Video Overview | LIDO Basic Hand Grinder

Video Overview | LIDO Basic Hand Grinder

Nov 11th 2022 Written by Ragan LaTour-Kelley

The new LIDO Basic maintains everything there is to love about Orphan Espresso LIDO grinders, but with some brilliant new improvements. Fully equipped in both capacity and burrs, the Basic is ready to grind for large batch sizes, but thanks to its newly improved grind adjustment knob, making minor changes to your grind size is a breeze.


Orphan Espresso LIDO Basic

LIDO Basic white background

New external grind adjustment knob

Hey there, it's Ragan from Prima Coffee and this is the Orphan Espresso Lido Basic. The Lido Basic has taken everything there is to love about Lido hand grinders, and made some really great new improvements that we're really excited about.

So internally, the Lido basic is pretty much identical to the Lido 3. It's equipped with the 48 millimeter Etzinger burr set. It has the Diecast handle with the integrated funnel that makes loading your coffee bean super easy. It's got a dual axle and roller bearings for additional grinding stability and consistent particle size. It's got that really great BPA free 70 gram hopper that makes grinding for larger batches possible. As for new features the Lido Basic has an external grind adjustment ring. So if you've ever used one of the previous models of Lido you know there is a learning curve that comes with it. It can be difficult but they have made it very, very simple. All you have to do is loosen your knob and you can make those step-less grind adjustments, lock it up and you're good to go. Also, it has a fixed handle instead of the travel handle and that makes for additional stability when you're grinding.

So what really makes the Lido Basic stand out from the crowd is the simplicity that comes with it. The external grind adjustment ring. This is the only model of the Lido with that but even in the world of other manual grinders there's usually an internal grind adjustment and this allows you to make those easy adjustments. So this grinder is a great option for somebody looking for really great grind consistency on your larger batch sizes. So if you're brewing with a Chemex or an automatic brewer this is the ideal hand grinder.

So let's see the Lido Basic in action. Like I said, it can grind for larger batch sizes. So we are gonna grind for a 45 gram Chemex. Let's go ahead and change our grind adjustment. So all you do is loosen the knob and for this size we're gonna make a full revolution and a fourth a turn and then we'll lock it back into place. Pour the beans into the really great integrated funnel. See, no beans flying around. It's created to have a base when grinding 'cause it is such a large grinder. I'm gonna put a cloth down and we are going to grind. And you get really great grind consistency with the Lido Basic, which is nice. And we're gonna go ahead and brew a Chemex. Brewing or grinding for a Chemex rather with a Lido, 45 grams takes about a minute, which is very quick for such a large batch. The grinder really is the most important part of your brewing setup. And with a good grinder like the Lido you're gonna get that great particle uniformity and you're gonna be left with a delicious balanced cup of coffee.

Now, like any other piece of equipment it does have its limitations, and in this case it is the fixed handle. It prevents you from putting it into the neoprene traveling case but honestly, the Lido is a rather large grinder that's not great for travel to begin with. It also, although it can grind for espresso the Lido 3 is the better option due to its micro adjustment.

So if you are on the market for a manual grinder that is capable of grinding for really large batch sizes and you want simplicity in your grind adjustments, the Lido Basic is a great option. If you have any questions, please drop them in the comments below and you can find the Orphan Espresso Lido Basic online at And thanks for watching.

Nov 11th 2022 Ragan LaTour-Kelley

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