Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Grinder Review: Hario Coffee Mill Slim Grinder, Mini

This was my second grinder - bought it early in 2012 to keep at work.

  • Great price point - $20-ish for a decent little grinder
  • Small size - only makes enough for one or maybe 2 cups of coffee, so good for travel
  • Convenient adjustment mechanism (you twist a little clicky-nut at the bottom of the hopper)
  • Hopper is small enough that you can grind directly into an Aeropress.
  • Handle comes off for storage and to put beans in the hopper
  • Lid
  • Comfortable to hold in your hand
  • Average grind consistency

  • Small size - If you're grinding for multiple cups, you might have to refill the hopper and empty the reservoir.
  • No way to "remember" your settings for different grinds, other than by counting clicks. Not a big deal if you don't plan to adjust it.
  • Too small to grip between thighs very well, and ergonomics when just holding it in your hand are a little awkward (but better than bulkier ones).
  • Handle flies off while grinding for some folks, but I never found it to be a problem.
  • Average grind consistency
All in all, a fine, inexpensive little grinder that produces the typical grind consistency of inexpensive grinders.  A fine choice for someone just getting started with grinding their own beans.

Check out Coffee Brew Guides pages on this grinder (including their DIY modifications):
When my Kyocera got lost in the mail, I ended up sending this one to the person who'd bought the grinder from me.  She sent me a pic of using it to grind for her Moka pot. :-)

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