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Thread: Will my Sunbeam grinder be good enough in the interim?

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    Will my Sunbeam grinder be good enough in the interim?

    So I've been looking to upgrade my espresso machine and grinder for a while now, but haven't had the funds. I've been using a Sunbeam Em6910 and Em0480 for a long time and had planned to upgrade both in about 3 months. Unfortunately my espresso machine has just died... And so currently can only afford a new machine but not the grinder. After much research I'm thinking the Lelit PL41LEM or possibly the Sylvia.

    I'll probably end up getting the Compak K3P or the macap but in the meantime will the Sunbeam EM0480 be good enough for the Lelit? I'm worried that it won't grind fine enough.

    I would definitely get them second hand if it meant getting both... Problem is I need a machine urgently...I'm not coping without my morning coffee... 😩

    Any help would be appreciated!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judith View Post
    So I've been looking to upgrade my espresso machine and grinder for a while now, but haven't had the funds. I've been using a Sunbeam Em6910 and Em0480 for a long time and had planned to upgrade both in about 3 months. Unfortunately my espresso machine has just died... And so currently can only afford a new machine but not the grinder. After much research I'm thinking the Lelit PL41LEM or possibly the Sylvia.

    I'll probably end up getting the Compak K3P or the macap but in the meantime will the Sunbeam EM0480 be good enough for the Lelit? I'm worried that it won't grind fine enough.

    I would definitely get them second hand if it meant getting both... Problem is I need a machine urgently...I'm not coping without my morning coffee...

    Any help would be appreciated!
    Absolutely. For what it is the EM0480 is a great little grinder. If it was grinding fine enough for your EM6910 then it'll work with the Lelit as well. Go for it.
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    It'll do the job, no problem. Worst case scenario you might beed to add a shim under the bottom burr, but assuming you're using the single wall basket with the EM6910 it should be fine without. I would definitely plan an upgrade in the longer term though...

    An alternative would be to grab an Aeropress or other manual brewer for the interim; you might get a better price buying a "package" than machine and grinder separately 😊
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic_Matt View Post
    An alternative would be to grab an Aeropress or other manual brewer for the interim; you might get a better price buying a "package" than machine and grinder separately 
    hmm I've never seen those. Not a bad idea! I do like my coffee with steamed milk though!

    Yeah I could probably get them cheaper if I got them together... I'll just have to talk to a few places.

    Thanks guys for your help!

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    I lived with one of these grinders for 6 months until I bought something nicer. Was a better decision than compromising on both IMO. You'll be fine in the short term with it.

    FWIW when I bought my machine, I let the retailer know that I couldn't buy a full package now, but would return for the grinder if I could get them to honour a deal for me within 6 months. It's worth asking.
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    Your EM0480 will do perfectly for a while. It offers great bang for buck and is certainly capable as an espresso grinder.

    With that said, I'm sure you'll appreciate when you do upgrade from it! Aside from the grind quality there are a few more trivial attributes which it lacks, i.e. its a bit noisy and messy.

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    microwave your milk, then pull the aeropress shot on top. quick and easy and remember, it's for the interim.

    Quote Originally Posted by Judith View Post
    hmm I've never seen those. Not a bad idea! I do like my coffee with steamed milk though!

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