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Hario Skerton

Posted on May 19, 2009 by

The latest addition to my kitchen coffee clutter is the Hario Skerton (Skeleton) Hand Mill.  I picked this up from Ben Kaminsky over at Barismo who told me it would “change my perception of dry aroma” (or something to that affect).  But before altering my mind, I first had to figure out how to adjust the grind.  The directions that were included in the box are written entirely in Japanese.  Luckily it isn’t rocket science, and I figured it out pretty quickly.

Although the dry aroma it produces is pretty remarkable, it isn’t the only reason this grinder has quickly become my favorite tool in the box.  Hand mills have always enjoyed near legendary status, especially as the Zassenhaus has become harder and harder to find (ultimately ending production entirely).  I like this grinder because it’s so easy to use, doesn’t have a loud obnoxious motor (unless you tend to grunt a lot), has ceramic burrs, and is compact enough to travel with you wherever you go.  Despite the other grinding options available to me at home, I find myself reaching for the Skerton every single time.

Hario as a company, has always enjoyed a great reputation for their glass.  They make the most coveted syphon brewers out there.  Now with Edwin Martinez helping to bring their products into the States, they should be more widely available soon.  Priced extremely modestly, I expect to see these grinders more and more.  If you can’t wait you can probably still get one from Ben.  He was right about the dry aroma, I sometimes grind coffee just to fill my kitchen with the fragrance.

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  • http://www.airoasters.com Emily

    translation assistance would be greatly appreciated:
    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2430/3547862961_2f4e430ecf.jpg?v=1242817940

  • Josh Hidalgo

    Hi. I just got one of these via eBay, and am looking forward to giving it a try. Do you mind sharing what you figured out about adjusting the grind? Even though it’s not rocket science, it’s beyond my natural curiosity for tinkering. Thanks.

  • http://shotzombies.com/ Mike White

    There are two burrs. One is fixed in place, and the other one rotates. Particle size is controlled by the distance between the two halves of the burr set. In order to make your grind finer you need to close this distance (and vice-versa for a coarser grind) . On the Skerton this is done by removing the handle, and removing the metal piece directly underneath the handle that locks into place on the “gear” below. Turning this gear will adjust the distance between the two burrs. It will require a few adjustments and some testing until you find the perfect grind for your brew method.

  • Josh Hidalgo

    Got it- thanks Mike. I understand that the Hario is supposed to be great for finer grinds, so now I can get them nice and close. I love the thought of taking this camping with some of my popper-roasted beans. Cheers.

  • http://gabelucas.wordpress.com Gabe

    you just sold me. I am getting one when I return from Guatemala.

  • http://shotzombies.com/ Mike White

    You mean when you get back from JUDGING THE COE IN GUATEMALA? Gabe, you’re on fire.

  • http://www.manseekingcoffee.com ManSeekingCoffee

    Someone – I long since forget who – tipped me off to the full adjusting potential. Not only can you macro-adjust as you point out Mike, but with a pair of needlenose pliers you can make micro-adjustments by turning the nut that holds the burr on the shaft. This is probably unnecessary for pour over and FP, but could come in handing if you try to use this thing for home espresso. I don’t bother but it’s the kind of geeky trivia I like to store away just in case I ever find myself in such a position.

  • http://www.smallaxecoffee.com Peter Genuardi

    Hey we’re working on the Skerton in the lab and are getting lots of variability that I think is being causes by horizontal play between the burrs. The bottom of the shaft seems to be floating to much.

    Any of you guys figure out how to keep it steady?

    Also, I’m taking 3 mins to grind 2 oz of coffee when it’s dialed about one turns off hard fixed.

    Thanks for any ideas!

  • http://www.adamhollis.com Adam H.

    I was worried about the horizontal movement as well, but once the burr has beans around it it stabilizes.

  • david

    Mike,
    Thanks for reviewing this interesting gadget.
    I’m wondering if folks find it adequate for espresso — might be helpful for getting an espresso setup up and running at work.

  • John F

    What is the recommended cleaning method for this mill?

  • http://shotzombies.com/ Mike White
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  • josesueyras

    HI,hario grinder es good for moka espresso bialetti? gracias

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  • Kurt

    The hario is perfect for espresso, very even grind. I use it 3 or 4 times daily.

  • Kurt

    The whole thing is dishwasher safe, or hand wash. No harsh chemicals or special cleaners needed. The ceramic burrs will NEVER rust or corrode.

  • Kurt

    There is a modification possible to stabilize the shaft at larger grinds. It's been posted on CoffeeGeek and Amazon. I don't have the link handy right now, but just Google 'Hario Skerton mod' and it should come up.

  • Kurt

    The hario is perfect for espresso, very even grind. I use it 3 or 4 times daily.

  • Kurt

    The whole thing is dishwasher safe, or hand wash. No harsh chemicals or special cleaners needed. The ceramic burrs will NEVER rust or corrode.

  • Kurt

    There is a modification possible to stabilize the shaft at larger grinds. It’s been posted on CoffeeGeek and Amazon. I don’t have the link handy right now, but just Google ‘Hario Skerton mod’ and it should come up.