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    Grinder for Stove top

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    Was asked today about what grinder to buy for a stove top and gave the usual advice on starting at the Sunbeams and then working up from there, is this good advice or can you get away with a cheaper grinder for this method?

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    Re: Grinder for Stove top

    I thought the opposite was actually true. Start with a Robur and work your way down.

    You should always buy the best possible grinder that you can afford - now someone using a stovetop isnt necessarily going to want to buy a REALLY expensive grinder, but regardless of the coffee machine/style the quality of the grinder and beans will always shine through.

    For example, I could never get my Sunbeam 0480 dialled in to make good plunger - no matter how hard I tried to fine tune the settings. As an experiment I brought home freshly ground coffee from Campos specifically ground for plunger, consumed within 30 minutes of grinding and it tasted better than plunger ground fresh from my Sunbeam.

    My point is that the inconsistencies in grind from a cheaper grinder would possibly come through in the cup - even in stovetop or plunger.

    The question is how much is a reasonable amount to spend for this purpose? Maybe Sunbeam as rock bottom choice, but if budget can be stretched a little further maybe an ibertal challenge for about $300 might be a good option?

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    Re: Grinder for Stove top

    Depending on the customer maybe a Hario Skeleton (under $100) only as their hopper is larger than the Kyocera hand grinder. Secondhand Zassenhaus off the bay of evil is another option too.

    If its just for stovetop and they want electric then anything up to a Lux, Ibiteral, Ascaso might be worth it just on the off chance they finish up with an Espresso machine at some stage.

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    Re: Grinder for Stove top

    Quote Originally Posted by 44434848435252260 link=1268719206/1#1 date=1268721085
    My point is that the inconsistencies in grind from a cheaper grinder would possibly come through in the cup
    On course grinds my Ascaso I think does as good or better job than my larger Cimbalis. I get a similar result with my Zassenhaus being better on course than the Kyocera. :-?

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    Re: Grinder for Stove top

    The reason for the sunbeam recommendation was due to the budget, I always say they are "acceptable" for use but you get what you pay for.

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    Re: Grinder for Stove top

    Quote Originally Posted by 232D202F382E2F410 link=1268719206/4#4 date=1268727860
    The reason for the sunbeam recommendation was due to the budget, I always say they are "acceptable" for use but you get what you pay for.
    Oh so true...

    Observation:

    • And then ya post and winge and bitch that it does not perform like a unit worth 3 times the price; then ya return it to the shop and make some poor shop assistant feel like crap.

      Then ya back again having another go over warranty cause the next time ya took it back; they could not accept it due to the condition it was in..

      Besides; ya got it as an X-Mass present and ya took it back the next x-mas and stated it was not working because at x-mas they are busy and dont always check..

      What is really getting up ya nose is that; ya got the other 5 gifts from last year exchanged but they caught ya out on this one...

      Dont laugh... Just like the Starbucks will return any thing... *Just front up each day with Starbucks cup etc.. The fact that ya drank it and filled it with nesspresso from the office is nothing to be ashamed about...


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    Sorry... But get the feeling that some people just abuse the system..

    Ya get what ya pay for.... And if the Quality, of the end product suffers... You paid for it.

    Next to fresh coffee beans, the grinder is the next most important item you MUST consider.

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    Re: Grinder for Stove top

    Thanks for the rant am.

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    Re: Grinder for Stove top

    Quote Originally Posted by 353B36392E3839570 link=1268719206/6#6 date=1268816463
    Thanks for the rant am.
    No problem..

    Just remember the text "Ya" was not meant for you or any one in particular.. I am sure that like myself, I accept that if I buy cheep; I can only look at my self.

    However I am well aware that many do not see it that way and being on the end of it as well as seeing my kids come home from part time work; after being abused.... I just vented and did not think... Thus please accept my most sincerest apology if you took any of it as being directed at you.

    It was NOT.

    AM

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    Re: Grinder for Stove top

    No didnt take it personally, just a general thank you. If I had been offended I would have been much more direct! ;)



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