The first few times you use the grinder you might feel it hop. This is because you’re not applying enough downwards pressure on the grab handle. As you feel the grinder about to move, press downward slightly. After a while you’ll sense a certain rhythm to when you need to apply pressure. As with any hand tool, you need to pay attention to the task at hand.
Another issue is stalling the grinder. The key is using a very steady pace when turning the flywheel. Don’t try to spin the wheel as fast as you can, instead try to set a consistent pace. Concentrate on the amount of resistance you’re feeling and then increase the amount of force when you start to feel the grinder is about to stall. Once again, by concentrating on the process you’ll be able to turn the flywheel without dropping a beat.
The usual warnings:
We love our children so please do not let them operate the grinder. For adults the flywheel is fun to play with and it’s even more tempting for small ones. The grinder is very heavy and if it falls on someone, it will hurt. The grinder also contains very sharp blades that can cause serious harm if little fingers find their way inside the machine.
Do not place anything else apart from coffee beans in the grinder, you’ll break the grinder or worse shrapnel might fly out. Do not put your fingers in the grinder while it’s moving or not moving, the flywheel can turn unexpectedly.
Do use a brush and not your fingers to clean the inside of the grinder. Did we mention those blades are sharp?
Most importantly please use common sense. Don’t try to attach the grinder to a motor–outboard, lawnmower, electric or otherwise.