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Decent hand grinder for coffee


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#1 Simon Patrice

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 06:15 PM

I'm looking to buy a decent coffee grinder (non-electrical) but would like to buy it in Montreal instead of buying online. I was looking at the Hario Skerton or mini, Zassenhaus, Kyocera and the likes.

Any ideas?
Thanks!

#2 Borgstrom

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 11:43 PM

You can only get it online, but if I were in the market for a hand grinder I would go for the Pharos by Orphan Espresso. Very highly regarded by the folks at Home-Barista and CoffeeGeek.

#3 Simon Patrice

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Posted 01 December 2011 - 04:07 PM

Thanks, I saw it but 200-300$ is way too expensive for what I'm looking for. I will use the freshly grounded coffee in a french press and maybe, eventually in a Cafe Solo from Eva Solo.

#4 Country

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Posted 01 December 2011 - 06:57 PM

Many years ago I used a Corona hand grain mill to grind coffee beans and, as I remember, it did okay. I have a brand new one in the attic and maybe I ought to get it out and use it as the Cuisinart electric coffee grinder I have doesn't do a very good job. However, the Corona, especially when milling the harder grains needs to be clamped to something quite sturdy - and at table height as counters are too high to operate comfortably. Though coffee beans are quite soft so sturdiness wouldn't be as great a concern.

Here's one for $50 new at a home brew supply place. Should be able to find one for less than $50 though.

This Christian website doesn't sell them, but offers them for a $49 "donation". They have what appears to be an independent review. Makes me want to get out mine and start milling fresh grain. :smile: The Whole Truth.

Here's another independent opinion at a survivalist site. "I love this mill. It is strong, robust and well made. This is the mill I use most often to grind grains and beans here at the homestead ...I give it my highest recommendation." Click here.

Finally, a bunch of different hand mills at Amazon.

#5 Simon Patrice

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Posted 01 December 2011 - 09:12 PM

Thanks for the info. The only thing is i'm really looking for a place to buy a manual burr grinder in Montreal. I've done a lot of research and have found many sites selling grinders but I'd prefer to buy it locally. Next time I go downtown, i'll try talking with Anthony at Myriade to see if he has any cues on this.

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Posted 01 December 2011 - 10:32 PM

While I'm not sure if a Corona will grind coffee beans well enough for what you want, there must be some place in Montreal that sells them? Maybe check with people at food coops.