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Thread: Grinder ~$500 with Timer function

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    Arrow Grinder ~$500 with Timer function

    Hello all,

    I am thinking of upgrading from the Smart Grinder Pro and have a budget of around $500.

    To control noise of the Grinder in the house, I operate the SGP in a cupboard (ie, switch it on, close the door and wait until its finished). The little bit of mess from the occasional overdose doesn't bother me at all.

    I want to be able to do the same with my next grinder.

    The Sette 270 seems to match my requirements except I read that as it is so fast, it is also fairly loud, which would seem at odds with what i'm trying to achieve.

    Thoughts?
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    The Eureka Mignon 50E is worth considering. Timed dosing, quiet , solid and durable build quality and accurate grind adjustment.



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    Its noisy but I'm not sure it's that much noticeable than other grinders. It is fast though, so you may not get time to shut the cupboard door let alone hear it .

    Actually jokes aside If you continue to go that for soundproofing there is a couple of seconds delay after hitting the grind button whilst it weighs/Tares the PF and starts to grind. Oh that's the 'W' version with in built scales, which is @ $600. The non Scale version is cheaper again.

    I bought mine about 3 weeks ago from Paul @ K-Bean and loving the consistent, fluffy grinds - no clumping. It's also a nice compact size, I think comparable to the Smart Grinder. Super easy to clean with minimal retention.

    Of course there are other options out there in CS Land! Good Luck upgrading!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Casa Espresso View Post
    The Eureka Mignon 50E is worth considering. Timed dosing, quiet , solid and durable build quality and accurate grind adjustment.
    I'm with Antony with this one. This is the same upgrade path that I followed with for my BES900 4 years ago, ie. Smart Grinder to Eureka Mignon. It's a solid machine and does a great job. I also like the fact that you can easily remove the top bur to clean without losing the grind setting.
    Now that i have upgraded to a Profitec Pro 500, I'm still more than happy with the grind from the Mignon.
    As to the noise, I'll leave that for you to sort, or,.......you could always go for the ATOM
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    Stralto, you haven't mentioned why you want to change grinders or what you hope to achieve with the new grinder. If noise level is one of the primary reasons, I would compare everything to the Eureka Atom (I am sure you have read about it, even though it is twice your budget) and then see if the acoustic compromise is worth it to you. If you are in Melbourne you could go to Casa Espresso and hear an Atom live. As noise levels seem a problem it may work out better to delay your purchase till you can get a grinder which meets all your requirements, rather than buying something which doesn't solve a large problem for you.
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    Crema-Lad...

    You sound like an alter ego of Paul at K-Bean....
    Same turn of phrase and never miss an opportunity to promote K-Bean.

    Mal.
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    Hey Paul.... There's more than one Mal on this site and in this thread! Just say'n...

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    I believe the original poster to this thread was after some advise on a new grinder.....

    My advice is research to a point then if you can find shop or place which sells something you are looking for and can make it in, go and have a look in the flesh. I just today bought a grinder which i looked up about on google, youtube and every other possible place and then thought better off seeing it in person. I now have a new Eureka Zenith 65E...

    There is a plentiful amount of info within coffeesnobs for grinder in the range. I can tell you I have had the Smart grinder then went to a compak K3, to a Macap M4D and so on. All these grinder are good in their respective ways. Good luck.

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    Agree with coffeechris, narrow it down and go look and hopefully see a few in action.

    Stralto you sound to know what you want and how much your happy to spend. The frequently suggested grinders are compak K3T and Macap M2M but are a bit about your $500. The Eureka Mignon E Anthony from Casa Espresso suggested closer to your $500. I like my Mignon as small footprint quieter then my old Smart grinder, easy to adjust grind setting and likethat when remove top burr to clear you don't have to sail the grinder back in as the bottom burr is the one that moves for adjustment. Is a bit clumpy at espresso grind but they are soft and fall apart easily so haven't found to be a issue.

    Good luck on the new grinder purchase
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimal View Post
    Crema-Lad...

    You sound like an alter ego of Paul at K-Bean....
    Same turn of phrase and never miss an opportunity to promote K-Bean.

    Mal.
    I had a laugh not really sure what or where your coming from. Is it wrong to give a shout out to good service from a sponsor?
    I gave some feedback on a recent purchase of the Sette 270W Grinder as thOught that was helpful to OP

    Other than that, I have not been paid asked or otherwise to promote Paul/K-Bean. With his many posts and wealth of input to the boards I think he does a good job for himself.

    And whilst I know a lot less about coffee than Paul, I'm much more handsome so I too take offence at the implication we're one and the same
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    Not fair, I don't have a You tube video!!. Will have to post pic..here's one after my first great coffee with the Sette 270w
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    HAHAHA ah this thread is hilarious.. we've had MJ in the other thread, Spice Girls and Zoolander in this one... lovin' it.
    (apologies OP, I think some healthy off topic is... well... healthy XD)

    Quote Originally Posted by K_Bean_Coffee View Post
    Why 2?

    The Quamar gives me nice rounded shots and the Baratza gives me bright, complex conical shots. The difference on the palate is significant and worth factoring into any grinder decision.

    If you have a spare day or two, you can read through a 250 post thread on conical v planar grinders here: Conical vs burr grinders - a sceptic no more

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    Ohhhhh me thinks I'm gonna have to pop round soon... and like... try shots from both Paul .

    But yeah that's really cool, it opens things up a bit with those options
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    Haha quite a concert!

    Ah working all day tomorrow but soon for sure! Thanks for the invite mate . That's fascinating the differences.. I'm still leaning towards the Quamar for the near future, but very cool stuff
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    Quote Originally Posted by 338 View Post
    Stralto, you haven't mentioned why you want to change grinders or what you hope to achieve with the new grinder.
    I am looking to upgrade as I find the Smart Grinder to output very inconsistent Grinds. Noise is the secondary concern, and really the SGP is more than bearable when operated in my cupboard.

    The concept is that I can start the grinder and close the cupboard door while it operates and finishes. As I wont be able to monitor the progress, automatic dosing is necessary (whether time / weight). Additionally the holder would need to be able to hold my portafilter steadily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crema_Lad View Post

    Actually jokes aside If you continue to go that for soundproofing there is a couple of seconds delay after hitting the grind button whilst it weighs/Tares the PF and starts to grind.
    Thanks for mentioning that. I went and had a look at some videos of the 270W on YouTube and the 1.5 - 2 second delay would be handy. Although at around $600 its on the upper end of my budget.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brewster View Post
    This is the same upgrade path that I followed with for my BES900 4 years ago, ie. Smart Grinder to Eureka Mignon. It's a solid machine and does a great job. I also like the fact that you can easily remove the top bur to clean without losing the grind setting.
    Good to know. In what ways was it an improvement from the Smart Grinder?

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    Quote Originally Posted by K_Bean_Coffee View Post
    If you have a spare day or two, you can read through a 250 post thread on conical v planar grinders here: Conical vs burr grinders - a sceptic no more
    I might come back to that one. For now, well I can't be too fussy with a $500 budget

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    Quote Originally Posted by K_Bean_Coffee View Post
    I'm so glad you're enjoying the Sat night show
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    Boom Tish Boom!

    Hey. Now that we're one and the same can I add the K-Bean Tagline to my signature?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stralto View Post
    Thanks for mentioning that. I went and had a look at some videos of the 270W on YouTube and the 1.5 - 2 second delay would be handy. Although at around $600 its on the upper end of my budget.
    I believe the non scaled version has timed dosing and is pretty accurate, and some $100 cheaper so keep looking for info/videos on that, just not sure if it has the same slight delay as no scales to tare. May be a 'feature' to keep in mind on any alternatives you consider also.

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    [QUOTE=Mb21;611070]Agree with coffeechris, narrow it down and go look and hopefully see a few in action.

    Stralto you sound to know what you want and how much your happy to spend. The frequently suggested grinders are compak K3T and Macap M2M but are a bit about your $500. The Eureka Mignon E Anthony from Casa Espresso suggested closer to your $500./QUOTE]

    I could only find the Eureka for $600 at Casa Espresso?

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    I'm k-bean, and so is my wife...
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    Where do you live?
    Sydney has a few options as does Melbourne. Go have a chat, tell them you found out about them on here, and see if they can be nice on price. Going in person helps as shows your half keen.
    if not near a sponsor use the quote form link at bottom of page.

    good luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic_Matt View Post
    I'm k-bean, and so is my wife...
    Matt, time to give up the Saturday night party drugs!
    (Please disregard this comment if your wife really does have a remarkable resemblance to b as pictured above)
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    [QUOTE=stralto;611106]
    Quote Originally Posted by Mb21 View Post
    Agree with coffeechris, narrow it down and go look and hopefully see a few in action.

    Stralto you sound to know what you want and how much your happy to spend. The frequently suggested grinders are compak K3T and Macap M2M but are a bit about your $500. The Eureka Mignon E Anthony from Casa Espresso suggested closer to your $500./QUOTE]

    I could only find the Eureka for $600 at Casa Espresso?
    Morning Stratlo
    The pricing we have on line has free delivery and assumes a variety of payments options.
    Call or drop in for a visit and have a look at them in the metal ,
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    There is a used Eureka Mignon listed in the Hardware for Sale forum if you haven't already seen it.
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