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    Im scared to ask, but.....

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    Hi all, my first post here!

    I am new to the world of "coffee snobs" :D And from what I have read I am better off getting a grinder and then getting a coffee maker.

    So given that I dont know how often I will really use a grinder (for plunger and/or perc). Is there any point in buying a cheap grinder first? For instance I notice that the latest Aldi catelogue has a grinder...

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    Duane

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    Re: Im scared to ask, but.....

    Welcome to Coffee Snobs Duane.

    You should be scared.
    A cheap grinder is a waste of your hard earned money.

    That Aldi thing should be called a spice grinder.
    It contains blades, like a lawn mower, that smash the beans to bits, not cut them into uniform sized pieces like a real coffee grinder would.

    A good grinder with a plunger will produce great coffee if you use freshly roasted beans (not from a supermarket).

    How much were you setting for a budget?

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    Re: Im scared to ask, but.....

    Thanks, to be honest that was the reply I had expected. As far as abudget, I havent set one. It is basically as much as I can convince my wife to spend - and she doesnt drink coffee and thinks I should be satisfied with instant, or at best, supermarket purchased pre-ground coffee :(

    What would you recommend as the best value-for-money "cheap" grinder?

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    Re: Im scared to ask, but.....

    Hi Duane, if youre on a tight budget but want a reasonable grinder the Sunbeam EM450 is a good buy and does an excelent job. Shop around and you would probably get one for $120ish.

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    Re: Im scared to ask, but.....

    Hi Duane,

    the one Greenman mentioned above is a goody for plunger and most manual brew methods. Either that or keep an eye out here on the for sale section for a used Rocky which will do you for a first espresso grinder if you are heading that way.

    Other option is have a look around for a good quality hand grinder (gives you somthing to do while the kettle is boiling ;) ) You will most likely need to source one of these secondhand from Ferralbay or you may get lucky and find one at a shop new.

    Welcome too :)

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    Re: Im scared to ask, but.....

    Hi,

    Dont worry, if you have a grinder and fresh beans, youll use it as long as you have the bench space to have it ready on hand. Id second the EM450 as somewhere to start.

    Also, be patient with the other half - mine does not drink coffee either, but she does love the smell of freshly ground coffee.

    I now have a Silvia with a decent manual and reasonable espresso grinder. Only taken me 6 *years of patience ::)

    It helps if your the kind of person who is noticeably grumpy on Saturdays without a caffeine fix after a week of coffee at work. * :)

    cheers




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