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    Sunbeam Cafe Series (EM480) for drip?

    Hi all - first post for me on this site! I'm looking at getting a cheap, second hand burr grinder primarily for drip and aeropress coffee but capable of espresso too. I'll be using this as an auxiliary grinder for various coffees. I've seen a Sunbeam EM480 for $50 locally, would it be suitable for drip coffee? I'm getting tired of hand grinding..

    Cheers - Seb

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    They are quite capable of producing whatever grind you need however they may not last as long as a grinder for a few dollars more such as Macap M2M or a Eureka Mignon which are around 400-500 dollars new and less second hand. Also keep an eye on the second hand grinders being sold on this forum. You may get a quality grinder a bit cheaper.
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    Thanks Stan. I think I'd rather spend the extra money on good coffee beans, I wasn't sure if that grinder would do decent drip since it's aimed more towards espresso. Trouble is I'm in Tas so it's kinda a seller's market. I've been using a porlex mini but with the amount of coffee I drink it's a bit of a workout haha plus I'm a bit impatient to get a brew started! I think I will give it a go - I just did some research and it looks like the motor gets a 5yr warranty and I'm hardly giving it a workout since the grind will be much coarser than espresso.. Wish me luck! :P I'll report back once I've used it

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    I also have a porlex so I know how long it takes. I use it for a plunger when we are travelling. I had one 10 years ago and it is still working for another family member.

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    Just got back with the grinder. I tested it with some old coffee for grind size - it's a little too fine so I completely disassembled it and removed one shim - just made a brew of natural process from San Sebastian roasted by the nice folks at Zimmah Coffee in Hobart (they supply beans for the café I work at). Absolutely brilliant! Just coarse enough for filter coffee and remains very even with minimal dust. The burrs were really easy to take out and clean too. I can even use it for alternative coffees for espresso when I start roasting (hopefully next week). When I took it apart the burrs were actually really sharp still - I don't think it had been used much. So - very happy with this as a second grinder and I'll continue to use the Porlex with my Aeropress when I travel.

    Would recommend.

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