If your budget is limited (or not), the Hario Skerton Ceramic Coffee Mill may be an impressive choice for your perfect coffee. Check it out!
All Hario’s hand-operated coffee grinders use burrs manufactured of ceramic. The ceramic mills do not produce heat and shear the coffee bean instead of breaking the grains like blade mills. This method provides a more uniform grind that can easily be set for repeated use.
This manual grinder is a great option when buying a high-quality electric burr choice is too expensive.
Fortunately, even electric grinder users find this one fantastic.
However, there are some issues to keep in mind:
Depending on the kind of grind, you may need the lower bearing accessory from OrphanEspresso. On the coarse setting required for some coffee makers, the Skerton, without the modification, will give you an irregular result.
Adding the lower bearing adapter provides you with an incredibly consistent and very coarse grind.
I bought this one as a present for a cousin (also for experimenting. :P), and we all got very impressed by the results.
Even with the extra cost of the adapter, this is still a very affordable choice to please any expert.
One potential issue though is that, once you apply the modification, unless you remove it (it’s hard to install), getting a super fine grind like you would need for espresso is impossible. In other words: plan ahead!
The Skerton is virtually the same as the Kyocera CM-50. The price of each varies from time to time, so, if you want this grinder, check both prices out to find the most competitive one.
If you choose to buy the adapter, a 10mm combination wrench works for fitting it in. The piece can be hard to install, and Orphan Espresso’s website is difficult to navigate.