Video Overview | Hario Coffee Hand Grinder Skerton

Video Overview | Hario Coffee Hand Grinder Skerton

Dec 9th 2014 Written by daniel.hurd

The Skerton hand grinder by Hario is designed to provide coffee lovers with an inexpensive means to having freshly-ground coffee, whether they’re trotting the globe or relaxing at home. Its conical ceramic burrs and adjustable grind settings provide a custom grind at an affordable price, so you can have a flavorful brew whenever you’re craving a cup.



Hey, Chris here with Prima Coffee Equipment. Today we're taking a look at Hario Skerton Hand Grinder. This is about as solid as hand coffee grinders come. Let's take a look at what makes this everything that it is.

Hario Coffee Hand Grinder Skerton

Inexpensive means to have freshly-ground coffee, even while traveling with a light load.

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At the top, we have a really big hopper, with a very comfortable handle right at the top of it, grinding chamber is beneath here. This is actually made of glass, and it kind of resembles a mason jar, with the threading. You can actually use mason jars as grinding chambers instead.

We have a rubber boot at the bottom that makes it really easy and stable for grinding on a surface. It feels very comfortable, and this has minimal strain on the body when you're grinding that way.

Now, let's take it apart. One of the things that makes this grinder unique for hand grinders is that it sort of locks in place. You actually have to unscrew the handle and a few of the other components to adjust the grind setting. To some, that seems a little bit inconvenient. Actually, if you're used to sticking at one grind setting, it can be very useful, so that you don't accidentally change it at all. That's how you adjust right there, spinning that ring.

You can see I already have some coffee in there. Inside of this, we have some conical ceramic burrs, and they're the same burrs that are inside of Hario's Mini Mill, but one difference is that these aren't spring-loaded. We find that there's a little bit of a difference in the consistency coarse setting between this grinder and the Mini Mill, slightly favoring the Mini Mill, actually.

This is still a very solid hand grinder that we recommend for single cup pour over service. Because of the size of the Skerton - really large hopper, really large grinding chamber - it's actually preferable, we think, for large pour over batches. That means if you were looking to make, say, a large Chemex for a group or something, this is actually a good hand grinder, if you're using a hand grinder.

The Mini Mill, only holding a little bit less, isn't going to do quite as well for that. Now, the glass grinding chamber at the bottom here also comes with a lid, so if you're looking to transport ground or whole bean coffee really, you can store it very easily and safely right in there. Skerton gives you access to a full range of different grind settings. Pour over, aeropress, French press, even close to espresso - everything in between, too.

It's a really solid hand grinder, we recommend it for anybody who's not necessarily packing light to travel, but they want a small grinder they can power with their hand, and they want to do larger batches of coffee. Hario Skerton, I think you'll enjoy it. Thanks for watching.

Dec 9th 2014 daniel.hurd

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