5 Best Manual Coffee Grinders 2016
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.
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.
#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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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