You are here
Video Overview | Comandante C40 MKIII Hand Grinder
Hey, friends. Caleb here with Prima Coffee. Today we're going to be taking a look at the Comandante C40 MKIII Nitro Blade Hand Grinder. As you can tell, it's especially attractive on the outside, but it doesn't stop there. It has some great internals as well. So let's go ahead and take a look at the outside and then we'll get to the inside. As you can tell, over here, there is an oak wood pommel, which is…it's a nice size, actually. It fits in the palm of your hand, makes for easy turning. It's connected to the stainless steel crank, which is also connected to a plastic lid, and then that attaches to the stainless steel axle that runs to the burrs. Continuing on the outside, we have this wood veneer. So it's a very thin piece of wood that's wrapped around a pretty thick piece of stainless steel.
- Comandante C40 MKIII Hand Grinder
Below that, we have a glass grounds bin. So that's kind of a unique thing for a hand grinder. It has the stainless steel body and then the glass grounds bin. Not a lot of them have that. Both the hopper and the grounds bin hold about 40 to 45 grams of coffee. The Comandante also comes with a second grounds bin. It's a brown glass with a lid. The lid fits both the glass and the clear one. So that's nice if you're going to be traveling. You can take some extra beans with you. So let's go ahead and open it up and take a glance at the inside. So internally, we have a plastic frame that's kind of holding that axle in place so you don't get any of that wobble. So you're going to get very consistent grind, which is really nice.
So this stainless steel axle connecting to the stainless steel ball bearings going down to the burrs that are specifically crafted by Comandante. They're unique to them. They're very sharp, very consistent. And Comandante says you can use it for other things as well, like pepper or other spices. So yeah, we have a great internal structure. It's going to be very consistent. Changing the grind is quite simple. You just remove the glass grounds bin, put the lid back on, then you've got to hold it in place, and then you just turn this plastic knob on the bottom. You can turn it to the right to get a finer grind. Turn it to the left to get a little bit coarser. Really you can get a broad range of grind sizes, so anywhere from espresso all the way up to something for a French press. Now, it's a step grinder, so it's not necessarily ideal for grinding for espresso, but you can get there and you can get some pretty good shots with it.
But the fact that it is a step grinder makes it pretty nice for brewing like a V60. You find the spot that you like and then you can return to that same number again, which is nice. So I'll go ahead and replace the grounds bin and we'll just show you how it grinds. So again, this holds…the hopper holds about 45 grams of coffee, as well as the grounds bin. But replace that and there's just like no wobble at all. You can move the handle, but the axle isn't moving, which is really nice. So then you just crank it around. It's very smooth, easy to use. We'll just grind a little bit up and I'll show it to you in my hands. Let's remove that. So we got a finer grind, something more for like a V60 or something. So as you can tell, it's very consistent grind size. So yeah. So that is the Comandante C40 MKIII Hand Grinder, and it's great on the outside and on the inside. Thanks for watching.