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Thread: Upgrading from Breville Smart Grinder

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    Upgrading from Breville Smart Grinder

    Hi all,

    After 3 or 4 years, it's finally time to upgrade from my Breville Smart Grinder to something a bit better! It'll mostly be used for espresso with my '82 La Pavoni Europiccola and I'm looking to spend <$700.

    So far I've considered the Compak K3 (either Push or Touch), Quamar Q50P or the Macap M2M. Are any of these significant standouts and are there any other grinders I should consider?

    Cheers,
    Seb

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    Good choices. Maybe check out the sette 270w too.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by SebC View Post
    Hi all,

    After 3 or 4 years, it's finally time to upgrade from my Breville Smart Grinder to something a bit better! It'll mostly be used for espresso with my '82 La Pavoni Europiccola and I'm looking to spend <$700.

    So far I've considered the Compak K3 (either Push or Touch), Quamar Q50P or the Macap M2M. Are any of these significant standouts and are there any other grinders I should consider?

    Cheers,
    Seb
    I've got Macap M2M and love it. If using for Expresso though, maybe look into something that is stepless?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SebC View Post
    Hi all,

    After 3 or 4 years, it's finally time to upgrade from my Breville Smart Grinder to something a bit better! It'll mostly be used for espresso with my '82 La Pavoni Europiccola and I'm looking to spend <$700.

    So far I've considered the Compak K3 (either Push or Touch), Quamar Q50P or the Macap M2M. Are any of these significant standouts and are there any other grinders I should consider?

    Cheers,
    Seb
    Hi SebC,

    Yes the Kompak K3 is a great little grinder. I have had mine for about 2.5yrs and its going strong. For home use the consistency is good and its stepless so you can get good range of grind size. For just over $500 New its a good price (depending on push or touch model cost differences) or you maybe able to pick up my one for a great price when i post on coffeesnobs sell in about a week or so.

    For me i am about to change it as i have just upgraded my Lelit machine and thought i would match it with and ECM combo (Synchronika + Titan)
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    Hello Seb

    We import and distribute the La Pavoni levas. Those that know me know how much I love leva machines.

    The M2M is a good match for the La Pavoni, we use one with our Pavoni demo and the stepped adjustment is never an issue. We find the Pavonis require a slightly finer grind then a normal pump machine.

    The K3 is a great unit as well, its really a matter of personal choice between the M2M and K3, toss a coin...

    Another option I your price range is the Eureka Mignon. Excellent stepless adjustment, solid build and analogue timed dosing.

    Cheers

    Antony
    www.casaespresso.com.au

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrsr20 View Post
    I've got Macap M2M and love it. If using for Expresso though, maybe look into something that is stepless?
    Agree with this.

    I would take extra care if buying anything with stepped adjustment. You can get caught with the ideal grind point being between steps. Not all stepped grinders are created equal in relation to step size.
    If going down the stepped route I would want to see and use it first to determine whether the steps were small enough so that I wasn't left wanting between steps.
    If buying online without try before you buy, just avoid the issue and don't buy stepped would be my advice.

    There are other ways of addressing the ideal grind point being between steps (like varying dose), but I prefer to keep dose consistent and use the grinder to perfect the flow.
    Because I work this way I value being able to make very small adjustments to grind fineness.

    If you are only grinding for espresso machine then I think stepless is a winner.
    If you regularly grind for different brew methods then stepped provides some value in allowing you to return to pre-defined points easily (although you can also do that on a stepless).

    I think that with all the brands mentioned in this thread it is more aesthetics than in the cup difference (except for the step points above - for me).
    Eureka provides a real counter-point in design to the rest of the bunch.
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    Hi Seb
    I went from Breville Smart Grinder to Eureka Mignon. I'm very happy with it and it is now paired with a Profitec Pro 500.
    From my experience with this often overlooked grinder, I am now a big fan of the Eureka brand.
    I have no experience with the other grinders on your list, but they all have their supporters.
    Good luck with your choice.
    Cheers
    Mal
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    Macap are excellent grinders.

    Also be aware that the most important part of a grinder is the burr set. High end burr sets are expensive but some of the manual grinders come with very good conical burrs. If you don't do a lot of coffees at once, consider a manual.

    Greg
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