What's in the Box
- Orphan Espresso LIDO Basic Manual Coffee Grinder
- Custom Hex Assembly Tool
- Cleaning Brush
- Quick Start Guide
A Decade in the Making
Orphan Espresso is by no means a new name in manual coffee grinders. Their LIDO models have been widely popular over the last decade in home brewing circles. However, with the LIDO Basic, Orphan Espresso looked at their grinders from the last ten years, took the best components, sprinkled in a few new ideas, and the LIDO Basic was the end result. A new, fixed handle includes and integrated funnel for easily loading beans into the full-size hopper, which can hold around 70 grams of coffee, and an external, stepless grind adjustment makes dialing in your coffee simpler than ever.
More Stability, More Uniformity
Orphan Espresso wanted to keep die-cast aluminum parts in use throughout the grinder, but, For the LIDO Basic, they opted for the addition of a roller bearing system at the top and bottom of the stainless steel axle housed inside the grinder’s clear hopper. This dual bearing system helps to increase stability of the 48mm, Swiss-made hardened steel burrs, ensuring a clean and uniform particle size when grinding. While the LIDO Basic can certainly be used for grinding espresso, it shines in the medium-fine and medium ranges, making it a phenomenal grinder for pour-overs like the Hario V60, the Kalita Wave, and the Chemex.
An Improved Adjustment System
One of the most important aspects when designing the LIDO Basic was the ability to keep it as a stepless grinder to allow for more precise grind adjustments, according to Orphan Espresso. However, a more user-friendly experience was integrated into the LIDO Basic. Orphan Espresso added a knurled thumbscrew directly below the hopper which locks and unlocks the grind adjustment system. Simply loosen the knob, change your grind setting, and tighten the knob to keep your setting where you left it. This feature provides a more elegant solution to grind adjustment by not having to rely on clicks and limited changes allotted by your coffee grinder.
Large Capacity Hopper
Improved Axle Stability for Higher Consistency
Soft Grip Handle
Diecast Handle with Integrated Funnel
New Fixed Handle
|Etzinger Hardened Steel
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