I got a new toy today. After a few months of deliberation/obsessing/dreaming, I finally bought a new grinder. It is a Hario (Japanese) skinny hand grinder. All over the internet are great reviews. The problem with home grinders is that there isn't a market for grinders that do a good drip grind. The money all comes from people with $1000 espresso machines, not me. So finding a quality grinder that can suit a pour over is problematic.
This Hario grinder does a great job. It is able to make powder fine enough for espresso (with a lot of laboring), a consistent grind for drip, and an excellent crush for the press. Here is a picture of its range:
The only problem is that you have to crank it. Of course, after having it out of the box for only about 12 minutes, I already began thinking of a solution:
When you take the handle off, there is a convenient hex rod--perfect for my electric drill. Now I can clamp it on, and barely pull the trigger--simulating the speed I would crank at. Will I actually use this in the morning routine? No. But if I didn't try it, it would have swam around in my head until I was attempting it in my sleep.