We Review The Best Hand Crank Manual Coffee Grinder Mills Of 2018

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Quick Definition Of A Coffee Mill:

Coffee mills, AKA hand crank manual coffee grinders.  Think pepper mills, but for coffee.  You grab the handle, you turn it, and voila! – freshly ground delicious coffee courtesy of the all-important coffee grinder burrs contained within.   

kuissential coffee grinder

This type of manual coffee grinder has a number of advantages, including being compact, non-electrical, and relatively inexpensive. 

Now you might say, “Non-electrical…that’s an advantage?”  Well, it certainly can be, if you like to go camping, vacationing, or you simply want to grind coffee somewhere other than where a plug is located.

casaffetto ceramic burr coffee mill

Coffee mills also are often considered to be one of best options for many pro baristas, because they also give you some of the truest coffee flavor you’ll ever taste! 

Why?  Because the slow burr grinding action lends itself to a cooler grind, and a slow cool grind is better for your beans, because sometimes the heat from electrical grinders can alter the taste of your grinds if the machine you’re using isn’t particularly efficient.

Here’s a quick video review of the popular Hario Mini Slim hand crank manual coffee grinder, to show you what a good manual coffee grinder is like.

As you can see, grinding with a coffee mill isn’t rocket science.  Its just a simple but effective way to grind coffee.

Advantages of Manual Coffee Grinders

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Coffee mills have a wide range of styles, where some of them look ultra-modern, and others look like actual antiques.  Its a broad spectrum when it comes to hand crank manual grinders in the looks department, although they all do operate in much the same way – using adjustable burrs to grind your coffee. 

The reason they can look so different is because coffee mills actually date back to the dawn of time.  Well, maybe not that far, but coffee mills have been around for a while, since coffee grinding has been around for centuries, and mills have also been around for centuries. 

3 Of The Best Hand Crank Coffee Mill Reviews Of 2018

#1 – The Hario Skerton

Hario Ceramic Coffee Mill Skerton Storage Capacity - 2

  • Small, light weight, and portable
  • Great travel grinder
  • Adjustable burrs
  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to clean
  • Professional experience
  • Made by Japanese glass experts at Hario
  • Consistent grind

Read our full review of the Hario Skerton here


#2 – The Brillante BR-MCG-SS1

Brillante Manual Coffee Grinder

  • Easy-Grip Handle
  • Sturdy construction
  • Great for traveling
  • Great for all brewing methods including French Press, drip, or espresso
  • The SS1 is the superior model to similar looking grinders
  • Stainless steel construction
  • Grind-viewing window
  • Easy to dismantle and clean
  • Perfect for spices as well
  • Ceramic conical burrs a preferred type of burr set
  • Handy “click” feature to keep track of adjustment of burrs
  • Grind enough for 2 people in about a minute or so (38 grams / 6 tbsp)
  • Diameter of body: 1.89 in / 48mm – Total length: 7.5 in / 190.5mm
  • Weight: 8.95 ounces / 254 grams

Read our full review of the Brillante Manual here

#3 – The Hario Canister Coffee Mill

Hario "Canister" Ceramic Coffee Mill

  • No slip rubber cover at bottom
  • Adjustable burrs
  • Works great for any style of grind, from coarse to fine
  • Capacity : Makes 120g of coffee grinds
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to Clean
  • Once again made by the glass masters at Hario

Read our full review of the Hario Canister Coffee Mill here