Kinu M47 Traveler Manual Coffee and Espresso Grinder

Product Code
m47-traveler-kinu-sp
$229.00

Summary

Brew amazing coffee anywhere with the Kinu M47 Traveler. Featuring the same 47 mm coated steel burrs as its bigger sibling, the Traveler's lower weight and smaller stature make it even easier to pack into a bag for a weekend away.

Measurements

Weight
2 lbs
Length
4.5 in
Width
4.5 in
Height
10 in

Details

Great news: Kinu quality can now be found in a lighter and more compact package! The M47 Traveler features the very same 47 mm conical steel burrs as the original M47, but Kinu has trimmed down the size and weight to make it all the more travel-friendly. While the grinding mechanism, including the crossbars, bearings, shaft, and handle, are all steel, the body is now made of aluminum, and the catch cup and various other trim parts are made of ABS plastic. This means the M47 Traveler weighs about a full pound less than the original M47, as well as being more compact. The hopper capacity is reduced, but still holds about 25-30 grams of whole beans, with a catch cup capacity of 30+ grams for ground coffee.

Grind adjustment is also the same as the original: the adjustment wheel features 50 micro-steps which each correspond to 0.01 mm of burr travel. Grind quality is also equivalent in our experience, with espresso and fine drip settings (2-5 full rotations of the adjustment wheel) shining with great flavor clarity, while coarser settings can experience slightly more fines that muddy the flavor. At any end of the grind range the flavor quality in the cup is still quite good, making the Traveler an excellent companion to pack for a road trip.


Features

What's in the box:

  • Kinu M47 Traveler Hand Grinder
  • User manual

Features:

  • Compact and lightweight with sturdy steel where it counts
  • 25-30 gram capacity
  • 47 mm conical steel burrs with Black Fusion treatment (31.6 mm inner cone burr, 47 mm outer ring burr)
  • Micro-stepped grind adjustment, 50 clicks per revolution
  • Steel ball bearing mounts for smooth turning
  • 5 year manufacturer warranty
  • Weight: 598 g (1.3 lbs)
  • Dimensions: 2.5" D x 6.7" H, 6.5" W with handle attached
  • Materials: aluminum and ABS plastic body, stainless steel grinding mechanism and handle, ABS plastic catch cup
  • Made in Germany

Specifications

Specifications:
Manufacturer: Kinu
Model: M47 Traveler
Dimensions 6.7 in. (H) x 2.5 in (D) x 6.5 in. (W) (with handle)
Weight 1.3 lb
Capacity: 25-30 grams (hopper)
Capacity: 30-40 grams (catch cup)
Burrs: Conical steel, coated. 31.6 mm (inner cone), 47 mm (outer ring)
M47 Traveler User Manual
4.61538 stars, based on 13 reviews

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10/12/2019 4:41:27 AM

5 / 5 stars

Best hand grinder I have used

Bought this for my travel kit. Very glad I did. Great grinder

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9/10/2019 2:21:34 AM

5 / 5 stars

Amazing grinder

Been using a Hario skerton for a long time then upgraded to this grinder. Has made a ridiculous difference in both the flavors I've been able to pull out, consistency and pleasantness of coffee making. My only gripe is the static in the catch up. Although you could think of this has a positive attribute since those fines (mostly the papery component) don't enter your Brew. Overall I highly recommend this grinder especially if you have a low end electric/hand grinder. Dealing with prima has been nice too as someone from Canada!

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8/17/2019 1:22:46 PM

5 / 5 stars

Like experiencing home espresso again for the first time

The M47 Traveler has been amazing in the short time I've had it. The size of the grinder itself is great--it feels like a beefy Porlex, not too big not too small--without being too heavy or too cumbersome while on the move. The grinding is great. Espresso takes more elbow grease, for sure, but a fine Kalita or V60 grind is quick and easy. There have been about three or four times when I have been grinding light roasts for espresso that I've wanted to give up--and you wonder if there isn't a rock between the burrs. But as far as I am concerned that's just a part of hand grinding coffee. A *possible* remedy to this would be installing the Original M47's handle as the handle on the Traveler, as I understand it, is a little shorter than the M47's. The added torque you could achieve with the M47 handle (if they are in fact interchangeable) would definitely help a lot with the lighter roast coffees being ground for espresso. As for the performance of the grinder, it's amazing, honestly. I brew with a Flair manual lever espresso maker and with my Virtuoso and Sette I've only ever had a very small range of grind size choices that would allow me to make espresso without either choking the portafilter or having the brew water gush right through the puck. Besides the consistency in grind size, the clarity of each cup has been far superior to the cup clarity I have gotten from other grinders. I am excited to continue using this grinder for my daily coffee ritual.

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7/25/2019 1:02:09 AM

5 / 5 stars

Love my M47 Traveler

Josh and Ryan were a great help when I was picking out my new hand grinder. Their research and testing of this model at my request ensured I was getting just what I was looking for in a hand grinder. The grind is very consistent and easily repeatable as I switch back and forth between French press grind and espresso. The quality of the grounds is right up there with my Macap grinder, probably better since it needs to be cleaned.

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7/2/2019 10:47:34 AM

5 / 5 stars

Kinu traveler

Takes a bit to get it dialed in, works great!

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6/12/2019 5:21:28 AM

5 / 5 stars

Perfect travel grinder; top notch build and grind quality

Comes with a nice travel bag that fits my entire V60 kit and grinder/beans. Excellent build quality and perfect size for an aeropress, V60-02 or other single cup brewing options. The thumb rest (anti-rotation mechanism) is incredibly helpful and makes it more comfortable to use than my other hand grinders. Easily fits 25g of beans (may be able to squeeze a few more grams but this is my dose and is mostly full), and grind time is not long at all. Would highly recommend this product and prefer it for travel over my Lido E-T.

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6/12/2019 6:05:55 AM

5 / 5 stars

Was worried the traveler size would be difficult, I was wrong

This hand grinder is a joy to use. Adjusting the grind size is easy, it has good ergonomics for grinding, and produces decent grinds. I use it primarily for pour overs. I have used the Lido-E for over year previously. I can't compare grind quality because I don't have that one anymore. I would say this one is MUCH easier to change grind settings on. With the Lido-E I never messed with it after getting it "dialed in", on this one I can easily change the grind coarseness based on the beans I'm using to actually have it set properly.

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6/8/2019 11:39:14 PM

5 / 5 stars

Top notch grinder for espresso

Bout hit for travel, and very impressed with the quality (feels very solid and high end in a hand). Not sure if I would have bought my $2k grinder if I got this one first.

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5/26/2019 9:14:30 PM

5 / 5 stars

Love it

Wonderful. Puts my Amazon hand grinder to shame. Wish I bought it sooner. Great build quality and great grind quality.

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5/7/2019 2:46:24 AM

5 / 5 stars

Awesome grinder

Consistent for espresso, pour overs, and Aeropress. It is surprisingly easy to switch between the grind sizes for different brew methods and surpassingly easy to grind even for espresso.

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6/15/2019 1:43:00 PM

4 / 5 stars

grinds well and no noise!

grinds well and no noise!

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4/28/2019 4:22:54 AM

5 / 5 stars

Consistent grind, Precision German manufacturing. Definitely a Kinu.

The Kinu m47 Traveller feels and behaves just like its heavier brother, the M47. It's a full pound lighter (though it still weighs almost 1 1/2 pounds so it's still no lightweight) but the grind is as precise as any hand grinder I have used. I frequently use a Lido 3 E and it grinds at least as well. The great news is it fits in my travelling coffee kit and I don't have to compromise my grind when travelling with something inferior like a Porlex. Yes, it's pricey, but so are my beans and you are seriously getting what you pay for. Kinu has a great reputation for excellent grinders and this one is no exception. Also, it is much more simple to disassemble for cleaning than the bigger M47. No hitting anything with a hammer..... Also, when you put it all back and reset your grind, it will be exactly where it was before you took it apart! That's precision! The components feel like they are built to last a lifetime. At this price, they better... :)

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8/3/2019 2:33:43 PM

1 / 5 stars

Disappointing.

For reference, I've used the Lido 3 for a couple of years. I wanted to move on from it because it's pretty large and and a stripped screw basically made it impossible to access the hopper for cleaning. Pros: Really good grind adjustment, build quality, grind quality, ease of assembly/disassembly. Presumably nice warranty. It's a joy to be able to dial in a particular bean. It's light. Cons: Grinding for espresso just isn't a realistic option and, while dialing it in for pour-over is a joy, the form factor of the grinder make grinding light-roasts for pour-over very frustrating, which is pretty unforgivable for a grinder that costs 230. Moreover, It isn't as portable as you think, or whatever tradeoffs you get for the portability aren't worth it. I'll first start off with the thumb stopper, then the short hopper, then the handle. The thumb rest is bad: (1) it isn't preferable to getting a full grip on the grinder; (2) isn't an adequate alternative to sandwiching it between your thighs, which the short hopper prevents you from doing; (3) seriously useless if grinding at espresso grind settings; 4) even if you disagree with (1) to (3), straining that muscle between the thumb and index finger is the last thing I want to do. To show (1), consider what is stronger: your forearm muscles or that tiny muscle between your index and thumb? Then consider that getting a full-grip uses your forearm muscles more. Moreover, the thumb stopper is affixed to the grinder, so you can't just throw it in some tube neoprene sleeve — it, dare I say, sticks out like a sore useless thumb. The short hopper basically makes it such that the beans will fly out if you tilt the grinder at all. This means that you need to keep the grinder perpendicular to the ground while grounding. The issue is that the grinder seems to struggle even grinding at relatively coarse settings for pour-over, compared to the Lido 3. At espresso grind settings, it's a joke quite frankly, unless you're grinding beans that are just completely carbonized. So, it's a struggle to keep it perpendicular to the ground and the thumb rest is of no help here. What this means is that whatever portability you gain by having a relatively short hopper is negated by the fact that the grinding experience is compromised and arguably worse than its cheaper alternatives. As a side-note, the aluminum construction of the grinder is nice, till you try to keep that thing perpendicular to the ground as you try to grind. It can get slippery. Lastly, the handle. You gotta take it out really, if you wanna throw it in a sleeve and/or in a bag. And figure out where you want to put that expensive piece of a handle. Doesn't come with a case or neoprene thingy to travel with.

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