Manual or hand mills are great -
- When you brew small amounts of coffee.
- When you have limited counter space.
- If you want a conical grade mill on the cheap.
- If you live off the grid or travel a lot.
- If you want to avoid the noise of an electric mill.
- If you want to connect to a simpler, slower time.
There are a few factors to consider when purchasing a hand mill, such as, size, weight, capacity.... though probably the most important factor to consider is how will the mill will fit in your hand. Grinding on a handmill requires a sturdy grip, and you will want to maintain good leverage for the few minutes it will take to grind the beans. Consider a mill that you can comfortably grasp in your hand, or alternativly a Zassenhaus Knee Mill, which you can leverage between your knees. Manual mills are suitable for a drip, espresso and the finer side of a French Press Grind.
With the Hario Slim Coffee Mill I think we have found the best travel grinder out there. I have used them all, and if you are brewing small amounts of coffee out on the road, this is the best. Why? The grind quality from the ceramic burr set is very good. The narrow shape allows a good grip on the mill while grinding coffee. (This is a problem with most other types, except the nice yet expensive Zassenhaus Turkish Mill). The hopper has a lid so coffee doesn't spill out while using it, and it is made of durable plastic, so there is nothing to break. It weighs 245 grams (1/2 lb) so it is light as well.Learn More$35.00
We are happy to offer this hand crank coffee mill from Hario. The Skerton mill has ceramic burrs and a sturdy construction. The grind quality is very good, and the mill grinds efficiently, fairly quickly, but not too fast. Like any manual mill it takes some elbow grease to crank out a grind, but the workout is worth it!Learn More$40.00
This is a great mill for the road, in the original nomadic spirit of Arabic coffee: roasted, ground and brewed in one sitting by merchants and traders. The handle and knob are solid cast brass. The sides are solid brass with decorative traditional scroll designs.
The Zassenhaus Knee Mill is a hand-powered grinder featuring the same grinding mechanism as the Box Mill, with an obvious improvement: the narrower profile and indentations in the side allow you to hold the grinder between your knees while sitting. This is handy when you grinding at a fine setting, when there is more resistance.Learn More$90.50
It's immediately apparent when you handle a Zassenhaus how remarkably functional and simplified they are: these are precision instruments built sturdy for everyday use and made of fine materials ... not an antique reproduction to decorate a kitchen shelf. The Box Mill is the traditional Zassenhaus design, with a heavy-gauge chromed stainless steel handle.Learn More$82.50
The Model 169 DG Closed Hopper Walnut Zassenhaus mill is perhaps a deluxe version of the closed hopper mills. It features a sturd cast iron top on a walnut finish base. The narrow neck between the cast top and the bottom allows you to get a good grip on the mill with your one hand as you crank with the other.Learn More$135.50
This grinder was lightly used, but still works well. There is some normal wear on the brass.
The Zassenhaus Turkish Mill is the essential "mill for the road" in the original Nomadic spirit of Arabic coffee; roasted, ground and brewed in one sitting by merchants and traders. All coffee instruments were compact, folded into saddlebags, and were no less than sacred!
The Zassenhaus Turkish Mill is a relatively recent discovery for me. I had heard that Zassenhaus used to make Turkish style mills 20 years ago, but had seen no recent examples. I desperately wanted to stock a Turkish mill, but the quality of 99% of the ones out is absolute crud. Then I found someone who was offering these coffee mills to top-notch restaurants and gourmets as "the ultimate pepper mill". It certainly is, because inside are chromed tool grade steel Zassenhaus burrs!
The handle and knob are solid cast brass. The sides are solid brass with decorative traditional scroll designs. It holds enough coffee for a 4-6 cup brew. The grind is adjustable for anything for Filter Drip and finer. Not cheap but you will have it for a lifetime. Height without handle is 7 inches, diameter is 1.75 inches See our FAQ on Zassenhaus mills for more information.
This stainless steel grinder is an excellent choice for those grinding coffee on the road, camping, at the office, etc. The conical burrs are fully adjustable for different grind types with a clicking knob under the bottom burr. The entire body is stainless steel and all the parts fit together very well.Learn More$75.00
"Less is more" with this grinder made by Porlex; it's only 5 inches tall. The body is all stainless steel and the burrs are ceramic. It has a rubber holder for the easily removable handle that neatly keeps all the parts together. For travel, it can actually fit inside an Aeropress if the rubber handle holder is off. The lid, handle and and other parts fit very well.Learn More$70.00