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    Sunbeam Cafe Series - decent grinder for home espresso?

    Hi All,

    I have a Breville Ikon BES400 machine which I recently purchased. I was running pre-ground coffee in double walled baskets previously but was told single wall is the way to go. So I've bought such baskets (genuine Breville) and given them a go. It seems my pre-ground coffee is too coarse so I need to invest in a grinder. Can anyone identify the item below (sorry only have one pic) as I can buy it for $50.

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    It looks pretty industrial but also well used. I only paid $15 for the machine itself with all the gear so a bit reluctant to spend mega-bucks on a grinder so what other good makes/models are there I should look for online used or new?

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MonoJoker View Post
    Hi All,

    I have a Breville Ikon BES400 machine which I recently purchased. I was running pre-ground coffee in double walled baskets previously but was told single wall is the way to go. So I've bought such baskets (genuine Breville) and given them a go. It seems my pre-ground coffee is too coarse so I need to invest in a grinder. Can anyone identify the item below (sorry only have one pic) as I can buy it for $50.

    Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet

    It looks pretty industrial but also well used. I only paid $15 for the machine itself with all the gear so a bit reluctant to spend mega-bucks on a grinder so what other good makes/models are there I should look for online used or new?

    Thanks.
    It LOOKS like an EM480 - which will be a vast improvement over what you currently use. If it is a lesser SB model, find an old 480...

    TampIt

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    Yes it's a Sunbeam EM0480 grinder. At $50 it's a good grinder and a far superior option to using preground coffee. Make sure you give it a good clean inside and out.

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    Thanks guys I will grab it on the weekend if still available, if I just google how to clean a coffee grinder it should give me enough info or is there anything specific you can advise me.

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    2nd hand Cafe series will be the best band for your buck, especially under $50 on gumtree.

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    Go for it.
    EM0480 is a great little grinder. It used to retail for $220 so $50 is amazing

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    Considering what you paid for the coffee machine that is an equitable grinder, but I found it a pain to use as it is so inconsistent. Far, far better is the Breville Smartgrinder, but that is a long way above your tightwad budget ($200, sometimes less). :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by wfdTamar View Post
    Considering what you paid for the coffee machine that is an equitable grinder, but I found it a pain to use as it is so inconsistent. Far, far better is the Breville Smartgrinder, but that is a long way above your tightwad budget ($200, sometimes less). :-)
    I spent a long weekend with a mob of grinders (including 480s and smartgrinders - yes, plural of both) and a laser refractometer. FYI, both 480s and smartgrinders vary widely in performance from great to unusable. No way would a smartgrinder be considered as an upgrade unless you cannot use the manual 480 and need a lot of electronic handholding.

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