Porlex Mini Stainless Steel Coffee Grinder Review

Coffee is the beverage of choice for a lot of people. Thomas Jefferson once remarked that “coffee is the favorite drink of the civilized world”.

Porlex Mini Stainless Steel Coffee Grinder

Why invest in the Porlex Mini Stainless Steel Coffee Grinder?

Good things come in small sizes

If you are like most people, you probably have a very special relationship with your coffee. Although buying pre-ground coffee is very convenient, it will usually have lost most of its ummpphh by the time you sweep it off the shelf where it has stayed for a while. The taste pales in comparison to freshly ground coffee beans.

The Porlex Mini Stainless Steel Coffee Grinder is an amazing piece of equipment that has been crafted to perfection in so many aspects ensuring that you have an awesome cup of Joe. If quality coffee beans are an integral part of your day, then this little baby is what you need as its ability to grind quality coffee manually is just phenomenal.

The size is superb for home use and for carrying around in your bag whether you are headed to the office or traveling. The Porlex Mini coffee grinder is a perfect fit and has become an ideal travel companion for fresh ground coffee lovers and here is why.

Construction

The construction of Porlex Mini coffee grinder is solid in every respect. The outer housing of this grinder is stainless steel making it a great choice for the outdoors. The steel casing allows it to also endure the rigors of being moved around from one place to another without the fear that it will break when your bag is mishandled during transit or if it accidentally falls while you are out and about. The stainless steel also means it is easier to clean in comparison to glass.

The grinding burrs of the Porlex Mini are made from ceramic which means they are more resilient, easier to clean and have less static compared to their glass or plastic counterparts. General perception usually is that steel burrs are better, but if you fact check you will quickly realize the conical shaped ceramic burrs like the ones on the Porlex Mini are far more beneficial as they stay sharper for longer and are not susceptible to rust.

Portability

This is arguably the most resilient and portable manual mini coffee grinder out there (check out other top manual grinders in the market). It sits at 130mm tall with a cylindrical shape making it’s short compact build perfect for fitting into your suitcase barely taking up space.

The grinding arm is detachable. This feature further allows packing to be even easier as you can detach the handle to pack separately as you see fit, or attach to the side of the grinder that has a silicon band for holding the handle to facilitate easier packing.

Functionality

The speed is simply amazing and the ease of grind makes the grinding process pleasant with little effort. This is due to a long steel handle that is crafted to connect well with the grinder. The cylindrical shape of the grinder allows you to grab the body of the Porlex mini with one hand while you grind with the other without over exerting yourself.

Most people are worried about the friction on the grinding handle and disengagement. You will be pleasantly surprised to see that aspect was well thought ensuring there is little to friction in the grinding mechanism of the handle and it does not slip off your hand either.

If you have a bunch of friends who love their coffee, you might want to get a larger capacity grinder. However, if it is just for you, the Porlex mini is perfect as it has a capacity of 26g whole bean which is good for about two cups of freshly ground coffee.

Pros and Cons of the Porlex Mini coffee grinder

Pros

  • Portable
  • Tough stainless steel housing
  • Excellent grinding speed and ease of use
  • Affordable and value for money
  • 13 grind option including fine enough for espresso

Cons

  • Small capacity fit for one person or two at best

 

Frequently asked questions

I have some reservations about the handle, friction and slipping during the grinding process, is this something I should look out for?

The handle connection of the Porlex mini was updated in 2017 to a more robust, smoother mechanism and firmer grip. The new handle connection effectively diminishes any friction and slipping.

Can the Porlex mini grind for expresso?

Yes, it has 13 grind options including fine for espresso

How long lasting are the burrs?

The Porlex mini is equipped with ceramic cone shaped burrs which are more durable than their glass or steel counterparts. You can expect not less than 5 years of daily grind before they ever show signs of needing replacement.

Final word

There is little that can beat a cup of coffee made out of freshly ground beans. The Porlex mini is here to see to it. Now you can have an amazing cup of coffee, whether you are camping in the wild, traveling or in the comfort your home.  Gone are the days one would struggle to find a cup of coffee that resonated with their palate. With the Porlex Mini Stainless Steel Coffee Grinder you can have your brew anywhere and everywhere.

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