Hario Mini Mill Mod Guide: A Must-Do For This Coffee Grinder

The beloved Hario Mini Mill is a fixture in the coffee world. This simple mod makes it even better.
Hario Mini Mill Mod
✍ Written by: Garrett Oden
📅 Published: November 7, 2020
🗃 Filed under: EQUIPMENT

This is for all those Hario Mini Mill lovers who are curious how to make their hand grinder significantly more consistent by using a simple modification. If you’re not an owner of this fantastic hand grinder, check out its review!

? 2020 UPDATE: The new Hario Mini Slim resolves a lot of the issues that this mod guide used to resolve. While this mod will still work for older grinder models, I largely just recommend upgrading to the new, far-better version 🙂

Back to the mod guide!

It’s no secret that the Mini Mill doesn’t exactly compete with a commercial grinder, but this little guy is definitely good enough for most people. There is one problem however: coarse grinds tend to be fairly inconsistent with many different sized grounds.

This problem is a result of two pieces, the metal rod and the outer burr, not being set in their places firmly enough. This enables some wiggling, which ends in unevenly ground coffee. The solution is so simple you will doubt it: scotch tape. Yes, those clear strips are the key to the Hario Mini Mill mod.

Hario Mini Mill Mod

Hario Mini Mill Mod

Before we apply tape, disassemble your hand grinder and clean it well. Don’t use water on any of the ceramic pieces, it could shorten the grinder’s life. I just use a paper towel and little brush to get small particles off.

The Metal Rod

This part is fairly simple. Right above the screw portion of the rod are two small protrusions on either side. Just above this is where the tape is going around the rod. Put just enough on so that the rod can fit through the black hopper and spring, but be set firmly. I used about four layers of tape, but experiment yourself to find the best fit.

Once you’ve done that, place it back through the tunnel and attach the pieces that hold it in place. You should be able to notice much less wiggling.

Hario Mini Mill Mod

Hario Mini Mill Mod

The Outer Burr

This part is a little more difficult. Split a piece of tape into two long strips using scissors. Make sure not to cover the indentions where the burr and body meet. Take your time and try not to allow lots of tape going over the edges. Here I used three layers.

After you’ve applied this mod, settle it back into the bottom of the body and confirm that the wiggling has decreased immensely. If not, apply another layer of tape. As before, experiment!

Hario Mini Mill Mod

Hario Mini Mill Mod

And that’s the Hario Mini Mill mod! After reassembling you’ll notice that the coffee grounds are much more consistent, especially when you’re grinding coarsely. Good luck, and happy brewing!

Do you have any questions or suggestions about how to make this guide more clear and reader-friendly? Drop a comment below!

September 8, 2014 Addition

I’ve discovered a couple extra things that help with grind uniformity when using the Mini Mill.

1. Solid Surface – It seems that using both arms to swing the grinder around to achieve a very quick grind is not ideal for consistency. Placing the grinder on a solid surface like a counter or table while grinding seems to be makes a noticeable difference, although it requires more effort. For speed, swing like a madman. For consistency, let gravity pull the beans down naturally.

2. Maintenance – Take care of your grinder, and it will take care of you. This includes unwrapping the scotch tape and reapplying more after a quick cleaning. Resist the temptation to use water on the ceramic parts and invest in a toothbrush you can use on your coffee equipment to knock off fine particles.

As always, if you know of any other tricks or ways of improving the daily grind, post in the comments!

November 3, 2014 Addition

Aha! I finally did a grind comparison and published the results. Skeptical of this mod using extremely simple materials? Check out the Hario Mini Mill Mod Grind Comparison!

Garrett Oden

Garrett Oden

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  1. Max

    Thank you so much, this mod finally enabled me to brew the perfect cup of coffee.
    One more suggestion as read in the coffeegeek forum: But some tape around the top part of the central shaft, so that the upper plastic ring sits stable as well.

    I use it with the Clever Coffee Dripper, currently set to 7 cklicks, and it’s awesome.

    • Garrett Oden

      That’s another great tip! For your Clever, how long do you let it steep before you release?

      • Clever Coffee Guy

        For the Clever, I use grind size of 10 clicks on the Hario Mini Mill. I start the draw down at 3 minutes, but if it’s a light roast, I do 3 minutes, 30 seconds. Hope this helps

  2. Indra

    My pourover taste improved greatly!!

    Thank you so much. I use 8 clicks with the Hario V60 #2

    • Garrett Oden

      That’s wonderful news to hear! Thanks for letting me know. I’ll give 8 clicks a shot soon. I normally have done 10.

      • Andy

        Wow, 8 clicks would clog my V60-01 in no time… I’m surprised it has worked for you. I typically use 11 clicks from closed to achieved my desired brew time.

  3. James Evans Gayaldo

    one question, will this interfere with grinding finely, like for espresso?

    • Garrett Oden

      Based on my experience, this mod becomes more impactful as the grind becomes coarser. The really fine settings don’t see much benefit, but they’re not terrible to begin with.

  4. Dr Black

    Why no water? I don’t understand how water could hurt the ceramic pieces, and if I recall correctly the maker suggests cleaning with mild soap and water.

  5. Pedro El Grande

    Have you guys used a drill with it?

    • Garrett Oden

      I have not personally, although I do think I’ve seen others. Have you tried it? I’d be curious to find out how the Mini Mill holds up after repeated drill use.

  6. Cara

    Thank you so much for the post!

    After disassembling and cleaning mine two times I found the outer burr wouldn’t stay where it belongs, the grounds became terribly inconsistant which terrified me. Glad that I found this post, now the problem is fixed =) Good work mate!

  7. Foe

    Hey, does this method work for Porlex Tall grinder??

  8. Vincent Ballestrino

    I just bought a mini mill and modded it right away. The design hasn’t changed since you posted this mod, however I found that the wiggling was happening a bit differently. Here are my observations:
    – The Rod:
    In my mill the rod wiggles at the top of the “tunnel” not at the bottom.
    The bottom part is apparently made of a piece of ceramic, and in my case it fits tightly to the rod, even one single layer of tape didn’t allow the rod to slide through it. So the mod, as it is described here didn’t work.
    But the top part of the “tunnel” is made of plastic and doesn’t fit snuggly to the rod, that’s where the wiggling is happening on my mill. So I have put two layers of tape to the head of the rod, allowing the rod to slide through with a little bit of resistance. and now there is absolutely no wiggling.

    – The Outer Burr
    I have put two layers of tape as described and the outer burr now fits perfectly.
    However when everything is put back together, and the mill is held vertically, the outer burr slides down from where it sits and closes the gap with the inner burr. If I reverse to have the burrs side up, the two burrs slide back down.
    So the two burrs are allowed to move vertically quite a lot, from completely closed to open at the click setting.
    And this appears to be by design, because there is nothing that holds the inner burr against the bottom and the outer burr against the top.
    I’ll try to figure out how to make them stay in their place but currently this appears to be the biggest factor for grind inconsistency.

    Anyone experiencing the same ?

    • Larry Gualano

      I think I know what you’re saying about the burrs sliding. When you screw the clear base on it should be holding the outer burr in place. I just got mine today and I noticed that too until I put the base back on.