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    Sunbeam EM0430 vs EM0450

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    I notice there is a big difference in price with the EM0430 being about $70 cheaper (depending on where you buy it).

    Im on a budget being a full time uni student. Ive read the EM0430 does a good job. What do other people think of it? Or does the EM0450 have features that make it a better option?

    Im not really a coffee aficionado I just want a decent cuppa thats better than instant coffee and doesnt sit in my stomach like instant coffee does.

    Ive been trying a few pre-ground coffees for my plunger but Ive been told buying the beans and grinding them makes a big difference. Is that true?

    Thanks

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    Re: Sunbeam EM0430 vs EM0450

    Quote Originally Posted by 3D2C20223823394D0 link=1286515299/0#0 date=1286515299
    Hi

    I notice there is a big difference in price with the EM0430 being about $70 cheaper (depending on where you buy it).

    Im on a budget being a full time uni student. Ive read the EM0430 does a good job. What do other people think of it? Or does the EM0450 have features that make it a better option?

    Im not really a coffee aficionado I just want a decent cuppa thats better than instant coffee and doesnt sit in my stomach like instant coffee does.

    Ive been trying a few pre-ground coffees for my plunger but Ive been told buying the beans and grinding them makes a big difference. Is that true?

    Thanks
    Just scroll through the topics or do a quick search..

    Must be 50 plus posts on the Em0430

    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1217411136

    OR

    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1212739277

    As to the highlighted stuff...

    Hate to break the BAD news to you but must be 1001 post on CS all stating Fresh beans and Grinder make all the difference.

    Worst still is that in 99.9% of cases the original poster usually responds with - I never believed it - you guys are so on the money..

    ITs TRUE.

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    Re: Sunbeam EM0430 vs EM0450

    Is it safe to assume for the price of the EM0430 Id be better off buying a hand grinder? Ive looked at the Hario Hand Grinder and Ive read theres another one called the Kyocera Hand Grinder.

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    Re: Sunbeam EM0430 vs EM0450

    Quote Originally Posted by 3A2B27253F243E4A0 link=1286515299/2#2 date=1286524862
    Is it safe to assume for the price of the EM0430 Id be better off buying a hand grinder? *Ive looked at the Hario Hand Grinder and Ive read theres another one called the Kyocera Hand Grinder.
    A quality hand grinder will never go astray...

    Plunger does not need to as fine, but it will still take some elbow grease to get the dose / volume you want.


    You state $70 cheaper.. But that is what 2 cartons of beer and an arvo watching a car race... A grinder will last a lot longer...

    Ya get what you pay for. EM 0450 on special on e-bay or in teh For Sale section here if ya lucky.

    @ $130 why not just do it...

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    Re: Sunbeam EM0430 vs EM0450

    OK. Im expecting some money in a few weeks. Ill look at the EM0450.

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    Re: Sunbeam EM0430 vs EM0450

    Ive succumbed to temptation. I put a deposit on the Sunbeam EM0450 today. Ill pick it up in a few days when it comes in.

    Ive already bought some coffee beans for it.

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    Re: Sunbeam EM0430 vs EM0450

    I suspect the 0450 was a good choice. I dont know the 0430 at all, but the 0450 and its slightly flashier brother the 0480 are usually recommended as the practical minimum for decent espresso. I know several people who are happy with their 0480.

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    Re: Sunbeam EM0430 vs EM0450

    Quote Originally Posted by 47565A58425943370 link=1286515299/5#5 date=1286605555
    Ive succumbed to temptation. I put a deposit on the Sunbeam EM0450 today. Ill pick it up in a few days when it comes in.

    Ive already bought some coffee beans for it.
    Hi i just purchased one two days ago and yes, great looking machine and a good price. Unfortunately..... it doesnt grind fine enough for my machine leaving me with an under extracted result. Yeah I was pretty pissed. BUT dont fret, (done it for you) :() I have rung Sunbeam and they are sending out a spacer that fits under the bottom burr, they also sent out a pdf file on "how to install". Not sure if this is common with the 0450 but hopefully this will sort it out. Am waiting for them to arrive and will put them in and let you know how it goes. Sunbeam were very helpful!
    zeke

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    Re: Sunbeam EM0430 vs EM0450

    Hi there, I installed the 2x SHIM supplied by Sunbeam in my EM0450 last Saturday. be carefull when you undo the domed nut that hold the bottom burr, it is a left hand thread. You need to turn it clockwise to undo it. I put both washers on mine. the result is a thicker crema and better tast. enjoy

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    Re: Sunbeam EM0430 vs EM0450

    Ive got both the EM0430 and EM0480.

    I use the 0430 for drip and plunger and it is adequate for this purpose. The grind is not terribly even though due to the flat burr. Forget about using it for espresso.

    The 0450/0480 is a much better all-round grinder with a conical burr.

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    Re: Sunbeam EM0430 vs EM0450

    I have the em0480 (basically the same as em0450) and it grinds fine enough for my silvia. Sits around 13-15 and is easily capable of choking a shot. Each notch in grind adjustment represents a big difference in grind so if Im after a small change in pour rate I adjust dose and tamp before changing the grind setting.

    Great value grinder.



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