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    Hi all. recently bought a silvia and im looking to pair a quality grinder with it. i can use my sunbeam 480 for now but to be honest it grinds more dust than it does anything else (very noticeable in a plunger). Ive done a bit of research myself but i feel like i might be missing out on some grinders that i dont know about.

    Ill be making between 1-3 coffes a day and using it almost exclusively for espresso.

    preferably no taller than 36cm including hopper. i can make an exception if the grinder is truly better than the competition, plus modifying the hopper isnt too big a deal for me. hopper size is no problem either as i only put enough beans in for each dosing.

    Im impartial as far as doser or doserless machines go. i suppose size is a bit of an issue but ill manage.

    I would prefer a stepless adjustment but again if a machine really is better than the competition i would chose that *(unless a stepless adjuster negates this :) )

    Also conical vs flat burrs? not really sure which is better, though i think ive read that flat burrs are?

    Basically ive got a choice of:

    Rancilio Rocky (doser or doserless? on the very edge of my size limit, though 50mm flat burrs)

    Isomac Granmacinino (smaller burr set than the rocky but a nicer fit in my kitchen. also concial burrs)

    Ascaso i-Mini (conical burrs. cant find the burr size. Very nice physical size and its a stepless adjuster)

    Any other grinders in my price range that i should consider? really i think the isomac is outclassed by the i-mini and the rocky, at least on paper. So really out of my choices so far its a stepless adjuster in the i-mini vs a tried and true rocky. Id imagine the burrs would be smaller in the i-mini.

    Anyone willing to lend some advise? Ive been tossing up the idea of the K3T but it is a fair way out of my price range ($500 is pushing it right now) and bigger than my kitchen can handle. I currently keep my sunbeam in my room because its too tall, which is a pain.

    For now id like to only consider the sub $500 options, but for arguments sake, is the 58mm burrs and stepless adjustment really that much better?

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    Re: <$500 grinders

    Sounds like another candidate for the Eureka Mignon.... 8-)

    Its very close to your stated budget and better than a Rocky in some ways. You never know, by approaching a Site Sponsor in the right way you might not have to increase your budget limit... ;)

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    Re: <$500 grinders

    Id also consider modding the rocky to be stepless via the teflon/stepless mod.

    Also, which sponsors sell the mignon?

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    Re: <$500 grinders

    Quote Originally Posted by 073C3338282E5D0 link=1282744328/2#2 date=1282747652
    Id also consider modding the rocky to be stepless via the teflon/stepless mod.

    Also, which sponsors sell the mignon?
    What is ya location ?

    Di Bella, CosmoreX Coffee and a couple of others if I remember correctly

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    Re: <$500 grinders

    Mate if you CAN at all stretch your budget and size restraints at all in the name of good coffee :)
    .. I just got a brand new Mazzer Mini for $650.
    for the extra $150 you will be greatly rewarded.
    if this is not at all possibe, Im sure you will be happy with the rocky. Its a nice little grinder (but if you do swing this way, might I suggest getting a doser model as it will cut down on the clumping abit.)
    Goodluck mate :) :)

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    Re: <$500 grinders

    If you are considering the K3t still, id definitely recommend it. I got one about 3 weeks ago and i am incredibly happy with it. mine is doeserless but it doesnt really make a mess like ive heard other doserless models can...

    also, ive seen a few things on here about mods for smaller hoppers, so that may solve your size issue.

    I was tossing up between rocky and K3t, but in the end the stepless adjustment and conssitency of the grind is what convinced me.

    as they said at jetblack espresso when i was umming and ahhing "You will never look at your k3t and think, i wish i had a better grinder... but with the rocky, eventually you will"

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    Re: <$500 grinders

    I couldnt find the Mignon at either Di Bella or CosmoreX. As for the K3T i know its going to be worth the $150 for just about everyone, but for right now i cant afford it. When the time comes to buy the grinder i may spring for the K3 but until then im only looking at machines in my price bracket *:)

    Im still struggling to find information on the eureka mignon as far as burr size goes. Anyone know? (edit: just found out it s 50mm)

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    Re: <$500 grinders

    I would stick to the 0480 and save for a few months personally. K3T would certainly be worth the upgrade. Rocky less so I would have thought.

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    Re: <$500 grinders

    Zaneus

    Espresso Italia has the Eureka Mignon - check out their website. *They do a Coffeesnobs discount so you might get one delivered for under $500. *

    CosmoreX have it too, but youll probably have to ring Michael or Attilio to get their prices.

    Cheers

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    Re: <$500 grinders

    Hi Zanues, Im a definate newbie, but in the same boat as you (looking for a sub $500 grinder). Ive come across one in brisbane called the Nuova Simonelli MCI Grinder for $450. Its a stepless doser grinder and is quite compact (I also have space restrictions).
    Can anyone give some advice on this? It seems to tick all the boxes...
    Good luck and please let me know which way you go!

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    Re: <$500 grinders

    Quote Originally Posted by 647C6E757473717C69747B1D0 link=1282744328/9#9 date=1287319661
    Hi Zanues, Im a definate newbie, but in the same boat as you (looking for a sub $500 grinder). *Ive come across one in brisbane called the Nuova Simonelli MCI Grinder for $450. Its a stepless doser grinder and is quite compact (I also have space restrictions).
    Can anyone give some advice on this? It seems to tick all the boxes...
    Good luck and please let me know which way you go!
    Looks for all the world like a rebadged Eureka Mignon, or something very close to it. At that price it is definitely a very attractive little grinder..... 8-)

    Mal.

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    Re: <$500 grinders

    Quote Originally Posted by 54797D717C100 link=1282744328/10#10 date=1287322849
    Quote Originally Posted by 647C6E757473717C69747B1D0 link=1282744328/9#9 date=1287319661
    Hi Zanues, Im a definate newbie, but in the same boat as you (looking for a sub $500 grinder). *Ive come across one in brisbane called the Nuova Simonelli MCI Grinder for $450. Its a stepless doser grinder and is quite compact (I also have space restrictions).
    Can anyone give some advice on this? It seems to tick all the boxes...
    Good luck and please let me know which way you go!
    Looks for all the world like a rebadged Eureka Mignon, or something very close to it. At that price it is definitely a very attractive little grinder..... 8-)

    Mal.
    Yes and available at Di Bella thus you may be subject to a small encouragement :D

    You only need to ask ;)

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    Re: <$500 grinders

    Yes, correct I tried it at Di Bella, seemed really easy to use and quiet. The doser is also adjustable. ;D



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