JavaPresse Manual Coffee Grinder Review

Let me introduce to you the JavaPresse Manual Coffee Grinder. I’ll start off by saying that a manual hand coffee grinder isn’t for everyone, so if you don’t like to put a bit of elbow grease into making your morning coffee you’d better stop reading. However, for those of you who do enjoy breaking a sweat to get that perfect brew, keep on reading.

Over the years I’ve had my hands on a few good manual coffee grinders, in fact, recently I’ve been using a Hario coffee grinder. The Hario Skerton grinder is currently my daily go-to when I’m at home. It’s a good coffee grinder and features a conical burr mechanism, but I find it a bit bulky if I want to grind coffee when I’m traveling; it simply takes up too much space in my luggage.

JavaPresse Coffee Grinder

That all changed when I stumbled across the JavaPresse coffee grinder. After reading a few reviews online I decided to give it a try, it wasn’t expensive, and it looked like it would be the perfect size to fit inside of my bag and perfect for when I need to grind coffee away from home.​

JavaPresse Manual Coffee Grinder Review

As far as manual coffee grinders go the JavaPresse is a relatively decent buy, and priced at just under $20 (at the time of writing), it isn’t expensive for a ceramic burr grinder. At first glance the build quality of the JavaPresse grinder is excellent, and the brushed stainless steel casing gives it a great look and feel.

JavaPresse manual coffee grinder parts – There are 4 parts to the JavaPresse coffee grinder. You have the bottom collection chamber with a handy glass section that allows you to eyeball the amount of coffee you’ve ground, on top of that you’ve got the main body of the grinder that fits snugly into the bottom chamber, the lid, and the hand crank which you place onto the top.

Javapresse components

The JavaPresse features a built-in adjustable grind selector with over 18-grind settings. By simply turning the dial from left to right you have full control over the coarseness of your grind, whether you’re grinding coffee for a Cold Brew, French Press, Espresso, AeroPress, Turkish, or any other traditional brewing method.

Javapresse grind settings

JavaPresse Coffee Grinder Instructions

Operating the JavaPresse hand coffee grinder is super-easy once you’ve have played around and found the perfect grind setting. However with that said, one of the problems I found was that there aren’t any numbers or any obvious way to know what grind setting you are on – it’s basically just trial and error by just clicking the wheel left and right until you find the right grind setting for your needs.

JavaPresse Coffee Grinder Instructions

I use the JavaPresse mainly with my AeroPress, so I have no real need to change the grind setting once it’s set. Let’s take a closer look at the basics of how to use the JavaPresse manual grinder.

Fix the bottom chamber and the main body together and pour your coffee beans into the hopper then place on the tight fitting lid.

If you need to adjust the grind size remove the bottom chamber and fiddle around with the click-wheel dial to set the appropriate grind size.

Fix the sections back together and place the hand crank onto the top and start slowly grinding your coffee, using a circular motion with the hand crank.

You should feel a bit of friction as you turn the hand crank and you’ll also be able to hear the coffee beans as they get pulled into the ceramic Burr grinding wheels and get broken down.

You can eyeball the amount of coffee you’ve ground by looking through the narrow windows of the bottom chamber. Also, the friction and the cracking of the coffee should become less and will finally stop once all of your beans have been ground.

Javapresse step by step

Overall Impressions of the JavaPresse Coffee Grinder

As I mentioned at the beginning of this review, I was looking for a manual coffee grinder to take with me when I left the house. The JavaPresse Manual Coffee Grinder ticks all of the boxes when it comes to portability and affordability, plus as an added advantage it slides snugly inside of my AeroPress (watch the video right to the end – it fits!).

This makes the JavaPress Grinder even more beneficial when I go on my travels; it takes up hardly any space inside of my luggage – it’s now officially part of my personal coffee travel kit!

One last note: I did read before buying the JavaPresse that others have had issues with the plastic section inside of the shaft breaking, so far (touch wood) I haven’t faced this issue. If I do, I’ll update this review and let you know.

You will probably struggle to find the JavaPresse Manual Coffee Grinder locally, so I recommend buying it online at Amazon who always seems to have stock readily available.

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