This is by far the most affordable and portable coffee grinder that can yield consistent espresso grind.
I’ve been a fan of the Breville Smart Grinder for more than two years and I’ve been rather happy with it. For home use it’s perfect. Being my primary grinder, especially in these times of pandemic, I do get paranoid with the wear and tear. It’s an appliance, for one thing so the parts are proprietary. Don’t get me wrong — the only issues I have had with it was clumping due to the heated burrs. These times of pandemic however — I can live without an espresso machine but not a grinder. Freshly ground beans are way more important than the coffee method.
The PureFresh Electric grinder is an outlier. It raises the bar of grinders that can do espresso-quality grounds by pulling down the price point to below P10,000.00. In fact, the grinder only costs P7,000.00, just a tad higher than a Krups burr grinder.
The grinder can be fully dismantled and washed (except of course for the motor). The ceramic burrs do not clump up the ground beans as it comes out of the hopper, but since this is a rather small grinder, the manual indicates to rest for 2 minutes for every minute of grinding. So if you’re grinding for 5 minutes, rest for 10. An 18 gram dosage at Pure Fresh’s grind size 7 (on my Wega MiniNova Classic) will yield a 1:1.5 cup of espresso. That 18 grams will take more than 1 minute to completely grind. This is a home grinder or a portable grinder — not really suited for high volume shop use.
Beans: Golden Ticket
Machine: Wega MiniNova
Dose: 18 grams
Grind size 1
After 30 seconds, nothing came out!
Grind size 3
Extraction started after 20 seconds. Got 2 grams out.
Grind size 7
A good sweet spot to start with — 29 grams out in 27 seconds. I love a tgreat 1:1.5.
- P7,000 pesos and can grind finer than my Breville Smart Grinder
- super portable – you can connect it to a car battery or if you have a 12DCV adapter for your power bank, it will work!
- ceramic burr does not heat beans up for clumping
- you can disassemble almost everything
- High pitched sound while grinding might be annoying to some
- generally a slow grinder but we cannot complain especially if you’re upgrading from a Kinu or other manual grinder
Conclusion and Notes
I can see why this was used sa 2019 World Coffee Roasting Championship sa Taiwan. So portable. So versatile.
- For espresso, you’ll obviously need a shot collar.
- Ground loss is around 0.1 grams from the grinder
- 70 grams max per grind; rest 2 minutes for every 1 minute of grinding
- 20 grams is around a little less than 2 minutes depending on grind size. Slower if finest setting of course so if you’re grinding for 5 mins, rest for 10 minutes.