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maltby
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Posted Fri Sep 27, 2013, 12:33pm
Subject: Hand grinder for chemex?
 

Just switched to chemex from a Mr. Coffee. Currently using preground coffee and am considering a grinder. My brewing is taking longer then 3 to 4 minutes.

Do not like the noise of electric grinder in the morning. Then I came across the hand grinders and I thought might be a good fit. Quieter and something to do while the water boils. Then I came across a mention of inconsistent grinds at coarser settings. And I am thinking I might need a coarser grind then my preground, so I am wondering whats going to do the trick?

Apologies if this is not the right section due to not being about espresso...
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Posted Sat Sep 28, 2013, 6:19am
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I've been hoping someone who uses Chemex would mention a couple of grinders they've used, but not yet.  

I use an OE Lido for my presspot and it is excellent for coarse grind.  If you decided on a Hario (at least the Skerton), OE (that Orphan Espresso, btw) sells a lower bearing mod kit for $15 and has an instructional video on their website for how to install it, to make the grinder do coarse grinding better.  I actually had it with the mod, but never used it, and then gifted it to a friend who was graduating.  He was doing FP and planning on getting a Chemex, but I haven't heard from him in a while, so I don't know more.

As far as OE Lido goes, they are currently working on their redesign and expect to have the new version available "mid-October".

 
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Posted Mon Sep 30, 2013, 8:28pm
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thanks for the response...seems like this is not the right forum for my question.

I would prefer to buy something that doesn't require a mod kit.
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Posted Mon Oct 7, 2013, 11:52am
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I have both the Hario Mini and a Kyocera CM-50 (Hario skerton).  Both out of the box did not do an acceptable job on coarser settings (Kalita coarse and press coarse) but the Chemex likes a tad finer than medium grind so either should work fine for you in a Chemex.

I did the Orphan Expresso mod on the CM-50 and other than the fiddly part about getting the burr centered onto the shaft with the brass bushing.  The mod was a snap.  Took me 10 minutes to get the burr perfectly aligned and maybe another 10 to take it apart and put it back together

If I were going to recommend one over the other I would steer you to the larger of the two (skerton / CM-50) as you can mod it later on for press grinding should you want to do that and still use it for your finer/medium grind for a Chemex or V60 both before and after you modify it.
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Posted Tue Oct 8, 2013, 7:45am
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I have used the Hario Mini Mill, which is better at the finer grinds than the skerton for some reason. I typically make a cup or two at a time (not the full 8 cups it can handle) so the finer grind is welcome. However, if you wanted to sneak in some french press than you should certainly do the skerton with the orphan espresso mod.

Personally, I prefer and use the Baratza Vario or my girlfriends Bodum Bistro (depends on if vario is tuned for espresso or not). Like yourself, I am very hearing sensitive so I put in those foam earplugs while i'm weighing the beans or pouring the water. About the same level as a hand grinder then (hand grinders are nowhere near silent).
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Posted Tue Oct 8, 2013, 7:58am
Subject: Re: Hand grinder for chemex?
 

maltby Said:

Just switched to chemex from a Mr. Coffee. Currently using preground coffee and am considering a grinder. My brewing is taking longer then 3 to 4 minutes.

Do not like the noise of electric grinder in the morning. Then I came across the hand grinders and I thought might be a good fit. Quieter and something to do while the water boils. Then I came across a mention of inconsistent grinds at coarser settings. And I am thinking I might need a coarser grind then my preground, so I am wondering whats going to do the trick?

Apologies if this is not the right section due to not being about espresso...

Posted September 27, 2013 link

Hario hand grinders are affordable and built for drip coffee.  They Just came out with a few new models.  I am a Skerton fan (modded) but these may be up your ally.  

Hario Canister Mill $47
Hario MXR $70
Hario Crank $100

More info on the Hario's

For drip I have found that inconstant grinds are minimal.  When you start grinding in press grange you start to see inconstancy.
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