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    Grinder for De-Caff

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Just like to know CSers thought on going for a cheaper grinder for De-Caff.

    Ive never drank decaff untill this week , cause I never used to drink the real stuff after about 4pm. But Im really happy with the taste of the decaff and yet still able to sleep.

    So if I was to grab a Sunbeam 480 grinder would this be a useful tool for my decaff, or do I need to spend up ?

    Ive noticed Im not get the same level of crema from the decaff but the taste is fine.


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    Re: Grinder for De-Caff

    Im thinking the same as its a pain moving the grinder settings back and forth each time you switch from de-caf to the real stuff.

    I have heard the Sunbeam conical burr grinders are pretty good and carry a reasonable warranty for under $200....you may also find a better 2nd hand grinder around this price.

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    Re: Grinder for De-Caff

    I can only offer my experience, in that I bought a Sunbeam EM0450 to go with my EM6910 and was so impressed I bought a second 450 a month ago (for $137 from the GGs) so I can run 2 different beans alongside each other to suit my moods.

    Neither of the grinders have missed a beat and, with the addition of 2 silicon spout extensions (which S/B kindly supplied for free) theyve kept me in caffeine heaven.

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    Re: Grinder for De-Caff

    My only comment is that given you like the flavour of the decaf, why compromise the quality of the grind with a low end grinder that may not give the same reults in the cup or be matched to your machine?

    You shouldnt need to adjust the grinder too much when changing from regular coffee to decaf, it is no more than what you would expect when adjusting the grinder for a new roast batch or bean variety anyway.

    You want the same quality of shot regardless of normal or decaf coffee. I personally just use the same grinder.

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    Re: Grinder for De-Caff

    I found that I needed a LARGE adjustment when changing from normal to decaf. Also, decaf beans are a lot harder on the burrs than normal beans.

    When I upgraded my grinder I kept my old Sunbeam 480 for this very reason, and use it solely for decaf.

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    Re: Grinder for De-Caff

    Quote Originally Posted by 635B5A5F7E5250330 link=1236602619/4#4 date=1236639346
    I found that I needed a LARGE adjustment when changing from normal to decaf. Also, decaf beans are a lot harder on the burrs than normal beans.

    When I upgraded my grinder I kept my old Sunbeam 480 for this very reason, and use it solely for decaf.

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    Yes- agreed....

    The low oil content of decaf makes it pretty hard on burrs as well. In a previous cafe, we typically changed burrs on the main grinder every 300-400kg. We found that the we were changing 10 sets of decaf burrs per set of standard burrs.

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    Re: Grinder for De-Caff

    So would a SB 480 be up to the task ..... 2 DeCaff grinds per day !!

    And if burrs are needed are they available ? At reasonable cost ?

    The reason Im looking at the SB 480 is that it is bargain basement ,...plus it takes up less real estate on the bench.
    And Im getting tired of changing beans over in the one grinder.

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    Re: Grinder for De-Caff

    I believe replacement burrs are available (double check with Sunbeam though) but if its solely for home use - x2 grinds a day I suspect you would not need to change them too regularly.....

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    Re: Grinder for De-Caff

    Sorry for the noob question, but is the difference between the 450 and 480 purely cosmetic? Or is there a construction quality improvement too?

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    Re: Grinder for De-Caff

    Hi telf and welcome,

    The differences amount to cosmetics and a second switch on the 480.

    Neither makes any difference whatsoever to performance.

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    Re: Grinder for De-Caff

    Quote Originally Posted by 5C696463574B676E6E6D6D080 link=1236602619/9#9 date=1236743089
    Hi telf and welcome,

    The differences amount to cosmetics and a second switch on the 480.

    Neither makes any difference whatsoever to performance.

    Chris
    Chris is too polite to say..... that the performance in both cases is just adequate as an espresso grinder!

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    Re: Grinder for De-Caff

    Thanks, its nice to be here. Ive been lucrking for a while, theres lots of good info on here. Ive managed to find a 2nd hand 0480 unopened in its box for $100, just wondering if it much of upgrade. I guess its still $50 less then 0450s RRP, so I cant go too wrong. Thanks for the advice, Im sure Ill need more before too long.

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    Re: Grinder for De-Caff

    [QUOTE=614A5D4A692B0 link=1236602619/10#10 date=1236743429]
    Quote Originally Posted by 5C696463574B676E6E6D6D080 link=1236602619/9#9 date=1236743089
    Chris is too polite to say..... that the performance in both cases is just adequate as an espresso grinder!
    Did you forget to read between the lines, JavaB? :-? ;D

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    Re: Grinder for De-Caff

    Quote Originally Posted by 604B5C4B682A0 link=1236602619/10#10 date=1236743429
    Quote Originally Posted by 5C696463574B676E6E6D6D080 link=1236602619/9#9 date=1236743089
    Hi telf and welcome,

    The differences amount to cosmetics and a second switch on the 480.

    Neither makes any difference whatsoever to performance.

    Chris
    Chris is too polite to say..... that the performance in both cases is just adequate as an espresso grinder!
    Haha, yeah, the one we have in the office now is just enough to keep us happy without busting the bank, but sadly it is leaving with its owner. So time for a new one.



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