Less is more. Size matters. Everyone has their own unique way of looking at things. But when it comes to a manual grinder for great coffee, you can't look past the Porlex coffee grinders from Japan. These beautifully designed and manufactured grinders are made of stainless steel, and they have conical ceramic burr grinding disks. The stainless steel housings make them easy to clean. There is way less static compared to plastic models; ceramic burrs won’t rust, are super easy to clean, and they stay way sharper compared to steel burrs.
With both the Tall and the Mini, you can tweak your grind from Turkish to French Press. Below is an approximate guide to help you dial in for your favourite style of coffee.
Extra Fine (Turkish) = 1 - 2 clicks
Fine (Espresso) = 3 - 4
Medium-Fine (Fine-Medium?) = 5 - 6
Medium (Filter) = 7 - 8
Medium-Coarse = 9 - 10
Coarse (French Press) = 11 - 12
So what's the skinny on the Mini vs Tall? Which Porlex is perfect for you? It all comes down to what you require for your coffee rituals. The Mini will give you enough for a double shot (approx 25 grams). It gets the thumbs up if you are going to be doing a lot of travelling with your grinder.
The Tall will grind enough fresh roasted coffee to give you a couple of double shots (approx 30 grams). There is nothing to attach the handle to, but that can translate into one less thing to wear out.
Another thing both grinders have in common is that you might wear yourself out if you are trying to grind for more than two people. There are over 100 turns required. Slow Coffee at its best.
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