Helor 101 Hand Grinder - With Twin Burr Sets

Product Code
helor-101
$259.00

Measurements

Weight
2.09 lbs
Length
9 in
Width
4.5 in
Height
9 in

Details

The Helor 101 is by far one of the smartest hand grinders to hit the market in recent years. It's engineered from the ground up to satisfy the wants and needs of picky coffee enthusiasts, as well as replicate the grind quality of far more expensive commercial grinders as closely as possible. The look and feel make all this obvious, as the unibody aluminum grinder chassis feels extremely solid and precise in the hand, with two steel bearings making for a smooth and stable grind. The big wooden pommel on the handle is both stylish and comfortable to hold, eliminating much of the unpleasant wobble and hand cramping that comes with some other hand grinders. With stepless grind adjustment, you can easily dial in for espresso or dial up to a drip grind with just a few turns of the dial. Both the upper and lower chambers hold between 30-40 grams of coffee - whole beans and ground, respectively.

We've chosen to include both burr sets with our Helor stock, so you can tailor the grinder to whatever your brewing needs may be. The contemporary burr set (identified by the alloy's darker color as well as a more angular primary cutting surface) is more tailored toward espresso grinding and similar fine grinds. The conventional burr set, made of steel and featuring curvier cutting surfaces, excels more in the drip range and eagerly cuts through your doses for a quick grind with great results in the cup.

 

Features

What's in the box:

  • Helor 101 hand grinder with removable grinds catch and handle assembly
  • Twin burr sets: conventional steel burrs which excel at drip brewing grinds, and contemporary alloy burrs for grinding Turkish and espresso
  • Spare o-ring grinds catch seal
  • Rubber grip sleeve
  • Allen wrench and pin tool for burr removal/maintenance

Features:

  • Exceptional construction and grind quality - a superb hand grinder!
  • 30-40 gram capacity
  • Twin 38 mm burr sets to suit your needs: one for finer espresso/Turkish grinds, one for drip and press
  • Comfortable wooden handle
  • Dual steel bearings for smooth and stable grinding
  • Stepless self-locking adjustment ring
  • Unibody aluminum chassis
  • Includes burr removal tools and spare o-ring
  • Weight: 585 grams/1.3 lbs
  • Dimensions: 2.5" W (about 7" including handle) x 6" H (7.7" including handle)
  • Materials: aluminum, stainless steel, metal alloy (contemporary burr), steel bearings, rubber o-rings and sleeve
  • Grinder parts made in China, burrs made in Italy, assembled in Australia
4.77778 stars, based on 18 reviews

Verified Buyer Verified Reviewer

10/12/2018 9:57:45 PM

5 / 5 stars

Love it

This unit is fantastic because it includes 2 burr sets. I haven't tried changing the burr yet, but it looks fairly easy. These units fly off the shelf for good reason and the unit is currently out-of-stock. I am happy with the grind for pour over and iced coffee. I also like the size and convenience. I have a Mazzer electric grinder, but its so huge and heavy that I decided to buy a hand grinder for single servings of pour over. I am very happy with Prima's customer service. Employees were very responsive when I didn't receive an automated order confirmation and sent one manually. Prima also shipped the unit timely and I received it in a couple of days. I plan to buy another unit when the stock is replenished.

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9/25/2018 2:25:30 AM

5 / 5 stars

Great professional grade hang grinder.

It makes really good shots with the mid tier Saeco espresso machine. Very easy to adjust and has a consistent grind size even at the lower at settings. As other reviewers have noted, the handle squeaks. Unlike competitors, it does not come with a cleaning brush or carrying case. These must be purchased separately.

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9/23/2018 10:57:04 PM

5 / 5 stars

Great Buy

Great coffee grinder for V60 pour over. Using the conventional burr set yields a consistent grind. Visually the grinder is beautiful and is easy to use. Would purchase again.

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8/28/2018 2:31:12 PM

5 / 5 stars

Little grinder that could

I am almost exclusively an espresso drinker so I can only comment on that aspect of the grinder. It has exceeded my expectations on that front and I had high expectations when I ordered it. The grinds are fluffy when I pour them into my portafilter (quickmill Alexia evo). I’ve had to play around a bit to get my shot time in the range I like (25ish seconds). The unit feels well made and I like that it’s one block of aluminum. The grind time is fine for me. I owned a lido 3 for two years and have nothing but good things to say about it. Once I switched over to espresso at home I needed a grinder with a more adjustable and better range for espresso. The helor has stepped up for the challenge and performed well so far. I’m satisfied. I wished I could have only bought the model with the alloy contemporary (espresso) burr instead of both but it’s ok. If you try to order it from helor directly it will only save you $9 because of shipping. figured $9 for an extra burr set was a good move. Thanks to the good folks at Prima for all of their help too.

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7/24/2018 2:55:36 AM

5 / 5 stars

Well designed, easy to maintain,

Well designed, easy to maintain, solid performance

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7/16/2018 12:13:57 AM

5 / 5 stars

The best

I’ve tried a bunch. This is the best by far. Smooth operation and consistent grind. Expensive and worth it.

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7/10/2018 2:51:03 AM

5 / 5 stars

Amazing compact hand grinder

I love this thing! I bought it as a travel grinder and it performs beyond my expectations. It even holds up against my main grinder, a MACAP M7D. The build quality is superb in every way, the only improvement I would like to see is a differently shaped knob on the handle. I also own a Knock Feld2 grinder, it also is an excellent grinder and the only thing I prefer over the Helor is the shape and feel of their metal knob. Otherwise I definetly prefer the Helor 101, impecable engeneeringg and craftmanship. At first I thought having the grind adjustment on the bottom would be awkward but after using it everyday for a few weeks I prefer it over the Knock Feld2. Having the grind adjustment on top of the Knock Feld2 is really nice but the trade off is that it's a little finicky sometimes when reinstalling the crank handle after filling the hopper. Not a deal breaker, and something you get used to over time, but I do prefer the design simplicity of the Helor And as far as static coffee retention on the Helor, all I do is give it a couple of bumps on rubber mat and the bottom of the grind chamber is nearly spotless. Highly recommended!

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Verified Buyer

4/16/2017 12:00:00 AM

5 / 5 stars

Fabulous

This is a fabulous hand grinder. We went from a Hario Skerton, to a Porlex, to a OE Lido E .... this is by far the best for ease of use, setting the grind size, for small amounts. We still use the Lido, but now we can have 2 grinders set at different sizes to use. And the Lido for larger amounts. We want hand grinders to minimize our dependence on electricity.

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Verified Buyer

3/21/2017 12:00:00 AM

5 / 5 stars

amazing design and execution

Top-notch build quality, very sturdy and polished feel, love the handle ergonomics and wooden ball for easy grip. Very quick and easy to grind a v60 worth of beans. Also very easy to align the burrs and adjust grind size. Just wish it had arrows for which direction tightens vs. loosens the grind, but I'm sure i'll remember with more time. This grinder outperforms my baratza electric grinders and is perfect for work - small, and totally quiet. A huge huge upgrade from the porlex and hario handgrinders as well.

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Verified Buyer

3/15/2017 12:00:00 AM

5 / 5 stars

Awesome grinder!

Excellent quality. Easy to use. I am using it strictly for espresso. Love that it is easy to use, sturdy. Grind is consistent from shot to shot. Love it! Got it a few weeks ago until I am able to buy a high-end single dose electric grinder. But this is not going anywhere... I might buy another to leave at our vacation home. Glad to see that Prima-Coffee now carries them. I found out after I ordered directly. Could have save some $$. So the second one I buy will be from you guys!

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Verified Buyer

3/14/2017 12:00:00 AM

5 / 5 stars

Helor 101 with both burr sets

So far using just the non-espresso burrs I am completely satisfied with the brew (Clever and FP) grind quality. I have no plans to use espresso burrs as have 68mm conical burr espresso grinder and this Helor101 is eventually being gifted to my family for brew and espresso grinding. Just holding then grinder, it feels of quality. My reference standard portable hand grinder is the Portaspresso Rosco and this Helor 101 feels and grinds like it (just physically smaller circumference and lighter mass). I have used other hand grinder and the Helor 101 is my recommendation for price und $300. The ceramic bearing make turning the handle effortless. My only "cons" is it has smaller circumference vs. other hand grinder so if you have really big hands Helor 101 may not feel right. I'd just recommend using thicker rubber band for gripping. On home-barista.com tread of Helor101, one owner rates if near his two electric Monolith Conical and Flat Burr grinder and states grinds better than HG-1.

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Verified Buyer

3/14/2017 12:00:00 AM

5 / 5 stars

Helor 101 with two burrs

Precision crafted. This thing feels just like a lighter version of Portaspresso Rosco hand grinder (I have used and use that as reference standard for portable hand grinder). The rotation is silky smooth (love the ceramic bearings). The OE Lido2 (current version) feels like a cheap toy compared to this. Grinds for drip is excellent. Yet to use as espresso grinder. Please see home-barista.com thread on Helor101 where one respected member who owns HG-1 and both Monoliths compares then Helor101 output to the Monoliths.

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Verified Buyer

3/7/2017 12:00:00 AM

5 / 5 stars

Awesome grinder

This grinder is awesome! I have another hand grinder and an automatic grinder, both a little more expensive than this one, and the Helor definitely holds its own. The ergonomics are superior, and the grinding is almost effortless as a result. I have used it primarily for espresso thus far, and the grind size looks consistent throughout. My only gripe is Helor refers one to videos on the web to show how to use it, and how to clean it, and does not provide a manual. Well, the videos look nice, but they need more detail. Big Kudos to Prima Coffee for filling the gap with a very detailed video--I would not have been able to change the burrs without it.

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1/25/2017 12:00:00 AM

5 / 5 stars

great grinder for travel

I‰Ûªve been using this grinder for a couple of weeks to grind coffee for my aeropress. It is great and travels well - grinds 18grams of beans easily. It is also very easy to adjust and seems well-built.

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Verified Buyer

1/17/2017 12:00:00 AM

5 / 5 stars

Helor Hand Grinder

Exceptional quality and grind consistency

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7/8/2018 8:01:37 AM

4 / 5 stars

Helor 101

The grinder performs exactly as expected. The contemporary burr cuts extremely effectively and produces very even grounds with verry little retention. My only gripe is that the bob squeaks on the crank arm while grinding which is kind of bothersome, a dab of grease fixes the problem but it would have been nice to not have to fix the thing out of the box.

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Verified Buyer

3/22/2017 12:00:00 AM

4 / 5 stars

great grinder!! (but don't overtighten fragile bearings)

bought this grinder with both sets of burrs but have switched to using mostly the contemporary these days. GREAT for espresso and aeropress - the simple design and stepless adjustments make dialing in a new blend very easy. only problem is that the ceramic bearings are very fragile and i accidentally destroyed them by overtightening the cap onto the drive shaft. however, i was able to find replacement (albeit stainless steel) bearings on amazon very cheaply.

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8/15/2018 7:36:35 PM

3 / 5 stars

Nice grinder, poor quality control and assembly.

I’ve been able to use the Helor for a few days now. There are some nice aspects to the design, but the overall product is really disappointing, mostly due to poor assembly. I had to completely disassemble the grinder to properly align the burrs and eliminate an annoying rattle produced by the outer burr’s anti-rotation insert. This is when I noticed the burrs are already a bit rusty. They should be using coated burrs to avoid corrosion and improve wear lifespan. It’s unfortunate Helor are no longer using ceramic bearings as previously advertised. Out of the box, I was shocked by the its resistance to spindle rotation. The bearing cap was overtightened from the factory, but my now properly assembled Helor still rotates significantly less freely than I’d expected. Another annoying disappointment was the insufferably squeaky handle. All I had to do was take the wood knob off and add a drop of oil, but this should not be needed on a premium product. If you are lucky or fix the issues mentioned above, Helor 101 feels nice, and there are some good aspects to the design. The bent handle improves grinding stability by keeping your hands close together. The o-ring around the catch bin keeps things quiet and stable. If you like the design aesthetic, don’t care about its cost, and don’t mind having to count rotations to determine grind adjustment... I don’t know; I’d still be annoyed by the shoddy assembly quality control. There are better options out there.

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