Best inexpensive hand burr grinder for French Press?
I'm looking for a burr grinder that produces a reasonably consistent coarse grind for FP, but I'm not sure what to buy given my restrictions. I'm a student and looking for something as inexpensive as possible, so I've been considering hand grinders. I'm not sure I want to buy a Zass at new prices, and I've heard mixed/conflicting reviews about the other hand grinders on the market (Kyocera, Hario, GSI). Are any of these budget models worth it?
I like the GSI clear lexan model. Initially I had problems finding a good way to hold it. Now I use a small plastic storage container (about 1 cup) that fits neatly on the bottom (to catch the coffee), and hold the whole thing on my lap. I grinds pretty quickly.
Previously I used a grinder the eastern Europe that REI used to sell.
The Amazon reviews of the GSI press point to the same issue I have - figuring out a good way of holding it. The description of holding the receiving vessel between you legs, and seating the grinder firmly on that, is close to what I have done. Though with a 1cup vessel, I can comfortably hold the combo in one hand while grinding with the other.
Early on the rubber washed on top of the lid broke. I replace that with a thin nylon washer (from the hardware store).
My advice… buy the best quality hand grinder, not the best you can afford, the best quality. It will reward you in the long run, saving you from the frustrations of a machine that doesn’t work well, or at all, and the cost of replacing said cheap machine over and over again.
I bought a top of the line electric mill more than twenty years ago, my woman at the time though I was crazy paying $300 for a counter top appliance, she’s long gone, that mill still works as good today as it did the day I unpacked it. Having been used at least once a day for over 7300 days, the cost breaks down to about 4¢ a day.