Best coffee grinder for camping

There’s nothing more I enjoy doing in the warmer months than loading the car with all the necessary camping gear and driving for a few hours with the kids to one of our favourite camping destinations.

It’s great to just get away from everything and spend some quality time with the family and friends as well.

No doubt you’ll be bringing some coffee with you when you go camping.

The best option is always to grind your beans fresh, because you’ll appreciate the aroma from the fresh grind, as well as the taste, compared to pre-ground coffee (or instant coffee, but who drinks instant, right?).

There’s many possible options for coffee grinders, but what’s the best coffee grinder for camping? Let’s take a look.

A hand coffee grinder for camping with some coffee beans

Best cheap coffee grinder for camping

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World Barista Champion (2007) James Hoffman knows a thing or two about coffee and reviewed a handful of hand coffee grinders.

You can watch the full video here or below.

It’s definitely worth watching the video to get a better understanding of why each grinder received the score that it did.

Here’s the scores that he gave each grinder for price, build, portability, usability and grind quality.

At the time of writing this, the Henry Charles coffee grinder is unavailable for purchase from Amazon, so I haven’t included it on this list.

It’s worth mentioning that although the Porlex Mini got the highest score, it also has the smallest capacity.

Not a deal breaker, but worth mentioning, as you may be looking for a larger capacity coffee grinder.

The best premium coffee grinder for camping

If you enjoyed James’ video above, but would like to get a coffee grinder that’s better quality and don’t mind spending a bit extra for it, he reviewed a few more premium hand coffee grinders.

He even carried over the winning Porlex Mini from the last video to see how it compares to the more premium models.

The coffee grinders reviewed in this video are:

In the end, James’ pick was the Kinu M47, but he stresses several times that it’s very expensive.

What makes a coffee grinder suitable for camping?

Woman sitting at campsite with a cup of coffee

There’s various factors to consider when trying to find a suitable coffee grinder for camping, such as:

  • size,
  • easy to take apart and store,
  • durability,
  • electric or manual,
  • capacity,
  • brewing method and
  • consistency of grind.

We’ll quickly look at each of these points and why you should consider each of them before making a purchase.

Size

You’ll want something that is small and compact. When you’re camping, space is a big issue and any space that you can save is worth saving.

Choosing a coffee grinder that is compact will save room in your car for other belongings. There’s a variety of small coffee grinders available, but they may not all fit the category of best coffee grinder for camping.

Easy to take apart and store

It’s important to make sure that you can easily take apart your coffee grinder and store it in a way that will see that it doesn’t get damaged.

For instance, most hand coffee grinders will allow you to remove the handle, so it can be stored quite easily.

Durability

Considering you’ll be packing the coffee grinder into your car with a lot of your other gear and it may get pretty full, durability should also be looked at.

Avoid choosing a coffee grinder that has any parts that can easily be broken or seem fragile.

Electric or manual

Unless you go camping with a powered caravan or you have some solar panels to use for an electric coffee grinder, you’ll want a manual coffee grinder.

You might hear these referred to as “manual coffee grinders”, “hand coffee grinders”, or even “hand crank coffee grinders” – they’re all the same thing.

Hand coffee grinders are also likely to be more compact and easier to take apart than electric coffee grinders.

Capacity

This one’s more up to you. Coffee grinders come with various grinding capacities, so you’ll need to think about your specific needs.

Do you want to be making a large grind for a few people, or is it going to be just for yourself?

Again, thinking about the size of the coffee grinder, in my opinion, the more compact the better.

Grind size

Are you going to be using the coffee grinder for various brewing methods or just one?

If it’s for various methods, you’ll want a coffee grinder that can be easily adjusted for different grinds to suit the different brewing methods.

When I go camping, I bring my AeroPress coffee maker. Read my review to find out more about the AeroPress.

Consistency of grind

While this may not be directly applicable to camping, you should always consider choosing a coffee grinder that gives a consistent grind.

Overall, it will produce a better brew and a more enjoyable cup of coffee for you.

Conclusion

The best coffee grinder for you may not be the best coffee grinder for someone else. Everybody is going to have different needs when choosing the right coffee grinder.

Hopefully I’ve been able to show you enough options to help you make an informed decision.

Have you tried any of these coffee grinders yourself or have I left out a coffee grinder for camping that you’d like to recommend? Let me know in the comments below.

Stay caffeinated!

Breville bcg820bssxl Smart Grinder Pro review

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If you’re looking for an electric coffee grinder that can grind for espresso, percolator, drip filter or french press, you should be considering the Breville bcg820bssxl Smart Grinder Pro.

With the ability to produce an even grind for all brewing methods, it should definitely be on your shortlist.

Firstly, it’s got plenty of features, including:

  • hardened stainless steel conical burrs for an even grind,
  • 60 different precision grind settings all the way from espresso to plunger,
  • automatic or manual grinding,
  • dosing IQ technology,
  • an LCD backlit display and
  • a 2 year replacement warranty.

Watch this video for a brief overview.

What are the specifications?

Included accessoriesPortafilter cradle – small – 50-54mm
Portafilter cradle – large – 58mm
Grinds container with lid and sealing cap
Conical burr cleaning brush
Capacity18 ounces
Construction materialsStainless steel housing
Stainless steel conical burrs
Dimensions8.50 X 6.00 X 15.50 inches
Weight6.40 lbs
Grinding mechanismStainless steel conical burr grinder efficiently designed to minimise grinding heat and protect the essential oils in the coffee bean
Power165 Watts
Settings60 precise grind settings from the finest espresso to the coarsest french press grind
Voltage110 – 120 volts
Warranty1 Year Limited Product Warranty

 

If you want to go into more detail, you can view the user manual and user guide.

What are the features?

The Breville Smart Grinder Pro (bcg820bss)
Click this image to see it on Amazon.

Accessories:

It comes with a handful of accessories to assist you with grinding and storing your coffee, including:

  • two different sized portafilter cradles, for grinding directly into your espresso machine portafilter
  • a grinds container with a lid and sealing cap
  • a cleaning brush for cleaning the conical burrs.

The bean hopper:

Starting from the top of the machine, you have the 18oz removable bean hopper with an air-tight seal lid.

The bean hopper comes with a locking mechanism that allows you to safely remove and transfer your beans from the hopper to a storage container.

This is a great feature, as leaving beans in the bean hopper for an extended period of time is not recommended for achieving the maximum flavour from your beans, for instance.

It also has a safety mechanism that stops the grinder from operating if it’s not locked into the correct position and displays the message “PLEASE LOCK HOPPER” on the LCD screen.

The LCD display and controls:

The backlit LCD screen displays various settings, including the coarseness of the grind, the grind time, the amount of shots or cups to be produced and the grind size.

All of these settings can be configured by using the following controls:

  • Grind Amount/Program button: This is to adjust the amount of time for the grind and with Dosing IQ Technology, the time can be adjusted in increments of 0.2 of a second to achieve the perfect grind every time.
    Press and hold the button to save the number of shots/cups and the grind time currently displayed on the LCD
  • Shots/Cups button: This button is to adjust the number of shots or cups to be dispensed. See the table below for the maximum number of shots/cups per method.
  • Start/Pause/Cancel button: This button is to start, pause or cancel the grinding process. You can also press & hold the button for a manual grind.
  • Grind Size dial: Located on the side of the machine, this dial adjusts the size of the grind between coarse and fine.

 

Brew methodEspressoPercolatorDrip filterPlunger
Grind settingFineMediumMedium coarseCoarse
Grind size1-3031-4546-5455-60
Amount1 up to 8 shots1 up to 12 cups1 up to 12 cups1 up to 12 cups

 

Adjustable conical burrs:

Another great feature, is the ability to adjust the upper burr to extend the grind range. The included operating manual explains how to do this in detail, however it is a relatively simple process that can be done without the use of any tools.

Some previous Breville coffee grinders required the use of a shim kit to get a finer grind, which while it was not too difficult to install, this model removes that need all together, certainly making it a better choice.

Cleaning and maintenance

Cleaning your Breville bcg820bssxl Smart Grinder Pro regularly will help to produce consistent grinds and should increase the lifespan of the machine.

Some people suggest putting dry rice through the grinder to clean it, but Breville recommend a product (similar to the “Grindz” used in the video below) of their own, Breville Eco Coffee Residue Cleaner.

It’s also recommended to wash the parts and accessories in warm soapy water (not the dishwasher), without the use of anything abrasive, such as scourers or steel wool.

As a result, this will ensure the parts and accessories remain in the best possible condition.

This is a great video that shows you various steps you can take to ensure your grinder is kept clean and in tip-top shape.

Should I buy a conical burr coffee grinder?

There are several reasons why you should consider purchasing a conical burr coffee grinder, such as the Breville bcg820bss. Let’s list these now:

  • Noise – Firstly, they tend to be low-noise, as they operate at a low RPM. This is surely going to be a great reason, as if you’re considering a coffee grinder for your home, a noisy coffee grinder is probably the last thing you want.
  • Heat – Secondly, operating at a low RPM, they also produce less heat. This helps to produce a better brew, as the low heat is less disruptive to the natural oils in the coffee beans.
  • Price – Thirdly, they’re generally cheaper than other burr grinders.

Who should purchase this coffee grinder?

In conclusion, the Breville bcg820bss Smart Grinder Pro is best suited to someone who wants a coffee grinder that is quick and easy to use, has the ability to produce a variety of grinds (without a lot of noise) and doesn’t mind paying a little bit extra than a basic electric blade coffee grinder.

Check out the price and the reviews from other people who have bought it.

Have you purchased this coffee grinder or perhaps have a different grinder to recommend? Let me know in the comments below.

Stay caffeinated!