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    Choosing a Grinder for the First Time...

    I guess it all comes down to how far your budget can be stretched as you have no doubt read here and elsewhere, always buy the best grinder you can afford even if that means stretching a bit to get it. You wont be sorry, and in the long run it will probably see you through several espresso machine upgrades 8-). Another consideration aside from budget, is how you are going to use the grinder, e.g. only for espresso, mainly for espresso but sometimes for plunger/drip/mocha pot, etc..... anyway, you get the drift ;).

    If you intend using it for espresso 90-100% of the time, then a micro-metrical(infinite adjustment) grinder is the way to go as it enables you to really fine-tune the grind to attain the optimum pour quality from your espresso machine.... Theyre a real bugger though to switch from espresso to plunger and back again as the grind adjustment is so fine, it takes a LOT of knob turning to change the grind adjustment that much. Great for espresso though as the adjustments can be infinitesimally small for when thats needed, such as adjusting for changes in humidity through the day, as the beans age, etc.

    On the other hand, if you think you are going to be doing a lot of brewing from one method to another quite regularly then I would suggest that a "stepped" adjustment would suit you best although this is at the cost of not being able to dial-in as accurately for espresso as the micro-metrical adjustments allow.

    Then of course, you have the decision to go with a doser-less or doser type grinder :-? and there are heaps of discussions to be found about this across the grinder category. In a nutshell though, doser-less grinders are ideal for grinding on demand immediately before brewing but can be a bit messy depending on the actual grinder as some grinders really spit the grounds out of the discharge chute at a high rate of knots :o. This is normally easy to overcome though and there are lots of innovative ideas to be found through the grinder threads about this. Some people also mention alleged issues with clumping of the discharged coffee grounds too but I never really found it be an issue with a Rocky doser-less that I owned for a few years, but it is something to suss out for yourself. Another feature of doser-less grinders is that they allow you to grind coffee for friends and relos who dont own a grinder, and discharge directly into a suitable resealable bag. This can be a LOT more difficult to do with a doser model.

    Doser grinders on the other hand, tend to be much cleaner to operate by virtue of the fact that the grounds are captured into the doser chamber before dosing into the PF Basket. Theyre also very handy for those times when you have a few friends and relos over, since the only thing you need to worry about is having enough beans in the hopper to cater for the number of coffees you need to make. For those times when you want to make only one or two coffees, it is but a simple matter to load the bean hopper with just sufficient beans for your immediate needs, grind and then work the doser lever to clean out the doser chamber into your PF Basket or other convenient collection receptacle of your choice. Some dosers are better at sweeping every last grain from the chamber than others but even for those that dont, there are simple (reversible) measures that can be applied to improve these shortcomings ;).

    So, I guess its a slightly bigger nutshell than I intended ::) but there you have it. I hope I havent confused the issue for you but if you want to get an idea of the sort of money needed for the various makes and types of grinders, Id recommend you visit this link and then if possible, visit a local reputable specialist supplier who can demonstrate several grinders for you (such as our site sponsors ;)) and then youll have a much better idea of what will suit your needs the best.

    All the best :),
    Mal.
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    Re: Choosing a Grinder for the First Time...

    Hi Mal

    thanks very much for that detailed explanation....it will make more sense to me when i actually have one to play around with but i got the basic idea

    much appreciated your time!!

    cheers
    Minh

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    Any of your sponsors from PERTH ?? *i have only heard one specialist in Perth

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    Re: Choosing a Grinder for the First Time...

    Wow! Post read 10808 times in eight hours! Looks like you have chosen a subject close to the hearts of many a CSer, Mal.

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    Re: Choosing a Grinder for the First Time...

    I had a laugh ;D.... I think thats just an anomaly related to my posting this after Minhs original query in a thread located under "Entry Level Machines" and then shifting it to Grinders. Id like to take credit for posting up a really, really popular subject but not on this occasion Im afraid..... :-[

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    Re: Choosing a Grinder for the First Time...

    Off topic replies have been moved to [link=http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1197961695]This Thread[/link]

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    Re: Choosing a Grinder for the First Time...

    As you can no doubt gather, the intent of the original post was to assist First Time grinder buyers within the domestic arena and not owners of specialist coffee retail concerns. If you would like to generate discussion on the pros and cons of flat vs. conical commercial grinders, by all means feel free to start a new thread below but THIS isnt the thread for it.... :)

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    Re: Choosing a Grinder for the First Time...

    Off topic replies have been moved to [link=http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1216720964]This Thread[/link] and thread now locked to help prevent confusion.....

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