Remember the old GSI grinder that was shaped like a flying saucer? That was a grinder that I first found in Moab, and really was the first I'd seen that was portable enough to take on travels and adventures. But unwieldy. I once sat in the back seat of a 4WD truck on the bumpiest road in Colombia, and ground a pound of coffee for a farmer I was on my way to visit, gnarling my knuckles in the process.
This new redesign by GSI is a dramatic change from that first version, and I really like it. The barrel is small and manageable. Hold it with one hand and grind with the other - the action seems smoother and the ceramic burrs are supported in two places for less rocking and better grind consistency. To use, simply pull the handle/lid assembly off and pour in the coffee. The grinder will only hold 25 grams of coffee, so it's definitely a compact, one-cup grinder. The ground coffee falls into a cup at the bottom of the grinder, which is removed by pulling straight off. The handle turns over for easy packing down to 6.25"H x 2.75"W at 265 grams. (And my knuckles look so pretty I could be a hand model.)
We have been carrying various models of Baratza grinders over the past several years, as they've refined their grinders, made them easier to use, and implemented the use of more durable, higher-grade parts. Currently, their base model grinder is the...
Features like a weighted base, 40 individual grind settings, a new 2nd generation gearbox (GB2.0), efficient DC motor, and a combination of electric and gear speed reducers to slow the burr revolutions to 450 RPM keeping the grounds cool and...