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    Lux vs Cunill Tranquilo

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    Hi all,

    As part of my equipment refresh I am looking to purchase a new grinder.

    I have thoroughly read the other posts in this discussion area and can see the Rocky and Lux grinders seem to be the most popular.

    Challenge - I really only have about $300max to spend on the grinder - this has something to do with a Silvia costing just over $630.......

    There is currently a Cunill doserless on ebay at $280 and If it is anything like the last auction, it will only receive a handful of bids and stay under $300. It does seem a little large/excessive to suit my purpose though, two coffees per day..........

    The Lux sits around the $240 mark. Small, compact and for the amount of coffee I am grinding appears ideal. But then I read all the posts on this forum of Lux owners wishing they had chosen differently :-/

    I am trying to understand the problems faced with static - clearly an inexperienced question :-[- does excess static cause a mess or cause a build up of coffee in the unit itself??

    Regardless of static, I do need a grinder so any advice will be well regarded.

    Any other brand suggestions also welcome.

    Regards,

    James
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    Re: Lux vs Cunill Tranquilo

    Cunills got a 63mm Conicle grinder...........That says a lot

    FB :)

    Plastic = Static.................. in some way or another there will be static, if your grinding into a doser I can advise you, but if it grinding directly into a Group cup, try some foil around the sides, The foil doesnt seem to static as much

    FB

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    Re: Lux vs Cunill Tranquilo

    James,

    Another good grinder thats at about the $300 mark is the Iberital Challenge. Same internals as the Lux but the big difference is the stepless worm-drive adjuster.

    I own a Lux. Its a good grinder but theres too big a difference between steps. If you can get a Cunill at a good price go for it. They are extremely robust looking things.

    Warren -

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    Re: Lux vs Cunill Tranquilo

    Thanks for the input so far guys,

    I noticed the Cunill advertised as having 60mm Blades?? Would this be in error as it is after all, a burr grinder, or perhpas I have missed the point of the feature completely? ::)

    (This is quoting the sienna coffee site)

    Will also look into the Iberital suggestion - any idea on retailers in Melbourne/Internet?

    Thanks again,

    James

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    Re: Lux vs Cunill Tranquilo

    www.coffeecompany.com.au

    260 Carlisle Street,
    Balaclava, Vic,
    3183, Australia

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    Re: Lux vs Cunill Tranquilo

    James,

    Ive seen them in the window of Grinders Coffee House. From memory they were about $300 or so.

    277 Lygon St, Carlton (03) 9347-7520

    Hope this helps -
    Warren



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    Bought a Cunill Tranquillo....

    Just a quick thankyou to all who contributed to my grinder question!

    I managed to get the Cunill Tranquillo from Sienna Coffees ebay auction for $280 :D

    Im pretty sure I got a bargain, time will tell I suppose :-/

    Will let you know what I think of it when I have it set up and working to my satisfaction.

    Speaking of which, French Bean, any suggestions/hints/tips to getting my grinder set-up correctly?

    Thanks again,

    Regards,

    James

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    Re: Lux vs Cunill Tranquilo

    One thing James, I would concider going to a hardware store and getting a couple compression springs. The cunill has two holes in the top between the burrs, we put our springs in the holes and this keeps a constant pressure and thus a more accurate grind............ The Lamborgini grinder (Mazzer) uses this method as well.

    Enjoy your Porche ;D

    FB

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    Re: Lux vs Cunill Tranquilo

    Quote Originally Posted by FrenchBean link=1097573677/0#8 date=1097927743
    we put our springs in the holes and this keeps a constant pressure and thus a more accurate grind
    Or wrap a bit of teflon tape around the upper burr carrier thread - this works really well on Rockys.

    Greg

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    Re: Lux vs Cunill Tranquilo

    You know you really have to give credit due where credit is due, Companies spend millions on design and in the case of Coffee drinkers they find a way to improve on what is already good. whether it be the Espresso Machine or the Grinder to the pitcher we all find a way to improve.

    FB ;D

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    Re: Lux vs Cunill Tranquilo

    Hey All!

    Finally got the beast last week and must say I am suitably impressed at the consistancy of the grind.

    Compared to the retail (Breville) unit I previously had, the Cunill is light years ahead.

    Slight issues with calibrating the unit initially, but easily overcome and using FBs suggestion, a strip of Liquid Paper and a numerical mark on the ideal adjustment point - works really well.

    I am trying to understand the problems faced with static - clearly an inexperienced question - does excess static cause a mess or cause a build up of coffee in the unit itself??
    OK.....I now know all about static!! >:(

    In the process of having a custom aluminium doser port made up as Im told this should almost eliminate the problem. :D

    Another strange point is that now I can produce a consistent grind, my Krups :-[ Novo no longer leaks around the group and is producing about as good an espresso as the machine is capable of; which isnt too bad......

    Please feel free to throw any questions my way if you are considering buying one of these grinders - Incidentally, the Ebay retailler has increased the auction price of the unit from $280 to $299 - Perhaps they have decided that they sell well enough to ask for a little more......

    Regards,

    James

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    Re: Lux vs Cunill Tranquilo

    I went to Saeco last Friday 22nd Oct and after driving for 4 hours found that they did not have a Mazzer Mini in stock for me to bring home, Lucky I had other business to do in the city, however I was not a happy chappy. When out new Mazzer is in stock Im thinking about putting our Cunill up on ebay and if the ebay retailer wants $299 for his I know mine will sell well and Ill get some funds to put towards the Mazzer.....

    Theres an up side to everything

    FB

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    Re: Lux vs Cunill Tranquilo

    Sounds like this Cunill = Static problem isnt unique to us in dry areas of the US. Were in a low humidity time of year, and the static inside the funnel is incredible.

    The custom aluminum funnel is an interesting concept. Ive considered static ground straps, aluminum foil lining, etc, and this sounds like a solution that could work. Please let me know if you go ahead with it, and if it works.

    Ive also considered the Zerostat anti-static gun for vinyl records, though Im skeptical.

    Heres hoping that fellow coffee geeks down under can help me out!

    Thank you,

    Bob

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    Re: Lux vs Cunill Tranquilo

    Bob

    I just wonder how it would be if you were ablee to remove the dosing fins and file them back a small ammount and then get a peice of Stainless steel and line the insides of the doser compartment, I think as long as you can get a good join, I can only see that you would lose your view of the grounds inside the doser, but you would vertually remove the static from the sides of the doser. I would do it myself, but our Grinder is about to be replaced with a Mazzer and thus it is to be sold off.

    FB :)



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