Lido E-T Hand Coffee Grinder Review: Micro settings for Espresso, Aeropress or French Press
Orphan Espresso is back at it again with the Lido E-T Manual Hand Grinder. This burr grinder is efficient, quick, and specifically designed to be used with your espresso brew method of choice. It is portable, durable, and more precise than many other manual hand grinders on the market.
I have been a loyal user of Lido products ever since I first tried the Lido 3. The precision of Lido grinders is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced with a coffee grinder, even after trying something like the Baratza Encore. After taking some time to get acquainted with your Lido E-T grinder, you’ll be grateful for the ease and precision, as well as the transportability.
For me, the Lido E-T is just as efficient as the Lido 3, but this coffee grinder is designed with a specific focus on espresso grind size. This is great for when I want to use my Moka Pot or at-home espresso machine.
This is a review of the Lido ET Manual Coffee Grinder. We discuss how to use it, its key features, the pricing of the grinder, and other helpful information so you can have everything you need when deciding to buy one or not.
The Difference Between a Burr and Blade Grinder
The Orphan Espresso Lido E-T Manual Hand Grinder is a conical burr grinder. Burrs are what most of the higher-end craft coffee grinders use instead of blades. Blade grinders are more affordable than burr grinders, but they lack in accuracy and longevity.
The best way to describe a blade grinder is if you think of a blender you use to make a smoothie. You usually have three or four blades attached, moving quickly in one direction.
Blade coffee grinders are similar. This is inaccurate because it leaves a lot of room for beans to fall through the blades. Usually you can only adjust the blade grinder between 3-5 settings.
Burr grinders, like the Lido E-T, are extremely accurate. A burr is a flat or cone-shaped piece (depending on the type of burr) that rubs together with other burrs to create the friction and precise grind. It’s almost impossible for beans or larger parts of the beans to fall through the cracks of a burr grinder.
Conical burrs are cone-shaped in nature, and flat-plate burrs are, well, flat. The cone-shaped burrs rub together to grind the coffee in the exact chosen setting with excellent uniformity. The steel conical grinding burr set that makes up the Lido E-T is what sets it apart from other manual coffee grinders.
Main Features of the Lido ET Manual Hand Grinder
If you’re familiar with other Lido products like I am, you’ll recognize many of the features of the Lido E-T. It is very similar in design to the Lido 3 but has been specifically constructed to be used for espresso.
Micro settings for espresso
The Lido E-T hand grinder has been designed and built with even more accuracy for espresso particle size than its other Lido hand grinder counterparts. Although other Orphan Espresso grinders like the Lido 3 are very precise for each setting, the Lido E-T has even more settings to choose from for a fine grind size.
Again, getting acquainted with your Lido E-T hand grinder may take a little bit of time. For me, I definitely had to use it a few times to feel comfortable with all of the grind settings. Because of the sleek design, they’ve chosen to not include numbers on the grinder for each setting.
They do however indicate the coarsest and finest setting with different sized dots. So although this might be intimidating at first, you’ll get the hang of it soon.
Spacious bean hopper and catch jar
Another amazing feature that I enjoyed with the Lido ET is the spacious food safe, bpa-free plastic hopper and grounds catching jar. The bean hopper on the top piece holds up to 70 grams of coffee beans. The catch jar on the bottom holds up to 100 grams of coffee grounds. I love these features because for me, the manual grinding can feel like a bit of a chore.
The precision and portability of being able to manually grind coffee is absolutely worth the added effort. But sometimes I honestly just want to grind enough coffee for the next couple of mornings so I only have to do it once.
The larger catch jar helps me grind for multiple uses when I’m feeling extra lazy. You can also use the bean hopper to store your beans if you’re only going on a 1-2 night get away! Another benefit of this feature is the rubber hopper stopper that allows for easy grip.
Quicker coffee grinding
It might seem obvious to mention, but the Lido E-T manual grinder is going to be slower to use than an electric grinder. Although I think the benefits of its portability outweigh the downsides of the slower speed, it still is important to note that you’ll be spending a bit more time and effort grinding.
That being said, the Lido E-T is faster than most other manual hand grinders on the market. Even though it’s manual, you can still grind about 1-3 grams of coffee per second! The bronze bearings and bronze dual axle allow for more speed and stability when grinding. If you’re someone who cares about the quality of your coffee grounds, this grind speed is totally worth the effort.
Traveling with the Lido E-T
The Orphan Espresso Lido E-T is by far my favorite grinder to travel with. The precision, ease, and durability of the E-T make it a perfect travel companion for camping trips, road trip adventures, overnight hotel stays, and hiking excursions.
Of course the number one travel perk with this grinder is that you don’t have to plug it in anywhere. This makes it a great pair with a french press, Aeropress, or even a pour over. But another huge perk is the foldable handle and easy disassembly.
The folding handle makes traveling easy, and tucking it away makes the body slim and easy to pack. Each Lido E-T also comes with a neoprene zippered travel bag, anti static natural bristle brush, and hex tool.
Price Point and Purchasing the Lido E-T Manual Hand Grinder
The Lido E-T manual grinder is retailing at $195. The Lido hand grinders are among the most expensive of the manual grinders, but they are far better options than their competitors. You won’t get anywhere near the precision or durability with a Hario Skerton or Crushgrind.
Some of the most precise and accurate electric grinders retail between $130-$250. You can find burr grinders between $50-$100, but they won’t come with as much accuracy and longevity.
You can buy your Lido E-T here and receive free shipping, free return within 45 days of receiving your grinder, excellent customer service, and 100% satisfaction guaranteed.
The Lido E-T vs. the Hario Skerton Plus
The Hario Skerton Plus is another strong candidate for manual hand grinders, and it retails at only $54.99. The hopper holds 75 grams of beans compared to 70 grams that the Lido E-T holds, and both catch jars hold up to 100 grams of grounds.
You have a wide range of grind settings for both hand grinders, although the Lido E-T is going to have far more precision for the espresso settings. If you use espresso often, I would recommend splurging on the Lido manual grinder.
It ultimately comes down to quality. Both grinders are excellent, but the Lido E-T goes above and beyond. It’s going to be more reliable, especially over the long term. Its slimmer body also helps for traveling purposes.
Lido E-T grinder vs. Lido 3 grinder
Both of these manual Lido hand grinders are extremely similar. They both look almost identical, with each device carrying 70-gram bean hoppers and 100-gram catching jars. The carrying cases are both made of neoprene and the grinders both come with the travel case, a cleaning brush, and a hex tool with every purchase.
Conclusion: A Lido ET Grinder Review
Both the Lido E-T and the Lido 3 have excellent grind precision and tons of settings to choose from. They are also both $195. The biggest difference between these two grinders is that the E-T has more of a range in precision for fine grinds and espresso. Other than this distinction, the grinders are practically twins.
I wanted my first manual grinder to be one I would not need to replace any time soon and be versatile enough for my different brewing methods. The Lido E-T fits the Bill perfectly!
The grinder is large, easy to hold, and very well built. There was an instruction/tip sheet that came with it that is very helpful, especially tips on the best way to hold and operate the grinder.
I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a large and well built grinder which will last a very very long time.