Comandante C40 MKIII Hand Grinder

Product Code
c40-mkiii
$250.00

Summary

Offering an exceptional grind quality and ergonomic design, the Commandante C40 MKIII is not only pleasant to use but could easily pass as a modern work of art.

Measurements

Weight
3 lbs
Length
21 in
Width
5 in
Height
3 in

Details

Sporting a stainless steel body wrapped in a thin wood veneer (treated with a natural wax oil), an oak wood handle (from the Black Forest), and a glass grounds container, the Comandante C40 MKIII hand grinder is particularly attractive.

But the attention to detail doesn't stop with the beautiful aesthetics. On the inside, you’ll find a stainless steel axle, crank, and micro ball bearings, as well as high-nitrogen martensitic steel burrs, which are highly resistant to pitting. These burrs are strong, sharp, and said to be perfect for other use cases, including grinding pepper and tea.

The Comandante C40 is capable of grinding for anything from Turkish to French press. Adjusting the grind is easy: simply remove the glass grounds bin and turning the plastic knob while holding the handle in place. It has stepped grind adjustment, giving you the ability to count clicks, after zeroing out the burrs, allowing you to easily return to the same grind size.

When beautiful design and detailed engineering come together, it’s explosive. Water can’t put out those kinds of fires. But seriously, if you get the Comandante C40 MKIII hand grinder, don’t dump buckets of water on it.

What’s in the box?

  • 1x Comandante Hand Grinder Body
  • 1x Handle/Grinder Lid
  • 2x Glass Grounds Jar (1x clear; 1x brown) with 1x Jar Lid

Features

  • Full range of grind sizes (Turkish to French press).
  • Stepped adjustment makes replication easy.
  • Beautifully designed, with unique wood veneer styling.
  • Available in 4 striking styles: Wedge, Bamboo, Red Sonja, and Zebra.
  • Transparent lid and grounds bin makes it easy to know how much remains.

Specifications

Specifications
Diameter: 2.4"
Height: 6.3"
Weight: 1.63 lbs.
Outer Burr Size: 39mm
Inner Burr Size: 30mm
Burr Type: Conical Steel Burrs
Burr Material: Patented High-Alloyed High-Nitrogen Stainless Steel
Body Material: Stainless Steel (Wood Veneer)
Wood Surface Treatment: Natural Based Wax-Oil (suitable for children's toys)
Internal Frame: Eastman Tritan (BPA-free, bisphenol-free, and free of estrogenic and androgenic activity)
Grounds Container Material: Glass (clear & brown) with Urochem 371 Plastic Lid
Hopper and Grounds Container Capacity: 40-45g of coffee
Axle: Stainless Steel
Axle Bearings: 2x Stainless Steel Micro Ball Bearing with Rubber Seals
Crank: Stainless Steel
Crank-Knob: 100% Natural Oak Wood (hand-made in Black Forest)
4.8 stars, based on 25 reviews

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10/20/2019 3:22:17 AM

5 / 5 stars

Good product

Than prior my used item, This is possible to grind coffee beans more easy. more fast.

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10/1/2019 5:22:51 PM

5 / 5 stars

Fantastic Grinder!

Compact and easy to use. Very reliable. I like the extra jar the Commandante comes with. The width is slightly big for my hands, but it’s not overly cumbersome. The grind adjustment is super easy to use. We love it!

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9/7/2019 5:11:24 PM

5 / 5 stars

Very solid grinder

Having used several high end hand grinders, I feel like this is my favorite. At this price range, grind quality is going to be similar between models, but the C40 has some very nice quality of life features. Adjusting the grind setting is super easy, there is no need to play with the alignment after cleaning, cleaning is extremely easy and really only requires a brush, and the grinding experience is fast and smooth. The thing also looks beautiful. My only real complaint is the glass catch jar seems sketchy, as in I'm afraid I'm going to drop it. That being said it is very thick and could probably take some serious knocks, but I don't want to find out. The other issue I had was the little magnet on the handle popped out, but it was nothing a little super glue couldn't fix. Overall, this is easily the best grinder I have used in my experience.

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8/28/2019 1:25:19 PM

5 / 5 stars

Top of the line

Worth every penny. It’s hard to find a consistent grinder with longevity. I travel a lot and use my hand grinders often. After going through three different grinders (varied brands and prices), I can stop looking. Especially in the hand grinder market, the sacrifice for quality reaches quite high but stops with this piece. Great packaging, quick shipping.

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8/19/2019 11:15:14 PM

5 / 5 stars

Awesome little grinder

Perfect

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8/7/2019 12:39:20 AM

5 / 5 stars

Worth It!!

Grinds so consistent!! The coffee I make every morning with my Chemex tastes even Better! Worth the investment

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8/5/2019 8:39:53 PM

5 / 5 stars

Best. Grinder. Ever.

I went from the encore to this. This is now my everyday/travel grinder. It is so consistent and easy to use.

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7/18/2019 8:51:58 PM

5 / 5 stars

Quality and Performance!

This is a really well built grinder. Grind adjustment feels solid. I really like how the handle attaches to the top. No play in the burr assembly at all while grinding. The wood of both the body and the pommel feel nice in the hand. Grind quality and consistency is indeed exceptional! If I had to nit pick, I'd say that the pommel on mine has a slight squeak when turning, although this could probably be easily remedied. The pommel spins really nicely though. I talked with the Prima folks on the phone as I was waffling between this one and the Helor 101 - they gave some great info/advice and I'm extremely happy with my choice! I love this grinder. It is quite expensive, but you get what you pay for!

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5/21/2019 9:35:48 AM

5 / 5 stars

Decent grinder

First time using a hand grinder and it made all the difference to my home brewing adventure. Shots can be varied and crema is amazing compared to the cheap electric grinder I was using that never went fine enough. Although if making more than a few cups, the hand does get a little tired from gripping hard, as the surface material is immaculately polished. Needs your own cleaning brush and maybe a nice small bag to keep when not in use. Highly recommended!

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2/26/2019 8:22:10 PM

5 / 5 stars

Excellent grinder

Great size in the hand and I found in easy to grind. The lid prevents popouts and it’s EASY to clean. Perfect adjustment for all but fine tuning espresso grind ( although I know there’s an upgraded drive shaft that double the ‘clicks). Having tried the LidoE and Kinu M47, I found this to be the most pleasurable to use.

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2/11/2019 4:27:10 PM

5 / 5 stars

I really enjoy this device,

I really enjoy this device, grain the coffee beans fine & serve my purpose.

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2/7/2019 2:39:11 AM

5 / 5 stars

Worth the price

Not cheap, but incredibly well made.

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2/4/2019 4:16:43 AM

5 / 5 stars

Perfect for Pour Overs

Thanks, Prima for quick shipping and for carrying this (consistently) in the US. The grinder: I opened the box, unwrapped this beast and just held it for a bit. It feels incredible in hand - heavy, smooth, perfectly proportioned for people with medium/ large sized hands. The adjustment mechanism is nice and the clicks feel secure/ substantial. I found a nice setting for pour over and gave it a shot. Preface, I own a Made by Knock Feldgrind 2 (from Prima). While it is OKAY for pour overs (it shines with espresso), it is no match for the Comandante. I sipped my first V60 from this grinder and was shocked by how much flavor clarity I was getting. With the feld, I was always getting a slightly savory, call it "off", flavor, which in my estimation was due to fines. With this, I'm not getting any of that whatsoever. The grind is even with surprisingly few boulders. I've been using it for 2 weeks and am thoroughly impressed. It's easy to use, beautiful to look at, and makes me want to make more coffee in a day than I probably should. I'm a proud owner!

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2/1/2019 3:01:15 AM

5 / 5 stars

Works great

Works great

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2/1/2019 5:51:24 AM

5 / 5 stars

Premium!

A very well made product. Consistent, uniform grind every time. Worth the investment if you’re a fancy coffee lad / lass.

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6/16/2018 12:00:00 AM

5 / 5 stars

Great

Pulling out tasting notes that were just hinted at before this grinder. Great quality. Great flavors.

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6/12/2018 12:00:00 AM

5 / 5 stars

Having used a few lower

Having used a few lower price point grinders (hario, porlex, etc), as well as the Lido E, I‰Ûªve found the Comandante requires the least amount of effort and adjusting the grind is very straightforward as well. Love the functionality and design, very happy with the purchase.

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5/20/2018 12:00:00 AM

5 / 5 stars

Impressive performance

I just tried the Comandante C40...and it is awesome! It allows for quick grinding with controlled and consistent size.

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2/1/2019 1:03:43 PM

4 / 5 stars

Good, but expensive.

Good, but expensive.

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6/2/2019 6:35:34 AM

1 / 5 stars

Unstable

It worked well for the first few weeks, but then it wouldn’t hold the grind setting. It kept getting loose for some reason, grinding coarser and coarser to the point where I just decided to return it because I had to keep adjusting it.

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9/24/2019 11:08:53 AM

5 / 5 stars

Satisfied Customer!

I own a cheap electric grinder. I decided to buy this high-end hand grinder to see what the fuss is about. It is expensive. I believe owning 2 electric grinders would be stupid of me so I decided why not. After brewing my first batch with the Comandante i was surprised on the clarity. I might be stupid enough to buy another one for office brews and keep this one for home brews. This Zebra model is so sexy that waking up in the morning to make breakfast with her is considered cheating. :) sorry babe!

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5/7/2019 3:21:21 AM

5 / 5 stars

WOW

Yes wow, the very first cup right off the bat as soon as it was delivered, it was intelligentsia kenya. Recently buying and trying out Vario w with steel burrs as well as Lido 3, I can say with confide this is far better and it was easily seen in quality of cup. I returned both Vario n Lido3, keeping Comandante C40. The handle is so nice, grinding so easy with little effort. The grind timing is longer as compared to Lido but the quality and comfort and feeling is so good that makes every penny worth. I definitely recommend it.

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4/19/2019 9:09:35 PM

5 / 5 stars

Stunning Grinder

I got into coffee about a year ago... Purchased pre-ground due to its grind consistency... Purchased a cheap $30 hand grinder in order to try some local freshly roasted beans, and the taste was good but there was always something off about it, the mouthfeel, the inconsistent extraction, which can't be masked by good flavor. Flash to last week when I ordered a Lido and decided to return it because I didn't enjoy the feel of it and also due to further research online regarding grind consistency. The C40 is almost unanimously rated as the top manual grinder regarding grind consistency and the amount of fines it produces. I personally do not brew espresso at home, otherwise there's a chance I wouldn't have gotten this grinder and probably would've opted for a Kinu which I may in the future... For my brew methods (Aeropress, V60, Chemex, bee house, occasionally a Moka pot and more rarely a French press, this grinder is perfect, there is nothing like the feeling of grinding, the grind consistency, build quality, heft, it's all phenomenal. The clicks are solid and it's quick and easy to set with the Red Clix add on for extra precision if you want it. The main aspects of the grinder were built to last for a lifetime and you can easily buy replacement parts online if needed should you break the most fragile parts (the lid connected to the grinding arm, the glass jar). Excellent quality and a decent price when you consider it a grinder for life.

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1/28/2019 3:33:35 PM

5 / 5 stars

Smooth as butter

I don't have a whole lot of experience with other manual grinders and nothing else in this price range, so take my review with that in mind. I have a Hario Skerton pro which works fine but is very slow, and a porlex mini grinder that I use at work that I like better than the Skerton as it's faster. I was reluctant to spend this much on a grinder to replace the skerton at home. I'm glad I did. This grinds quite a bit faster than the skerton, the grind selection is intuitive, the grind is consistent, the materials are excellent, the wood handle is very ergonomic, the size is reasonably space efficient. What's harder to quantify is, when you grind with this, it just has these feeling of quality, it's hard to explain how smooth it is compared to my other grinders it just feels like a precision piece of engineering. Does that "feeling" really matter? Objectively, probably not, but it's just a very satisfying contraption to use, hand grinding with the Skerton was a chore that had me considering moving to an electric grinder for home use, with this beauty hand grinding is a pleasure, it's just a satisfying part of the morning routine now.

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9/13/2018 5:46:39 AM

5 / 5 stars

Awesome

Great grind, great taste, great performance! What a great product.

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