"davidhunternyc"davidhunternyc wrote:I've been following this thread with great interest. For the last 5 years I've been using the Rosco Mini Mill by Portaspresso. I use it for my French Press and for my Cafelat Robot. I am always wondering what else is out there, however. Is there an upgrade? Is the Helor Flux a better hand grinder than the Rosco Mini Mill? As much as I like the Mini Mill I don't know much about grinder engineering and I want to learn more hand grinders. It looks to me like the Helor Flux might be the best hand grinder available today.
... I do like the idea that I read about a beaded steel body instead of a rubber hand grip. It would look like a pure machine. Also, did Helor work on the squeaking issue with the wooden knob?
(a) no squeaks and if any as TomC and others mentioned it is easily remedied
(b) IMO I have yet to find a hand grinder that outperforms it (in the cup and ergonomically). I found no in the cup difference vs. OE Pharos version 1.1.
This opinion mirror by another senior H-B.com forum member who told me their cupping challenge between Mahlgut hand grinder (for those not familiar think factory Pharos V 2.0 or full voodoodaddy Pharos v1.0 or v1.1) and Robur single phase were a draw (i.e. undetectable).
This assumes you have strength to hold ~ 2.2kg comfortably. If you can grasp the Helor 101 then no problem with Helor 106. The outer diameter of Flux (106) is (by feel same as Helor 101). My 14 y/o dtr (petite stature and hands) has no problem grasping either. BUT she does not like holding the Flux due to weight. Also she likes Charbucks product anyway (don't get me started on that...). My travel espresso maker will be a Portaspresso. So its fraternal twin Helor Flux (106) is great match. Also for my other hobbies I prefer hefty items in hand (e.g. I have 8 oz automatic watch on my left wrist as I am typing this post and my main ballpoint pen is ~3 oz solid metal). As mentioned in other thread with uri below, I tend to buy things to last multiple generations.
(c) IMO, it is the reference "portable" hand grinder to which others are be judged against: alignment and has Mazzer 71mm single phase burr and ergonomics. At recent Chicago-Milwaukee get together I hosted, two other senior H-B.com forum members both really liked the Helor Flux(106). Both own Titan grinders (e.g. Kafetex Monolith Conicals and Monolith Flats) and high quality hand grinders (e.g. Portaspresso, OE Lido, Mahlgut, Bplus Apollo ).
(d) You can replace the rubber grip with thin adhesive-backed tennis-racquet grip when the OEM rubber ones wear out. I think beaded steel body look cool but would tear into soft skin too much (at least for me).
Helor Flux (106) short review and owners thread