Choosing a Portable Hand Grinder- Pour Over AND Espresso

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#1: Post by CarefreeBuzzBuzz »

I have started to search for a portable hand grinder.
Portable means easy to through in a coffee kit for a car trip. It doesn't mean superlight for a suitcase.
Key is I want good results for both pour over and espresso WITHOUT changing burrs.

Searching here and on websites hasn't provided the clarity.

I think two that qualify are the
1Zpresso Pro
Comandante C40 maybe with Redclix competition axle.

I have found the websites of some of the grinders lacking in this distinction. For example the Comandante website doesn't describe what the Redclix does and the YT video is marked private. The Orphan Espresso website says the Lido 2 is their flagship model and yet they don't describe which prep method it's good for. I assume the Flair is only for espresso. Kino seems to be for espresso only but they do sell burrs for pour over.

So two questions for the community?

1. Are the two above the only choice, or are there others that should be on the list?
2. Do you have practical experience using any of them for both pour - over and espresso, and how did they perform?
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#2: Post by wkmok1 »

There is a usage chart for 1zpresso grinders here:

https://1zpresso.coffee/store/

Hope this helps.
Winston

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#3: Post by CarefreeBuzzBuzz » replying to wkmok1 »


Yes confirms JX Pro is only dual use.
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#4: Post by Bluenoser »

I've used the Kinu Phoenix for espresso and it is great.. You can do pour over with that burr and it is good from what I read (no experience) but Kinu also make an additional burr you can install for pour over. A very well built grinder and very smooth to grind.

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#5: Post by mwynne »

I've had good success using my JX-Pro for espresso (with my LP Europiccola), various Aeropress recipes (the perfect camping setup), and pourover (Melitta style, but I'm sure it would do just as well with other methods). Only thing I'd note for "travel" (and even at home storage) is the handle doesn't really pack away at all - for camping I just attached it to the body with a rubber band to keep it from getting lost between use.

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#6: Post by Jeff »

Red Clix provides closer spacing of the steps, making dialing in espresso easier. There may be other benefits that I'm not aware of.

https://www.specialtyturkishcoffee.com/ ... clix-rx35/ for some description.

I have ordered with STC and found them to be prompt and professional. Their stock of colors for the C40 seems to come and go.

The 1Zpresso models confused me to no end, and I never figured them all out. Here's at least one summary of their offerings https://www.1zpresso.co/j-series

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#7: Post by wkmok1 »

Yes, indeed. Can't imagine why they have such a huge variety of models.

In hindsight, having a manual lever, I could have gotten away with the JE instead of the JE+. It often takes me 2 clicks to see a difference anyway. Since both models allows me to change setting after the bean have been loaded, there is little advantage in external vs internal dial. That said, the magnetic catch cup and the blind shaker in the JE+ are absolutely wonderful.
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#8: Post by forbeskm »

Lido 2 works fine for both espresso and drip, the e has finer threads is all. I would not want to a hand grinder in every day between the two but on occasion it be fine. They are 190 and I have had one for years for espresso, brother uses it for both, parents drip.

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#9: Post by yakster »

I use my Lido 2 for both espresso and drip. I have noted a grind setting of 8 for the MyPressi Twist, 9 - 12 for my Robot, and 20 for my Impress / Presse travel press mug.

As mentioned, the Lido 2-E has a finer pitch thread on the adjustment so you would need to turn the grinder four times as far with the E version to make the same adjustment as the normal Lido.

My today's standards the Lido is large and heavy but for me it's rock solid. I've had mine for six years. I broke the glass catch cup when it rolled off a table and replaced it with the anti-static plastic catch cup when I met up with Doug and Barb at the SCA Expo. Prior to that I substituted the plastic base from a Dove Men + Care hair gel container with the same threads to get by. (after a thorough cleaning)
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#10: Post by CarefreeBuzzBuzz »

Thanks for these replies. Helpful.

Today I emailed Option - 0 to ask about the Remi. Doesn't seem to be mentioned on HB. With the Tin burrs its $229. Don't know what the shipping is. They say the Tin burrs cans do espresso but don't say if it's only espresso and can it do pour over so I asked and will post here.
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