I read several positive reviews of the Hairo Hand Grinder, and thought about ordering one, but decided against it because I thought my wife would think I was silly for buying another grinder. However, I went to Sage in south Tulsa and they had them in stock for less than I saw online, so I had to, and I am glad that I did. I knew my electric burr grinder was a cheap one, but the quality of the grind, and as a result the coffee, doesn’t even come close to this little $32 hand crank device. I made a simple pour-over as soon as I got it and was very pleased with the result. A friend came over for dinner that night and we used it for a moka pot. He was sold on it right away(and the moka pot). Now that was something, because this guy is a Keurig drip coffee drinker, and this made such an impression that he is willing to go to hand grinding whole beans and brewing on a stove-top with a moka pot.
Hairo makes a few different types of hand grinders, and the one that I bought is their most compact design. It is very small and not well suited for grinding large amounts of coffee. Since my wife does not drink coffee, I am usually brewing for one, so this works perfectly for most of my applications. One feature that I like is the lid on top. Several other hand grinders are open and must sit flat and still while grinding. I like that I can hold it and walk around while grinding without worrying about spilling. Adjusting the grind is very easy. There is a knob under the burrs that you twist to get a fine or coarse grind and it clicks with each turn. If you are switching between different types of brew methods, you can remember the number of clicks from one to the other and some of the guessing can be eliminated once you find the sweet spot for each method.
I suppose I should explain why the grind is so good. It has everything to do with the ceramic burrs. It is designed very well and gives you a consistent grind whether you are going fine or coarse, and I was also amazed at how fine of a grind this can produce. It is definitely good enough for espresso. Being ceramic, you don’t have to worry about the burrs getting dull on you. With electric grinders, you get what you pay for to an extent, but with this grinder you can get a grind as good as a $500+ machine would produce for under $40. What you don’t get is speed and automation. You have to do the work, but then you can enjoy the fruits of your labor.