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. There is a spring located in the grinding mechanism that pushes the bottom burr down which will help you obtain a more even grind when grinding coarse. The flange underneath the burrs adjusts how fine or coarse your grinds will be. Turning it to the right will tighten it and create finer grinds. About 7 to 8 clicks back from the tightest position will give you a medium grind. We recommend you experiment and discover what settings are best for your brewing needs.
I think the grind quality is good, on par or slightly better than the Hario mills with ceramic burrs. It creates a little more "fines" than the Zassenhaus Turkish Mill. The handle is longer than the Hario mills which makes a big difference; it gives a lot more leverage in grinding. It just has better ergonomics and a better knob to grip. I ground 22 grams of coffee in 50 seconds with the Porlex, and it took 30 seconds longer in the comparable Hario - not a huge difference but the burrs seems to pull in the beans better and faster.
The capacity for whole beans is 44 grams (about 1/2 cup). That's enough for 2-4 cup brews. Of course you can refill and grind more for larger amounts.
Another big plus is that it fits into an Aeropress which makes this a good choice for Aeropress owners on the move.
If you aren't able to read Japanese, the text on the box and included literature won't be of much use to you. Luckily, there's not much to it...just add roasted coffee, attach the handle, turn the handle and you will be grinding coffee.
|Grind Range||Fine filter to coarse french press|
|Capacity||44 grams (about 1/2 cup). Refill and grind more for larger amounts.|
|Height/Width/Depth||7" x 1.87" x 1.87"|