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  • Grinder for siphon, chemex and aeropress

    Hi all,

    Currently using a hand grinder (a Hario MSS-1) for my siphon, chemex and aeropress (I don't have an esspresso machine at this point at time). Apart from taking ages, I can't get consistency in my grind. So I'm looking to upgrade.

    In the sub $250 range I've seen alot of good reviews for the Breville Smart Grinder. Would that be suitable for my purposes or should I look at a higher price point?

    Thanks for the help.

  • #2
    I use a smart grinder for espresso and its fine, so it should be OK for the others. Its a good grinder for the price. If you don't need a fine grind you could go cheaper. I had a DeLonghi KG100 grinder that was sort of OK for espresso (on a good day down hill with a tail wind) but good for other stuff.

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    • #3
      If you don't mind staying with hand grinders, there are hand grinders within that price range that will definitely suit your needs

      I personally have a OE Lido and have a smart grinder for comparison. My other grinder is a Macap M4D

      I use the OE Lido exclusively for Aeropress and CCD now and the smart grinder has been relegated to the back of the shelve unfortunately
      It really depends on whether you want to stick with a hand grinder or not

      Another good recommendation that's not a hand grinder would be the Baratza Preciso but that may be slightly above your budget

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      • #4
        I'm also very disappointed with a new Hario slim hand grinder.
        I've got a very inconsistent grind happening. Some fine, some quite chunky bits.

        I'm sure it's not meant to be that bad. Or is it??

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        • #5
          Originally posted by lemoo View Post
          If you don't mind staying with hand grinders, there are hand grinders within that price range that will definitely suit your needs

          I personally have a OE Lido and have a smart grinder for comparison. My other grinder is a Macap M4D

          I use the OE Lido exclusively for Aeropress and CCD now and the smart grinder has been relegated to the back of the shelve unfortunately
          It really depends on whether you want to stick with a hand grinder or not

          Another good recommendation that's not a hand grinder would be the Baratza Preciso but that may be slightly above your budget
          Good Morning Cooleagles

          When you get the time a PM has been been sent to you with a good option for you to consider.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by lemoo View Post
            If you don't mind staying with hand grinders, there are hand grinders within that price range that will definitely suit your needs

            Another good recommendation that's not a hand grinder would be the Baratza Preciso but that may be slightly above your budget
            Am I better of with a hand grinder for manual coffees? Or should I look at the Preciso?

            I can stretch the budget to a Preciso. Read some reviews and they are well regarded.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by cooleagles View Post
              Am I better of with a hand grinder for manual coffees? Or should I look at the Preciso?

              I can stretch the budget to a Preciso. Read some reviews and they are well regarded.
              Up to you.....do you want the benefits of portability? If so, then a manual grinder has obvious advantages.

              I'd respectfully say that the Preciso reviews are 'mixed' (seems to polarise views somewhat, large re build quality/longevity rather than grind quality).

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Barry O'Speedwagon View Post
                Up to you.....do you want the benefits of portability? If so, then a manual grinder has obvious advantages.

                I'd respectfully say that the Preciso reviews are 'mixed' (seems to polarise views somewhat, large re build quality/longevity rather than grind quality).
                Don't really need portability, it's just going to sit on the kitchen bench.

                What would your recommendation be?

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                • #9
                  I'm not qualified to offer a balance recommendation from the suite of powered grinders available to you (I own a K3 touch which I'm very happy with, but have no extensive experience with another grinder).

                  Both my Hario (not mini) hand grinder and Porlex Mini do a perfectly acceptable job for the Aeropress, but I prefer the Porlex because a) it is smaller and b) the bit where you put the whole beans has a cover....so beans don't fly out if one gets a bit vigorous / one's team scores at the footy while grinding.

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                  • #10
                    Hand grinders: I have a porlex mini and Hario mini slim. The porlex is FAR better than the Hario (which has really terrible build quality and both units I had only lasted a few grinds before the burr carrier stripped out). Manufacturing tolerances in the main shaft... I also have a beast of a bench (hand) grinder, Spong #3, it's about 100 yrs old and grinds very very well for filter brewing. Very consistent, 4" burr inside.

                    I use a Baratza Preciso most of the time, it's been excellent and the result in the cup is outstanding. It's fast, low mess, low retention, quiet and very easy to dose your manual brew methods with the grinds container.

                    There's so much good advice here, read around, do some searching, if you can, try some unit's out!

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                    • #11
                      I should also mention, at work, I use the porlex, or a sunbeam em0480, both adequate for filter brewing although the fines can be a problem sometimes depending on the method I'm brewing.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by JamesM View Post
                        I use a Baratza Preciso most of the time, it's been excellent and the result in the cup is outstanding. It's fast, low mess, low retention, quiet and very easy to dose your manual brew methods with the grinds container.
                        I don't think he should get a Preciso, its just an appliance grinder. Should get a Compak K3P.

                        Speaking of appliance grinders, BCG800 is pretty good for filter. Pretty consistent grind, what i put in, I get out. Though I still find quite a few grams of grinds getting stuck inside a bit when i bang it (I don't know how and whenever i weigh the before and after, its always what i weighed out).

                        But if you're willing to fork out an extra $50-$80, get the Preciso.

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                        • #13
                          At work we used to use a Sunbeam 0480 for our brewing but have now gone to a Vario (don't know the model but doses according to weight) just today! I haven't tried it yet but the Sunbeam pumped out some really nice brews

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