There are two manual coffee grinders on Kickstarter at the present moment. Each one is constructed with care and precision, but does one campaign out-do the other?
These seemingly minor improvements are actually attempts to solve some of the most common issues with inexpensive, manual hand grinders: poor grind consistency. If these additions to the classic design work, they are game changers. In addition, a hopper lid keeps beans from flying out mid-grind and an easy adjustment ring make settings easy to manipulate.
Kuissential has also put some effort into examining their grinder in a lab, comparing it to several grinders, including the Hario Skerton. You can see the extent of their research here.
The EvenGrind successfully completed their Kickstarter campaign. You can now buy the grinder on Amazon for only $20, which I believe is a steal.
The Hanground grinder features a “triple mounted stainless steel axle”. I wish the creators would go into more detail about how this technology solves the problems most hand grinders have with instability and inconsistency. Maybe that’s the technology that will usher in a new era of hand grinders, but maybe not – I’m not sure because the creators have not convinced me that it is.
The Handground is available for backing for $50 for the black model, and $60 for the nickel plated model. Amazingly, the product is already backed! Check out their campaign page to see for yourself!
I’m really impressed with both grinders and want to see them both created, but one sticks out to me.
I’ve spent hours upon hours toying with the Hario Mini Mill to achieve the greatest grind consistency possible with decent results, but there’s only so much you can do without more expensive equipment. The added stability through the cage and bearings of the EvenGrind appeal to me dramatically for this reason. They are the answers to the Mini Mill’s greatest faults.
I understand that the visual appeal of the Handground may win some over, or the side handle, and I’m sure their “triple mounted stainless steel axle” technology is a step up. I don’t blame anyone who would choose the Handground, but I can’t help but wonder what this grinder has to offer toward the final cup, especially while being pricier.
The creators of the EvenGrind have made a convincing case to consumers that they are working diligently to solve the grind consistency problems in most manual grinders. They use multiple images and diagrams to prove their point, but Handground did little to none of this. This I know the EvenGrind’s improvements will positively impact the final elixir, but I just haven’t been shown how the Handground’s improvements will.
For only $30, the EvenGrind is hardly more expensive than the Mini Mill and appears to have solved many of the Mini Mill’s problems. Will you be backing it?