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Hario Skeleton (Skerton) Coffee Mill

SKU# GRN850A0040

Availability: Back in stock on 8/22/2014

Regular Price: $40.49

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You believe in slow food and slow drip, so why not convert to the church of the hand grind? The Hario Skeleton (Skerton) Coffee Mill may just convince you that coffee was always meant to be slowly and lovingly handcrafted. The ceramic burrs on this mill are durable and worth the investment in your coffee ritual.
Hario Skeleton Skerton Coffee Mill Grinder

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You believe in slow food and slow drip, so why not convert to the church of the hand grind? The Hario Skeleton (Skerton) Coffee Mill may just convince you that coffee was always meant to be slowly and lovingly handcrafted. The conical ceramic burrs on this mill are durable and worth the investment in your coffee ritual. Burrs don’t produce heat so essential coffee oils are protected, and there is no metal odor and it will never rust. Easily adjustable to grind a range of sizes, from superfine espresso to coarse ground for pour over brewing. Mill bottom twists off for easy access to ground coffee.

  • *This product was incorrectly translated from Japanese as 'Skerton' but the name is actually Skeleton. The box was printed with the incorrect spelling, however.
  • Pros
    • Size - Compact, ergo handle is removable for storage.
    • Travel - Take it with you! Camping, Boating, Picnics, show your coffee love with a fresh grind!
    • Style - High quality long lasting ceramic burrs.
    Cons
    • Method - Manual operation may be uncomfortable for some people.
    • Results - Grind results may be inconsistent
    Tips and Tricks

    To clean, use a grinder brush. Do not use water, soap or detergents.

    Suitable Applications Coffee Press, Drip Coffee
    Minimum Time to Grind Double Shot 1:06
    Model Number MSCS - 2TB
    Manufacturer Hario
    Width 3.5 inches
    Depth 3.5 inches
    Height 6.5 inches
    Product Weight (lbs.) 1.6500
    RPM of Burrs No
    Programmability No
    Case Material Plastic
    NSF Certified No
    Bean Hopper Capacity 60 grams
    Grinder Style Burr - Conical Ceramic

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    Hario Skeleton (Skerton) Coffee Mill
    Already Asked: 6 Questions, 27 Answers
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    Seattle Coffee Gear Store asked: Why did you choose this?
    richard h: It is a high quality mill, has worked perfectly. Feb 28, 2012
    Tom Miller asked: Can this grinder produce a grind coarse enough for a Bodum Chamford French Press? Thanks in advance Feb 20, 2013
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    Hans U: Yes. It can be set to nearly any desired ground size. It can break them into quarter beans, if that's what your into. It will do a fine cappuccino grind to an illogical quarter bean or larger. I use a bodum press and get no residual ground in my coffee. Feb 21, 2013
    Reply to Hans Good answer? Yes (1) No (0)
    Tom Miller: Thank you for the reply, I appreciate it Feb 21, 2013
    Crystal J: I've been using the grinder for two years now and get a great coarse grind that I use in my press. There will still be a little fine sediment but it's minimal! Feb 21, 2013
    Reply to Crystal Good answer? Yes (1) No (0)
    Tom Miller: May I ask you what setting you use on the Skerton? I start from a loosely tight fit of the adjustment screw and rotate it slightly more than 1 full turn. Is this an adequate setting for a French Press? How much do you turn it? I have been getting quite a bit of sediment in my cup which is why I am curious. Thank you. Mar 10, 2013
    Crystal J: Hi Tom, sorry for this slow response. I imagine you've solved everything through experimentation but here's some of my method. I have two ways that I use the French press grind. One is hot, the other is cold press. I use cold press much more frequently than I do hot press. I always, no matter what, have fine sediment in the press or in my cup after brewing. It seems to be regardless of the grind setting. During cold pressing the sediment tends to coagulate at the bottom and part of my solution is to strain through cheesecloth/a nut milk bag. Lastly, I don't mind a bit of sediment. The setting I've been using is not always the same but is at least two full turns from just loosely tight. It is a very loose crushing of the beans but it works well for cold pressing. May 19, 2013
    John C: Yeah, this will adjust to a pretty coarse grind, as well as a superfine espresso grind. Feb 21, 2013
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    Robert B: I am not familiar with that press, however I can attest to the grinder's pluses and minuses. I really like it, but I use a dark roast and grind finely. It works very well with a darker roast ground finely, very uniform particles and easy to turn.

    It becomes harder to use as the roast is lighter. Also the grind becomes a bit less uniform when the grind is very coarse.
    Feb 21, 2013
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    Julia D: Yes. You will have to play around with it and do some test grinds, but it will grind quite coarse. Much easier to get a coarse grind than a fine one, actually. Feb 22, 2013
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    Troy K: Yes it can. I have used it for everything from press pot to espresso. It's fully adjustable. Feb 26, 2013
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    John L: Yes, but the consistency of the grind deteriorates somewhat as it becomes coarser. Feb 22, 2013
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    Mary Lynn S: Yes Feb 22, 2013
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    A shopper asked: Any ideas on where to get a lock nut/stopper for this grinder? Hario.co.jp sells them but it comes out at 10$ (~25% of the grinder price). Is there anywhere else to get this? Jul 10, 2012
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    richard h: I don't know where to find an identical nut (it isn't a lock nut) but you should be able to find a perfectly acceptable stainless steel or brass nut that will do just fine at a hardware store or possibly Home Deot. If you want to lock it down apply a drop of threadlock solution or put a lock washer underneath it. Jul 17, 2012
    Reply to richard Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
    Dan H: I suggest going to your local hardware store with the Skerton grinder in hand to show them what you need. I expect it is metric thread. It would be hard to get a "nut cap", but you should be able to get a long nut that will work nicely. I am sure my local hardware store would have it. Good luck. Jul 21, 2012
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    A shopper asked: Anyone know how to get a replacement jar for the Hario Skerton coffee grinder? I know a canning jar works for the mini mill but it doesn't work for the larger Skerton. Feb 25, 2012
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    Veh Den C: For the Skerton, the small Ball jar fits perfectly (i.e. 8 oz / 1/2 pint Mason "Ball" jar) and it screws in nicely too. Feb 27, 2012
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    A shopper asked: How fine of a grind does this Hario Skeleton give? Aug 13, 2012
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    Richard K: This is a great little grinder! It will grind as fine as as you would like, chunky or powder. But be aware that the finer the grind, the more difficult it is to turn the crank. The type of roast plays a big role in the ease of grinding, the darker the roast, the more the beans yield to the grinding burrs, they just shatter and crumble. With lighter roasts the beans are harder and more difficult to grind. All said, it really isn't that strenuous, though you will probably not want to make coffee for more than two. It will be part of your morning workout routine, and you will have earned your "cuppa coffee". Aug 16, 2012
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    Dan H: I feel like the Hario Skeletion is a high quality grinder. I use it in our camper to grind coffee for my Mypressi portable espresso maker. It takes about 2 minutes to grind my coffee for two espressos. The important thing is not to lose your place for the grind you want if you take the handle on and off. I tend to leave the handle on, since I often have problems getting the "nut" off. I found that it helps to sit and hold the Hario between my legs when grinding. Good luck!! Dan Aug 18, 2012
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    thomas P: You can grind as fine as you can possibly imagine. I have choked my machine but the problem with this grinder is that it is stepped and on the espresso end of grinding it translates to relatively large steps. I have not been able to get good results with this by a long shot. It either chokes the flow or rushes out in 10 seconds. I have also not been able to figure out a way to get smaller steps. This may cut it for a travel grinder but definitely not daily use. Aug 16, 2012
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    Nina C: The grind is medium - very good for your standard drip coffee maker, not good for espresso stove top. I have a espresso stove top and was disappointed that I could not make a good cup of espresso using the grinds with Hario. I know your question is about grind size, but you should note that the glass is not tempered and my Hario chipped in several placed at the rim. Aug 16, 2012
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    Mike C: I am actually quite impressed at how fine the Hario will grind. I had no trouble at all in producing a very fine espresso grind. I have some coffee that is pre-ground (comes in a gold can) and I was able to get a grind that was considerably finer than that and this was not at the finest possible setting....... Hope this helps answer your question! Aug 15, 2012
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    Anne P: I gave this to my daughter a while ago, so haven't used recently. But I was happy with it as a second grinder to have on hand, though I wouldn't want to use it as my only grinder. I don't think you would get a superfine grind for espresso, but it certainly does a good job with a medium to medium fine grind for drip, press, or vacuum. Aug 16, 2012
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    Teri KStaff: The Hario hand grinders produce a fairly fine grind. We have tested them with a few espresso machines that require a nice fine grind, and feel they produce good shots. Just keep in mind you will be doing a fair amount of turning and your arm may get tired! Check out our video on the product page to see our results. Aug 14, 2012
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    Ryan D: This mill can grind coffee to a Turkish coffee consistency. At finer grinds, it is even and consistent. I prefer my espresso to be quite a bit finer than regular espresso grind, and this mill does the trick. However, at larger grinds (for a coffee press perhaps), the consistency of the grind is not even. Aug 16, 2012
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    Ted O: I use mine with a French press so the grind is necessarily coarse. However the adjustment is a simple locking screw mechanism, so you could turn it down until the jaws are nearly closed for a very fine grind. Of course, that would take longer to crank. Aug 16, 2012
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    kyung h: Hario Skerton grinds fine enough to pull shots, but depending on the type of your espresso machine, results will be different.
    I have used skerton with Saeco Aroma with bottomless portafilter, this combo pulled nice shots.
    Aug 16, 2012
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    richard h: I use a pretty fine grind and I haven't tightened the gears all the way down. I would say it will grind very fine if you want it to. I believe it's capable of expresso grind, which is an exceptionally fine grind. Aug 16, 2012
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    nora e: We have gone as fine as Turkish on this grinder, very handy little number. Aug 16, 2012
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    Mark Z: The grind is variable, you can make it as fine or as coarse as you wish. Aug 14, 2012
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    Hans U: Very fine. Very, very fine. Espresso grade. Aug 16, 2012
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    A shopper asked: Can I buy a replacement glass jar alone? Mar 9, 2014
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    Teri KStaff: No, unfortunately we do not sell replacement parts for the Hario products like this Skerton. Mar 9, 2014
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    Warranty Information for the Hario Mini Mill Slim Grinder

    What it Covers:

    Pour over coffee makers and grinders

    Length: 1 Year
    Who Supports the Warranty: Sungarden Tea
    Warranty Contact Information: 626.202.0323
    Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? No

    Caring for the Hario Mini Mill Slim

    Use a grinder brush to clean burrs. Do not use water, soap or detergents. Glass bottom is dishwasher safe.

    You may use Urnex Grindz occasionally to remove oil residue from grinding burs. Follow instructions on package.

    Recommended

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    I've been grinding my own for years and this is the best grinder I've used. Only had it a few weeks so I can't comment on durability, etc. but I can tell you it does a good job of grinding the beans. A comment on use: It's a two-handed operation, one to turn the crank and the other to hold the container for the grind. It's tiring to hold that round jar so I recommend you substitute a square pint Mason jar (the threads are the same.) Better yet, rig something to help hold the jar in place, such as a parallel clamp (I stole one from my woodworking shop.) and it's a breeze. Five or six minutes to do 60 grams of beans. I think the coffee tastes better too.

    (Posted on 8/5/14)

    Espresso?Yes!

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    It does the trick for my daily espressos with Saeco Poemia (de-pressurized portafilter).
    I have tried it with both the double-shot basket and single-shot basket and it works great.The only thing is that one has to reset the grinder depending on baket being used (I used the smallest possible grind for double-shot basket and the second smallest grind for a single-shot basket).

    I recommend it for those who want to save the money and are ok with just some workout for a good cup of coffee.

    (Posted on 7/13/14)

    Espresso?Yes!

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    I bought it just a few days ago and I must say that it does the trick for my daily espressos.
    I am using the Saeco Poemia with de-pressurized portafilter and,of course,freshly roasted coffe beans.

    (Posted on 7/13/14)

    range variety

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    This grinder can grind the beans from powder fine to course. There fore it makes it a great value vs a $500 electronic grinder. However the time it takes to readjust the setting, carefully fill the hopper, and physically grind the beans can be very daunting.
    It comes down to sacrificing convenience and time to save money, or invest and save your self the time to hand grind. It is a good quality grinder, I am pleased with it.

    (Posted on 6/25/14)

    delighted

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    I really like this coffee grinder, which is perfect for one. Still use my Krups for company because it's faster. The Hario handles the dark oily beans that I like much better than the Krups and it's much easier to clean!!

    (Posted on 6/21/14)

    Excellent grinder improved fine-tuning the finest setting

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    This is an excellent grinder for my purposes. I don't mind the time and effort required - 1-2 minutes - it's kind of therapeutic. However, I am usually pulling just one double shot during each visit to the espresso machine. Frequently grinding enough for many shots could become an issue.

    My only criticism is the step between each grind setting is too large to make useful adjustments at the fine end of the spectrum - that is, for espresso. None of the grind settings "out of the box" are right for my espresso machine and beans. They are either too coarse or too fine. However, by placing washers of various thickness *beneath* the notched washer that defines each grind step I can obtain a very usable grind. This essentially redefines the finest grind setting and the adjustment mechanism then operates as usual to give settings that are all intermediate between the settings one obtains "out of the box". If one washer doesn't work try another slightly thicker or thinner until you find nirvana. This should be a one time adjustment for a particular espresso maker and bean. And I don't think you will notice the difference at the coarse end of the scale. This method worked much better for me than using a lock washer placed above this notched washer as described elsewhere online. I couldn't get the lock washer to lock - it always slipped.

    (Posted on 6/3/14)

    I like it so far

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    I'm not giving the Skerton top marks because I haven't used it enough yet to make that judgment, but I like what I've seen so far. It feels solidly and thoughtfully made, and I like the glass (rather than plastic) container. It takes longer to grind my coffee, and I have to put a little elbow grease into it, but the compensation is that I don't have problems with that pesky static electricity the way I do with my electric grinder and the noise is blessedly absent. All the grounds come out and go into my AeroPress, rather than clinging to the container or flying onto the counter/floor/stove/wherever. Adjusting the grind would be tiresome if you had to change it for every cup of coffee you make, but I'm only making it for me, so I can set and forget. This is a good outfit for someone who makes coffee in limited quantities and doesn't mind trading some time at the grinder for peace and quiet in the morning.

    (Posted on 5/1/14)

    bad bad bad

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    purchases it, used it once and the glass lill jar, chipped from the top :( bad quality

    (Posted on 4/1/14)

    very disappointed

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    I'm very disappointed, used it once and the carafe broke from the top...and no, I'm not a super strong person, the quality of the grinder seems good and the coffee is not fine enough for espresso machines :/

    (Posted on 3/22/14)

    Awesome!!!

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    It is a great grinder for the price! I do not mind the time it takes in the morning. Could not justify the cost of others. SCG is a great place to learn and shop! Coffee has not been the same in our house , it's now enjoyable!

    (Posted on 2/13/14)

    Good enough for espresso

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    I'm using this grinder for espresso grinds for my Rancilio Silvia. It does a reasonably good job. Fine grinds are very consistent and, unlike with the Hario Mini grinder, it doesn't take too long to grind enough for a double shot. I wish it were possible to make finer adjustments, though. Sometimes I'd like to grind at a setting in between. Maybe inserting a thin washer would help with that, but I haven't tried that yet.
    The opening of the glass jar is around the same diameter as a 58mm portafilter basket, so I find it easy to directly pour the coffee from the jar into the portafilter without spilling.
    Mine came with a rubber lid to cover the beans and the rubber cup can optionally be put around the bottom of the glass jar, but it's not glued on.

    (Posted on 12/22/13)

    Love it!

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    Perfect for my early morning when I can't use my Rancilio Rocky without waking up the whole house! Great forearm workout helps to make a great tasting cup with my Aeropress or French Press. Almost noiseless in the a.m.

    (Posted on 12/15/13)

    Quiet, clean, good for one cup of fresh espresso. Gets easier over time.

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    I have never counted the turns but I have learned to judge the amount I need in the jar. I got really tired of the mess that my fancy expensive grinder makes and like the physical process better. I don't miss the noise either. All around good experience for me each morning for about a year or so now.

    (Posted on 2/7/13)

    Very nice

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    I use this grinder for Turkish coffee, and it works very well for that. The burrs are excellent, but only attached at the top, so for coarse grinds the inner burr will wobble and give inconsistent results. At finer settings this wobble is reduced and results are very consistent.
    The plastic construction isn't going to last as long as metal, but has held up very well so far. I've been very impressed with this little gem.

    (Posted on 12/20/12)

    Great for one person

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    I use this every morning for my one perfect cup of drip coffee. Like one of the other reviewers, I count the turns, around 75. It's good exercise for arms and abs. I wouldn't want to use it for more than one cup, and I'm thinking of graduating to an electric burr grinder. I was surprised to find the rubber base was glued on, meaning I couldn't really wash the whole glass container. I decided to remove the rubber base, destroying it in the process. But on my wooden cutting board it works just fine, no rubber needed.

    (Posted on 9/27/12)

    Must have for grinding

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    Finally I have a grinder that can give me control over the grind. If you don't have the funds for a $300 + grinder, this is a must have. The grinding is not that hard. The advantages of this grinder are: less noisy compared to an electric one, the coffee beans won't be heated by the grinder, and low cost.

    (Posted on 9/4/12)

    Awesome Grinder

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    I wanted to buy 'this' grinder and couldn't get it at Coffee Gear during the holiday due to inventory being sold out... but I would have. the video demonstration sold me on this unit. If you are shopping for this grinder... buy it from Coffee Gear, its a great burr grinder and the coffee is better when freshly ground with a burr grinder. I have always purchased store ground and sometimes used the cheap blade grinders and was skeptical that a burr grinder would matter.. but the first cup of joe I went.. uh really is this possible. My experience is that the burr grinders are better. The question you have to ask yourself.. are you ready to hand grind your coffee? What I discovered is that to get my double shot expresso, and make 2 drinks (one for me and ome for my girlfriend) takes 280 turns... start counting 1,2,3,4,... ? for [$] you might want to push a button. I don't mind so much but sometime when you are running late for work.. 140 turns takes a minute or so.. just saying. Your hands feel the love holding on to the jar and making the motions, I switch to left hand and really mess things up for fun. Some people may struggle with the physical aspect. Suppose if you are grinding for drip the turns are cut in half maybe??? this unit doesn't suffer the coffee dust mess problem that other suffer. you have to set the grind head down so as to not tip out left over beans, but the jar container functions flawlessly.. no dusty problems. I love it and highly recommend it given the side notes provided considered.

    Pros:
    Easy To Use, Easy To Clean, Grind quality is great

    Cons:
    Can't be in a hurry, Requires physical work

    (Posted on 2/4/12)

    Great Grinder

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    I use this grinder a few times each day -- it is quiet and produces a very even grind in a short time, less time than it takes for me to heat the water for my AeroPress brewer.

    Pros:
    Great Taste, Easy To Use, Quiet

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    (Posted on 11/20/11)

    Good grind but a work-out

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    This grinder produces a good quality grind but it takes forever to grind enough coffee to fill a small 2-cup bialetti. Seriously! I'm not up for such a work out first thing every morning.

    Pros:
    Great Taste, Consistent fine grind

    Cons:
    Too much work

    (Posted on 11/17/11)

    Hario saves the day

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    I wanted an extra grinder to take to work with me and figured I would give the Hario 'Skerton' a try. At home I had gotten used to the Le'Lit PL53 and was pleasantly surprised at how well the Hario performed. Little to no clumping when grinding for espresso and espresso came out tasting great with plenty of crema (used fresh beans). This is a stepped design since you are required to lock it in at various intervals but it seems to be sufficient for even the dialing in of various espresso blends.

    I think this would also work for other forms of coffee making as well since there is no limit to the grind setting. You can make the burrs touch and lock up or have a large gap between then so any coffee should work great.

    To grind enough coffee for a double shot of espresso (~19 gm) it took between 30s and 1 min of grinding which was not difficult at all.

    Next step: Trying to hook this up to my power drill to see how that works out.

    Pros:
    Easy To Use, Well made, Inexpensive, Easy To Clean, Glass container, Small, Good burrs

    Cons:
    Hand operated

    (Posted on 11/7/11)

    How Hario Skerton saved my bank account

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    This Hario Skerton was everything that I had been looking for in a coffee grinder. I have a decent machine but the grinder I had died and frankly I didn't have the money to afford a new one that would grind a great grind for pouring shots. The grind is very consistent, and when precisely dialed-in, pours a great shot with solid crema. It has become my new morning ritual; grinding a noisy grinder, waking up my better half in the process, and continuing on with my espresso endeavors.

    Great buy. I would recommend this to any recessionista.

    Pros:
    Easy To Use, Easy To Clean

    Cons:
    Messy

    (Posted on 5/19/10)

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