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I bought the Hario Skerton Plus with high expectations, hoping that after two broken cheap ceramic burr grinders I will finally put my hands on a good one. It does look like being a durable coffee grinder, I'm very happy with it's built quality, but fails to provide a good grinding consistency...which in my opinion it's the most important aspect of a grinder, otherwise is not fit for purpose.
It does have a stabilizing plate, as the manufacturerer says, but it doesn't keep the lower burr centered. The hole in the stabilising plate is slightly larger than the axle of the conical burr so it doesn't keep it stable at all. When grinding, the conical burr spins in an oval shape inside the fixed burr, rather than circle, which translates in an uneven gap between the two burrs, thus creating the inconsistency in the grind. I'm talking about french press and pour over grinds, but I guess that for expresso it can deliver a good grind.
To be honest, I got a better grind from a £7 grinder, untill it broke, but since I can buy 5 of those with the money I paid for the Skerton Plus, I will return this one.
Other than that, if you're not bothered about the grind consistency, I guess you'll be very happy with this grinder.
LATER EDIT: I bought a Skerton Plus again as I wanted another hand grinder, but I removed the original stabilizing plate (which, again, is completely useless) and replaced it with a Hario Skerton Upgrade Kit from BlueHorseProducts. I'm very happy with the grinder now, even though I had an extra cost on top, but, in my opinion, this is the only way you can have a good Skerton grinder.
I use this for freshly grinding coffee beans for my Moka Express/Dama Nuova pots and for my Gaggia Classic expresso machine and it does the job perfectly, quieter and for much less outlay than a decent electric burr grinder would cost you. It takes a couple of minutes to get enough ground coffee for a 3-cup moka pot/double expresso and maybe 4 or 5 minutes for my 6-cup Moka pot but the grind is consistent enough every time. It does take a bit of effort and occasionally the hopper doesn't feed beans without a little shake but it doesn't wake the neighbours like a decent electric burr grinder does! It's also quick and easy to dismantle and clean unlike electric burr grinders.
Cons Not very good at doing a coarse grind for a cafetiere (I'm guessing as a result of only having 1 pair of burrs). Also is even more difficult to grind when attempting a coarse grind. Takes a long time compared to an electric grinder (a few minutes to grind enough for a 3 cup cafetiere) Requires a lot of grip/forearm strength to hold the body of the grinder steady whilst turning the handle (the silicone base doesn't really assist in this). This difficulty is exacerbated by the wide shape of the hopper which means your has to hold in the middle of the body, a distance from the plane of rotation of the handle.
Pros The burrs work well for a fine grind. The hopper fits enough beans for a 3 cup cafetiere with some room to spare. (Glass collector fits at least 2 hoppers worth). Nice construction. Fun to use. Small and relatively lightweight for storage/ transport.
Overall still happy I got one. Would also recommend for camping etc.
For cafetieres I would recommend the krups small electric grinder.
This was initially going to be a 1 star review simply because of the pathetic attempt at delivering the grinder to my house. 5 days after it was supposed to arrive I had to drive 1 hour to pick it up. I hope the seller stops using UPS because I really cannot say anything good about their service. Once I started using the coffee grinder however, I changed my mind. I am very happy with it. Because of the delivery I drop a star, otherwise this is a 5 star product. The grinder is very easy to disassemble, clean and assemble. It is easy to adjust how fine the grind is, and it can easily produce much finer grind than I need for my moka. The grinder feels very solid and well designed. It is a pleasure to use. It is true, as pointed out in other reviews, that the handle retaining screw have to be tightened once or twice during the couple of minutes it takes me to grind my morning portion of coffee. I don't find it at all disturbing. I cannot imagine that anyone who can enjoy the manual grinding process would be bothered by something like that.