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    Hi guys, I'm new here and seeking some advice on grinders. I'm looking to buy one in near future and my budget is 1k (or a little bit more). Ideally I would like something that is of excellent quality and will last very long. In my shortlist is Mazzer Mini Manual. Anyone who used this has any comment?

    Other suggestions are most welcome. Thanks in advance.

  • #2
    I've just recently bought an M4D and absolutely love it, so I'd recommend putting that one on your short list as well...

    Cheers
    Di

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    • #3
      The M4D is a beauty but slightly above budget. The doser version (M4) is another option and pretty similar in quality/performance to the Mazzer Mini Manual.

      You can buy an entry level commercial grinder in that price range if you don't mind something big. Any of these will last you and give a quality grind.

      Have you decided if you want a doser or doserless? Is it purely for domestic use?

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      • #4
        The Compak K3 touch or push is well with in your budget and gives similar performance to the Mazzer mini

        I've had my K3 touch for 12 months, it gets used everyday and it has given me no problems

        So that could be another grinder to add to your list

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        • #5
          thanks for your suggestions, jkarlis. Yes this is purely for domestic use. I will check M4 out and you got me thinking about doser/doserless. Any pro and cons between the two?

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          • #6
            Another vote for the K3 touch. Lovely grinder. Mine hasn't skipped a beat either.

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            • #7
              You need to try them out yourself. Most of the grinders in your budget range will give you a fairly comparable grind quality and grind characteristic.

              The main differences being them
              - mess they make,
              - the ease of cleaning, dismantling, servicing,
              - the amount of ground coffee retained in the burrs/chute,
              - ease of changing grind, steps or stepless?
              - overall build quality/solidness
              - aesthetics
              - speed

              These comparisons are much better made in real life.

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              • #8
                Thank you all for the suggestions thus far. It certainly has helped me think more about what I want in term of features. After reading some, I'm more inclined toward a doser grinder, mainly I like the fact that they are cleaner and more practical (not having to wait in anticipation).

                Just wondering if CS members have any good coffee hardware sellers in Melbourne to recommend..

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                • #9
                  Loire, even with a doser grinder you are going to want to grind on demand. You shouldn't leave grinds in that doser for too long or they will be stale when you go to use them.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by loire View Post
                    After reading some, I'm more inclined toward a doser grinder, mainly I like the fact that they are cleaner and more practical (not having to wait in anticipation).
                    If you're thinking of a manual Mazzer Mini (I have one) they can be quite messy. Do some CS searching about this very topic - there are lots of ghetto mods to make it a cleaner proposition. I've modded mine with some of the suggestions that can be found on this forum with good results - it's a highly informative forum

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                    • #11
                      I just got one of the new Breville Smart Grinders and it is a really good grinder...And it was only $190 at Hardley Normal!!

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                      • #12
                        which store?! Online HN are selling it for $299...

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                        • #13
                          I picked up a Breville smart grinder to use for decaf from the Breville outlet shop on Smith St, Fitzroy for $169 this week.

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                          • #14
                            WHAT IS THIS MADNESS?! That's an insane price...kinda makes me feel like selling my EM0480 for ~$100 and spending the $70 extra to purchase this.

                            Has anyone done a direct comparison between the two ginders? (EM0480 vs BCG800)

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Primary Shapes View Post
                              I picked up a Breville smart grinder to use for decaf from the Breville outlet shop on Smith St, Fitzroy for $169 this week.
                              Just went there as well, only 1 unit left. They are ex-demo units with no packaging at all, and the one I saw was missing the 58mm PF bracket.

                              But they still do come with full 12mths warranty.

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