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    Hario coffee grinder

    I received the Hario for Christmas and am very pleased with the results it produces. But, it takes 10 minutes to grind the 2 oz of beans each morning. Any suggestions on decreasing this time? At 68 years old that 10 minutes each day quickly adds up! Or, will this time be necessary to enjoy the perfect cup(s) every morning?

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    Last Christmas someone gave me a Hario Skerton Ceramic coffee grinder, and even though it grinds nicely, it was hard to manually grind the beans, and it seemed to take forever to grind the amount of beans that I needed - and then my wrist and shoulder hurt. I put it back in the box, and that's where it sits. I went back to using my electric grinder instead.

    I don't think there is a way to decrease the grinding time, unless you get someone with muscles to do it for you.

    Rose

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    So, what would be a recommended quality burr grinder which only needs to grind 2 oz per day? I bought a Black & Decker a couple of years ago but the consistency of the grind is really bad and the clean-up is virtually impossible

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    Mike,

    I'll bet you don't buy green bananas either...

    A Baratza Encore is your best bet; it will produce a great grind, and last for years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterjschmidt View Post
    Mike,

    I'll bet you don't buy green bananas either...

    A Baratza Encore is your best bet; it will produce a great grind, and last for years.
    I can second that, I recently got an Encore and love it.

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    Haha Baratza Encore... Just get the Lido 2 and you'll be fine

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    Quote Originally Posted by StarCoffee View Post
    Haha Baratza Encore... Just get the Lido 2 and you'll be fine

    I don't see the OP asking about grinding for espresso. For everything non-espresso, the Encore wins over the Lido 2 hands down, assuming you have electricity.

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    I just brew with a cone shaped drip at home & an REI French Press when camping. I just recently started buying the beans from local roasters, Novel & 7 Mile Cafe, and found that the taste and aroma are much more enjoyable than grocery store bought beans. But, I did research both grinders and did rule out the Lido 2 because of no mechanical or efficiency advantage over my Hario. I am perplexed over some of the negative reviews of the Encore as far as the quality of construction. Does the slower rpm of the grinder make for a more consistent grind? Can it be disassembled easily for daily cleaning? Is it considered a quality product? I reviewed the ratings of their more expensive grinder and also noticed a lot of negative reviews on the quality of construction. Where can you go to evaluate several models at a brick & mortar store?

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    Don't be afraid of the negative reviews... any and all products produced by humans will have some defects. Since the internet is perfect for the whiners, it casts a shadow on what is a great grinder. Just trust those who have an Encore; I've recommended them to plenty of customers, and have zero complaints.

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    As Peter said, don't be to swayed by internet reviews. I recently purchased an Encore at least partially based on Peters suggestion and love it. As for your specific questions I'll try and answer them based on my experience.

    1. Does the slower rpm of the grinder make for a more consistent grind?

    I believe the consistent grind is more a function of the conical burrs in the grinder. The slower grind speed reduces the operating temperature which degrade the coffee less then the higher temp produced but a higher grind speed.

    2. Can it be disassembled easily for daily cleaning?

    Yes.

    3. Is it considered a quality product?

    Yes. This is considered an entry level grinder but is a quality grinder. Unless you need a specific feature provided by a higher priced product I don't you would see a difference the the ground coffee.

    4. Where can you go to evaluate several models at a brick & mortar store?

    This is a difficult question. However I think it would be difficult to really compare a product like this in a store unless they let you grind and brew coffee?

 

 
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