you are giving us too large of a range of equipment / price to be able to help.
What you are saying is, I can afford a mini moke right now but would love to have a rolls royce hehehe....wouldnt everyone! *;D
Also please note I am not sure you have correct pricing on a Mini E. Your price range is for Mazzer Mini Manual in its various configurations. I sold a Mazzer Mini Manual with polished aluminium body in the top end of that price bracket this morning and would expect a Mini E to be a few hundred dollars more....
Trying to break it down for you:
I can understand your frustration with trying to use a hand grinder to knock out a few coffees but you had to come to that conclusion yourself;
You can afford a grinder in the vicinity of 300.00ish dollars right now, or wait and save to get something better. Waiting to save is not really an option as you need something right now.
In your immediate price bracket my opinion would be to *stretch it a little further and go an Iberital Challenge. I have never seen one come back into my own business with either a warrantable problem or any other problem, except if the grinder was badly mishandled by the operator...
Or you could go lower for a "value" purchase such as a sunbeam EM450 to get you out of trouble until you hve saved enough to go better say in a years time.
I dont know anything about the Breville grinder the other guys have been discussing so cant comment there.
Or the other way might be if I can find an older used cafe grinder in my fleet that is a good goer and could be allowed to slip off the back end of my inventory.....it beats you buying a used grinder off the bay of evils because I wont sell u anything that isnt a good goer or that I cant give you back up service for.............for a relatively "nice price".
Other than that I wouldnt go beating yourself up dreaming about all the great models you may not be able to afford for a long time yet :)
Ill have a look around.
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By the way. If I may, I would like to include here something just received privately from you as a result of your visit here earlier today. I am particularly chuffed about it thank you:
Quote: ".......Just wanted to let you know that your staff are a great help. Looks like the issue was..............I see your point about after sales service/support and its importance even if it costs a tad more..."
Very much appreciate you thoughts.