Comandante Coffee Grinder Review

The Comandante C40 MKIII Nitro Blade is the successor to the Comandante C40 MKII model and has been in my possession for quite some time. At home, I use electric coffee grinders, but I also travel for some months of the year and therefore need a good manual coffee grinder, too.

The Comandante C40 MKIII Nitro Blade is the successor to the Comandante C40 MKII model and has been in my possession for quite some time. At home, I use electric coffee grinders, but I also travel for some months of the year and therefore need a good manual coffee grinder, too.

One thing’s for sure, though. Nothing is possible without freshly ground coffee!

Comandante Coffee Grinder Review

I’ve now gained some experience with the Comandante coffee grinder. It’s very suitable for traveling but also as a home coffee grinder because you can use it for all preparations and it works very quickly and accurately. Even espresso machine users would be very pleased with it.

You can buy the Comandante coffee grinder from Amazon.co.uk or also directly from one of the international dealers listed on the Comandante website.

This is a product for the highly ambitious. Not everyone, after all, is prepared to spend so much money on a manual coffee grinder.

The box is much larger than I expected. It contains an extra jar for coffee grounds, as well as a test certificate from one of the German company’s employees.

Comandante Manual Coffee Grinder Espresso

The Comandante C40 MKIII Nitro Blade is available in several different designs. The grinder featured in this review’s photos is the wooden design. There is also a steel design, which I don’t think is too bad either. However, you can see for yourself which one I chose. There’s not much difference in the price, and you can check out both variations here at Amazon.co.uk.

MKIII Nitro Blade – The Grinding Mechanism

The Comandante coffee grinder, like all other coffee grinders, must first and foremost be measured by the quality of its grind. The great thing is that it can produce grinding degrees suitable for all preparation methods.

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I produced very good, homogeneous results for all different grinding degrees. The stainless-steel grinding mechanism is very well made and makes an excellent impression. The best thing is how easy it is to set the degree of grind you want. You just push and turn – a dream! With many other manual coffee grinders, it is always very difficult to find and retain the correct grinding degree. This one works differently and better.

Comandante Grinding Mechanism

Grinding Speed and Exertion

Grinding Speed and Exertion The grinding speed of the Comandante C40 MKIII Nitro Blade is high compared to other manual coffee grinders. Of course, it depends somewhat on the chosen grinding degree. The finer the coffee grounds, the longer you need to grind. Overall, thought, it is amazingly fast, even when set to the finest setting. It takes twice as long when I use my Zassenhaus coffee grinder. I will have to test that one again, though, in order to make more reliable statements.

The Comandante grinder’s very simple and easy crank turning is possible thanks to the double micro-ball axle bearing grinding mechanism. Additionally, the Comandante grinder fits very nicely in my hand, something that is crucial with manual coffee grinders. There’s no need to hold it between your legs.

It simply provides a much better transfer of force than any other manual coffee grinder I have tested so far.

Why Should I Spend So Much Money on a Manual Grinder?

The Comandante is certainly an expensive manual coffee grinder. However, there are many other good and cheap alternatives. I would nevertheless still recommend the Comandante coffee grinder because:

  • It looks really great.
  • It sits nicely in your hand.
  • The grinding doesn’t require much exertion.
  • The grinding is very fast.
  • It is easy to adjust the different grinding degrees.

Workmanship and Parts

Before I held the grinder in my hands for the first time, I was a bit critical of the grinder’s push-in crank connection. It just looked so fragile. However, my concerns were not justified.

A magnetic connection ensures that the crank fits perfectly. This accurate and quality workmanship aptly reflects the 100-percent “Made in Germany” label. My father – who is a mechanical engineer and, like me, attaches great importance to good workmanship – also gave the grinder his blessing. He found it a bit too expensive, though.

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filling beans

Final Inspection and Certificate

The company also included information regarding the Comandante staff member who inspected and approved my grinder, which is somehow a nice touch. In my case, it was Raphael. This is yet another reminder that the Comandante grinder is not a mass consumer product.

I know, I know, I can already hear the first screams of “somehow you have to justify the high price!” I can only say one thing in reply: Haters gonna hate.

Comandante Manual Coffee Grinder Certificate

Comandante C40 MKIII Nitro Blade – Conclusion

The Comandante coffee grinder performed very well in my review. Although I have previously tried to avoid grinding coffee by hand, I really enjoy doing it now. It’s quick, easy and really fun, as you can see in the photos.

Comandante Barista Arne

Comandante Barista

I mostly use this grinder for my pour-over coffees. However, as it is the Swiss Army knife of manual coffee grinders, it can be used for all types of coffee preparations. It costs a lot of money, but you understand why when grinding coffee for the first time. Now I always have the Comandante with me, here in the co-working space in Malta.

Comandante Coffee Grinder Review

You can buy the Comandante coffee grinder from Amazon.co.uk or also directly from one of the international dealers listed on the Comandante website.

3 Comments

    I took delivery of my Comandante in Zebra Wood 2 weeks ago. It’s a night and day difference compared to my former hand grinder that broke. It’s smooth, very well made like most German products, and is built to last. Yes, this grinder is expensive, but you get what you pay for. I had to experiment with getting it dialed in, and went through a lot of sacrificial coffee to do so. Since each coffee is different, I have good starting off points, and can adjust grind settings to taste. Comandante gets an A+ in my book.

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    Arne

    Hello Brian, congratulations to your new Comandante Coffee Grinder! Your comment is like balm for our german soul 😉
    Thanks a lot and all the best!
    Your Team Coffeeness

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    I can’t gain enough information about the grinder in Japan.
    So I was looking for another, and I visit here.
    I have a question.
    How long does it take to grind with the tool specifically?

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