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  • Breville "Smart grinder" vs Iberital Challenge

    So I am looking to upgrade from my current Sunbeam Em0480 grinder, which is two years old now and starting to under-perform. My budget is around $320, and it seems that the only two grinders in the range between the Sunbeam ($199) and a Rocky (round $450) are the Breville Smart grinder and Iberital Challenge. I know the general advice is to stretch the grinder budget as far as possible, but given my financial constraints, do you guys have any opinions/experience with either two? I do like the sound of a stepless grinder, which the Iberital brings to the table.

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    CosmoreX and Talk Coffee have a joint import of a doserless grinder which we know is better finished, well within budget and will outperform both of these on grind quality. See teaser thread. We're probably 5-7 weeks from launch though.

    I've been playing with the evaluation model for a few days now and it's doing the job very well.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Talk_Coffee View Post
      CosmoreX and Talk Coffee have a joint import of a doserless grinder which we know is better finished, well within budget and will outperform both of these on grind quality. See teaser thread. We're probably 5-7 weeks from launch though.

      I've been playing with the evaluation model for a few days now and it's doing the job very well.
      That sounds really good, and I'd definitely be interested. Keep me posted

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      • #4
        Baratza preciso is also in that price range $320

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        • #5
          You'll be looking at a new grinder again in a couple of years if you get either of these two. Both have plastic burr carriers, and rather large manufacturing tolerances. I've had a challenge for a number of years and while it produced good grinds when it was new there is now a fair bit of slack in bottom burr. Stepless adjustment is not always what it's cracked up to be. In the case of Iberital challenge it is a pain in the butt.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by muppet_man67 View Post
            You'll be looking at a new grinder again in a couple of years if you get either of these two. Both have plastic burr carriers, and rather large manufacturing tolerances. I've had a challenge for a number of years and while it produced good grinds when it was new there is now a fair bit of slack in bottom burr. Stepless adjustment is not always what it's cracked up to be. In the case of Iberital challenge it is a pain in the butt.
            Thanks for that. That does sound like a problem-the big issue with the sunbeam grinder is the fact that there is a lot of plastic in the burr carrier-I added shims, but it appears to have taken a lot of tolerance out of the grind i.e. one grind is too fine, whilst one just above it is too coarse. Does the Baratza have a lot of plastic?

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            • #7
              The baratza does have a fair bit of plastic ,I have had mine only four months making approx 4-6 coffee`s a day and I have had zero problems , how long it will last is anybodys guess

              Talk coffees new grinder sounds interesting and the Compak K3 is bullet proof

              I have owned and used Mazzer mini ,K3 touch and now the Baratza they have all been good grinders.

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              • #8
                I've had a smartgrinder for 18 months and it does the job for me. 2-3 doubles a day. it was probably the best of the cheapies when I got it. its not as fashionable as it was but it still makes good coffee

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