The HandGround Coffee Grinder Review
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Both you and I enjoy the ritual of grinding coffee with a hand grinder. It's part of the process of making good coffee.
Hand grinding coffee is a form of meditation. And somehow, hand ground coffee tastes better.
I’ve experimented with hand grinders for years. While most of them did what intended, there was always a few things that I disliked.
I disliked how they would not last more than 6 months before breaking. I disliked that you needed to break a sweat.
I won’t keep whinging, but there is more.
Todays review: a hand grinder by Hand Ground.
They only make hand grinders, and they do it EFFING WELL. Read on to find out why.
The Hand Ground Coffee Grinder 'In A Nutshell'
The Hand Ground grinder is one of a kind in the hand grinder market. Let me tell you why. It's no secret that grinding by hand is option that requires the most effort.
It can be hard, but it has its rewards. Since you’ve chosen a hard option, why not make a hard job easy with a good quality hand grinder?
The design and quality of the Hand Ground grinder is floorless - no loose or creaky parts you’ll have to replace here and there.
It has 15 grind settings, meaning you’ll be able to grind for every brew method apart from Turkish coffee. But don't worry, most hand grinders won't be able to grind for Turkish coffee. You'll need something special for that.
The creators have scratched their own itch in making this grinder.
The common problems you face with other hand grinders have been obliterated. No annoying small coffee bean hoppers that you need to continually refill. No needing to warm up before turning the crank - it grinds beans like soft butter.
No need to ‘guess’ on which grind size is which - it has a dial. This hand grinder leaves no room for improvement.
Things to Consider before Buying a Hand Coffee Grinder
There are so many hand coffee grinders available in the market today that finding the right one is quite a task.
You will use this device often and it needs to fit your lifestyle perfectly. For your morning dose of tasty coffee, find the grinder that will bring the best out of your coffee beans.
Firstly, hand coffee grinders give a slightly uneven texture to your coffee and will take some time to use, especially if you are impatient.
Pro Tip: Automatic coffee grinders provide an even grind quickly. Hand grinders are good for people who like to sit down and enjoy the coffee preparation process. Plus, freshly ground coffee beans taste nicer than the pre-ground product.
Secondly, hand grinders are more affordable than the automatic ones.
So if you are working on a tight budget but still want a coffee grinder, consider going for the manual option.
And don’t forget that they are usually travel-friendly. So if you often hop from place to place, packing your coffee grinder will not take a lot of space in your suitcase.
And finally, hand coffee grinders simply look cooler and more stylish. Automatic grinders can be found everywhere and they’re not as charming as these little devices.
Plus, they will blend in with the rest of your appliances.
Hand grinders add personality to your kitchen and, if you are a huge fan of coffee, make sure to place it in a visible spot.
The Hand Ground Coffee Grinder Review
The story behind this coffee grinder starts on Kickstarter.
It was backed by thousands of people all around the globe, and numerous experts helped design it.
A standard camera lens was the inspiration for the look and feel of this grinder and you'll immediately notice the similarities, both in shape and feel.
The design team must have worked hard on this one. It’s made of firm and reliable materials and the build looks tight. You get that ‘wow, this is made well’ kinda-feeling when you pick it up.
The best part - it feels like it was made to fit in your hand.
All of this translates to a grinder that is super easy to use (no arm workouts required)
It holds up to 100g of coffee beans (more than triple of most other hand grinders) and you can choose between fifteen different grind settings.
This is great news, as you have to guess the grind size with most other hand grinders.
My only dislike is the size - it’s twice the size of most other hand grinders.
This shouldn’t be an issue for most, it’s just a little inconvenient for me since I travel full time and live out of a backpack.
- SUPER Easy to use, especially the consistency settings.
- Made of durable materials that fit the shape of your hand
- Large size bean hopper. No having to refill mid grind.
- The grinder is on the thick side and not travel friendly.
- Had glass parts - don’t smash it!
High-Quality Burrs Made of Ceramic
When you get this coffee grinder, you can be certain that it will last you a long time.
The 40mm alumina ceramic burrs are strong and sturdy. Plus, the manufacturer claims that the burrs are resistant to corrosion.
Of course, keep in mind that this device shouldn't be cleaned in a dishwasher. Washing it by hand will preserve the quality of the grinder and protect the mechanism .
The mechanism consists of a triple-mounted axle so the burrs will stay straight and not wiggle excessively while you grind the coffee.
The result is a consistent grind that has an even texture and tastes incredibly well.
This axle really makes a huge difference in the quality of the coffee.
Getting the Right Consistency is Easy
As I have mentioned, this coffee grinder has an interesting design - a bit old school with contemporary additions, ultimately resulting in a quite modern device. It is also very functional.
The team took notes from a standard camera lens and applied a similar mechanism to this grinder.
I think this was a great idea and it improves the simplicity of the device. You will not be lost at all and will know how to use it intuitively.
The circle (the adjustment ring) that is placed in the middle of the grinder allows you to select the grind you want.
It has fifteen different settings - quite a lot.
So yes, you can make espresso and other types of coffee with this device and they will taste so good you will not be able to spot a difference between this grinder and the professional one used in your favorite coffee shop.
You can choose a different grind every day and you will never get bored with the flavors and the strength of your coffee.
Stability and Safety
If you are unable to control your current coffee grinder and the end result is an uneven grind, you can relax because this particular model is stable and will not wobble around as you work.
I really appreciate this feature because it brings out the best of the coffee beans.
I noticed that filling the bean hopper is easy thanks to the large top opening.
The beans will not easily spill out and make no mess in your kitchen.
The same goes for the dispenser which collects the ground coffee. The two halves are quick and easy to unscrew and access the coffee. The bottom opening is large enough to accommodate a coffee scoop.
Another feature I found useful in keeping my kitchen clean is the top lid, which can be locked in place as you grind the beans.
Cool Appearance & Awesome Color Options
One of the best features of this grinder is that it’s sleek and attractive.
You could easily keep this on your countertop in plain view and not worry about it looking like a clunky small appliance or an unattractive gadget.
But if you chose to store it away in a cupboard, it takes up little enough room that you could slip it in anywhere.
Compact and attractive, how can you beat that?
The three available colors is also a major plus as a color that works for some may not work for others.
Now, colors doesn’t have to be a deterrent for buyers. You can choose from plain black, chrome, or a solid white.
Either of these color options would work in just about any setting and match all of your current small home appliances.
Attractive and Easy to Use Handle
With most manual coffee grinders, the crank handle is located at the top and requires an awkward horizontal motion to grind the coffee beans.
However, that was a feature that the Handground made sure to address with this model.
The manual crank is located on the side and requires a vertical turning motion.
This is supposed to make for an easier and more ergonomically comfortable grinding experience.
If you’re using your manual coffee grinder on a daily basis, then this feature makes the whole thing worth it. A vertical motion means less pressure exerting downwards and a longer lasting handle.
Not for you? Here are the Alternatives
Maybe the Hand Ground is not for you?
The only reason you wouldn’t choose it, in my honest opinion, is because of its size. You want something smaller.
Or maybe something cheaper (but remember that you get what you pay for).
Here are a few other options for you.
The Porlex Mini Stainless Steel Coffee Grinder
If you are looking for a travel-friendly coffee grinder, this one might be the right choice for you.
The Handground grinder is quite large and it is best to keep it safe in your kitchen. Quality coffee is important even while you travel, so pack the Porlex mini grinder in your bag and you'll be good to go.
Yes, the capacity is small but it will be enough for a cup or two.
It is also more affordable than the Handground but it will still deliver you freshly grounded coffee when you need it the most.
The Hario Coffee Mill Slim Mini
Hario did their best to create an affordable, easy-to-use, and slim coffee grinder.
The materials might not be as high quality as in the Handground, and the variety of settings is not so wide, but you can still use the Hario Coffee Mill one to get a great coffee each morning.
I love how light it is and the grinding process seems almost effortless. But don't press on it too hard because it might slip away.
It is definitely a useful gadget to have, especially if you are just starting to use hand grinders in your coffee preparation routine.
I don’t have too much more to say apart from this: It's a great option if you want a hand grinder that makes light work of a heavy task.
It's got the right features, and nothing more. It makes grinding easy. It does what it needs to do.
If you want something smaller and more travel friendly, go for something else.
But still, unless you’re a minimalist, you can still take this bad boy with you overseas.