Timemore Chestnut Slim Plus
Timemore Chestnut Slim Plus

Timemore Chestnut Slim Plus

TME-SLP-500501

$140.99 USD Regular price
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  • Description
  • Specs
  • Method
  • The Slim Plus uses the new E&B stainless steel burrs, newly designed burr shape provide wide range of grind setting from espresso to filter brewing. The spring mechanism that locks the inner burr into position and two ball bearings that hold the grind shaft in place. The result is an exceptionally precise grind and a smooth turning handle. The Slim Plus comes with a Crank style handle, make both hands parallel with each other smooth and easy grinder.

    The Timemore Slim Plus Coffee Grinder is great when you want a hand grinder that's precise enough for perfect espresso shots but it's equally well suited to coarser grinds.

    The Slim Plus comes with sharp Stainless Steel Burrs perfect for espresso, coarse grinds like French Press, and everything in between. We also have Titanium-coated Stainless Steel burrs, designed specifically for the best espresso grind as a replacement part.

    • E&B Stainless Steel burr set
    • Martensitic stainless steel 20CR13
    • Capacity: ~20g
    • Diameter: 45mm
    • Includes a grinder brush
  • We recommend that you grind through some Urnex Grindz™ every once in a while to soak up coffee oils and make it easier to keep your grinder clean. And while this video is for the Nano, you can brush clean your Slim the same way:

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Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
83%
(5)
0%
(0)
17%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
J
Juan H. (British Columbia, Canada)
Great machine

Yes, it is a manual machine, but it is so well constructed that grinding coffee every morning is very easy and a new pleasure of my morning routine. The size is very handy and it has a good gripping. I have only tried a few grind sizes, but the grain size selector seems easy to understand and manipulate. It is important to note that I have tried coarse grinding only, I do not know how it works for the smaller grain sizes. Summarizing, I'm happy with the grinder.

S
Steven K. (British Columbia, Canada)
Such a pleasure to use every morning

I was previously using 2 mediocre burr grinders; an electric for pour overs and a hand grinder. Both with plastic burrs. The Time More has replaced both.

It results in much better coffee. But I also enjoy using it every morning because of its metal build and efficient crank. It's my favourite piece of coffee equipment to operate.

For a larger pour over its volume is a little low which requires some juggling of the grinds. But it's really not a serious issue.

A
Audrey L. (Quebec, Canada)
Excellent purchase

Well made, beautiful, pleasant to use and easy to clean. Worth the investment. Also to be noted: I forgot to add an item to my original order and called customer service. I got the line right away, the guy was pleasant ans cancelled my order or the spot so I could place the new one. Waited with me on the phone until I got the email confirmations. Great experience all around.

G
Gordon H. (Alberta, Canada)
Timemore Chestnut Slim Plus

For grinding your coffee at home or on the road the Timemore is the answer. The feel of the Timemore in your hand is that it is well built with a touch of class. Adjusting grind is easy and setting does not change between grinding (like my old hand grinder). Parts fit together perfectly like a engineering project.

A
A. B. (Ontario, Canada)
Five Stars, with One Caveat

This is my first hand grinder and I absolutely love it. It feels great in the hand, and it is very easy to use every morning. I grind 3 tablespoons of coffee beans at a time, and it takes me about 35-42 turns for perfect pour-over grounds. Very satisfying. I will not go back to an electric grinder. I think I originally set the grind at 20 clicks, and I will not adjust it again if I don't have to. I agree with everything that reviewer N.H. says: the grind size adjustment is finicky. And, in fact, on my first try, I accidentally disassembled the whole thing, because the adjuster is also a threaded fastener that holds everything together. The diagram in the user manual didn't exactly reflect all the parts that are in my grinder (like the spring), so I had to really look around online to figure out how to put it back together (not being mechanically savvy myself!). That said, I would still buy this again. Though I hope it lasts me a lifetime (and it feels like it will), I look forward to seeing what else Timemore develops.

N
N. H. (Ontario, Canada)
Seems Good with a Couple Quibbles

I'll preface this by saying I'm by no means a big coffee snob. My reasons for purchasing this product had more to do with buying quality, versatile equipment that will last a long time and keep cheap plastic crap out of landfills rather than the pursuit of a perfect cup of coffee. With that in mind, this review aims to provide some basic observations about the product, and I'll let those who have obtained a higher level of coffee snobbery draw their own conclusions.

- The unit feels pretty solid and well constructed. I haven't dismantled it yet to look at the internals, but on the surface it seems like it will last a long while.
- The listed 20 g capacity seems fairly accurate.
- The various internet sources I found listing a ~30 s grind time on average seem to be fairly accurate.

The couple quibbles I do have with the product relate to the grind size adjustment. There is a detent mechanism to help you adjust grind size, however the mechanism is a little bit notchy (in excess of the manner in which a detent mechanism is supposed to be notchy). The detent mechanism should provide 12 distinct positions per rotation, but the unexplained notchiness means that keeping track of the clicks is best done by looking at the bottom and watching/counting as you turn. Without the visual feedback, the notchiness of the mechanism has you questioning whether each click you feel/hear was a detent, or just some of that notchiness. You can work with it no problem, but it would be nice if the detent mechanism was a little more refined.

The second quibble I have with the grind size adjustment is that the product allows you to put yourself in a position where you are damaging the burrs if you're not careful. In order to set the grind size, you screw the adjustment knob all the way in at the bottom. This moves the conical burr up closer to the external ring which puts you at the finest grind setting. Then, to set your grind size, you back the conical burr out by unscrewing the adjustment knob and counting the clicks. This works, except at zero clicks, the burrs on the rotating central piece and the outer ring actually interfere with each other when rotated. If you read the directions, they say not to use the grinder on an adjustment less than 6, as you'll cause damage to the burrs. For an espresso grind, the directions suggest starting at a grind setting of 8. With the unit I have, a grind setting of 8 still has interference between the burrs. When turn the shaft at a grind setting of 8, you can hear clicking inside the unit as the burrs on the central conical piece contact the burrs on the outer ring. Because of this, I grind espresso on a setting 9 or 10. The grind is still fairly fine (I can't quantify how fine) but I've definitely purchased ground espresso which has been finer. So if you're looking to get a really fine grind, you're not necessarily going to be able to achieve it without risking having the burrs contact one another and potentially damage themselves. Note that depending on the manufacturing tolerances, this could easily vary unit to unit, as achieving no interference with such fine grinding is inherently going to require really tight tolerances.

The issues with the grind setting adjustment seem like oversights in the mechanical design of the unit. Why would you give the user the opportunity to potentially damage the product if you could remove that possibility with a simple mechanical stop which limits their ability to adjust the burrs to a position where they interfere? What is the purpose of having 6 unusable grind settings on the finest end of the adjustment range? It's just 6 clicks you have to cycle through backward and forward every time you want to grind coffee and can't remember what grind setting you left it at.

These issues should be easy enough for Timemore to fix in the next iteration of the product, but I don't understand why they weren't addressed right off the bat.

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
83%
(5)
0%
(0)
17%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
J
Juan H. (British Columbia, Canada)
Great machine

Yes, it is a manual machine, but it is so well constructed that grinding coffee every morning is very easy and a new pleasure of my morning routine. The size is very handy and it has a good gripping. I have only tried a few grind sizes, but the grain size selector seems easy to understand and manipulate. It is important to note that I have tried coarse grinding only, I do not know how it works for the smaller grain sizes. Summarizing, I'm happy with the grinder.

S
Steven K. (British Columbia, Canada)
Such a pleasure to use every morning

I was previously using 2 mediocre burr grinders; an electric for pour overs and a hand grinder. Both with plastic burrs. The Time More has replaced both.

It results in much better coffee. But I also enjoy using it every morning because of its metal build and efficient crank. It's my favourite piece of coffee equipment to operate.

For a larger pour over its volume is a little low which requires some juggling of the grinds. But it's really not a serious issue.

A
Audrey L. (Quebec, Canada)
Excellent purchase

Well made, beautiful, pleasant to use and easy to clean. Worth the investment. Also to be noted: I forgot to add an item to my original order and called customer service. I got the line right away, the guy was pleasant ans cancelled my order or the spot so I could place the new one. Waited with me on the phone until I got the email confirmations. Great experience all around.

G
Gordon H. (Alberta, Canada)
Timemore Chestnut Slim Plus

For grinding your coffee at home or on the road the Timemore is the answer. The feel of the Timemore in your hand is that it is well built with a touch of class. Adjusting grind is easy and setting does not change between grinding (like my old hand grinder). Parts fit together perfectly like a engineering project.

A
A. B. (Ontario, Canada)
Five Stars, with One Caveat

This is my first hand grinder and I absolutely love it. It feels great in the hand, and it is very easy to use every morning. I grind 3 tablespoons of coffee beans at a time, and it takes me about 35-42 turns for perfect pour-over grounds. Very satisfying. I will not go back to an electric grinder. I think I originally set the grind at 20 clicks, and I will not adjust it again if I don't have to. I agree with everything that reviewer N.H. says: the grind size adjustment is finicky. And, in fact, on my first try, I accidentally disassembled the whole thing, because the adjuster is also a threaded fastener that holds everything together. The diagram in the user manual didn't exactly reflect all the parts that are in my grinder (like the spring), so I had to really look around online to figure out how to put it back together (not being mechanically savvy myself!). That said, I would still buy this again. Though I hope it lasts me a lifetime (and it feels like it will), I look forward to seeing what else Timemore develops.

N
N. H. (Ontario, Canada)
Seems Good with a Couple Quibbles

I'll preface this by saying I'm by no means a big coffee snob. My reasons for purchasing this product had more to do with buying quality, versatile equipment that will last a long time and keep cheap plastic crap out of landfills rather than the pursuit of a perfect cup of coffee. With that in mind, this review aims to provide some basic observations about the product, and I'll let those who have obtained a higher level of coffee snobbery draw their own conclusions.

- The unit feels pretty solid and well constructed. I haven't dismantled it yet to look at the internals, but on the surface it seems like it will last a long while.
- The listed 20 g capacity seems fairly accurate.
- The various internet sources I found listing a ~30 s grind time on average seem to be fairly accurate.

The couple quibbles I do have with the product relate to the grind size adjustment. There is a detent mechanism to help you adjust grind size, however the mechanism is a little bit notchy (in excess of the manner in which a detent mechanism is supposed to be notchy). The detent mechanism should provide 12 distinct positions per rotation, but the unexplained notchiness means that keeping track of the clicks is best done by looking at the bottom and watching/counting as you turn. Without the visual feedback, the notchiness of the mechanism has you questioning whether each click you feel/hear was a detent, or just some of that notchiness. You can work with it no problem, but it would be nice if the detent mechanism was a little more refined.

The second quibble I have with the grind size adjustment is that the product allows you to put yourself in a position where you are damaging the burrs if you're not careful. In order to set the grind size, you screw the adjustment knob all the way in at the bottom. This moves the conical burr up closer to the external ring which puts you at the finest grind setting. Then, to set your grind size, you back the conical burr out by unscrewing the adjustment knob and counting the clicks. This works, except at zero clicks, the burrs on the rotating central piece and the outer ring actually interfere with each other when rotated. If you read the directions, they say not to use the grinder on an adjustment less than 6, as you'll cause damage to the burrs. For an espresso grind, the directions suggest starting at a grind setting of 8. With the unit I have, a grind setting of 8 still has interference between the burrs. When turn the shaft at a grind setting of 8, you can hear clicking inside the unit as the burrs on the central conical piece contact the burrs on the outer ring. Because of this, I grind espresso on a setting 9 or 10. The grind is still fairly fine (I can't quantify how fine) but I've definitely purchased ground espresso which has been finer. So if you're looking to get a really fine grind, you're not necessarily going to be able to achieve it without risking having the burrs contact one another and potentially damage themselves. Note that depending on the manufacturing tolerances, this could easily vary unit to unit, as achieving no interference with such fine grinding is inherently going to require really tight tolerances.

The issues with the grind setting adjustment seem like oversights in the mechanical design of the unit. Why would you give the user the opportunity to potentially damage the product if you could remove that possibility with a simple mechanical stop which limits their ability to adjust the burrs to a position where they interfere? What is the purpose of having 6 unusable grind settings on the finest end of the adjustment range? It's just 6 clicks you have to cycle through backward and forward every time you want to grind coffee and can't remember what grind setting you left it at.

These issues should be easy enough for Timemore to fix in the next iteration of the product, but I don't understand why they weren't addressed right off the bat.

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