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    Hi all,


    I am in the market for a good coffee grinder, and stumbled upon these 3 models.


    All costs are including shipping to Australia.

    Capresso 560.01 – 104 USD
    Cuisinart DBM-8 – 61 USD
    Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder, Black – 91.42 USD

    I already have a suitable transformer, so my costs are for the grinder only.

    The Cuisinart at about 83 AUD is highly reviewed on Amazon, but I was wondering if there any locally available models in the same price range and which are as good as these grinders?

  • #2
    Are you looking to grind for espresso? That sort of price range doesn't get you a great quality espresso grind. The particle size is too inconsistent. It may be suitable for manual methods however.

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    • #3
      America is 60Hz. So you'll shorten the motor life running on Aus 50Hz supply. Unless your transformer has a rectifier/inverter stage to control frequency.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by David8 View Post
        Are you looking to grind for espresso? That sort of price range doesn't get you a great quality espresso grind. The particle size is too inconsistent. It may be suitable for manual methods however.
        It is for a French Press, so that will be a coarse grind I think?

        Will these be good enough for that?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by thebookfreak58 View Post
          America is 60Hz. So you'll shorten the motor life running on Aus 50Hz supply. Unless your transformer has a rectifier/inverter stage to control frequency.
          Not sure what type my transformer is, but let's assume it doesn't convert frequency.

          Will that be very bad for the motor?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by fullerms View Post
            It is for a French Press, so that will be a coarse grind I think?

            Will these be good enough for that?
            Probably... If you never plan to upgrade your brewing methods?

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            • #7
              Well, it's not good for it...

              As well as running at a slower speed the motor windings will pull more current and therefore get hotter. This is in turn exacerbated by less cooling air flowing through the motor due to the lower rotor speed....

              I would recommend that you purchase a decent hand grinder with your budget from one of the Site Sponsors or another reputable specialist retailer...

              Mal.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Dimal View Post
                Well, it's not good for it...

                As well as running at a slower speed the motor windings will pull more current and therefore get hotter. This is in turn exacerbated by less cooling air flowing through the motor due to the lower rotor speed....

                I would recommend that you purchase a decent hand grinder with your budget from one of the Site Sponsors or another reputable specialist retailer...

                Mal.
                OK thanks. Any hand grinders to recommend? I saw a brand called Hario on Amazon, not sure if it's a good Brand ? And do I need to look for conical burrs in manual grinders too?

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                • #9
                  Sunbeam em0440 is 90 bucks from appliances online. Can't imagine it's much better or worse than the cuisinart, at least you'll have warranty and no transformer on your bench. Also keep an eye on the for sale forum you never know what might pop up.

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                  • #10
                    Buy local

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