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. 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.

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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. 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 4 reviews
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.

Stephen B. (Alberta, Canada)
Excellent Design, Superb Grind Quality

I recently bought the Chestnut X (in Safari Green) so I could make good coffee while travelling/camping. Haven't travelled or camped yet, but nevertheless I've been using this grinder at home in preference to my Baratza Virtuoso+. The grind quality seems every bit as good as the Virtuoso+ (top-notch), and the satisfaction of manually engaging with such a beautifully-designed instrument is an experience unto itself. I've been bringing it over to my sister's house to evangelize burr over blade, and I think the heavy, solid aluminum body and the smooth, ingenious folding handle have done as much to bring her around as the vastly superior grind. The thing just oozes craftsmanship and feels great in the hand. My one complaint is that the micro-adjustment wheel is VERY tight and hard to move. Not sure whether this is a problem across all models or just mine in particular, since I've read no other reviews that mention this. I might just have offensively large and unwieldy fingers...? Anyway, I'm awfully pleased with my Chestnut X. It's truly a joy to use. Even without the micro-adjustment wheel, there is an ample choice of grind settings to dial in your brew, so I wouldn't consider an overly-tight micro-adjustment wheel to be a significant minus.

Tim (Georgia, United States)
Amazing Build Quality / Fantastic Performance

I'm so impressed with this grinder. I did a ton of research before purchasing and was worried because it seemed that every high-end hand-grinder would require compromise in some area. The Chestnut X seems to be the exception here. Everything about it is perfect. The build quality is so good. The grind is so even. The adjustable grind gives so much control. The grind is relatively quick. The foldable handle is almost perfect (would love a smoother feel when collapsing). The only thing I think could be improved is the thread design on the ground coffee reservoir. It's a bit tight and feels a little too finicky. I worry about cross-threading with the current design. The little tactile click to signal a complete twist is so satisfying! While this is pricey, I'm thrilled with my purchase.

Arian (Quebec, Canada)
Amazing Grinder

I have used Chestnut X for a month now and man it is amazing. The Grind distribution quality is somewhere between Comandante C40 and other Timemore grinders. I love the foldable handle, Micro adjustment wheel and the build quality. there are some downsides though, the grinder is unstable with the handle open, Also the grind catch jar is a little bit jiggly and produces an awkward noise while grinding.

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