SHORT VERSION: If you’re looking for a manual coffee grinder and don’t need to grind a lot of beans in one sitting, the JavaPresse Manual Coffee Grinder is what you want. On the inside, it’s a ceramic conical burr grinder that goes from fine to coarse; on the outside, it’s a beautiful piece of stainless steel designed to be slim and portable. You’re really not going to do better than this grinder for the price. As of this writing, this manual coffee grinder has been reviewed by 2,700 people and it still boasts an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars! That’s rock solid. Buy it with confidence.
Get it? Your new, “cranky” best friend? Cuz…it’s manual, so you crank it? I’m hilarious! Or not. (clearing throat) Anyway, do you already have an electric coffee grinder on your countertop? If so, chances are you’re looking at this JavaPresse Manual Coffee Grinder because your electric has annoyed you in some way. Is static electricity ruining your morning coffee ritual? Is your electric grinder spitting out dusty bean chunks? Or are you just not in the mood to plug in yet another kitchen appliance? Whatever your reasons for considering a manual coffee grinder, you’re making the right move! Kudos to you. Manual coffee grinders allow you to sidestep the majority of the woes that plague electric coffee grinders. Plus, going manual is a nice “green” way to reduce your carbon footprint, if you care about that kind of thing.
REASONS TO BUY THE JAVAPRESSE MANUAL COFFEE GRINDER
Consider the following criteria for a manual coffee grinder:
- Burr grinder (learn why burrs are good)
- A range of grind settings
- Sturdy construction
If you’re shopping for a manual coffee grinder, then these are the features you probably want, right? Now consider this:
If you don’t mind having a small-capacity manual coffee grinder, then the JavaPresse Manual Coffee Grinder should be in your shopping cart right now. This coffee grinder is built with 18 grind settings and is equipped with ceramic conical burrs that, according to the vast majority of buyers, produce a nice, even grind for 1-2 cups’ worth of beans at a time. Even Aeropress users (read my Aeropress review) report using this grinder which means that this thing can do a nice fine grind.
The JavaPresse Manual Coffee Grinder is also smart buy for people who frequently find themselves traveling or sleeping in tents. And, even if you already have a fancy electric grinder at home, this little JavaPresse might still be a nice thing to have around. Electric grinders sometimes break down, and there might also be mornings when you could do without the noise of electric grinding.
REASONS TO NOT BUY
The only real drawback with this unit is the small capacity. It will grind enough beans for 1-2 cups of coffee and then you have to refill it. You might be thinking, gosh I should get a high-capacity coffee grinder! Well, if you’re in the habit of gulping down several cups at a time then maybe you should. Beware, though…how much coffee are you really prepared to grind by hand? Quite frankly, if high capacity grinding is that important to you, then you might want to give electric grinders a good look. I know, I kind of trashed them a bit at the beginning of this review, but some of them are really, really good! I even reviewed a bunch of them a while back.
As long as bean capacity isn’t an issue for you, this manual coffee grinder has it all. It’s solidly built, it’s a true conical burr grinder, it’s pretty to look at, and the price is right.