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We’ve often talked about the importance of using freshly ground coffee for the best tasting cup of coffee. We’ve also mentioned the benefits of using a conical burr grinder instead of an old school blade grinder that only results in harsh and bitter tasting coffee. There’s a number of many great electric conical burrs, but there’s also manual ones.
Why Buy a Manual Conical Burr Grinder?
What Type of Coffee Can You Grind with a Manual Grinder?
You can grind any type of coffee beans for any brewing methods including french press, espresso, drip, or pour-over. Because you have the option to adjust the grind fineness, you’ll find manual grinders to be very versatile. Some people even use them to grind spices, however, we do NOT recommend using the same grinder for spices and coffee, that would result in terrible tasting coffee.
Here are our recommendations for the best rated manual coffee mills/burr grinders:
Hario Skerton Ceramic Coffee Mill:
Hario Mini Slim Ceramic Grinder:
Porlex Stainless Steel Coffee Grinder:
Hario Skerton vs. Mini: Which One to Choose?
Image Title Hario Ceramic Coffee Mill Skerton Hario Coffee Mill Slim Grinder, Mini Feature Small, lighweight and portable
The ideal grinder for the coffee enthusiast
Perfect for both the traveler and the home coffee connoisseur
Easy to use, easy to clean
Consistent grind for perfect, fresh coffee
Easy to clean
Easy to use!
Small, lightweight, and portable
The Skerton is the ideal hand grinder for the traveling coffee enthusiast, or the home enthusiast on a limited budget
Sleek, slim design makes it easy for storage
Easy to clean, easy to use
Can be stored without the handle
Beautiful ceramic mill, does not rust
Consistent grind for perfect, fresh coffee
Can be stored without handle
Easy to clean and use
Space save with slim design
When not in use, you can store the grinder without the handle
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The Hario Skerton:
The Hario Mini:
Any Downside to the Porlex Grinder?
The only thing we don’t like about the Porlex is that it lacks a window to show you how your grind is going.
Watch the grinders in action…
Review of the Hario Skerton:
How To Use the Hario Mini Mill:
How To use a Porlex Grinder:
Manual hand grinders are really a great tool to have if you’re looking for an inexpensive way to have fresh coffee. However, like the majority of manual grinder users, you eventually get tired of the work involved. If you’ve watched the videos above, you now have an idea that they give you quite an arm exercise (this could be a plus, actually!). But if you’re having many cups of coffee per day and you’ll have to go through the grinding process many times, you will really get tired of it and you will consider an electric grinder instead. We do recommend you have a hand grinder for traveling, but for everyday use, you’re better of with an electric. See our favorites by clicking here.
a Keurig 2.0 Brewer is the only Keurig that can brew both single cup servings as well a full carafe. The machine is available in a number of models that vary in sizes, so you can choose the right one for your needs.
Keurig K55 is an excellent choice for single cup brewing with a large 48 oz reservoir. Perfect for brewing many cups without the need to refill.
Keurig K15 is perfect for a single user who needs something compact. It has no water reservoir, instead you add a fresh cup of water for every brew. It's very small in size in comparison to other Keurigs.
KitchenAid Personal Coffee Maker
This personal coffee maker by KitchenAid is compact in size and brews directly into your mug or travel mug. Use it with your favorite coffee ground and never worry about coffee pods.
Hamilton Beach Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker
This convenient coffee maker by Hamilton Beach allows you to brew a single cup in different sizes using your favorite coffee ground. It can also adjust the coffee brew from regular to bold. This, in addition to many great features.
Ninja Coffee Bar
The Ninja Coffee Bar gives you the best of all words. It is a single-serve (using coffee ground), it is also able to make a full carafe and specialty coffee drinks.
Keurig K55 Coffee Maker
The Keurig K55 allows you to brew a cup of coffee using a K-Cup pod, which is available from so many brands like Green Mountain, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts and many more. It also has a refillable pod that allows you to use your own coffee ground.
Keurig 2.0 Coffee Maker
Keurig 2.0, like the K55, brews K-Cups from many different brands, which doesn't limit your options. The 2.0 model allows you to additionally brew a full carafe along side many different cup sizes.
The Nespresso CitiZ&Milk allows you to brew espresso, and thanks to its built-in frother, you can easily heat and froth milk for drinks like Cappuccino and Latte.
Nespresso Lattissima Pro
The Lattissima Pro takes it up to another level with its fully automated drink preparation. Using the LCD touch screen, choose the drink you want to brew and the Lattissima will do everything else.
Nespresso Evoluo VertuoLine Machine
The Evoluo is part of Nespresso's VertuoLine brewers which allow you to brew a full cup of coffee in addition to espresso and espresso-based drinks. So, if you enjoy your cup of coffee as well as a frothy cup of Cappuccino or Latte, this would be a nice option for you.