A manual coffee grinder will help make a wonderful cup of coffee, even if you don’t have an inverter or don’t want to spare the power for an electric one.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about my Krups Coffee Grinder, which works wonderfully and takes very little power. I still recommend it, but if you don’t want to use electricity, you need another option.
And thanks to two readers, there is one. Both left comments recommending the same manual coffee grinder, also made by Krups. It also gets high marks from Amazon customers.
It’s the Kyocera Ceramic Coffee Grinder, pictured here. I do not have one and haven’t used it, so I’m basing this recommendation on that of two trusted TBG readers who have given good information in the past, as well as numerous Amazon reviewers. (NOTE: Since publishing this, I’ve published a second article with two more manual grinders for those needing something smaller or with a very tight budget — see More Manual Coffee Grinders.)
- Ceramic blades are extremely hard and will never rust.
- Adjustable from fine to coarse grind.
- Easy to clean — with no electricity, all parts can be washed (several Amazon reviewers suggest using a toothbrush to clean the grinding burrs).
- Not difficult to grind (many cheaper manual grinders are virtually impossible to use, as are many decorative grinders).
- At a hair over 16″ high, you need to think where you’ll store it (this is what Amazon reports — a user says it’s actually more like 6 inches and easy to store — see his comment below).
- Glass bottom could break — although it’s fairly heavy glass. If you store it in a tube sock and wedge it in, it should be just fine.
- About twice as expensive as the electric model.
- Base can be difficult while grinding to hold if you have small hands.
- A couple of reviewers say it’s difficult to use if you have arthritis and suggest an electric grinder instead.
I will definitely say that freshly ground coffee is SO much better than pre-ground. It’s one of the little luxuries that Dave and I love!