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Old 07-27-2015, 11:58 AM   #1
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I am going to give up my coffee grinder after 30 years of buying whole beans.......
Wow, you seemed to have lots of good sense, and are making all kinds of the right decisions for yourself.......until you posted this.

Kidding aside, there are lots of good manual grinders out there. The one single most important thing for a great cup of coffee is for the beans to be freshly ground.

For a few years I have used a Porlex Hand Mill while camping. Yes it takes a bit of work, but it stows nice, and does a great job of providing an even grind.

https://www.sweetmarias.com/product/...tall-hand-mill

That is, until this spring, when I went looking for a solution that would more proficiently produce good ground beans off the grid. There are no decent 12V options to be had, and on a coffee forum a couple of the best manual grinder were suggested.

Enter the Orphan Express Lido 3 into my life. This grinder is absolutely fantastic. It provides a very even grind, and its biggest and best feature, is that it does so with ease, grinding is WAY more effortless than the Porlex. The build quality is top notch. I did a side-by-side comparison of the two, and grinding just over 40 gm in each (max for the Porlex, not for the OE), the Porlex took well over 300 cranks, while the Lido 3 took under 100, AND each revolution required less effort. Heck, when we first got the thing and tried it out at home, we just kept using it for a while, despite having a great electric grinder. It was that much of a pleasure to use.

http://www.oehandgrinders.com/OE-LID...der-_p_70.html

Sure, the Lido 3 is a bit bigger, heavier, and more expensive, but without any reservation whatsoever, I would say it is well worth the price. It is that nice to use. Case in point, when we flew up to Alaska in June, we took our coffee making stuff with us, our Aeropress, some beans, and decided on the Porlex grinder due to its size and weight, and the fact it does grind nicely. While it worked fine for us, we decided that it would be well worth the extra weight to bring the OE Lido 3, as we were making about 20 cups a day for everyone, for 5 days of the trip. When camping, we are often making coffee for lots of other people, so efficient grinding is nice, even if I do get them to do it.

It is kinda ironic that my coffee making equipment while camping is a $30 coffee maker, and a $195 grinder. (all in USD).
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Old 07-27-2015, 12:08 PM   #2
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It is kinda ironic that my coffee making equipment while camping is a $30 coffee maker, and a $195 grinder. (all in USD).
Nice find Jim for the grinder.
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Old 07-27-2015, 12:13 PM   #3
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Nice find Jim for the grinder.
No problem, Bruce. I am more than happy to share the finds that work great for me, usually well built, with good function. I am not going to mention the many more things I tried, but was less than happy with.
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Oh wow, what great information you guys posted. Thank you so much!!!

... yardsale: Also giving up my beloved french press (thinking of how those grinds were going down my sink and also how long it would take me to clean it and wanting to reduce water usage) LOVE reading those great reports on solar!!!
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Whoa now, let's not get carried away! The ONLY french press we use is in our trailer. It's from REI, plastic, and makes delicious coffee. Why get rid of yours?
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Ha! Yeah, I hear ya. Always was kind of a coffee snob. But am trying to simplify.
That said, the Orphan Express looks pretty sweet. As does the Sweet Maria. Am going to put the grinder purchase on hold for now, just because of $ (though saving a bunch on not getting the inverter!)
Will see how things turn out $-wise. And keeping these grinders in my notes! Thanks!!!

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Wow, you seemed to have lots of good sense, and are making all kinds of the right decisions for yourself.......until you posted this.
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I would like to nominate Jim for an honary PhD on his disertation on hand held coffee grinders!

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I would like to nominate Jim for an honary PhD on his disertation on hand held coffee grinders!

All in favor say "Aye!"
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Okay, I promise to make you some coffees next time we camp together, Tom.
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I would like to nominate Jim for an honary PhD on his disertation on hand held coffee grinders!

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Aye, and I think a suitable award would be a jar of Maxwell House instant coffee.

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Aye, and I think a suitable award would be a jar of Maxwell House instant coffee.

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I do know the french press is great [wasn't sure how to write the plural of french press : french presses, french pressi ]--just thought it would make clean up easier in the trailer with the little paper cone filters.

HowEVER, my first stop after pick up in Chilliwack is near Seattle. Ah do believe it's home of REI's flagship store -- will check it out. Far be it from me to ever have anything written in stone.


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Whoa now, let's not get carried away! The ONLY french press we use is in our trailer. It's from REI, plastic, and makes delicious coffee. Why get rid of yours?
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