Best priced, high-quality, conical-burr coffee grinder available! It looks good, it's quiet, and it does a great job!
Positive Product Points
The Camano Coffee Mill is the best priced, high-quality conical burr coffee grinder I could find. It looks great, it's quiet, and it's really good at its job.
Negative Product Points
It's a hand-crank, so you have to be willing to do some work to get the job done!
I love my Camano Coffee Mill! I set out in search of a better-quality alternative to the cheap blade grinder I was using. I didn't know anything about grinders, but quickly learned that a conical burr grinder is what I wanted. With all the fine-quality electric conical burr grinders priced at $150 or more, I was looking for a less expensive alternative.
I almost bought a Zassenhaus, but I was turned off by reviews that said the Zassenhaus adjustment screw moved during grinding, and that it required continued re-adjustment to keep a consistent grind. I did some more searching for manual grinders and ran across the Camano. Here are the features that sold me on it:
-- It has a spring-loaded locking mechanism that keeps the grind adjustment exactly where you want it. -- The nice round shape makes it easy to hold in your hand while grinding. -- I love the fact that the grounds are collected in a jar. The little wooden drawer of the Zassenhaus is "cute" but seems impractical. The Camano comes with a 1/2 pint standard wide-mouth canning jar, but you have the option of adding larger jars if you want to. If you're making a lot of coffee, you could screw on a pint size, or even quart size jar. -- It looks really great sitting out on the kitchen counter next to my French-press. -- It's quiet! I get up before my wife does most mornings, and our bedroom is right next to the kitchen. I used to have to take my blade grinder into another room to do my grinding, so I wouldn't wake her up. Not anymore! I'm also looking forward to taking my Camano Mill camping this year. I'll be able to sit outdoors on a crisp, quiet, morning, and enjoy fresh-ground coffee without the benefit of electricity.
The disadvantage, of course, is that you have to do the work. However, the hopper holds about a 1/2 cup of beans, and it takes me only about 2 minutes to grind. I just put my kettle on, prep my press-pot, and then grind my coffee. The kettle is hot right about the same time I'm done grinding. The hand-grinding has actually added to the experience for me. I enjoy my coffee more.
Another potential disadvantage is that there is no easy "dial-a-grind" feature, to easily go back and forth from press, to drip, to espresso, etc. I only grind for my press-pot, so itís a non-factor for me. I played with the adjustment for the first couple days, figured out where I wanted it, and there it stays. However, it would still be pretty easy to count "clicks" if you wanted to go back and forth between two different settings. (The adjustment nut is hex-shaped, so you just need to count sides as you turn it one way or the other.) Personally, I think I would just buy a second one if I was grinding both for espresso and French-press on a regular basis.
I highly recommend the Camano Coffee Mill!
Apparantly the Camano Coffee Mill is available at some retail stores, but I purchased mine directly from camanocoffeemills.com. It arrived about 10 days after I placed my order. I asked a couple questions by email, and received answers promptly. They seemed very friendly and easy to work with. I was very happy with my buying experience.
Three Month Followup
Still using my Camano Coffee Mill every day. I've had no problems with it, mechanical or otherwise. It grinds consistently well, and never needs adjusting. I would recommend it to anyone considering a manual grinder.