rwj Senior Member Joined: 10 Feb 2011 Posts: 13 Location: Erie, PA Expertise: Just starting
Posted Sun Mar 20, 2011, 5:02pm Subject: Re: Hario Mini Mill Slim
I'm eager to know this too. There's only one setting on the mini mill that is friendly with my espresso machine and every time I change the burr diameter to make coarse grinds for french press, it takes me THREE attempts to get the burr setting back to where it originally was. The number of "clicks" has proven unreliable to me because the residual grounds between the burrs prevent you from getting an accurate sense of what "the end" or "the beginning" of the clicks are.
This wouldn't be a problem with an electric grinder, but the hand-crank time investment + effort + coffee wasted makes me just want to give up and use the mini mill as an espresso-only grinder.
BUT, to answer your question, I use six clicks from what I consider the "fully closed" position for espresso. Five clicks from the end makes a hefty ristretto.
I just ordered one of these also but I haven't found much info about them on here. Tom from sweet maria's stated in his description that it is basically the same as the skerton only smaller. He also goes on to say this grinder is stepless unlike the skerton I plan on using it for espresso so thats a plus for me. Can anyone comment on how many grams of ground coffee it will hold.
To me, itís close but not exactly the same. The spring on the minimall gives it a bit of more consistent grind size than the skerton. The ergonomic issue makes the smaller minimill OK for people with small build though and the opposite is on the skerton.
For longer term usage, my experience with minimall was very good by the first two months as the grind size was quite consistent I had much less sludge in my cup of French press .
Nevertheless, it started spinning off center in a gyrating manner lately so more sludge in the cup. The reason may be that I pushed down the spin handle too hard during the spinning, making that handle crooked/slanted a bit. If I donít do that, the spin handle will came off quite often while grinding. Maybe I have a lemon but the resulting cup remained acceptable, not as great as before. While this is a weak point, the price point makes it easier to replace one every now and then, ie this is not a built to last kind of thing.
One good thing is I can wash it with soap and water due to its ceramic burr. So, itís quite handy to try all those dark roasted coffee with lots of oil, saving your electric grinder for those with drier surface as itís more difficult/expensive to clean.
I have a skerton that I love using. I'm considering getting a second or the mini because changing settings is a pain, as already mentioned. Having the one for press and the other for pourover makes more sense to me.
i have both the mini mill and skerton. the mini mill produces less fines at a coarse grind than the skerton. my pour overs taste a lot better from the mini mill at comparable grind sizes. i didn't expect a major difference in the two but mini mill is way better in my opinion design wise.
ultimately, both kind of suck though at anything coarse.
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