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    Newbie Grinder Query

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    I am a newbie and have just started on my quest for the perfect espresso (currently have a Sunbeam em4800 with modified baskets which will be upgraded when funds permit) and am looking into buying a grinder – most likely a Rocky so it will continue to do the job when I upgrade my machine.

    However I am not sure if it is worth buying a grinder to just make 2 coffees a day during the week and ~4 per day on weekends because from what I can gather you shouldn’t leave beans in the hopper and need to clean the grinds that gather between the hopper and the outlet after every use – is that correct? Is it possible to just put in the required amount of beans each time (e.g. 20gms for a double)?

    Also my wife only drinks decaf so was wondering if it’s possible to make two coffees consecutively using different beans without having to clean the grinder completely each time. If it isn’t easy to do this my chances of getting approval for a Rocky will be severely jeopardised…

    Any advice would be appreciated.

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    Re: Newbie Grinder Query

    you can just put in the 20 grams (or 40) and keep the beans in those one way valve bags you buy them in (from better coffee bean suppliers)

    give the hopper a wash once a week (if you use it)

    i dont have a hopper on my Rossi RR45 i put the 40-50grams of beans into the top and put a sink plug in the top to stop the bean jumping out.

    if your going to do decafe then normal i would look at getting a doserless grinder and just either grind into the Ghandle or a container.

    doserless are generally easy to give a quick clean with a brush and a wipe. if you did the decafe 1st then yours, then clean. when you grind a again for decafe grind a tiny bit more and dump the 1st few grams

    depending on what your planing to upgrade to you might be better to stretch a bit further with the $$$ and go one step better in the grinder and it might last you more upgrades etc.

    Maheel


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    Re: Newbie Grinder Query

    Quote Originally Posted by 2F322733636F570 link=1254106462/0#0 date=1254106462
    I am not sure if it is worth buying a grinder to just make 2 coffees a day during the week and ~4 per day on weekends
    Blasphemy!

    Seriously though, the only way of getting good coffee is by grinding just before making your coffee. You may want to think about getting a good quality hand grinder such as the Kyocera available from a Coffee Snobs member –

    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1240128496

    As maheel correctly points out, you can add a small amount of beans at a time. Keep in mind that this can result in ‘pop corning’ of the beans which can result in an inconsistent grind and may negate spending big dollars on a grinder.

    One thing I learnt from the Sunbeam course is you can pour quite a lot of beans into the hopper, say 100g so there is some weight behind the ones being ground. You can then simply pick up the grinder and tip the beans back into your storage container. This would not be practical with the larger quality home grinders that weigh a heck of a lot more.

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    Re: Newbie Grinder Query

    When we bought a Rocky and a Silvia we went through the "justification" thing. You cant. Get the best grinder you can afford.

    One way to clean out the grinder is a "click clack" lid.
    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1244555609/39#39
    Probably a good solution for your decaf issue.

    Or you can grind and throw out the first few grams.

    Good luck!

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    Re: Newbie Grinder Query

    Thank you all for your helpful comments and apologies for offending anyone with my preposterous suggestion that it may not be worth buying a grinder for only a couple of coffees a day!! :)

    Cheers!






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    Re: Newbie Grinder Query

    You can then simply pick up the grinder and tip the beans back into your storage container.
    Strange thing to be told at a Sunbeam course - with a Sunbeam 0450 or 0480 grinder you dont need to pick up the grinder; merely take off the hopper, which has an automatic gate to keep the beans in, and then tip the beans back into your contatiner.

    Bigger grinders like my Macap have a manually operated gate.

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    Re: Newbie Grinder Query

    Quote Originally Posted by 415C495D0D01390 link=1254106462/0#0 date=1254106462
    However I am not sure if it is worth buying a grinder to just make 2 coffees a day during the week and ~4 per day on weekends
    Yes its worth it, you and your wife will thank each other for getting it, when paired with a good grinder the little sunbeams are a nice capable bit of kit

    click clack lid is a popular one as mentioned

    no decaf is ever 100% decaf either, if the reason for decaf is non allergenic / medical youd probably get 2 or 3 grams of regular ground in the decaf mix

    maybe you could stretch the budget and get a his and hers grinder

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    Re: Newbie Grinder Query

    Quote Originally Posted by 467A677C767760757D76120 link=1254106462/5#5 date=1254199552
    You can then simply pick up the grinder and tip the beans back into your storage container.
    Strange thing to be told at a Sunbeam course - with a Sunbeam 0450 or 0480 grinder you dont need to pick up the grinder; merely take off the hopper, which has an automatic gate to keep the beans in, and then tip the beans back into your contatiner.

    Bigger grinders like my Macap have a manually operated gate.
    My mistake TG, they did tell us just to take the hopper off. I chose to pick up the entire grinder to get the extra few beans.

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    Re: Newbie Grinder Query

    Fair enough.



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