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.