January 17, 2023 2 min read

Buying a coffee grinder can be a big investment, so you want to make sure you’ve got the right one for your brewing needs. There’s nothing worse than getting excited about a new bit of kit, only to discover that it doesn’t live up to expectation. While many people think of manual grinders as being useful for portability, there are some great hand grinders for manually grinding coffee and espresso out there.

So, if you want that versatile barista taste while still feeling a connection to your grind, read on.

Countertop hand grinder

The Etzinger etzMAN is the hand grinder of choice for many professional baristas because it provides such a supreme coffee grinding experience. Aesthetically, it’s stunning and the aluminium housing gives it an industrial, no-nonsense appearance. And it really is no-nonsense. To prepare your grounds you simply set the weight, pour the beans, and turn the crank; job done.  

Don’t be fooled though, there is nothing basic about this grinder. Etzinger have engineered the burrs to grind the beans efficiently and smoothly, producing a top-notch grind and minimum wastage.

Keep it in hand

The Commandante C40 Mk4 Nitro Blade is also an exceptionally versatile hand grinder capable of grinding everything from a course grind through to espresso. What’s fantastic about this grinder is the strong attention made to every detail throughout the manufacturing process. The natural wood on the handles is sourced from the Black Forest and is individually chosen for each grinder, while the body and burrs are designed to withstand years of heavy use.

Weighing in at just over 600g, the C40 Mk4 can hold and grind around 40g of coffee beans at one time. Despite its lightness, the burr, body, axle, crank, and micro ball bearings are all made of stainless steel. And, if you don’t believe us, check out the reviews! It pretty much gets 5 stars across the board.

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