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    Hi all.

    Thanks to everyone who posts on this site, i've been learning a lot about coffee! I now want to get my own espresso machine and grinder set up for home use.

    We drink about 4 cups of milk coffees a day between us, and like most people want the ability to do a few more at a time when entertaining.

    I'm looking for a good quality grinder, which is why i'm posting.

    My requirements (in addition to producing good quality espresso of course) are (in order of importance):
    1) Easy to use. Must be simple, so that a guest could figure it out! So i'd like to be able to have the dosing pre-programmed. We would mostly be drinking double shots.
    2) Quiet (little one in the house)
    3) Speed
    4) Compact size

    My budget is in the $600-800 range.


    In case you're wondering what espresso machine i'm pairing it with, i haven't fully decided but i'm thinking of going for the Breville Dual Boiler (why ?! you may ask - well i think as a noob it seems like a simple place to start, hopefully it will last a few years and i can learn more about coffee making and then get a HEX machine in a few years' time).


    I've been looking at a few models on line:

    1) Lelit PL71
    2) Lelit PL44MMT (a bit cheaper than my price range, would it still be good ?)
    3) Baratza Sette 270Wi (from what i can tell people think it's a bit noisy?)
    4) Compak K3 touch advanced OD
    5) Eureka Mignon Silenzio

    Anyway, i'd certainly appreciate any opinions or advice you'd like to share.

    Thanks

  • #2
    The Silenzio is the only one on your list that's actually quiet. If you can stretch the budget to the Specialita it'll be a bit easier for you and guests to use. That'd be my pick.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by level3ninja View Post
      The Silenzio is the only one on your list that's actually quiet. If you can stretch the budget to the Specialita it'll be a bit easier for you and guests to use. That'd be my pick.
      What l3n said. Silenzio and then daylight for your brief...

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      • #4
        Thanks for your comments. Also thanks to Charlie from Jetblack Espresso, who i spoke with over the phone.

        Based on your advice i've narrowed it down to three options:

        1) Lelit PL71 (benefit - price)
        2) Lelit PL72 (benefit - LCD display)
        3) Eureka Mignon Specialita

        I think the Lelit's grind much faster than the Eureka which is a big plus.

        Does anyone have any thoughts on any of these models? Good or bad experiences?

        Cheers

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Skirch01 View Post
          Thanks for your comments. Also thanks to Charlie from Jetblack Espresso, who i spoke with over the phone.

          Based on your advice i've narrowed it down to three options:

          1) Lelit PL71 (benefit - price)
          2) Lelit PL72 (benefit - LCD display)
          3) Eureka Mignon Specialita

          I think the Lelit's grind much faster than the Eureka which is a big plus.

          Does anyone have any thoughts on any of these models? Good or bad experiences?

          Cheers
          The Specialita will hold value better as it is so popular.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Skirch01 View Post
            Thanks for your comments. Also thanks to Charlie from Jetblack Espresso, who i spoke with over the phone.

            Based on your advice i've narrowed it down to three options:

            1) Lelit PL71 (benefit - price)
            2) Lelit PL72 (benefit - LCD display)
            3) Eureka Mignon Specialita

            I think the Lelit's grind much faster than the Eureka which is a big plus.

            Does anyone have any thoughts on any of these models? Good or bad experiences?

            Cheers
            I've got a specialita, and 2 young kids... the grinder doesn't wake them up, and if the bedrooms are a little bit away from the kitchen they would struggle to hear it at all.
            Grinds great, easy to use for single/double dosing. I have a europiccola with 51mm baskets, it takes 12s for my double baskets... not sure how long that would translate to a 58mm double basket though.
            Only thing I've done is use plastidip on the portafilter holder to stop it scratching the baskets - I think someone else had posted about it this week as well. I don't know why they wouldn't smooth off the edges, but plastidip was fairly cheap and easy fix to do myself. I think some other grinders/brands also have this issue, so could be the same for the others.

            I can't speak to the Lelit's but I don't have any regrets buying the specialita.

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            • #7
              Just an update in case anyone comes here with the same question ..

              Went for the Eureka Mignon Specialita which I've combined with the Breville Dual Boiler (BES920).

              Could not be happier with my choice.

              Thanks to those who provided advice and to these forums which I trawled for advice.

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              • #8
                I'm pretty happy with my second Eureka Mignon Specialita, having sold the first one to get an Atom then selling the Atom to get another Specialita. I think it is a perfect machine for snobbies. It is hard to complain about the grind quality and it is plenty powerful enough and fast enough but small enough not to be intrusive.

                I liked the Atom as it was bigger, slightly faster, had a light and was maybe more solid overall. The Specialita though is the goldilocks zone for size, power and grinding. It is hard to fault. I just load up the hopper but it does do single dosing just fine as well. You can't get more versatile than that and it has a very short grinding path, very little retention and therefore quite accurate dosing with no need to purge (unlike the Atom that seemed to need a small purge in order to dose accurately).

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