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Video Overview | Orphan Espresso LIDO E-T Hand Grinder for Espresso

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Hey guys, Ryan from Prima Coffee Equipment here. In front of me is the Orphan Espresso LIDO ET, and this grinder is Orphan's take on a portable espresso grinder. It is capable of grinding anywhere from espresso to french press, but it's really strong in the espresso range. So it's constructed of chrome plated aluminum, BPA-free plastic, it's medical grade, it's super durable. Has some silicone parts and also some stainless steel parts. So a couple things that make this grinder really unique. The 40mm conical steel burrs will grind extremely fast, and that's really good news when you're grinding for espresso.

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You don't want that to take too long, because it is really hard work. This will really make that process a lot more efficient. So, the other thing is that it's travel friendly. So you can actually fold this handle and put it inside its Neoprene case, and fit it anywhere in a suitcase or use the strap to carry it. Another thing that makes this grinder unique is its adjustment, and this sets it apart, really, from all the other LIDOs. So it has a finer thread pitch, and that means that a lateral inch of movement, say, with this grinder, will make a smaller difference to the grind size than a change to the LIDO 3 grinder. So, you can make finer adjustments for espresso, and that's really advantageous. So I'm going to grind a little bit here and kind of show you what the grind size looks like.

I'm grinding just about as fine as this thing can go, so it's pretty difficult. Putting work into it here. Take a look at that. That's really, really fine. You don't usually need to grind that fine for espresso. I'll show you one other thing here. To make adjustments to your grind size, what you're going to do is loosen the bottom ring, and then use the line, the black line here, as a point of reference to set your grind size. Clockwise, finer, counter-clockwise for coarser. Then once you've settled on something, use the top ring to lock it down. Just like that. Then you're set. That's it. So that's the LIDO ET. Really great for both home espresso, traveling, and for filter coffee as well. Check it out at Thanks so much. Bye.

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All of the Lido grinders have 48mm conical steel burrs made by Etzinger, which sets them apart from most of the other premium manual grinders which use 38mm burrs. The Lido is most definitely not using 40mm burrs.

You've touched on a very interesting subject: when it comes to conical burrs, where do we measure and why?

On flat burrs, the cutting surfaces extend fully to the outer diameter, so it makes plenty of sense to measure edge to edge. But on conical burrs, the outermost diameter may have absolutely no correlation to the inner cutting surfaces. Sometime the ring burr is extra thick to accommodate screw holes for mounting, while sometimes the ring is more economically sized to save on material cost.

We measured the Lido burrs back when they first came in, and the ring burr measures 40 mm at its bottom outer diameter, where coffee exits the burrs. The cone burr measures 32 mm at its widest point. The widest opening in the ring burr measures about 38 mm. The widest point of the ring burr, at the flared edge at the top, does indeed measure 48 mm.

So perhaps it would be most accurate to say that the Lidos use 32 mm burrs, as that is the diameter of the final cutting surface where the grounds exit the burrs, or 38 mm as that is the widest point of the actual cutting surfaces. There's no real standard here, and broadly speaking conical burr measurements seem to fluctuate between the widest diameter of the burr set, and the widest point of the cone burr alone.

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