I prefer fresh ground beans for my coffee, so having a coffee grinder is a must! I bought this coffee grinder for traveling, where it can be transported easily. The parts break down and can easily fit into a quart sized bag. I did have a little difficulty keeping the parts all together at first, but once I kept to sticking the grinder on a countertop and bearing weight down, I was able to successfully grind with more ease, despite having arthritis. I would like to grind where there is no countertop available ahead of time, so was a little disappointed to have the difficulty without a hard surface. Make sure you have arm strength to use this, otherwise, stick with an electric grinder if your situation and budget allows.