|Mounting Hardware||1 coffee grinder|
|Number Of Items||1|
|Contains Liquid Contents||No|
|Item model number||Ceramic|
|Product Dimensions||10.16 x 17.78 x 7.62 cm; 300 Grams|
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Hario Ceramic Coffee Mill Mini-Slim Plus
- New and improved with reinforced hexagonal adapter for increased grind consistency and reduced wear.
- Ceramic mill is easily adjusted for right grind coarseness, providing a consistent grind for perfect, fresh coffee
- Small, lightweight and slim design makes for easy storage and travel; can be stored without handle
- Easy to read measurements, up to 2 cups of storage.
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In Japanese, Hario means "the King of Glass". since its founding in 1921, this Japanese company has been manufacturing glassware of the highest quality for General consumers and for industrial uses. This hand grinder has been designed by Hario to provide Coffee lovers with an inexpensive means to have freshly-ground Coffee, even while traveling with a light load.
The company has been dedicated to the design, production, and sale of heatproof glass since it was founded in 1921 and is the only heatproof glass manufacturer in Japan to have a factory. We began our history as a manufacturer of laboratory glassware. In 1964, we expanded our production to household items, starting with the coffee syphon. We also began producing lenses for automotive headlights in 1980. Today, We continue to make a variety of items, from microwave-safe kitchenware and coffee and tea implements, to aromatherapy and pet products.
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- Ceramic burr
- Relatively cheap
- Handle keeps coming off while grinding, especially hard beans
- Not as much compact as it can be (e.g. Wasted space around the collection bin)
I have been using the Handground coffee grinder and quite happy with it. But I wanted something smaller and lighter for traveling. I thought of returning it because it was much harder to use than the Handground, but I just assumed that’s the way it is because of the size, some other small grinders could be worse.
Recently I searched for a small grinder again. This time, I specifically tried to find the ones that fits the whole of an AeroPress plunger, and bought a Porlex Mini. I was very skeptical in the beginning. Despite even smaller size, Porlex mini is much easier to hold and grind the beans. Their patented handle design keeps the handle stay attached while grinding harder beans. Very well-thought design such as the rubber grip doubled as the handle holder, and great precision of the metal parts. Now i regret why I didn’t look further and do more researches before buying this Hario grinder...
1. Shape and size: very easy to grip, holds up to about 30g of beans in the hopper while the lower chamber on the "Mini Slim Pro" model will comfortably hold over 60g (haven't tried more). The opening of the hopper is wide enough to pour beans into without spilling too!
2. Materials: The metal hopper and bin feel really sturdy, no noticeable scratches so far and it feels like it will last forever
3. The Handle: super sturdy, I think it's cast aluminum and will never bend on you.
4. Decent grind quality: This will not be as good as the $230 Comandante or other very high-end hand grinders, but for drip coffee, Aeropress (my method of choice), and pour over (I've tried Kalita Wave 185) this grinder will make tasty coffee!
5. Burrs: Made of ceramic, I haven't had any problems with them.\
6. Noise: this thing is much quiter than any electrical appliance with a motor, great for not waking up roomates!
1. The latching mechanism: Instead of threads, Hario went with a simple latch that makes it easy to attach and remove the bin from the hopper - if it's facing the right way. It's a small annoyance, but if I remove the grounds bin to pour my freshly ground coffee in my Aeropress and the hopper isn't facing the right way, I have to hunt around the side of both pieces to make sure the little latch is aligned.
2. The latching mechanism: so this isn't actually a big problem - yes the latching mechanism does wear a little bit on the "hopper side" of the grinder, as you can see in the picture. Most of that wear occured within the first month or two, and now I've had it for over 5 months now and it hasn't progressed. If you're worried about wear, just grip the grinder a little higher and support the hopper a little more. However I do feel this issue was overlooked in the design.
3. Grinder Consistency at coarser grind: So for a <$100 grinder, the consistency I believe is pretty good, but if you're grinding for french press, filter, or cold brew you're gonna have a decent amount of fines, which are smaller particles/dust than what you're aiming to achieve. For Aeropress and French Press this doesn't matter too much (you'll still get great coffee as long as your beans are also good) but these fines do have a tendency to clog paper filters, such as for pourover (not as bad if you're only making a couple cups) and for cold brew. I ground 90g of coffee coarsely to make some cold brew yesterday for the first time, and I thought I'd filter the coffee through my Kalita wave, but yeah that didn't work out very well, the whole thing clogged up. I had to use my aeropress to pressure-filter the coffee!
4. Setting the coarseness: if you've never used one of these before, trying to figure out exactly how many clicks to set the grinder to the first time is intimidating and confusing! Just remember: 10 clicks from completely closed is medium/drip, 5 would be fine/espresso, and 14 is about as coarse as you want for french press/cold brew (I brew french press at 12 clicks). This website is also super helpful: https://honestcoffeeguide.com/guides/coffee-grind-size-chart/ (the mini-mill chart also works for this)
5. Effort: Yes this takes some elbow grease. Apparently much more expensive hand grinders have bearings and sharp metal burrs to make it a lot easier and smoother, but this isn't that fancy (or as expensive)
6. While slim and portable, it doesn't fit inside my aeropress like the aergrind might. I wish there was a slightly easier way to carry it for travel, but this is more of a nitpick than a real concern.
As you can see, most of my cons are more nitpicks and annoyances, but in reality, are very easy to deal with day to day.
The grind quality of this may not be too terribly much better than the "plus" model or other grinders out there, but I really enjoy the metal body and large grinds bin this grinder has. For a hand grinder below $100 I am very happy with this purchase! It takes a couple minutes to grind the 17g of coffee for my cup in the morning, but it's always much less time than it takes for the kettle to heat up. Over 30g of coffee though and you'll have to refill the hopper, and by then the churning of the handle starts to get old (the 90g of coffee for the cold brew yesterday took ages!). Also, pourover brewing will probably take a little longer than some instructions say due to the filter beginning to clog a little near the end of the brew, but it's not that big of a deal and your coffee will still taste really good! (and sometimes excellent!) I usually go with aeropress (at a medium-coarse grind) and I get a consistently tasty cup :)
1. Good materials (the plastic bits feel quite sturdy, not your standard cheap plastic)
2. Easy to take apart and maintain/clean
3. Gives relatively consistent grinds to brew a decent cup of coffee
4. Grinds 25g in a manageable amount of time (a few minutes)
5. Won't wake up the whole house.
The bonus is that it's slim and easy to travel with, although that wasn't one of my original intentions for purchasing this product. The grinds are more consistent that what you'd get from a blade grinder (even accounting for tricks like shaking the blade grinder periodically to re-distribute the bean chunks), although it takes a little bit of elbow grease. I work an office job and definitely don't mind a little bit of a workout. In terms of doing a set of burpees or something of similar intensity, grinding some coffee beans with this is not nearly as bad. It won't be able to get you all of the notes labeled on your specialty coffee, but the taste of the coffee is better than your average blade-ground brew (all other variables like beans and brew method held constant). Some tricks I've learned:
1) To help stabilize the outer ceramic burr, I put some rubber bands around it to keep it in place. It helped the grind consistency a lot, although you will still get some fines and some bigger chunks. It's not going to be on par with a good electric burr grinder that costs over $100.
2) If you have shrimpy arms like me and can't hold the mill steady while grinding with just your hands alone, sit down and place it between your legs to hold it still while grinding. The work becomes a lot easier and the grinds will be more consistent without that extra motion from trying to keep it still with just your hands.
3) Keep in mind that lighter roasts will be a bit harder to grind.
Overall, considering the price of burr grinders in general, this is a good value, and even if I decide to upgrade to an electric burr grinder at some point in the future, I'll still have this around for the days when a manual grinder is necessary.
Parts match better with each other with less spacing in between;
Ceramic mill looks almost the same, somehow can be replaced by the set from MSS-1B (I keep mine just in case);
Finishing of some plastic parts are bad with glitch, but will not be seen from outside.