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“You taste differences in the cup, but it’s more than that. These feel like tools, like something that lasts.” Grinding every morning, he says, “you form a bond with it.”
Since their first machine debuted in 2011, they’ve sold over 1,500 grinders, mostly to the self-selecting coffee obsessives on forums like Home Barista and CoffeeGeek. Each one was painstakingly put together by hand in the workshop next to their house. Now, with the Lido 2, they’ve gone through the hoops to mass manufacture their parts in Taiwan, but are still assembling their first run of 500 at home.
The $175 price tag comes from using professional-grade parts, cast metal construction and lots of attention to detail. They also added adjustment mechanisms to stop the teeth from wobbling while crushing up beans. That means the grind is more regular, and more consistent, than many of the hand grinders on the market.
There are other hand grinders that are even cheaper than the Lido 2, such as the Hario Slim ($50) and Porlex Mini ($70). But die-hard coffee lovers contend that with sub-$100 models, you’ll have problems with inconsistent grinds.
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