Tired of shaky burrs? Wrong grind settings? Bad coffees? Junk emails from your boss?
We reviewed the Co man dante C40 hand grinder, a grinder that can convince even the most stubborn coffee makers that grinding by hand is the best way. If this is the coffee grinder you want to buy, keep reading.
In a nutshell Commandante C40
- High-quality, well-designed grinding mechanism
- Consistent and precise grind setting
- Stylish and portable
Comandante C40 review
We took an in-depth look at the Comandate grinder to see how it helps with more than just the grinding part. Sure, we looked at the grind consistency, but we also looked at the build quality, capacity, and a few other things to help you decide if it's the right choice for you. Overall we rated it as follows:
- Grinding consistency: 5 points
- Burr quality: 5 points
- Build quality: 5 points
- Capacity: 4 points
- Portability: 4.5 points
- Maintenance and repair: 5 points
- Price: 3 points
- Total: 4.5 points
Grinding consistency 5 points
The grinding capacity of the Comandante hand mill is impressive. This grinder uses a gradual grind adjustment system that can grind fine enough for Turkish coffee and coarse enough for a french press.
Comandante offers more accuracy and choice for even the most discerning coffee drinker.
The grinders all come out beautifully uniform and thanks to this Comandante C40 the grinder action is smoother and faster.
While expert baristas who grind espresso may want a more precisely adjustable grinder, Comandante offers more than enough accuracy and choice for even the most discerning coffee drinker.
To adjust the grind, unscrew the grinder holder and turn the knob on the bottom of the grinder mechanism. Another great feature of the Comandante is that the grind setting remains as consistent as possible, even when you remove and reinstall the grinder. This way you can give your grinder a thorough cleaning without losing that sweet spot in your grind settings.
Burr quality 5 points
The burrs on the Comandante are extremely sharp and truly shake resistant. The grinder's center shaft is housed in double-axle bearings to keep burrs in place so the grind is homogeneous and your coffee tastes great.
The conical burrs on this hand grinder are small but powerful and can grind coffee really fast thanks to their impeccable sharpness. It is worth mentioning that Comandante processes and cures burrs on hand grinders perhaps more than any other competitor.
Build quality 5 points
In terms of build quality, the Comandante may well be the best hand grinder on the market. It offers different models to its users, with both metal and wood options for the body of the grinder.
The handle attaches easily to the top of the grinder and has a wooden knob at the tip made of 100% Oak from the Black Forest of Germany. The combination of precision manufacturing and handcrafted, artistic features is a great example of how Comandante is bringing the old-fashioned hand grinding method into the 21st century in style.
Capacity 4 points
This hand grinder is slightly smaller than other hand grinders. The Comandante C40 can grind up to 40g of coffee, producing around 4-6 cups depending on your preferences. While this is certainly a less-than-ideal grinder for someone who consistently grinds enough coffee for 7-8 cups at a time, it actually isn't too badly sized given the compact nature of the grinder.
Portability 4.5 points
As we just mentioned, the Comandante C40 is a very compact hand grinder. Its small size makes it a pretty portable grinder overall.
However, the Comandante weighs only 740g, which can be packed into a backpack or suitcase quite easily. As long as you plan ahead when packing for a plane trip, it's not a problem. The second limitation is the glass part, which is naturally more fragile than the steel and wood parts of the grinder. Just be careful when packing the glass piece.
Maintenance 5 points
The Comandante C4 coffee grinder is easy to maintain. It is not a problem to disassemble the grinder thanks to its simple elegance. As with similar manual hand grinders, you only need to rub a soft brush into your burrs every month or so to remove any old coffee grounds that may be stuck there.
Now it's decision time
The Comandante C40 is a true masterpiece as a coffee grinder. With a variety of beautifully consistent grind settings, extra sharp and well stabilized burrs and a high quality body, we can't think of much negative to say about this grinder other than the price.
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