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?
This hand grinder by Kuissential looks nearly identical to the Hario Skerton
, but some significant differences lie under the hood. A stabilizing cage keeps the burrs from wobbling, and upper and lower bearings keep the shaft straight.
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.
Check out my full review of the Kuissential EvenGrind.
Check out what others say on Amazon.com
The second manual grinder to be running a Kickstarter campaign currently is the Handground coffee grinder. It has some notable features, such as a side-mounted handle and a long stabilizing rod. I see this handle being more comfortable for grinding, but I also worry that adding an extra gear will compromise the grind quality.
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.
Check out the Handground 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?
UPDATE: See my review and grind comparison for the EvenGrind.