This grinder is awesome. I have a perfectly good Baratza Virtuoso electric grinder on my kitchen counter, yet I find myself instinctively pouring coffee beans into my Comandante hand grinder each morning. It's the tactile sensation of grinding the coffee by hand, for one thing. But there's more. Sure, this grinder is expensive. But you get what you pay for. The grinders are made in Germany. I hate to generalize a people, but the Germans have long been known for their precision and consistency. And those are the most important details when it comes to a coffee grinder. Those are the details that have been overlooked for so long. Yes, this grinder is beautiful and solidly built. But to take it in your hands, full of coffee beans, and turn the burrs - it's like magic. The wobble of the burrs that plagues so many grinders on the market is completely gone in the Comandante. It's so stable that you can tighten the burrs down and grind for espresso or even Turkish coffee. That's unheard-of. Secondly, the grinding burrs are made of a very hard stainless steel with redesigned cutting surfaces that have been honed and sharpened like a knife. It's hard to describe what this means for grinding coffee, but when you turn the crank, it feels like you are slicing through the coffee instead of crushing it. Such a smooth and pleasurable feeling. The end result of all this is an extremely consistent grind size. Better than I've seen with any grinder. The grind adjustment is stepped and adjustable by 25-30 microns per click (about half the diameter of a human hair) through a full range from Turkish to French Press. Full, the grinder will hold about 40 grams of coffee. And best of all, the coffee I've been brewing with the Comandante is exceptional.
The newly designed MK4 has just been released and we have them in stock! The MK4 is different from the MK3 in two main aspects: the engine frame and the bean jar. The new MK4 is stabilized with a newly-designed frame that keeps coffee beans from getting stuck in the hole that previously received the handle mount on the MK3. The MK4 also comes with a clear polymer jar, as well as the amber glass jar. (See pictures of the new engine frame and polymer jar.) All other features of the C40 remain the same.
We have the new MK4 in Liquid Amber, Alpine Lagoon, Virginia Walnut, American Cherry, BLACK, Red Sonja, and Cobalt.
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