Posted on May 19, 2009 by Mike
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.