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    Entry Point Grinder?

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Hi there, been reading this forum till 2am for the last 2 nights! Trying to decide on my first machine and grinder combo. To start with I was going to get a Breville ES800 with the free grinder. Only to discover from you good people that its actually the grinder that I should be investing in and geting a more basic machine to start with. Breville Ikons sound great but I cant find one anywhere. So im willing to spend more on the grinder to get something better than the sunbeam EM0480 what should I get? where do I get it? and what machine do I get - a Breville Cafe Roma??????? Please help a probi out, much appreciated!
    ps. I intend to get local fresh beans of course ;D

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    Re: Entry Point Grinder?

    Hi MammaCoffee,
    Sounds like the same dilemma I had about two years ago. I ended up buying a second hand Rancilio Sylvia from one of the good CSer here. It is a really great machine ;D

    I guess it also depends on your budget.

    On the other hand grinder wise, I also started with an EM0480 and have recently upgraded to a Mazzer Mini. I found the EM0480 was a really good starting point even though it has its quirks.

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    Just another option to consider depending on how many coffees you are making is the Kyocera/Hario hand grinders. Well under $100 and much better than most of the sub $400 grinders. Then save some more serious $$ and head for a better electric one in a while.

    Its a toughy as more spent does work better in general but I use my Kyocera most days instead of the better DRMs I own as I like the process the saved bench space and quiet :)

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    Re: Entry Point Grinder?

    You should also consider the Breville Smart Grinder BCG800 for RRP$299 it has wonderful reviews

    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1288871951

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    Re: Entry Point Grinder?

    Id recommend a Cunill El Tranquilo. Punches way above its $450 price point.

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    Re: Entry Point Grinder?

    $450 is a lot of money for an entry level grinder. The Breville is only $299.

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    Re: Entry Point Grinder?

    Quote Originally Posted by 476C61696D7770767D35363730040 link=1291267672/5#5 date=1291442430
    $450 is a lot of money for an entry level grinder.
    Wrong this site has the word snobs in it for a reason ;) And if talking real entry level then the Sunbeam 450 is about 1/2 the cost of the Breville.

    The longevity of some of the prosumer grinders will generally outlive the appliance type (not specifically this Breville either as it is brand new to the market) and thus could be considered good value for money by spending a bit more. It is very common (myself included) to start with a cheaper one and then realise that you can do better so an upgrade happens which costs money and buying twice and or 3 times.

    The best advice in grinder terms is to buy the very best you can afford or justify as a good grinder will outlast several machines.

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    Re: Entry Point Grinder?

    Gday "mammacoffee".... :)

    Have you read through this link as yet? http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1194680556 Might be helpful and assist you to identify a budget up to which youre prepared to spend.... ;)

    Mal.

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    Re: Entry Point Grinder?

    Quote Originally Posted by 6B404D45415B5C5A51191A1B1C280 link=1291267672/5#5 date=1291442430
    $450 is a lot of money for an entry level grinder..
    I thought the same thing when i started and ended up with a Rocky in late 2000. I spent a good 7+ years with it and when I finally got a serious grinder I realized how much better my espresso could have been all that time if I had moved up in my initial purchase from the Rocky. What is better espresso for 7 years worth to you? Considering how long a commercial espresso grinder will last in home use, maybe I should ask, how much is better espresso for twenty or thirty years worth to you?

    And, yes, it can really make that much difference.

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    Re: Entry Point Grinder?

    What is your budget mammacoffee? This information might make this discussion more productive.



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