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Product Description

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, Espresso
    Minimum Time to Grind Double Shot 1:06

    Additional Information

    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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    Why did you choose this?
    Seattle Coffee Gear Store
    It is a high quality mill, has worked perfectly.
    richard h on Feb 28, 2012
    Can this grinder produce a grind coarse enough for a Bodum Chamford French Press? Thanks in advance
    Tom Miller on Feb 20, 2013
    Best Answer: 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.
    Reply (1) · Report · Hans U on Feb 21, 2013
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    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?
    A shopper on Jul 10, 2012
    Best Answer: 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.
    Reply · Report · richard h on Jul 17, 2012
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    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.
    A shopper on Feb 25, 2012
    Best Answer: 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.
    Reply · Report · Veh Den C on Feb 27, 2012
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    How fine of a grind does this Hario Skeleton give?
    A shopper on Aug 13, 2012
    Best Answer: 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".
    Reply · Report · Richard K on Aug 16, 2012
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    How long is the average grinding time for a double espresso shot with a hario skerton? I'm finding grinding enough coffee for 4 shots takes a good 15 minutes or more.
    Nathan W on Mar 21, 2015
    Best Answer: That's a very subjective question, depending on how fine you are trying to grind and the force you are using, since it is manual. I would say that grinding enough coffee for a double shot, on average, would be just a few minutes, but again, it depends on the variables mentioned above.
    Reply · Report · Randee SStaff on Mar 28, 2015
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    Does this version of the burr grinder, come with a rubber lid to cover the top where the beans are stored, to prevent grinds from coming out during grinding?
    A shopper on Jan 16, 2015
    Best Answer: Yes, there is a flexible lid to the top where the beans are held. It's not a air-tight seal though, so some beans could still escape, but it definitely helps should it accidentally topple so beans don't go flying!
    Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Jan 19, 2015
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    Do you happen to sell spare parts for the Hairo Skerton Coffee Grinder? I lost the Bracket that adjusts the grind setting. Any help would be appreciated.
    A shopper on Jan 1, 2015
    Best Answer: Unfortunately, we do not carry parts for this grinder. However, you can contact Sungarden Tea, as they hold the warranty and should be able to offer parts if needed. They can be reached at 626-202-0323.
    Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Jan 1, 2015
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    I bought one of these a few years ago, and my parents came to visit and fell in love with it and, being a good son, I gave it to them. The one I had came with a silicone lid for the plastic bowl, but I don't see one in the picture here. Is it included?
    Matias P on Dec 10, 2014
    Best Answer: Yes, this picture is a little bit older, but the Skerton grinder does come with a removable, flexible lid for the top where you put the beans in.
    Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Dec 12, 2014
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    Can I buy a replacement glass jar alone?
    A shopper on Mar 9, 2014
    Best Answer: No, unfortunately we do not sell replacement parts for the Hario products like this Skerton.
    Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Mar 9, 2014
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    Resources

    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.

    Reviews

    pretty goodReview by whlrdr
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    first of all, let me preface this by saying that SCG has SUPERB customer service. I had some issues with shipment (not by any fault of SCG--a word to the wise, do NOT use USPS...) and helpful is not even the word. They were absolutely wonderful.

    ANYWAY, as for this particular product, I am a fan. I had a low-tech coffee/spice grinder, but I needed to upgrade if I wanted to grind my own coffee for my new espresso machine (Saeco Poemia- refurbished, also from SCG. Highly recommended entry-level product. No complaints about SCG refurbishing, as I was originally pretty nervous about purchase a refurb. Machine is almost a year old now..)

    So I was pretty unhappy at the choices for electric burr grinders-- pretty expensive, and they take up lots of space that I don't exactly have in my tiny kitchen. I opted for the hand mill, but I was pretty nervous about how strenuous the hand-grinding process would be. No complaints. It does take a bit of a while to grind enough for a shot, but I usually just grab a seat and take my sweet time. As for the "strenuousness" I was afraid of, it's totally fine. Not really the "work-out" some people describe it as. It grinds pretty easily.

    My only complaint is that the grind size is a little inconsistent. Not really that completely uniform Burr grind I was going for.

    As a side note, the instructions on this are pretty atrocious. Be prepared for some guesswork. I hope you're a visual learner.

    Short story: I'd recommend it to those not opposed to the traditional use of the hand-grind option, but just as an entry-level. The inconsistency of the grind kind of gets to me. (Posted on 2/15/2015)
    Good bang for the buckReview by TheBigDripper
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    My gal gave me a $25 gift card for William Sonoma, so I basically got this thing for half-price. (Kudos to W for their fast shipping!) Anyway, I did a lot of reading about the Skerton before buying it, and about how it's awful for coarse grind...but since I mainly use a gold mesh filter in a Braun, or one (or three) of my dripolators, this wasn't a big concern. I will say this: consistent grind. Much better than my faithful old Zassenhaus. There is a bit of slop in the burr (since the shaft is only supported at the top, but I'm working on that (google "hario skerton modification" and you'll find a ton of info about it). For those who think it won't grind fine enough for espresso, nonsense. This thing will grind to the consistency of talcum powder. And as far as the adjustment steps not being fine enough, get an 8mm lock nut and go stepless. The only issue I can find is that it takes longer to grind than my Zass, but I can live with that considering the results are so much better. (Posted on 1/4/2015)
    Exelent millReview by Antonio
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    I had one and now got 2 more for gifts. Some people say that it doesn't make a good job at press grinding. It does make it a bit uneven at that setting but good enogh for me. If you do fine grinding this is just perfect for you, it does it perfect!. Mine has 6 months and the ceramics just apear to be fading a little bit, I use it every day. Only thing I would recommend, is to be careful when opening the mill, I once open it to fast and the ceramic element hit the glass and brake it. (Posted on 11/21/2014)
    For when there's a nor'easter that leaves me without power.Review by Steve
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    The worst part of hurricane Sandy was I couldn't grind my morning joe. (Posted on 11/13/2014)
    RecommendedReview by Pete in Atlanta
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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 8/5/2014)
    Espresso?Yes!Review by EriK
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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 7/13/2014)
    Espresso?Yes!Review by eriK
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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 7/13/2014)
    range varietyReview by lakers
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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 6/25/2014)
    delightedReview by Lee
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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 6/21/2014)
    Excellent grinder improved fine-tuning the finest settingReview by Dave
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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 6/3/2014)
    I like it so farReview by Bill
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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 5/1/2014)
    bad bad badReview by alex nevarez
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    purchases it, used it once and the glass lill jar, chipped from the top :( bad quality (Posted on 4/1/2014)
    very disappointedReview by Ricardo a n
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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 3/22/2014)
    Awesome!!!Review by Newbe
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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 2/13/2014)
    Good enough for espressoReview by fuiru
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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 12/22/2013)
    Love it!Review by Steve R
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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 12/15/2013)
    Quiet, clean, good for one cup of fresh espresso. Gets easier over time. Review by Judy
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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 2/7/2013)
    Very niceReview by Jamie
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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 12/20/2012)
    Great for one personReview by Gemma
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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 9/27/2012)
    Must have for grindingReview by Stephen
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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 $300 + grinder, this is a must have. The grinding is not that hard. The advantages of this grinder are: less noisy compared to an electric one, the coffee beans won't be heated by the grinder, and low cost. (Posted on 9/4/2012)
    Awesome GrinderReview by CannedSwank
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    I wanted to buy 'this' grinder and couldn't get it at Coffee Gear during the holiday due to inventory being sold out... but I would have. the video demonstration sold me on this unit. If you are shopping for this grinder... buy it from Coffee Gear, its a great burr grinder and the coffee is better when freshly ground with a burr grinder. I have always purchased store ground and sometimes used the cheap blade grinders and was skeptical that a burr grinder would matter.. but the first cup of joe I went.. uh really is this possible. My experience is that the burr grinders are better. The question you have to ask yourself.. are you ready to hand grind your coffee? What I discovered is that to get my double shot expresso, and make 2 drinks (one for me and ome for my girlfriend) takes 280 turns... start counting 1,2,3,4,... ? for [$] 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 2/4/2012)
    Great GrinderReview by Rob't
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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 11/20/2011)
    Good grind but a work-outReview by LAK
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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 11/17/2011)
    Hario saves the dayReview by Tom
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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 11/7/2011)
    How Hario Skerton saved my bank accountReview by Trevor T. Adams, Foodie
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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 5/19/2010)

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