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    Upgrade Question re: Current DeLonghi Grinder

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    Hi all, newbie here.

    Im looking to upgrade my curent (about 5 yr old) Krups Novo to something like a Silvia in the not too distant future. I want something thats manual, boiler, non pressurized basket, steam wand etc. Theres heaps of posts about the machines here so Ill keep trawling, but Silvia looks good.

    My main question is how viable is my my current De Longhi grinder (model KG 100 I think) going to be. Its a conical grinder, originally about $180 to give some idea of the type of machine Ive got. I know there are heaps of posts saying buy a grinder first etc, Id just like some feedback if anyone else has had one of these, or anything like it, and was it able to produce for a machine with non-pressurized basket etc.

    My plan is to spend about $500 on a pre-loved Silvia, but if the concensus is my grinders not up to Ill have to adjust my attitude and think again... ;)

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    Re: Upgrade Question re: Current DeLonghi Grinder

    Hi bigvman,

    Welcome to CS.

    I have a KG100..... and they are great for plunger...... sort of OK for a machine with pressurised baskets.... but useless when it comes to a quality espresso machine like the Silvia.

    Two problems - they wont really grind fine enough (there are some "tweaks" to improve this) but the real problem is the burrs arent held tightly in place.... so they produce grind particles varying massively in size...

    Sorry but you will need a good grinder - a Sunbeam 0450/480 is about the lowest priced which will just do the job.... Ideally at least a rocky or an Iberital is required......

    The grinder is more important than the machine..... a quality grinder and an el cheapo machine will produce good espresso...... a cheapo grinder and the most expensive machine will produce cr@p coffee.....

    Of couse a quality grinder and a quality machine will produce truly great espresso!

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    Re: Upgrade Question re: Current DeLonghi Grinder

    Puts fingers in ears and chants loudly to self........

    Not what I wanted to hear, but thanks for the feedback. Its kind of what I thought my be the case.

    Cheers.

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    Re: Upgrade Question Current DeLonghi Grinder

    Quote Originally Posted by JavaB link=1220423687/0#1 date=1220424914
    Hi bigvman,

    Welcome to CS.

    I have a KG100..... and they are great for plunger...... sort of OK for a machine with pressurised baskets.... but useless when it comes to a quality espresso machine like the Silvia.

    Two problems - they wont really grind fine enough (there are some "tweaks" to improve this) but the real problem is the burrs arent held tightly in place.... so they produce grind particles varying massively in size...

    Sorry but you will need a good grinder - a Sunbeam 0450/480 is about the lowest priced which will just do the job.... Ideally at least a rocky or an Iberital is required......

    The grinder is more important than the machine..... a quality grinder and an el cheapo machine will produce good espresso...... a cheapo grinder and the most expensive *machine will produce cr@p coffee.....

    Of couse a quality grinder and a quality machine will produce truly great espresso!
    Id add the Ascasos to that bunch as well Java. The i-home out hits the rocky in many ways (including price) at present...

    That bloke from Talk Coffee has some on sale ;)

    Chris

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    Re: Upgrade Question Current DeLonghi Grinder

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    Welcome bigvman,

    He really meant to say was "That nice bloke from Talk Coffee has some on sale" buts hes too modest.

    Cheers



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