5 Best Manual Coffee Grinders 2016

The Kyocera Ceramic is a top-rated manual coffee grinder, that delivers durable, efficient, and very affordable grinding.  As well as coffee beans, the Kyocera can also grind sesame seeds, green tea, salt, and pepper.  It is compact too, when stored.
The Kyocera Ceramic is a top-rated manual coffee grinder, that delivers durable, efficient, and very affordable grinding. As well as coffee beans, the Kyocera can also grind sesame seeds, green tea, salt, and pepper. It is compact too, when stored.

There are not many things in life that can quite beat the aroma and taste of freshly ground coffee, especially first thing in the morning, or maybe later in the day, when a pick-me-up is needed.

Grinding your own coffee ensures that you capture the maximum freshness of flavor. You also have much more flexibility and control when it comes to obtaining the specific grade of fineness/coarseness that you require.

Despite facing competition from their electrically powered rivals, manual coffee grinders continue to thrive, essentially because they actually have so much going for them in terms of convenience, functionality, versatility, and appearance.

Below is my list of the 5 best manual coffee grinders 2016.

Grinding coffee is the best way to get a fresh tasting and flavorsome beverage (never buy ready ground unless you have to!).  Ideally, the beans should be ground right before they are brewed for maximum flavor.
Grinding coffee is the best way to get a fresh tasting and flavorsome beverage (never buy ready ground unless you have to!). Ideally, the beans should be ground right before they are brewed for maximum flavor. | Source

To me, the smell of fresh-made coffee is one of the greatest inventions.

— Hugh Jackman

Main Advantages of Manual Grinders

Below is a list of some of the definite plus points when it comes to this type of grinder:

  • Electric grinders are often much louder than their manual counterparts. As manual grinders make virtually no noise, there tend to be zero sound-based problems, which can be a problem first thing in the morning when other people might be sleeping.
  • Electric grinders don’t always give you a consistent grind, but with a manual, you effectively have full control over the grinding process. Many units also have superior mortars when compared to their electrical counterparts in a similar price range.
  • Manuals often look more attractive - you can put them on full display in your kitchen, rather than having to shut them away and hide them when not in use. Some of the more exotic designs can serve as talking points at social events.
  • As you don’t need a power supply, you can do your grinding wherever you wish. You can take them traveling, or outdoors, as you are not limited by the location of, and access to power outlets.

The Kyocera is a multi-purpose grinder that is available for a very affordable price.  Well-designed and compact, it is also remarkably durable.  The Kyocera is also versatile, as well as coffee beans, it is able to grind green tea, salt, and pepper
The Kyocera is a multi-purpose grinder that is available for a very affordable price. Well-designed and compact, it is also remarkably durable. The Kyocera is also versatile, as well as coffee beans, it is able to grind green tea, salt, and pepper

#1 Best Manual Grinder: The Kyocera Ceramic!

My personal favorite from the list is the Kyocera Ceramic Coffee Grinder. This mill is robust, easy to use, and competitively priced.

  • Attractiveness is to some extent subjective, of course, but I like the Kyocera's sleek and modern appearance and find that it fits well with my kitchen's look. It is also compact enough to be stored away easily when not in use.
  • The maker is easy to clean, and still looks and operates as good as it did when I bought it a year ago. Its build means that there are no problems with rust, which can afflict some machines.
  • I've tried used it for grinding salt and pepper, as well as coffee, and it performed excellently. I have no doubt that Kyocera's claims that the machine will also grind green tea, and sesame seeds are accurate too, although I've not tried them at the time of writing.
  • The ceramic grinding mechanism is close in hardness to a diamond and as well as giving you great tasting grounds, it is impressively durable and resistant to rusting.

Aside from issues of functionality and use, manual grinders generally look much more attractive then their electric counterparts.  They are often more compact too and so can be stored away easily when not in use.
Aside from issues of functionality and use, manual grinders generally look much more attractive then their electric counterparts. They are often more compact too and so can be stored away easily when not in use. | Source

Slim Design That Saves Storage Space: The Hario MSS-1B mill!

The Hario MSS-1B mill has an attractive design and the combination of its slimness and detachable handle mean that it takes up hardly any counter or storage space.

Of course, its compact size does also mean that it holds enough grinds for serving just 2 people, but that will suit many people’s needs.

It is also easy to clean and the ceramic mortar means that it won’t rust or give the grinds an odor.

I can't imagine a day without coffee. I can't imagine!

— Howard Schultz

Decorative Grinder Made From Rosewood!

This classic rosewood manual coffee grinder is very easy to use and has a mechanism for adjusting the grind, so that you can set it according to how fine or coarse you want your coffee to be.

As well as being able to grind, the grinder also performs a decorative function and would be an attractive addition to any kitchen, especially if you wish to give it a traditional touch.

Many manual grinders will work with other types of food, as well as coffee beans, such as salt, pepper, green tea, and sesame seeds.  One main advantage of a hand-cranked machine is that there is no need for electricity so you can use them anywhere.
Many manual grinders will work with other types of food, as well as coffee beans, such as salt, pepper, green tea, and sesame seeds. One main advantage of a hand-cranked machine is that there is no need for electricity so you can use them anywhere. | Source
Constructed from durable stainless steel, the Porlex JP-30 is a compact product that won't take up too much counter space or storage in your kitchen.  The stainless steel construction makes is durable and easy to clean, as well as attractive.
Constructed from durable stainless steel, the Porlex JP-30 is a compact product that won't take up too much counter space or storage in your kitchen. The stainless steel construction makes is durable and easy to clean, as well as attractive.

Detachable Handle to Save Space!

Made in Osaka, Japan, the Porlex JP-30 Stainless Steel Coffee Grinder is a beautiful piece of design.

Its features include a virtually indestructible, static free, stainless steel body and a handle that can be removed to save on storage space.

This grinder's ceramic, conical burrs are excellent when it comes to producing even grounds of any size, from fine powder to French Press coarseness. It is also very easy to clean and maintain.

Palestinian women grinding up coffee manually in 1905.  Coffee was first consumed in Ethiopia but it was the Arabs of Yemen who were the first to cultivate it as a crop and create the drinking and coffee house culture that we recognize today.
Palestinian women grinding up coffee manually in 1905. Coffee was first consumed in Ethiopia but it was the Arabs of Yemen who were the first to cultivate it as a crop and create the drinking and coffee house culture that we recognize today. | Source

A Very Brief History of Coffee

According to legend, coffee was first discovered by an Ethiopian goat herder, who saw the energizing effect that the berries had on his animals. It was the Arabs of Yemen who first cultivated it as a crop in the 15th Century. By the 16th Century, coffee drinking had spread to the wider Middle East and North Africa. Coffee spread to Western Europe via Italy, and then to Indonesia. After the Boston Tea Party, lots of Americans switched to drinking coffee, as tea was seen as unpatriotic.

The Peugeot 11765 is an attractive traditional product made from walnut.  The manual  burr-type mill grinds the beans quickly and efficiently.  The Peugot's attractive appearance will enhance any kitchen.
The Peugeot 11765 is an attractive traditional product made from walnut. The manual burr-type mill grinds the beans quickly and efficiently. The Peugot's attractive appearance will enhance any kitchen.

Superior Grinder Made From Walnut: The PM11765 Bresil!

Peugeot have a reputation around the world for producing mills are reliable and resilient, as well as ones that give a consistent grind.

The PM11765 Bresil comes with seven different mechanisms – as well as one for coffee, there are mechanisms for dry salts, wet salts, peppercorns, nutmeg, chilies; herbs and spices.

This superior grinder will give you maximum coffee flavor and aroma. It will also provide a decorative talking point for your kitchen and has a beautiful walnut varnished finish.

Manual grinders have many advantages over their electric counterparts.  For instance, they can be used pretty much anywhere and you can take them traveling or camping.  You also have complete control over the grinding process.
Manual grinders have many advantages over their electric counterparts. For instance, they can be used pretty much anywhere and you can take them traveling or camping. You also have complete control over the grinding process. | Source

Tips on Storing Coffee

To maintain flavor for as long as possible, coffee should be stored correctly. Below are some useful tips for keeping your brews tasty.

  • Buys beans whenever possible, rather than ready ground, and grind them just before brewing to get maximum flavor.
  • Store your coffee in an airtight container. Good construction materials are glass, ceramic, stainless steel. Moisture is bad for the beans and needs to be minimized.
  • Keep the beans away from sources of heat (such as a stove) and direct sunlight, if possible. A fairly cool and dark place is ideal.
  • Do not freeze the beans, or refrigerate them, as very cold temperatures can also damage the taste.

The Zassenhaus is a highly rated product constructed from top quality hardwood.  The burr-style mill is a precision grinder mechanism machined from high-carbon, hardened tool steel.
The Zassenhaus is a highly rated product constructed from top quality hardwood. The burr-style mill is a precision grinder mechanism machined from high-carbon, hardened tool steel.

One More Top-Rated Manual Grinder to Consider: The Zassenhaus!

Zassenhaus have an excellent reputation, gained over many years.

They make some very attractive and effective box mills, including this top quality finished hardwood grinder.

A superior product with a tried and tested design, the mill has a hardened metal grinding mechanism, which is durable, as well as precise.

A knurled adjusting nut sets the level of fineness/coarseness of the grind, giving it versatility, as well as reliability.

© 2011 Paul Goodman

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Ardie 5 years ago from Neverland

After I read this I closed my eyes and smelled coffee, mmmm. I don't drink it but the smell reminds me of my childhood. My Mom had a pot brewing on the stove from dawn to midnight while I was growing up.


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PaulGoodman67 5 years ago from Florida USA Author

Thanks for your comment, Ardie. It's difficult to think of a better aroma than that of freshly ground coffee!


Paul 4 years ago

I've got a Macap electric grinder. Good, but not perfect, especially de doser attachment (made for large volumes of coffee) irked me, who grinds just 2-3 cups of coffee (too much loss, really). In came the hand grinder. As a kid, we each "had" to take turns grinding the handle of that wooden box and, well, it wasn't our hobby. I have an old Zassenhaus, which I esthetically restored, not the burrs. But it grinds great. For christmas, I'm being offered a new "ecological" (German) grinder from Kornkraft, with flat burrs made from stone. Wonder how that will be...I understand the new Zassenhaus (and other) grinders are very disappointing. So I just "won" a very good looking "old" Dienes PE DE grinder, built before 1962 that's clear, and I hope the burrs are good. My coffee is espresso, so the grinding has to be very fine, not as fine as Turkish/Greek, but fine anyway. Happy Christmas to you, Paul


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jelliott88 4 years ago

Great hub! You should look into the Camano Coffee Mill made by the Red Rooster Trading Company. I've used it for almost a year now. It is easy to use, so smooth, and handmade. It's gorgeous.


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FloridaFacts 4 years ago from Florida USA

Thanks for posting, this is just what I was looking for! The thing that I like about manual coffee grinders is that you can take them with you when you travel or go camping!


a.doyle 4 years ago

the greatest is a vintage model called spong coffee grinder.

it looks like it is a part off an old steam train from the 1860s

it comes in numbers 0,1,2,3,4 and has a design that did not change for 140 years.

the company does not exist now but these vintage beasts once you clean them up help make the best tasting coffee ever.

spong,spong,spong,spong lovely spong.

they have a burr grinder in them that is pure iron and big which is the key.

ebay is the place number 2 is easier to find.revamping these gems is easy soak the burrs in molasses or vinegar wash off with baking soda and toothbrush.put a little veg oil on the iron parts once you have dried off.

it will last another 100 years use the power of victorian england to grind your coffee.


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mandination 22 months ago from Pittsburgh

I've gone way too long without a coffee grinder in my life, and when I went to buy one, I had no idea what to get. This guide was really helpful, thank you!

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