The runner-up recommendation also comes from Hario. The Japanese glass company has been excelling at budget friendly manual coffee grinders for years. The Skerton is no exception. It is designed to a high standard and produces a great result. It is more than capable of holding its own against the higher priced electric grinders.
When looking at the Skerton, the first obvious difference is the materials used and the volume jar. The style is reminiscent of the classic coffee grinders being somewhat short and plump with a curvilinear side profile like an hourglass.
The glass cannister will hold 100g of grinds which is almost four times more than the Slim. If you prefer to have the extra storage capacity which will allow you to produce a full day’s worth of grinds at one time this will offer these advantages.
The internal mechanism is very similar to the slim. Both use conical ceramic burrs. Both use the same spring-loaded adjustment mechanism to set the grind size. There are 17 clicks fixing the burrs within a whisper of contact although the way to … Like the slim the burrs are high quality and the crown jewel of this grinder. They are capable of high quality grinds without overheating your sensitive beans.
The Skerton with it’s stout, bulky profile is not as portable as the slim resigning it and is better suited in a stay at home role. It has a glass jar with lid that to store the grinds for future use. Of course, it’s always recommended to use the grinds as quickly as possible to maximize freshness. The plaster hopper is wider and has more volume than the slim but is threaded to the base jar in a similar fashion. The glass jar can be easily unscrewed from the grinding mechanism and stored with an airtight lid.
This grinder is easy to adjust and can manage a range of grind types. The adjustment nut can run the gamut from fine grinds suitable for Turkish coffee all the way up to coarse grinds for French press brews and everything in between.
Whereas the slim produces the right amount for an espresso, the skerton may be better suited to French press drinkers since it produces 100g and will accommodate the fact that French press requires more grinds. Also, cold brew coffee which requires coarser grounds will be suited by this grinder. It should be noted that coarse grind consistency is not a strong point of the Skerton. There will be some finer grinds mixed in and this is the result of a slight amount of instability in the drive shaft. This problem is corrected on newer versions of the skerton where the drive mechanism is stabilized. If you have the older version it is possible to modify your grinder with after market parts to increase the rigidity. Personally, I feel it will not be a noticeable issue for most people and only the most particular among us will be troubled by the coarse grind consistency.
Washing the grinder is straightforward. It can easily be disassembled without tools and thoroughly cleaned. Buy this version if you require more quantity of grinds and are not in need of portability. Consider another option if you are particular about coarse grind consistency for brews such as the French press.