The Lagom Mini is almost certainly the smallest electric burr grinder that you have ever seen. Lagom openly advertises this grinder as:
‘The Compactness of a hand grinder, without the hand cranking’
But the compact footprint along with the accolade of ‘mini’ may well raise red flags for some. Miniature can mean corners cut and inferior components.
So does the Lagom Mini grinder live up to the premium quality set by its elder siblings, particularly the popular Lagom P64? Read on to find out.
The Lagom Mini is a high-quality grinder stuffed into a tiny footprint. It is minimalist in design and yet packs a punch with its 48mm burrs, a DC Motor, zero retention, and quiet operation. While originally designed for filter coffee, it operates functionally as a multipurpose grinder at an eminently affordable price point.
Lagom Mini Review
About Option O
The Lagom Mini is produced by Option O, a highly reputable company known for their hand grinder, the Remi, and particularly their electric grinder ranger, the Lagoms. The Lagom P64 and Lagom P100 have been especially popular, with a strong following in the specialty coffee community.
So whatever else may be said, Option O certainly knows how to make premium grinders that perform excellently.
Design And Functionality Of The Lagom Mini Grinder
The Lagom Mini looks and feels like quality. It comes in either silver or black and while relatively light, it feels heavy for its physical size. The exterior is made of space-grade aluminum and exudes Apple/Airbook vibes. This premium feel is only amplified by the magnetic dosing cup and magnetic hopper lid both also made of the same aluminium. In fact, the only thing out of the box that doesn’t feel premium is the slightly weird plastic finger safety thing in the hopper to keep your fingers from being mashed (there is no safety cut-off mechanism due to the compact size).
The Lagom Mini grinder follows the minimalist ethos that has come to characterize many single-dosing, low-retention grinders on the market. It only has one button on the side which starts and stops grinding. This means it is very simple to use and also has fewer electrical components to break down over time.
Because it utilises a DC motor it also has a power brick which some don’t love. However, it is pretty good as power bricks come and isn’t nearly as obnoxious as many other bricks.
It is also low retention which means no need for purging between different grind sizes or different beans. And tests have proved that while it is not quite zero retention (because in reality there is no such thing), it is low enough retention to be negligible.
The dosing cup is fairly long and narrow which is both a pro and a con. On the positive side, it is close to the grinds chute and so keeps grinding from getting too messy. On the negative side, there is so little room between the chute and the top of the dosing cup that you almost have to put it in at a slight angle. Similarly, the long narrow shape means that it is fairly annoying to clean.
As mentioned above the Lagom Mini really is an electrically powered hand grinder. It has all the pros of the hand grinder – compact, light, cheapish, slow RPM – without any of the negatives; aka elbow grease. It really is a brilliant concept executed with excellence.
However, it is worth noting that the Lagom Mini coffee grinder really isn’t made for heavy grinding and will perform poorly in this scenario. Ideally, the Lagom Mini shouldn’t be used more than 3-4 times per day and requires at least a brief break between each grind. It is a decidedly domestic coffee grinder.
The formal guidelines re use are as follows
‘Duty cycle: <90s (1.5 min) grind time per cycle, with a minimum rest time of 90s (1.5 min) in between cycles, for no more than 4 shots within a 10-minute period. Rest for at least 30 minutes once the total accumulated grinding time has exceeded 6 minutes.’
In terms of daily functionality, it’s worth noting that the Lagom is fairly quiet but also fairly slow. It’s not a loud grinder, but neither is it a super quiet grinder like the Lagom P64, and some have found its noise to be a bit on the whiny side. It is also fairly slow for espresso. Depending on the coffee beans etc the Lagom grinder can take up to a minute to grind 18g for espresso. It’s not terrible but it is certainly on the slower side.
Burrs And Grinding Of The Lagom Grinder
The Lagom Mini was originally designed as a filter grinder for light roasts. However, since its release, they have effectively rebranded as a multipurpose grinder, and for good reason. The truth is that the Lagom Mini is a good filter grinder and a very good multipurpose grinder.
If you were looking for an exclusive filter grinder we would still recommend the Fellow Ode Gen 2 with SSP burrs over the Lagom Mini. However, if you are looking for an affordable quality grinder that can cater to both filter and espresso then the Lagom is a superb and highly tempting offer. It costs around the same as the old DF64 but is far more compact, requires zero modifications, is travel-friendly, and is produced by a far more reputable brand.
Looking on the internet the burr situation for the Lagom Mini can be a bit confusing. Originally they offered 38mm or 48mm conical burr options. Then they ditched the 38mm option and introduced a second 48mm burr so that you could purchase your grinder with either Obsydian Burrs or Moonshine Burrs. Now they have discontinued the Obsydian burrs so every Lagom Mini now comes with the Moonshine burrs. The Moonshine burrs tend to provide a higher clarity of brew with fewer fines than the older Obsydian burrs.
But without going into all the intricacies, the long and the short of it is that the Lagom Mini grinder grinds very well for both filter and espresso. The original model had some trouble with stalling on lighter roasts but this has been fixed in the new version (it was a power issue rather than a grinder issue). The Mini is supported by dual P5-grade angular contact bearings which translates to burr stability and more uniform grinds.
The grind adjustment system is similar to that of the Niche or DF64 and consists of turning the collar/hopper which is a stepless adjustment. It is pleasant to turn and again feels like premium quality.
The original version of the Lagom mini came with numbers on the collar. However, for some inexplicable reason, the newer version replaces numbers with dots (ten large dots with five smaller dots between each). The annoyance of this is that if you are switching between brewing methods then it can be hard to keep track of where you were. It’s not a major but is frustrating if you are using it regularly as a multipurpose grinder.
Lagom Mini Takeaway
In takeaway, we would commend the Lagom Mini as an excellent grinder that is worthy of the reputable Lagom name. It is an utterly unique offering that is effectively an electrically powered hand grinder. It is compact, light, can travel easily, but requires none of the time or energy usually associated with hand grinders.
It can grind very capably for both espresso and filter and is powered by a strong DC motor so won’t experience any stalling.
If you are in the market for either a multipurpose grinder or an entry-level espresso grinder then the Lagom Mini is a very tempting option!