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    Which grinder for a Bezzera BZ 99?

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    Hi guys,

    As they say... long time reader, first time poster and also ex barista.

    Just purchased my first espresso machine, a 5 year old Bezzera BZ99s Tank model for a measily price of $450 from a lovely girl who knew nothing about it. I got in early on an eBay listing, nice!

    Anyways, its in the shop at the moment getting a look over and whilst it is, it needs a grinder to match....

    My budget will stretch to ~ $400 at present.
    Im considering getting a Iberital Challenge, based soley on the few reviews that Ive read whilst googling, or a Rocky doserless.

    Ive some some of the other reviews that people have posted as well here and also the "Choosing a Grinder for the First Time... " thread.

    Any opinions would be great

    Thanks all,
    Daniel


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    Re: Which grinder for a Bezzera BZ 99?

    Nice pickup Daniel!

    Id suggest you scour the auctions: See O/Maras <<<<<< for an ex cafe grinder.

    If it needs to be new, The Breville BCG800 is the best grinder under about $500 in my opinion.

    Good luck

    Chris

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    Re: Which grinder for a Bezzera BZ 99?

    After contemplating between a rocky and Iberital Challenge Coffee Grinder, I decided to take some advice from Tallk Coffee and went out to buy a Breville..... WHAT!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by 72474A4D79654940404343260 link=1291265232/1#1 date=1291266053
    Nice pickup Daniel!

    Id suggest you scour the auctions: See O/Maras <<<<<< for an ex cafe grinder.

    If it needs to be new, The Breville BCG800 is the best grinder under about $500 in my opinion.

    Good luck

    Chris

    Just purchased one of these from MY3R for $239 without any bargaining.

    Yet to test, waiting for my Bezzera to come back from a service.

    First impressions seems good, build quality seems quite solid, quite a heavy item as well, always a good sign with electronics.

    The hopper doesnt feel 100% solid whilst seated but I guess most dont, although by no means is it loose either after being locked in.

    The 58mm portafiller cradle is quite a nice feature, leave it in press go and shell fill up whilst your elsewhere.

    I like the idea, and I may be wrong, but this grinder is somewhat a doser and doserless grinder, a cool feature IMO.

    Some nice basic cable management underneath.

    2 years warranty

    All in all, for the money Ive paid it seems like a good buy, there isnt much out there new in terms of around $200 and I didnt want to splash out hugely first time around, even contrary to a lot here that would say otherwise. Budget dictated this time around.

    Ill be buying some fresh beans soon and post up an update on the outcome.

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    Re: Which grinder for a Bezzera BZ 99?

    Which myer was this from ?

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    Re: Which grinder for a Bezzera BZ 99?

    Quote Originally Posted by 4B4E414B5A495A41442F0 link=1291265232/2#2 date=1291697974
    I decided to take some advice from Tallk Coffee and went out to buy a Breville..... *
    Good pickup Daniel,

    A bargain too as we only charge $60 for each telephone consulting session...

    Myer on the other hand provide what they know (i.e zero) for nothing. *::) :P

    Chris

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    Re: Which grinder for a Bezzera BZ 99?

    Myer at highpoint in Victoria.
    I daresay that you could get a better price from GG, but Myer have them on sale at the moment for $239, and I needed to use my plethora of Myer vouchers from my wedding.

    Thanks for the advice Chris ;)

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    Re: Which grinder for a Bezzera BZ 99?

    No worries Dan, the invoice is in the mail.

    FWIW, as advised in my first response, I would be looking for a cafe style grinder to pair with a top end home machine. This, and the other small grinders are appliances and that needs to be factored in to the purchase. A K3T or better is an appropriate match at prosumer level.

    We have 3 units remaining and will match their price by selling them at a loss (as expected by this market) and service standard as well- i.e front up at the door with your cash, buy a box and call Breville if you have any issues with it. Requests for information about functionality will be met with a blank look and the expected statement: "I just work here in the hope of pulling a shop girl and to earn pub money for Friday night". *;)

    Thereafter were out...

    I give up on this one ::)

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    Re: Which grinder for a Bezzera BZ 99?

    I dont blame you Chris. With the amount of abuse and ill informed comments you have endured on this grinder I would bail out too!

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    Re: Which grinder for a Bezzera BZ 99?

    Despite providing demos, people enjoying the coffee (gratis), then telling me theyre off to buy it elsewhere because theyve found a cheaper price, weve decided to continue to stock the Breville Smart Grinder.

    Were now giving the grinder away for free - youll just need to pay $299 for the beans that come with it.

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    Re: Which grinder for a Bezzera BZ 99?

    Quote Originally Posted by 54515E544556455E5B300 link=1291265232/5#5 date=1291757330
    Myer at highpoint in Victoria.
    Sorry... I must have missed their contribution to this thread.

    I understand that people have to save money, but if it is at the long term expense of the people that drive the innovation, excellence and future of the industry than more fool we the consumer. I have not bought my machines from Sponsors, but I did buy them from people I have met, conversed with, have recieved excellent after sales support from and who run small Australian businesses that strive for excellence! I do buy anything and everything else from Sponsors here in Brisbane at every opportunity becsause despite the fact that I came late to CS, I want it to stay around; and, the only way that will happen is if we put our money where our mouths are.

    Myer, HN, Maccas... they are not CoffeeSNOBS. They are CoffeeMediocre and I will completely understand if the knowledge-base here withdraws their free advice, ongoing service and general goodwill in the face of being economically un-competitive and un-sustainable. >:(

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    Re: Which grinder for a Bezzera BZ 99?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5A5F505A4B584B50553E0 link=1291265232/5#5 date=1291757330
    Thanks for the advice Chris
    Im hoping that Dan hadnt realised that Chris sold these when this comment was made. Gotta think the best...otherwise a big backhanded compliment there.

    I personally have appreciated the comprehensive review Chris and Dennis have published about this grinder elsewhere on the site and hope that it is rewarded with sales for them. *:) All the best with business in the lead up to Christmas gents.

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    Re: Which grinder for a Bezzera BZ 99?

    Brett H and Outbackstriker,

    I really do appreciate your comments. Thankyou so much!

    Den



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