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Porlexes have a pretty good reputation here as a somewhat better yet nothing to replace a Lido or something which is close to perfect. There's this model the tall and then a shorter/smaller model but they're pretty much identical. There's not as much info on these if you want to mod/repair them but their build quality seems to be good enough to not have to worry about it until you get into coffee. Also metal construction > Plastic hario
You're in a good place, actually. Too course is WAY easier than too fine. You could try an old hammer trick. Also, some Hand Grinders are very cheap and make acceptable grind for pour-over. I use this one.
At the end of the day, you may have to break-down and get a Burr Grinder. Expensive but my main concern with grocery grinders is that they're never cleaned so you're picking up moldy rotten coffee bean oils from 10 years of use.
How big a difference would a gooseneck kettle make over a normal kettle?
I currently use a Porlex hand grinder (like this). I'm spotting inconsistencies in the grind at times, but seeing as I usually brew with an Aeropress is it that big a deal?
I'd suggest a Porlex hand grinder if you're looking to use the AeroPress while camping, and still want fresh ground coffee. It fits inside the AeroPress, so packs super well.
Looks a bit like a porlex. I wouldn't use it in a machine without a pressurized portafilter. If you feel comfortable with it, get the Gaggia classic but keep the pressurized Porta filter for now. Save up, buy a better grinder and start upgrading the Gaggia. Good luck!
It was the Porlex JP 30. But as you said, it's likely not designed for espressos. Ugh... I just want a serviceable espresso grinder for this machine. I don't need it to be amazing or cost an arm and a leg.
If you want a pretty good hand grinder I use the Porlex JP-30
Been using it for a year and just replaced the burrs. I love the thing if you're down for a little manual labor prior to your cup.
If you’re looking to get a hand grinder I highly recommend going for a porlex or rhinowares instead. They’re not that much more expensive than a hario and imo the porlex the best grinder for the Budget price range by far, followed by the rhinowares.
I’ve tried my uncle’s hario mill and the axle wobbles like crazy when I try to brew a filter, giving huge pieces. Even brand new ones I tried at the store feel flimsy and wobble badly, and they’re not exactly cheap here. Many specialty cafes/websites carry the porlex so try your local ones.
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There’s a smaller and a larger model, but unless you’re brewing for multiple people the small should suffice. I know this doesn’t exactly answer your question regarding the differences between the different hario models but if you’re getting a grinder I think this would be relevant.