Hario Skerton Hand Crank Coffee Mill

 

We are happy to offer this hand crank coffee mill from Hario - the Skerton. (I guess there is some debate about the name - some sell it as Skelton, some Skeleton. But the box says Skerton, so we are sticking with that.) The Skerton mill has ceramic burrs and a very sturdy construction. The grind quality is very good, and the mill grinds efficiently, fairly quickly, but not too fast. Like any manual mill, it takes some elbow grease to crank out a grind. But the work out is worth it! It is a conical burr design, so it can do a range of grinds from espresso to a passable French press grind (on the finer side of French press). The top part is plastic, the bottom is a glass jar. The top acts as a lid, so technically you could grind and then store the coffee in the base; but who would do that? It does make a handy travel grinder - especially if you remove the glass part and grind directly into a brewer, like a cone or an Aeropress. Tom has a video posted on YouTube about such a set up.

The grind adjustment is locked in place through this mechanism. To change the setting, you unscrew the top nut, lift the bracket and spin the wheel to a different setting, then replace the bracket and then lock it in by replacing the top nut. So in essence it is a stepped adjustment, not continuous like on the Zassenhaus models.

Hario Skerton Hand Crank Coffee Mill
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The grind adjustment is locked in place through this mechanism. To change the setting, you unscrew the top nut, lift the bracket and spin the wheel to a different setting, then replace the bracket and then lock it in by replacing the top nut. So in essence it is a stepped adjustment, not continuous like on the Zassenhaus models.

The burrs are a conical design, made of ceramic. The burrs turn slowly, typical of a manual mill, so there is never an issue of overheating the grinds.

You need a lot of revolutions to crank out a grind. The handle is removable so the mill is more compact for travelling.