The Japanese glass company - Hario has been excelling at budget friendly manual coffee grinders for years. The Skerton is no exception. It is designed to a high standard and produces a great result. It is more than capable of holding its own against the higher priced electric grinders.
When looking at the Skerton, it is noticeably stout and plump in stature. The style is a cue from the classic coffee grinders of the past, being somewhat short and boxy with a curvi-linear side profile like an hourglass.
The glass canister will hold 100 grams of grinds which is almost four times more than the Hario Mini Slim. If you prefer to have extra storage capacity which will allow you to produce a full day’s worth of grinds at one time then the Skerton will have you covered.
The internal mechanism shares similarities to the Slim. Both use conical ceramic burrs. Both use the same spring-loaded adjustment mechanism to set the grind size. There are approximately 20 indent clicks for adjustment. Fixing the burrs within a whisper of contacting each other is possible and should be avoided to not damage the burrs. Like the Slim the burrs are ceramic and high quality and the crown jewel of this grinder. They are capable of high quality grinds without overheating or damaging your sensitive beans.
The Skerton with it’s stout, bulky profile is not as portable as the Slim Mini Mill resigning it to a stay at home role. It has a glass jar with a lid to seal and store the grinds for future use. Of course, it’s always recommended to use the grinds as quickly as possible to maximize freshness. The plastic hopper is wider and has more volume than the Slim but is threaded to the base jar in a similar fashion. The glass jar can be easily unscrewed from the grinding mechanism and stored with an airtight lid.
This grinder is easy to adjust and can manage a range of grind types. The adjustment nut can run the gamut from fine grinds suitable for Turkish coffee all the way up to coarse grinds for French press brews and everything in between.
Whereas the Slim Mill produces the right amount for an espresso, the Skerton may be better suited to French press drinkers since it produces 100 grams and will accommodate the increased quanitity requirements of French press brewing. Also, cold brew coffee which requires coarser grounds will be well suited by this grinder. It should be noted that coarse grind consistency is not a strong point of the Skerton. There will be some finer grinds mixed in and this is the result of a slight amount of instability in the drive shaft.
This problem is corrected on newer versions of the Skerton where the drive mechanism is stabilized. Look for newer versions of the Hario Skerton and Mini Mill for design improvements that correct some past issues with these products. If you have the older version it is possible to modify your grinder with after market parts to increase the rigidity. Personally, I feel it will not be a noticeable issue for most people and only the most particular among us will be troubled by the coarse grind consistency.
Washing the grinder is straightforward. It can easily be disassembled without tools and thoroughly cleaned.
Buy this version if you require more quantity of grinds and are not in need of portability. Consider another option if you are particular about coarse grind consistency for brews such as the French press.