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    Looking for a satisfactory good value grinder

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    All this BS means I am looking for a RR coffee grinder at a China price.
    Ebay has not provided a solution as fair quality grinders seem too well sought after for my purse.
    Purchase of an AUS brand, second seems on the surface to be an option.
    So here is the question for the coffee men of wisdom.
    Sunbeam EM 0480, EM 0450 and Breville BCG450 seem to have some good points. Can anyone refer me to a comparison of these models or offer sound advice?


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    Re: Looking for a satisfactory good value grinder

    The 0450 and 0480 are essentially the same.
    The cheaper one has a plastic body and the dearer one has a metal body and one more power switch position.

    I cant point you to a comparison but reports on the BCG450 suggest its not able to grind fine enough for espresso.
    In which case it is not worth considering.

    The two Sunbeams are the minimum quality Id recommend.
    (I have a EM0450)

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    Re: Looking for a satisfactory good value grinder

    I have just bought the EM0480 and am more than pleased. Grinds fine enough for espresso, seems very even also is a quite machine. Has large variety of grinds but have only tried it with espresso so far. I only grind for 1-3 cups daily so feel it will satisfy my needs for years if I treat it well.

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    Re: Looking for a satisfactory good value grinder

    Quote Originally Posted by 0629292E221810262B2B2235470 link=1233730808/2#2 date=1236724902
    also is a quite machine
    Are you an aircraft mechanic thats used to working with jumbo jets?
    Because I can only imagine a 0480 is quiet compared to one of those. ;D

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    Re: Looking for a satisfactory good value grinder

    Quote Originally Posted by 615D405B515047525A51350 link=1233730808/3#3 date=1236726076
    Quote Originally Posted by 0629292E221810262B2B2235470 link=1233730808/2#2 date=1236724902
    also is a quite machine
    Are you an aircraft mechanic thats used to working with jumbo jets?
    Because I can only imagine a 0480 is quiet compared to one of those. *;D

    hahaha come on....

    Yes I do agree that the Sunbeam is on the louder end of grinders.....but no small grinder I have come across has been quiet. Small as in Sunbeam, Breville, Delongi et al.

    No grinder can compete with the relative whisper quietness of commercial conicals. ;)


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    Re: Looking for a satisfactory good value grinder

    I agree about the commercials.
    My Macap and conical Rossi only hum but I replaced my Sunbeam 0450 quite quickly with a Gaggia MDF.
    The MDF is much quieter than the Sunbeam (and not messy, another reason for replacement).

    The Sunbeam is much lighter and I keep it now for travelling.

    I might now have to do a side by side comparison of the two little ones just to confirm that Im remembering correctly.

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    Re: Looking for a satisfactory good value grinder

    Quote Originally Posted by 4D484F455240585340210 link=1233730808/0#0 date=1233730808
    All this BS means I am looking for a RR coffee grinder at a China price.
    Ebay has not provided a solution as fair quality grinders seem too well sought after for my purse.
    Purchase of an AUS brand, second seems on the surface to be an option.
    So here is the question for the coffee men of wisdom.
    Sunbeam EM 0480, EM 0450 and Breville BCG450 seem to have some good points. Can anyone refer me to a comparison of these models or offer sound advice?
    What is the intended grinder to be used for ?
    French Press
    Espresso Machine

    Although the Sunbeams are cheaper the best value machine/s are
    Iberital Challenge or Nemox Lux grinders

    KK

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    Re: Looking for a satisfactory good value grinder

    Quote Originally Posted by 6762656F786A72796A0B0 link=1233730808/0#0 date=1233730808
    Purchase of an AUS brand, second seems on the surface to be an option.
    You can pick up used grinders here on Coffee Snobs from time to time (I have).

    If youre in Sydney, the new sponsors, O’Maras Valuers & Auctioneers also have grinders regularly (some in Mondays auction).
    With the ones from Omaras though they come "as is" so youd need to be able to have a quick inspection and be willing to have it serviced if needed.
    You can pick up a bargain though; I scored a used Gino Rossi conical for under $300 (RRP $1799).



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