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    Bean types...New and old grinders...and losing bets to friends...! Assistance!

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Once upon a time...if you dont want to be mildly humored, you are pressed for time (like the grounds you are!) or you find trumpet socks offensive, please scroll to the bottom for the crux!

    Okay, well I am a bit of an amateur at this whole thing. But can say a crap coffee that you have made yourself tastes like...well... a waste of bean (and beans are a precious things indeed). It leaves you with the guilty feeling of losing a bet to ones friend, handing over the cashola, only to have him buy you the next round anyway...i digest...

    My current combo of EM6910 and KG100, is not up to it. Sometimes success, sometimes utter drivel in a cup...which lead me to consider why things are not so simple. After about 2 kg of trial and error (more error than trial :-/) I have deduced that the grinder is probably the one to blame. Different varieties of fresh roasted beans were used in the 2kg trial, purchased from the local bloke at the markets who can brew quite a nice drop. Each was in a 200 gram batch purchased weekly thus (hopefully) eliminating bad beans, which go off here quite fast, so I am told, due in no small part to our climate!

    I think the fail/success rate is perhaps due (please correct me if I am profoundly wrong) to the inability for consistent grind quality of the KG100 across a variety of bean types. Some work wonderfully, and some EPIC FAIL like the dude who face plants into his front bicycle tyre (if you have seen it you will understand). Also many snobbers on the forum are happy users of the EM6910 ! I love my machine, but I want more from it!!!

    Thus a dilemma.

    I could just sit and drink the same type of yummy coffee varieties that my grinder/machine can handle well. But the taste buds in me want to explore more varieties of beans that cant be ground well enough...

    Every salesman and his dog wants you to buy his/hers $800+++ grinder, and well, to be frank, I havent the faintest idea/money as to what to look for in a good grinder. Nor for that matter do I believe I can justify the expense of a new machine in spite of the fact that an old, well maintained commercial machine, will not only save me cash (for more beans and lost bets with mates), but probably perform as well as I need it to (for my tastes anyway).

    Options I can probably afford are around $400 (well the boss is yet to approve that one!) and preferably second-hand doserless to get more bang for the buck! So far, used grinders like Rockys and Compak K3 touch spring to mind. Any more for anymore?

    Can I have unbiased opinions on my thoughts (pertaining to coffee, and not betting with mates!) please, as I dont want to spend my hard earneds on something that will not live up to expectation.

    Cheers and I hope I havent bored you all to drinking instant yet...

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    Re: Bean types...New and old grinders...and losing bets to friends...! Assistance!

    Hi Toppy, you *would at least need a SB 0450 or 0480 to get you going but for $400 you will pick up at least a used Rocky(they often go for the low 3s). Im not sure what the Compak will set you back. Both are well regarded, my Rocky serves me well but it will be upgraded at some time this year............when funds etc allow. Keep an eye on the hardware for sale if you can bide your time.

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    Re: Bean types...New and old grinders...and losing bets to friends...! Assistance!

    Quote Originally Posted by 2A312E3B303A2E2C3B2D2D315E0 link=1265866651/0#0 date=1265866651
    I have deduced that the grinder is probably the one to blame.
    Probably.
    The KG100 does not rate around here.

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    Re: Bean types...New and old grinders...and losing bets to friends...! Assistance!

    I got an em0480 as pert of the machine purchase, but intend on selling it as new in box (offset the new grinder!)

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    Re: Bean types...New and old grinders...and losing bets to friends...! Assistance!

    New grinder time I reckon. If your on a budget while you save for that good grinder seriously consider a Kyocera Hand grinder. Mine is now 8 or 9 months old and several hundred grinds in and doing well.

    As I mainly just make one or maybe 2 at a time at home my electric has been getting less and less use. The only time it gets used is when I have a few around. Nice to be able to have a conversation while you make a coffee so the relative quiet of the hand grinder is great. Or better yet hand it over to the next coffee recipient while you make the current one *:)



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