JavaPresse Manual Coffee Grinder

Last updated date: April 23, 2019

DWYM Score
8.4

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We looked at the top 1 Burr Grinders and dug through the reviews from 8 of the most popular review sites including Heavy, Little Coffee Place, Tech Gear Lab, Your Best Digs, Coffee Dorks, Coffee or Bust, Fourth Estate Coffee, Dripped Coffee and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Burr Grinder you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 80 expert reviews, the JavaPresse JavaPresse Manual Coffee Grinder placed 5th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note May 17, 2019:
Checkout The Best Burr Grinder for a detailed review of all the top burr grinders.

Expert Summarized Score
8.5
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.9
7,158 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Another highlight is the conical burr mill, which delivers precise results and holds up well over time thanks to its ceramic construction.
- Heavy
The stainless steel body makes this grinding mechanism incredibly durable.
- Little Coffee Place
August 1, 2018 | Full review
The JavaPresse Coffee Company Manual, with its durable yet lightweight build, is perfect for camping and traveling.
- Tech Gear Lab
It has a durable, anti-static stainless steel with a ceramic burr set.
- Your Best Digs
February 8, 2019 | Full review
It also has the 18 click coarseness settings and conical ceramic blades that far outlast metal alternatives.
- Coffee Dorks
The grinding mechanism on the JavaPresse is a high-quality ceramic burr mill. Ceramic provides strength, durability, and precision to a coffee grinder and will stand the test of time over other materials, even stainless steel.
- Coffee or Bust
The handle is strong and sturdy and it’s just the right length to give you enough leverage to make grinding easy.
- Fourth Estate Coffee
Grind consistency is maintained for everything from French Press to pour-over and Aeropress as well, especially compared to that of similar models.
- Dripped Coffee
February 26, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Only grinds enough for 1 to 2 cups
- Heavy
Grinding large volumes of coffee at a time isn't feasible.
- Little Coffee Place
August 1, 2018 | Full review
The only downside is that it is quite slow, taking over 5 minutes to grind enough for a decent cup
- Tech Gear Lab
With only gravity pulling the beans down on a smaller burr set, it takes almost three minutes grind a cup of coffee for a set of beans.
- Your Best Digs
February 8, 2019 | Full review
However, there are some plastic components internally that can wear away with frequent everyday use – you have 1 year’s warranty for the grinder, but this doesn’t include everyday wear and tear.
- Coffee Dorks
Difficult to hold steady while grinding
- Coffee or Bust
Not large enough capacity if you want to make a full size pot of coffee with one grind
- Fourth Estate Coffee
There weren’t any gripes I could find, except for a slight learning curve. This is because the coarseness of the grind cannot be determined unless you figure it out yourself by referring to the manual.
- Dripped Coffee
February 26, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

As seen on nbc, cbs, abc, and fox "extremely happy with my decision to buy " "very impressed with the design and quality" "one of the best options for any coffee drinker" "tempted to toss my metal power grinder and opt for this one full time" "my coffee tastes so much better " here are 6 major reasons to love javapresse's manual coffee grinder for 2-3 cups of joe: 1.) Quality tested multiple times - the ceramic burr part of our manual coffee grinder was researched vigorously against the competition to prove that it provides the best and most precise grind available. 2.) Take it anywhere - our manual coffee grinder is not only small enough to fit in a handbag, but can be taken apart to save space as you travel anywhere. Live your life, and we'll accommodate. 3.) Built for convenience - easy-to-clean, ergonomic, and built for any coffee maker in the world. We designed this with you in mind. 4.) Comprehensive guide included - comes with an all-inclusive guide to help you use your coffee grinder for any style or brand of coffee known to man. 6.) Loving customer service - specialty coffee is our lives. We cherish the bond between our customers and their coffee, and we make it our top priority to see you happy.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Breville The Smart Grinder
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 9
2. Baratza Encore Coffee Grinder
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 7
3. OXO BREW Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 4
4. Baratza Virtuoso Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 10
5. JavaPresse Manual Coffee Grinder
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 8
6. Porlex Mini Stainless Steel Coffee Grinder
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 7
7. Bodum Bistro Burr Grinder
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 6
8. Capresso Infinity Conical Burr Grinder
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 9
9. Cuisinart Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 9
10. Secura Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 2

An Overview On Burr Grinders

Why buy a coffee grinder? Once you’ve had your first cup of coffee made with fresh ground beans, that question gets answered within a few sips. Within minutes of grinding, the aromas and oils locked inside a coffee bean start to lose their potency through contact with oxygen and air moisture. Simply put: The fresher the bean, the fresher the taste.

There are two general types of coffee grinders: Those that use blades and those that grind the beans between burrs. Take a look behind the counter at any coffee shop and you’ll most likely see a burr grinder, with good reason. These type of grinders work by pushing the coffee beans down between a pair of serrated plates, or “burrs.” The burrs then rotate, grinding the beans down to a particular size depending on the selected setting. The grounds are pushed out through the sides or bottom into a container, ready to be brewed.

By comparison, a blade grinder doesn’t technically grind at all. It slices the beans with tiny blades. While those blades might rotate faster or longer when the settings are adjusted, they won’t produce grounds of a uniform size. And even though that’s still better than pre-ground beans, the result isn’t ideal for true java aficionados. Smaller stray particles might slip through the filter in a French press, for example, or clog up an espresso machine.

All this means that yes, you might expect to pay a little more for a burr grinder. That cost can vary widely based on the variety of grind settings, capacity of the container and other bells and whistles.

There’s also material to consider. Increasingly, you’ll find that the burrs in burr grinders are made of stainless steel. The reasons are ones you might expect: Stainless steel is sharp, and won’t corrode or rust.

It will blunt over time, however, and also conducts heat — which can subtly affect the taste of the oils in your coffee. This is why higher-end models may use ceramic burrs. While they aren’t as sharp, they will keep that edge longer and stay cool no matter how fast the grinder runs.

DYWM Fun Fact

Many of us couldn’t function without our morning joe, but did you know that coffee can be used as fuel for more than just your job? In 2010, a team of British engineers converted a Volkswagen Scirocco into the Coffee Car Mark 1, whose converted combustion engine burned used coffee grounds. While it needed an entire 22-pound sack of beans to travel 55 miles, it nonetheless made an initial run from London to Manchester. Three years later, the updated Mark 2 coffee car broke 65 mph, a land-speed record for any java-powered jalopy.

The Burr Grinder Buying Guide

  • When choosing a grinder, you’ll find models that advertise a number of different settings, allowing you to choose between near-microscopic variations in ground size. It’s a particular advantage of burr grinders, which can be adjusted in a more exacting way than their bladed counterparts. So what grind size do you need? It seems like every year there’s a new fad in coffee making, and your method of choice will determine the grind size. In general, you’ll want coarse grinds for French press, medium-size ones for traditional filter brewers or pour-over, and fine grinds for espresso. If you only make coffee one way, congratulations! You might not need a huge variety of settings. Still, finding your perfect grind can be a zen part of the process. It all depends on your palate — and the amount of time you have to experiment.
  • Speaking of time, a grinder with a high storage capacity can save you a lot of it. It can be very convenient to stroll into the kitchen for your morning brew and find a reservoir of beans already in the hopper, waiting to be ground. Many grinders even have an automatic timer that will start the process before you even wake up. Just bear in mind that keeping beans out in the open too long can affect the taste.
  • If you’re buying a grinder at all, you care about the taste. Keep that taste consistent with frequent cleanings. How easy that is can vary greatly between grinders. Some are easy to take apart, some require tools. Once you’ve got the burrs open and ready to be cleaned, you’ll want to use a brush or some other dry method. Wipe-downs with a damn cloth are fine for the exterior, but you’ll typically want to keep the burrs as dry as possible, even if they’re stainless steel. If all that sounds like too much hassle, there are cleaning tablets that you can simply run through the grinder periodically, and they’ll take care of the majority of stray oil and grinds.