Several reasons push me to prefer manual mills to electric mills. They are less noisy, have precision mechanical side that I like, waste less coffee (with less retention). At the time I sought to acquire a coffee grinder, I started listing all the premiums manual coffee grinders on the market. This is the purpose of this article.
Table of contents (Table des matières)
- 1 BPlus
- 2 El comandante
- 3 Helor
- 4 Kanso Coffee
- 5 Kinu
- 6 Knock Feldgrind
- 7 Lyn Weber Workshops
- 8 Malwani – Espressotools
- 9 Orphane Espresso (OE)
- 10 ROK
BPlus is a Taiwanese company that is very close to La Pavoni, an Italian manufacturer of coffee machines.
Apollo is a premium manual coffee grinder manufactured by BPlus (with the appreciation and permission of La Pavoni). It has been entirely designed to recall the Italian origins of the brand. It has a 48mm conical burr of the brand Italmill, has a body made entirely of metal (Aluminum) and weighs 1030g. This mill is available in three colors: black, gold, gray. The adjustment wheel is positioned at the top of the mill and the mill remains open during use (it does not have a lid). The container is screwed.
It is marketed on the site of BPlus for a price of 222 € (price may vary due to the exchange rate). The Apollo coffee grinder is the mill I have in my possession. I tested it completely in this article.
El comandante is a German manufacturer of coffee grinders. They offer a wide range of products.
El comandante C40
The C40 is a coffee grinder that is available in a wide range of colors. This is really one of the strong points of this model. The manufacturer does not communicate the diameter of the burr. The adjustment wheel is located at the grinding wheel, it comes with two containers (both glasses, one transparent, the other tinted). The grinder C40 has a plastic cover secured to the crank. It is sold at a price of 219 €.
The Australian Helor company which produces different ranges of coffee grinders.
The model 101 is a coffee grinder whose body is entirely made of aluminum. It is offered for sale with two different wheels (each adapted for a specific use).
The burr (47mm) is offered for sale individually. Helor has chosen to use ceramic ball bearings for all of its coffee grinders. The adjustment knob is at the grinding wheel. A lid is secured to the crank. The container is held by a rubber when slid into the mill body.
It is sold between 189 $ and 259 $ (the selling price is dependent on the burr you want to buy with the mill).
The Flux is a much more upscale coffee grinder than the 101 model. The manufacturer has incorporated a Mazzer burr of 71 mm diameter! As a wheel of such a diameter requires a lot of force to grind the coffee, they integrated into the mill a gear system that multiplies the force of 3 times. It is sold for 749 $.
The Stance coffee grinder is a vertical crank mill. The burr is very wide, it is 83 mm and is available in two versions. The Helor Stance features a 2x force multiplier to help grind coffee more easily. The adjustment wheel is located on the body of the mill (the ring has holes in the image below).
The mill is heavy enough to prevent it from lifting when grinding with one hand. One of the innovations of this mill is that it is possible to attach an electric motor. The electric motor, optional, is marketed for a price of 300 $. As for the mill, its price depends on the millstone you want. It is priced at 935 $ with an Italmill burr or 1085 $ with a Mazzer burr.
Kanso Coffee is a Canadian company based in Vancouver. They created their mill through crowdfunding on Kickstarter.
Appearing on Kickstarter during 2017, the Hiku coffee grinder has an infinite adjustment ring placed on the body of the mill. The mill has a grinding wheel of 55 mm. The crank is secured to the lid and the container is screwed. Two versions exist: one at 249 $ with a steel burr, the other at 279 $ with a titanium burr.
Kinu is a German company that offers different ranges of coffee grinders. They build themselves the wheels of the different models proposed.
Kinu M47 traveler
The Kinu M47 traveler is a smaller version of the Kinu M47. It has a burr of 47mm. The container is always held by magnets and is smaller. The adjustment wheel is located at the crank (as with the Kinu M47). The thumb wedge is very elongated. I had problems with the disassembly of the Kinu M47 (which I detailed during my test). I do not know if this problem is still present on the Kinu M47 Traveler. The Kinu M47 Traveler coffee grinder is sold for the price of 219 €.
The Kinu M47 is a coffee grinder that has a 47 mm burr. The body of the mill is made of stainless steel except the black parts which are plastic. Like the BPlus Apollo, it has an adjustment knob on the top of the grinder. The container is held by magnets.
It was a mill that I owned at one time and ended up selling to replace it for another model. One of the “innovations” put forward by the manufacturer is the thumb wedge. The latter makes it easier to block the mill when grinding coffee with it. During the time I owned the Kinu M47, I was able to test it write the following article. It is sold at a price of 329 €.
The M68 is a vertical crank coffee grinder. It has a force multiplier. The burr of Kinu M68 is 68 mm. The container is magnetized, the adjustment knob is at the top and not at the burr. It is heavy enough to grind coffee with one hand, without the mill being lifted. The price is 997 €.
Knock is an English manufacturer of coffee grinders and other accessories for the coffee world. Like an artisan, he makes his coffee grinder in England.
FELD2 : HONED
The Feld 2 Honed is a mill that has a 38 mm burr. Due to the diameter of the burr, the force required to grind the coffee will be less important. The repercussion of this facility is that it will take more time to grind coffee. The adjustment knob acts as a cover and is attached to the crank. The grinder is equipped with a rubber strap that improves grip. The mill is sold 110 £.
The Aergrind is the last born of Knock. He originally came from a Kickstarter campaign. This coffee grinder is a travel version of Feld2. The general characteristics remain the same. The only changes are:
- The smaller size
- The crank is not secured to the lid.
- The Aergrind is available in different colors
- It is cheaper: sold between 80 and 90 £ depending on the color.
Lyn Weber Workshops
LWW is a German company that manufactures manual and electric coffee grinders.
The HG-1 is a coffee grinder that features an 83mm conical burr. It is an extremely wide wheel that will grind a large amount of coffee turns. To grind coffee easily, it has a force multiplier. It is a mill heavy enough to prevent it from moving during its use. It is sold 994 €.
Malwani – Espressotools
This company is German and offers premium products for the world of coffee.
The LIVI coffee grinder is a vertical crank that is offered with different wood finishes. It has a large conical burr (the manufacturer does not communicate its size) and a force reduction gear. The grinder is heavy enough not to move during its operation. Depending on the finish chosen, it sold between 1199 € and 1299 €.
Orphane Espresso (OE)
Orphane Espresso is a leading manufacturer of hand-held coffee grinders. It is an American company that manufactures its coffee grinder in Taiwan.
The Pharos is a coffee grinder that has a 68mm conical burr. The adjustment knob is placed on the top of the grinder (at the crank). The ball bearings are in bronze the manufacturer indicates that one grinds 1 g of coffee per revolution of crank. Of course this depends on the fineness of the grind. The old version of the Pharos, the 1.0 is sold for 250 $. The new version: the Pharos 2.0 is sold for 300 $.
The Apex is a coffee grinder designed to grind thick grinds. The manufacturer indicates that it is not a coffee grinder intended for espresso or Turkish coffees. Unlike other mills that I presented in my article, the Apex has flat grinding wheels (see image below). The burr is 75 mm in diameter, which makes it possible to grind coffee quickly. The crank is vertical with a force reducer (x4).
The adjustment knob is located on the top (a slider that moves according to the thickness of the grinding that you want). With the purchase one can choose one mill for right-handed left-handed. Its selling price is 495 $, the glass is optional for 12 $. The manufacturer has available a very complete PDF, rich in images that show how this mill work. It’s really interesting if you like mechanics.
The Lido 2 is a mill that has a 48mm conical burr. It is made of BPA free plastic of a bronze color. It is sold with accessories to clean and disassemble. The adjustment of the burr (48mm) is at the level of the body (these are outer rings). The container is screwed. It does not have a lid, the crank is a kind of funnel to help slide the coffee. It is sold at a price of 195 $.
Lido 3 is the 3rd generation of the Orphane Espresso mills. Sold for 195 $, the innovation compared to the Lido 2 is that it has a retractable crank (for easier storage). On sale, a storage bag is provided. The rest of the features are identical to Lido 2
The Lido E is a mill that takes the construction base of Lido 2. The difference is in the burr (which is always 48mm). The latter is optimized for espresso and Turkish coffees. The price remains the same: 195 $.
The Lido E.T is the travel version of the Lido E. Just like the model 3, the crank is retractable and comes with a carrying case. The mill is sold for 195 $.
This constructor is English.
The ROK GRINDERGC coffee grinder is a vertical crank coffee grinder. It does not have a multiplying force, its conical burr and is 48mm in diameter. It is very easy to find this coffee grinder on the internet. After reading the tests, it seems that it is not the best mill for espresso machine. The adjustment knob is at the level of the wheel, the body of the mill is aluminum. It is sold for £ 159.
I hope this article has helped you in your choice. Feel free to ask questions in comment.