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Thread: Pods or Instant or ...?

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    Pods or Instant or ...?

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    Looking for direction on this one, all opinions welcome.

    I work from home mostly and up until recently that has been awesome, firing up the Lelit Combi and grinding fresh beans throughout the day as the need arose. Life was good.

    Now I have a newborn in the house who unfortunately doesn't find the beautiful sound of coffee beans being pulverised in a grinder to be particularly soothing (one day, but not now apparently).

    So I need to make coffee, I need it to taste good, and I can't use a grinder. What to do?

    Instant? Pod machine? Are there other options I'm missing?

    Thanks all in advance for your thoughts.

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    Quiet grinder or hand grinder?

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    Porlex mini - manual ginder. I'm getting one myself in a week. Many words on here about Hario an the beautiful Lido II as well.

    If you need coffee to taste good, you need to avoid instant and pod coffee.

    Congratulations on the new addition!

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    Quote Originally Posted by geosta View Post
    Instant? Pod machine? Are there other options I'm missing?
    Tea. :-D


    Or put your grinder on an extension lead, go out to the car/shed/garage/neighbour's house and do it there. ;-)
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    hand grinder + syphon, pour over, french press, aeropress, Vietnamese Phin, cold drip etc etc. plenty of choices.

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    A newborn is a big enough impact without losing fresh ground coffee. Move Bub to a quite place while grinding (you might need to invest in a portable basinet or similar).
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    Doser grinder inside a soundproof box, then open the door to use the doser.

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    Hadn't thought of a hand grinder, I knew you guys would come up with a solution!

    @chokkidog - unfortunately I live in "cosy" two bed apartment, my neighbours two floors up know when I grind so
    @shortblackman - thanks That Hario website is dangerous, so many shiny things!

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    Longer extension lead? :-)

    The Hario Skerton is good, I have one for cupping. I like it better than the Porlex, which my daughter has.

    Good workout.

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    Yeah, my hand grinder will be for work (classroom) essentially. But I'll find many other applications for it as well.

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    big foam padding around under and above the grinder? the same stuff they use on drum kit casings?

    just before you do get one, i've used a few harios for a few months - they still crank out a fair amount of noise (think salt/pepper grinder, but continuous for about 45-90 secs. then again you can always go for a morning stroll and grind outside, or in the toilet/other room or something. otherwise they work well for espresso - just not very well for filter.

    you'll still lose some quality in the shot if you use the porlex or hario IMO, so if its viable and you can afford it, try the lido,pharos or rosco.

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    Thoughts on the Hario slim mill?

    Edit: thanks Tim, I'll likely be using either a French Press (if the wife is around) or a single-cup swissgold drip filter.

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    worked well for me. ceramic burrs tended to be hard to wash out old coffee grounds and oils, but didnt affect what was in the cup that much. for espresso, worked well. once again, cant say the same for coarser grinds.
    i really liked that it had a lid, made it much easier to use than the skerton for me. i liked tilting it slightly and using both hands to turn the handle (made beans fly out without a lid on the skerton).
    still produced a fair amount of fines, but i could only tell the difference in taste when i switched to a mazzer.

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    if you're using making filter coffees and are on a tight budget, you might want to consider the skerton with the OE lower bearing upgrade. I' just installed one on a skerton the night before leaving on a one month placement in a small country town. it is extremely fiddly to install (check out the youtube video OE has on the upgrade) but works really well - been using it for the past week and though i know i didnt install it quite so perfectly, it's really improved my filter grind. only problem is it doesnt work on the slim model.
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    Thanks again tim, the budget isn't so much the issue, just that this will only be a temporary solution until I can get back to my Lelit so I don't want to invest any serious money into what is hopefully a temporary solution.

    Thanks again to everyone for their comments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timdimdom View Post
    big foam padding around under and above the grinder? the same stuff they use on drum kit casings?
    Honestly, this was my first thought; Put it on a foam pad and put a foam cover on it when grinding (3/8" 12"x12" EVA tiles are cheap enough)
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    Just drink instant mate. It won't kill ya.

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    ...for what it's worth...
    pod mc's can be just as noisy as a grinder !
    and my kettle makes more noise ..for longer... Than my grinder !

    .....and, with a little persistence , "bubs". Will get used to the sound of the grinder pretty quickly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Renegade View Post
    Just drink instant mate. It won't kill ya.
    welcome to cs renegade.

    it wont, but some of us just aren't willing to settle for instant - which is the whole reason for the thread/forum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by geosta View Post
    Thanks again tim, the budget isn't so much the issue, just that this will only be a temporary solution until I can get back to my Lelit so I don't want to invest any serious money into what is hopefully a temporary solution.

    Thanks again to everyone for their comments.
    I'm not the most experienced person here, but if budget isn't the issue, instead of looking at it as a temporary solution, seize the opportunity for an upgrade.

    I have the hg one, it no where near as loud as my old rockey the only thing you hear is the beans being ground by the burrs, and upgrade the lelit to a lever with no pump.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amellor View Post
    I'm not the most experienced person here, but if budget isn't the issue, instead of looking at it as a temporary solution, seize the opportunity for an upgrade.

    I have the hg one, it no where near as loud as my old rockey the only thing you hear is the beans being ground by the burrs, and upgrade the lelit to a lever with no pump.
    haha. awesome suggestion, though methinks budget will start becoming an issue if we're headed into that kind of spending.... would be cool if it wasnt tho! =p big conical + no motor sound would probably give you the least sound (not speaking from experience here, but i'd imagine it was the case) for a hand grinder. i suppose it wont be nearly as portable though... =p

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    Moving the baby to the shed seems a bit extreme so the only other alternative is to move the office and coffee gear to the shed.

    Could you us the excuse you need to be free from distractions to work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by geosta View Post

    @chokkidog - unfortunately I live in "cosy" two bed apartment, my neighbours two floors up know when I grind so
    I would have thought if the neighbours can hear you two floors up, you'd also be able to hear everything they're doing and I'd think the noise they'd make would be louder than the grinder? Having just had a second baby, I can safely say that the noise thing probably affects the parents more than they actually do the bubs. But for your peace of mind, I suppose a hand grinder will have to do. My experience with hand grinders hasn't been that good though but I haven't tried any of the ones suggested. I've only tried a Trespade one and a Zassenhaus one but they didn't seem to grind fine enough or consistent enough.

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    Could you do your grinding in the garages of the complex?
    Would be more convenient just to take the existing grinder downstairs.
    Anyone complaining about you grinding down there is just a whinger.

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    Hi everyone, sorry for the delay in coming back on this. I bought the Hario Skerton and I'm very pleased with the results so far. Waiting for the OE upgrade kit to arrive to see what difference it makes, although I'm pleased with the consistency of the grind from the skerton even at the courser settings. Bubs happily sleeps through both the kettle and the whirring of the skerton and I get tasty fresh coffee. All in all, I'm very pleased. Thank you Coffee Snobs, you're awesome!
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    Quote Originally Posted by geosta View Post
    Waiting for the OE upgrade kit to arrive t
    just remember it's damn fiddly though........ ;p



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