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Hario Mini Mill Original Black
- Manual coffee grinder using burrs made of ceramic
- Burrs make for a more consistent grind that’s easily adjustable and set for repeat use
- Ceramic burrs don't transfer heat and shave the coffee beans vs cracking the beans like blade grinders
- 2 Cup Capacity
- Handwash only
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Few notes: 1, grind on a flat surface and hold it there, you will get better consistency. 2, you can count the number of threads, if you want to come back to a certain ground size
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1. This product is small, very small. It is about 7 inches tall and 2 inches wide at the base. I knew it was small before buying, but cannot say that I wasn't surprised when I opened the box to see just how small it is.
2. The instructions in the package come in Japanese (no English translation). Be ready to figure things out for yourself, most notably, how to adjust the grind (it's at the bottom of the grinder, you have to manually turn a nut to adjust the grind from finer to coarser and vice versa).
3. It gives you up to 2 cups worth of grind space. Perfect if you grind you coffee just before drinking (like me), but not so if you want to grind large quantities at a time. This is very much a grind-as-you-go grinder.
4. As someone mentioned before, the finest grind takes a while to get all the beans grinded. Keep at it.
5. The grinding handle detaches and reattaches, it's not one whole product. You'll just need to store the handle near the grinder.
6. It's a great budget grinder. It grinds the beans at a consistent grind. That's what you're looking for. But, you're going to have to work for it. Be sure you don't mind the work before buying this product.
Overall, I'm a satisfied customer. I've used this grinder religiously every morning for about 4 months now.
Update (11/21/12): Over 2 1/2 years later and an additional 200+ reviews since I wrote this one, I'm still using this grinder every morning to grind my coffee.
Now this grinder's greatest asset is becoming my biggest downfall: I'm officially getting tired of manually grinding my coffee. I have lost all hope that it's going to break: the only chance I have of convincing my wife to let me buy a $200 electric grinder that can equal its quality. Such is life.
'Hope you found this helpful!
1. Apply a firm grip to the handle and grinder barrel when grinding.
2. Do not let the handle wobble up and down as you grind. Remember it is detachable so you need to keep the shaft/barrel and handle aligned.
3. Go slow. You are only grinding a few tablespoons of coffee here, its not a race.
4. Keep your arms and hands in a flat circular motion. In other words don't let your hands go up and down in relation to each other as you grind.
Think of it as using a shallow socket on a beveled nut. Applying constant firm pressure will work every time. If you wobble you will strip the head of the bolt. That's never fun.
Now you can complain about the design but simply using it with some measure of care and you will get YEARS of perfectly reliable service out of this grinder. Just look at how many grinds I have gotten out of it.
In case you're a potential user, but worries about the lack of English instruction, this translation will hopefully remove your concern.
Front Cover page: nothing critical.
Back cover page: Turn the nut at the bottom clockwise to make finer grind, counterclockwise for coarser.
Inside page #1: Top: Cautions
1. Turning the handle when there is nothing inside or turning it counterclockwise will damage the burrs. Don't do it.
2. Turning the nut/dial clockwise too far may damage the burrs.
3. Small piece of coffee bean can get stuck and prevent coffee from falling down. This may result in turning the handle without actually grinding any coffee bean. Tap the coffee mill occasionally to prevent this from happening.
4. Over time, the mill wears down. When the amount of coffee beans you can grind decreases significantly, it's time to buy a new one.
1. Grind a small amount of coffee beans to see how much you need to turn the nut/dial to get the fineness you need.
2. put 1-2 cup worth of bean into the hopper: 1 cup = 10-12 g, 2 cupts = 20-24 g (see marks on the hopper). Don't over-load above the 2-cup mark.
3. Hold the mill firmly in one hand as you turn the handle slowly. Make sure the hopper cover is closed tightly.
Inside Page #2: Top: drawing that shows individual components, pretty self-explanatory.
Bottom: Care instruction
1. You can take apart the mill for cleaning
2. The nut/dial can be removed by turning counterclockwise.
3. After taking the nut off, you'll be able to take out the inner and outer parts of the mill/burrs
4. Oil from the coffee bean will get on the mill. Wash with soap.
5. Do not put the parts in dishwasher. Do not use bleach.
6. Do not lubricate the mill with oil
I hope you'll enjoy your new grinder as much as I do.