orphan Espresso Lido 2; Rosco Hand Grinder; and Rosco Mini.  All are significantly out of your price range.  None are available within your time frame.

The cheapos with decent reputations and available via Amazon Prime are the Hario Slim, Hario Mini, Hario Skerton, the Kyocera and the Porlex.  All are adequate, none good.  The Hario Mini can be improved -- but still won't rise to good -- with a few mods.  

The Hausgrind and Lido 2 are new on the market; both are exceptionally well reviewed.  I've actually used a Lido a couple of times for non-espresso and was very impressed.  If I were buying a grinder for traveling, it would be one of those two.  The Hausgrind is easier to take down and pack, but I love OE, OE products, OE personalities.  Tough call.    

Hope this helps,
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Posted Mon Jun 23, 2014, 12:34pm
Subject: Re: hand grinder suggestion for vacation set up
 

I did a quick google search for the "grinder that fits in aeropress"

I thought it was the Hario mini, but it turns out to be the Porlex.  Sorry, do the search.  I don't want to figure out how to attach images just now.  There are pics & videos.

Personally, my $50 Hario Skerton works just fine for vacation.  I don't usually have space issues when I decide to travel with coffee gear.

What are you doing for hot water?  I saw "folding water boiler" somewhere on the net made of silicone.
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Posted Mon Jun 23, 2014, 1:54pm
Subject: Re: hand grinder suggestion for vacation set up
 

I've been told by all the cafe's locally that the best hand grinder to match with the Aeropress is the Porlex.  I myself prefer the Skerton tho.  Out of the box it does well for drip and press.  I also like that it holds a good amount of coffee and the newer ones have a lid which mine does not.  Also if your really in the mood to grind a ton of coffee you can fit a mason jar on the bottom.  Lastly if your feeling adventurous and have an espresso machine a simple posilock nut makes it a stepless grinder.  Not bad for $40.  Ya the Hario Skerton is cheap but the way I see it if you were to break it you won't lose a ton of money.
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Posted Mon Jun 23, 2014, 2:07pm
Subject: Re: hand grinder suggestion for vacation set up
 

Rich - Thanks for the suggestions.  I do wish I had thought of this sooner... but either way, it will be hard for me to justify spending $400 on a grinder for vacation purposes to the hubs - especially since I've been talking of upgrading my home set up.  However, I do think it's worth the investment, and one day I will probably make the purchase.  For now I will have to stick to the cheapos.  I tried to research local coffee shops where we're going and I'm pretty convinced it's going to be awful - so even a cheap setup will be better than the alternative.  

Julie - we are staying in a condo that has a kitchen, so heating water shouldn't be an issue.

With that being said... I guess I could use a small electric burr grinder, if it's not too heavy.  I guess I hadn't really thought about that as an option.  I just assumed all of the burr grinders would be 1. too heavy and 2. expensive.  But, I'd be open to any other bright ideas or suggestions...
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Posted Mon Jun 23, 2014, 2:31pm
Subject: Re: hand grinder suggestion for vacation set up
 

Mtnjelly Said:

it will be hard for me to justify spending $400 on a grinder for vacation purposes to the hubs

Posted June 23, 2014 link

The Knock and Lido recommendations weren't for now, but for down the line.  I apologize for being so unclear.  

By the way, they're (cough) only $250, not $400.  I'm going to buy one or the other one of these days, but am holding back for pretty much the same reasons you are.  That is, we dumped an awful lot into coffee this year.   For now, we travel with our old Breville Smart ($200 new), a 1.5L kettle, and a large Espro, sharing their own suitcase.  The coffee's good, but what a PITA!

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Posted Mon Jun 23, 2014, 2:43pm
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I have a Hario Slim for traveling, def not the best hand grinder but it's small (slim lol) and has a lid to hold the beans in, only use it for coarse. I grab fresh beans and use the drip machine wherever we stay, sure as hell beats preground lol. Only reason I didn't get the Skerton originally was it had no lid. I hardly use the slim as I'll find a nice coffee shop/roaster near where ever we are, but once in awhile I'll use it when traveling, but use it so rarely I'm not going to spend a bunch of money on a hand grinder for travel.
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Posted Tue Jun 24, 2014, 8:50am
Subject: Re: hand grinder suggestion for vacation set up
 

wabbitt Said:

 I saw "folding water boiler" somewhere on the net made of silicone.

Posted June 23, 2014 link

Hey Julie - are you talking about this?
www.dearcoffeeiloveyou.com/novel-the-folding-dream-kettle/

Looks pretty cool!
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Posted Tue Jun 24, 2014, 8:58am
Subject: Re: hand grinder suggestion for vacation set up
 

boar_d_laze Said:

The Knock and Lido recommendations weren't for now, but for down the line.  I apologize for being so unclear.  

By the way, they're (cough) only $250, not $400.  I'm going to buy one or the other one of these days, but am holding back for pretty much the same reasons you are.  That is, we dumped an awful lot into coffee this year.   For now, we travel with our old Breville Smart ($200 new), a 1.5L kettle, and a large Espro, sharing their own suitcase.  The coffee's good, but what a PITA!

Rich

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At the moment, my travel setup, (there IS a kitchen to setup in) Sylvia W/PID, Major, Bunn VPR-APS and a Bunn LPG. I gotta work on putting together a smaller setup.

 
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Posted Tue Jun 24, 2014, 1:52pm
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Mtnjelly Said:

Hey Julie - are you talking about this?
www.dearcoffeeiloveyou.com/novel-the-folding-dream-kettle/

Looks pretty cool!

Posted June 24, 2014 link

Yup, that's the one!
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