Sunbeam Cafe Series - decent grinder for home espresso?
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?
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...
Originally Posted by MonoJoker
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.
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.
2nd hand Cafe series will be the best band for your buck, especially under $50 on gumtree.
Go for it.
EM0480 is a great little grinder. It used to retail for $220 so $50 is amazing
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.
Originally Posted by wfdTamar