TIMEMORE Chestnut X Grinder

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The Timemore Chestnut X is the latest entry to the ever-growing premium hand grinder market - so it needs to be something special to stand out.

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  • Documentation

    The Timemore Chestnut X is the latest entry to the ever-growing premium hand grinder market - so it needs to be something special to stand out. Fortunately, after years of research, several patents, and an exceptional eye for detail, it has moved straight to the top of our favourite grinder list.

    Design and Build Quality

    So what's so special about it? All you need to do is look at the X to know that the design and attention to detail are second to none. Weighing in at 765g and with a capacity of 30-35g, it looks sleek, feels amazing, and has won a few awards to prove it.

    The Timemore Chestnut X has a CNC cut aluminum unibody which is squared off on the outside making it easier to grip. Even the grounds bin is CNC cut aluminum, preventing any breakage issues that occur with glass, or longevity issues with plastic. And on the subject of the grounds bin, it may seem like something small but it only takes half a turn to take it on and off and it locks positively into place so it never feels like it will come off, unless you want it to.

    The shaft is kept in place by two bearings of the highest quality to make sure grinding is as smooth and consistent as possible.

    The Handle

    The Handle, unlike any other grinder handle, needs an entire section to itself. It’s hard to convey just how unique it is without picking it up in person, but we'll try. First appearing on the Timemore Nano grinder, the foldable handle is game-changing, but a simple piece of engineering. When not in use, the handle folds down to the side of the grinder and stays nicely tucked away. The back of the knob also has a rubber damper that both prevents the body from being damaged, and doubles as a knock tool to ensure that any residual grinds can be cleared from the chamber. When you straighten the handle out, it locks into place and is a pleasure to grind with but, in all honesty, the soothing sound of opening and clicking into place would make us buy this grinder on its own.

    Burrs and Grinding

    Firstly, it is fair to mention that, when you are at this end of the hand grinder scale, they are all going to provide you with an exceptional grind distribution and the potential to make some super delicious coffee. In the case of the Chestnut X, Timemore went back to the drawing board on the design of the burr set and created an entirely new conical burr that they call Spike to Cut (S2C). Made from high hardness, water and rust resistant SUS440 high carbon stainless steel, the 42mm burrs are designed to work in two stages: firstly, to spike the beans and break them down into smaller pieces - this also has the advantage of keeping the silver skin of the coffee in larger pieces so it can be sieved out more easily if you are so inclined. And you probably are if you are looking at this grinder! Secondly, the spiked coffee then passes through a more standard burr design to break the coffee down into its final grind size.

    Grind Adjustment

    However, that’s just the first act. When it comes to hand grinders, we are all used to having to zero our grinders (tightening until we can't tighten any more) and then clicking back to get to the right grind. No longer do we have to endure the prescribed number-of-clicks-from-zero method as each Chestnut X comes with an absolute grind adjustment. Running from 1-24, you can now set and communicate grind size without having to guess whether you are at the perfect level of grind to get the best out of your coffee. But that's not all, no that's not all… the Chestnut X also comes with a micro-adjust dial that allows you to break each of the 24 steps to a further 5 so, in total, you have access to 120 grind accuracy settings! But what does this mean? Well, it means that this amazing grinder will allow you to get the best coffee, whether it’s filter or espresso: it's got all of your coffee needs covered.

    In case you didn't realize, we have fallen for the Chestnut X and we know that you're going to love it too.

    Watch the video below to learn more about The Chestnut X and other Timemore products and don't forget to check out our YouTube channel for more videos about coffee and coffee products!

  • What's included

    • 1 x Timemore Chestnut X Coffee Grinder
    • 1 x Carry Bag
    • 1 x Grinder Brush
    Some options include the Chestnut X Leather Holder

    Grinder details

    • Patented 42mm Spike 2 Cut burrs made from SUS440 high carbon stainless steel - water and rust-resistant
    • 30-35g capacity
    • 24 clicks macro grind adjustments and 5 micro-adjustments for each of those providing 120 clicks for high precision grind adjustments
    • Dual bearings to ensure the shaft spins smoothly and is stable
    • Foldable handle for convenience and style
    • CNC cut aluminum unibody which is squared off on the outside making it easier to grip
    • Dimensions - 160mm x 55mm
    • Weight 765g
  • Timemore Chestnut X Grinder - User Manual
  • Timemore Chestnut X Grinder - Product Brochure
    Timemore Chestnut X Leather Holder - Product Brochure

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Customer Reviews

Based on 10 reviews
Duncan M. (British Columbia, Canada)
Great Little Grinder

This grinder is solid, it feels great and looks great. Great attention to detail, the little stopper on the handle shows some great attention to detail. I have been using the grinder exclusively; my electric grinder has not been touched since the Chestnut X arrived. The ability to dial in the grind is great, but the fine adjustment can be a little difficult to get a grip on. The finish is excellent, but it would benefit from a little texture to get a better grip. It did develop a squeak in the handle but a drop of dry wax lubricant took care of it.
Grinding 15g to 6.5 or 7 takes about a minute and a half.


Great grinder, phenomenal discount!! I love it.

Nicholas S. (Alberta, Canada)
Fantastic Grinder

I am relatively new to my high-end coffee journey and this grinder was my first real splurge. After plenty of research, I chose the Chestnut X because of it's build quality, user experience, and because I could use it for years to come without an obvious need to upgrade. After receiving my order, I would absolutely recommend this grinder! The craftmanship met my high expectations, and after following the grind recommendations, I was making the best coffee I've ever made a home.

Marc A. (British Columbia, Canada)
High Quality Grinder

This grinder does not disappoint. My expectations given the price have been met. Quality materials and build throughout. I've been using it for pour over grinding on the go and it's perform well.

Tom W. (Ontario, Canada)
Great Grinder

I love this grinder for great coffee at work. Not too much work to get a nice grind. There is some static cling to the bin, but not too bad.

M1Rate (California, United States)
A Fine Pourover Grinder to Save You Fiddling with Your Espresso Grinder Settings

Not for travel (though it may find its way into camping gear), but to make it easy to brew pourover without the gazillion turns it may take to adjust your commercial grinder that is set for espresso.

The Chestnut X is finely crafted and the precision comes through in its heft and operation. Lightly-roasted beans may take a bit more elbow grease to grind through, but 25 grams of medium roast Equator ‘Jaguar blend’ coffee took about 45 seconds.

I did notice that it is important to give the grinder a tap or a shake to ensure that every bean feeds through the burrs. I believe this is an artifact of my using RDT (a small spray of water) to control static, a practice worth it since it totally eliminates chaff/grinds sticking to the bottom of the grinder feed.

Timemore extols that the Chextnux X S2C burr set tends to separate chaff out at a larger size so that, in theory, it could be filtered out using a Kruve or fine-mesh sieve. But who wants to do that? No one. No one wants to do that. Thus, I conclude that using the Chestnut X for pourover, wherein the large-ish chaff remains, is probably far preferable than using this grinder for espresso — which it can certainly achieve, but with large bits of chaff in the grind, which is no bueno.

It’s such an interesting artifact I wonder whether Timemore has considered making burr replacement for a more time-tested set possible.

Nonetheless, this grinder in this household is for pourovers. And in that duty it is a pleasure to use, finely crafted, and produces coffee grounds (ex the chaff) that are decently consistent, with only a few “boulders” showing up. The cups produced with the recipe I prefer turned out great, and can be reliably repeated even in the groggy morning hours.


This is the best hand grinder we tried. There is not 1 negative thing we can find. Absolutely love it and would highly recommend it

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