Fresh into the workshop is the German made Kinu M47.
Wow what a grinder. I think I’m in love. This thing came completely zero’d with no burr rub. Loading up beans they just crunched up inside, so I do believe that it’s a true zero. Materials are all stainless seemingly, hefty in the hand. Locking burr design (as opposed to pressure lock adjustment) so there is no slipping of grind on light roasts. Handle is amazing and large. It’s probably not as portable as their M38 (or the Feldgrind), but if you want a compact grinder that punches above it’s weight. I think this one is a huge winner.
For full disclosure, they have inquired about me becoming their US distributor. So interested I bought myself the M47 as an evaluation piece, and while it took nearly 2 months to come and I didn’t expect much…it really blew me away in it’s ease of use, material & build quality..but most importantly, in the cup. I’m convinced this is my best aligned grinder, and now I’m thinking about refractometer comparisons. I’ve also been planning on treating myself to a Monolith sometime this year, and though I’m questioning my sanity now…I still think it would be a worthwhile comparison. Right now you can order them direct by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org but I’m thinking of starting out with a group-buy, and if there’s sufficient demand to start stocking these grinders. Not just because I want to sell them, but this is an amazing grinder that I think more people would really love if they were available. If the M38 and M68 are anything like the M47, they’ll be a big hit.
I’m planning to make a video on the grinder, it’s much more apparent just how solid it is when you pick it up and use it for the first time.
About Kinu (as was relayed to me, cleaned up some of the English):
They are an old family run manufacturer and designer for hand salt, pepper & coffee mills. 2016 they celebrated their 25 year anniversary since starting the family business. Though the past brands they have manufactured for are confidential, they have decided on this anniversary to compile their experience into their own brand: Kinu. It’s taken them 3 years to design the three models (M38, M47 and M68) that are now available, and they have launched sales with basically no web presence.