Maybe it’s just me, but this grinder isn’t as large as the photo makes it look–it’s basically a 5″ cube with a hand crank on the top.
But while its size may be deceiving, its artistry isn’t. This is a beautifully classic European hand coffee mill – not merely a grinder! – with a walnut-colored beechwood exterior and chrome-plated, heavy-gauge steel accents.
The premium materials do mean an inflated price, but this grinder performs as you’d expect.
- Smooth, effortless, and satisfying hand-crank
- Incredibly sturdy
- Consistent, reliable grind size
Unlike inexpensive manual coffee grinder's, the Peugeot Nostalgie coffee mill has a stainless steel burr. You can grind up to 4 tablespoons of coffee in one sitting with a grind ranging from medium-fine to coarse.
The Douup Manual Grinder is a slightly better-quality version of the JavaPresse, which is among the most popular manual coffee grinders on Amazon.
Performance-wise, the two are pretty similar. Adjust the grind size with a knob at the base of the grinder, and the tough plastic exterior makes it great for travel.
A big difference I do like: This Doupp grinder has a transparent collecting container, which makes it easy to see how much coffee you've ground.
The most notable new feature is the folding handle, which helps it back away discretely.
My biggest complaint is how difficult it is to get beans into the grinder.
This sleek-looking grinder holds 4-5 tablespoons of coffee beans, which can be ground to a medium-fine grind in 2-5 minutes. The total time depends on both your quantity of beans and grind setting.
The slim design is fantastic for 2 reasons:
- Makes this coffee grinder exceptionally portable
- Fits perfectly in an AeroPress brewer
I’ve had issues setting a consistent grind size after disassembling the grinder to clean, though generally, I can eyeball the proper grind setting by twisting the black knob attached to the ceramic burr.
Shorter and stouter than other manual coffee grinders, the Khaw-Fee (love the name!) manual grinder operates in almost exactly the same way.
It has a larger capacity for ground beans than models like the JavaPresse, so it’s suitable for those looking to grind more volume, but it feels a little bit wobblier when using.
Grind size is controlled by a knob connected to the burr and there isn’t a specific size setting to use. It’s more of a trial-and-error situation.
I do love being able to see through the glass collecting chamber to make sure everything is going as planned.
A downside of this glass chamber is that you can’t easily pour grounds into a narrow coffee maker, such as an AeroPress or Keurig My K-Cup.
If you use a standard drip, French press or pour-over coffee maker, this may not be a problem for you.
Like the Khaw-Fee Manual Coffee Grinder, the KONA grinder has a plastic top, glass bottom, and stainless steel shaft.
In fact, it performs almost exactly the same with the same strengths and weaknesses.
But it does have two downsides the Khaw-Fee grinder doesn't have:
- No silicon base to prevent the glass from sliding
- Smallest ground coffee capacity
This mechanical grinder’s smaller capacity could be a plus, though. Its design makes it incredibly compact, making the KONA perfect for travelers, campers, or infrequent coffee drinkers.