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    Recommendations - grinder for espresso & plunger

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    Hi all,

    Long time lurker, first time poster! :)

    As the thread name suggests, Im after some recomendations for a grinder that I can use for both espresso and plunger. Id have gone for the Iberital Challenge as it seems to be well regarded in its price bracket, however, switching the grind for the different brew methods might be a nightmare! :(

    Are there any suitable grinders in the IC price range that would suit? Or should I just sit tight, and save up for something like the Rocky?

    Incidentally, Ill be grinding for the Sunbeam EM4800C, but will be upgrading the machine to a Classic or perhaps a Silvia when funds permit.

    Thanks!!

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    Re: Recommendations - grinder for espresso & plung

    Hi Chaos75,

    Sit tight!

    For the money, the Rocky is hard to beat. The jump back to a $300 grinder is a big one in terms of quality and IMHO disproportionately big to the $100 or so saved.

    charlie

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    Re: Recommendations - grinder for espresso & plung

    Whats your budget C75? If you are thinking of saving for a Rocky, then consider saving a little extra for a Compact K3 or even a Mazzer Mini

    If youve been lurking for a while, youll have probably seen this question come up quite often and know the grinder is perhaps the most important part of your kit. Check the other threads in the Grinder topic such as this one

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    Re: Recommendations - grinder for espresso & plung

    Thanks for the replies guys. Yes, I realise the grinder is important, and hence buying this ahead of upgrading the machine. Budget is really around the 300 mark atm - got an itchy trigger finger, so was hoping there was a decent grinder out there for my purposes and budget :) But, I guess I have wait a bit longer and put together more $$$ for something better.

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    Re: Recommendations - grinder for espresso & plung

    Might not be a silly idea to see if anyone has grinders in stock that they are selling cheap and buy ASAP. Most of the prices are going up (about $100 for the Compak K3s from what I heard) but you might be able to find sellers with older stock at the old price. Compak K3 touch would be good and not that much more than a Rocky, and then youve got a grinder thats a keeper, not a middle step for a future upgrade.

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    Re: Recommendations - grinder for espresso & plunger

    If you want a grinder for plunger then you could probably look at a manual and then when you are cashed up go for the K3touch. The trouble with using the K3 for plunger is you dont want to be mucking around with the grind setting once its set for your espresso.
    I used to recommend, and have used for many years, the Saeco 2002 domestic for multi use but it seems that they are not available any more. Only $240. Unfortunately Choice magazine didnt do them any favours and it seems Saeco are moving towards the Plastic Fantastic? Automatic machines.
    The 2002 is great for domestic use becasue it will grind fine enough for Turkish and with a flick of the wrist its up to plunger setting.
    If you can get a second hand Rocky somewhere that might be the answer. Same sort of system as the Saeco. Hope that has been helpful and not too much info to take in.
    James



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