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    New Snob looking for Grinder advice

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    Hello All, Ive decided to take the plunge into the lifelong pursuit of home coffee snobbery.

    I have a basic sunbeam machine and grinder which now has to go. Im looking at (maybe) buying a Silvia and I know that it all starts with the grinder, which will be my first purchase. I know from trawling the forum over the last few weeks that I should be buying the best grinder that I can afford.

    My question is - if I end up buying a Silvia what is the best (most suited) grinder for this machine. i.e. If I get a Mazzer SJ, will I be getting the most out of it? Or would a Rocky be just as good?

    Ill be using the equipment mostly for the morning coffees for my wife and I, which is mostly espresso, with the occasional milk based coffee for visitors.

    Thanks in advance for your advice.

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    Re: New Snob looking for Grinder advice

    Hi zingzing and welcome to the forums. Youve done the right thing by researching first then asking questions.

    The first thing Id recommend is calling to arrange a visit to one of our many fine sponsors. A lot of them sell these grinders and others. That way you can look, play and taste what they can produce.

    The Rocky is definitely a good grinder. I have not used a SJ but would guess it would give slightly better results. IMO though you may want to consider other grinders for domestic use if youíre willing to spend that sort of money.

    The SJ is really designed as an entry level cafť grinder, thatís not to say it canít be used at home as many CS members do. Personally I would be looking at the Mazzer mini or mini-e which I believe has the same burr set and is probably going to give you the same type of results. Itís a more compact size and therefore more suitable for a kitchen.

    You can also look at the Macap M4 or M4D or even a Compak K3.

    Again, best thing to do is visit a sponsor if you have one nearby. What is your location?

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    Re: New Snob looking for Grinder advice

    Thanks for the quick response, your advice is certainly appreciated. I do think it probably best to see them in the flesh rather than getting myself tied up in knots researching online.

    Im on the Gold Coast (and work in Brisbane) - can you recommend any sponsors nearby?

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    Re: New Snob looking for Grinder advice

    I have neard nothing but good things about Roger from Supreme Roasters, he is halfway between work & home.

    Other sponsors in Qld include Di Bella, QCMS & Coffee Roasters Australia. Apologies to any I missed.

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    Re: New Snob looking for Grinder advice

    Great thanks. Ill be sure to organise a visit soon.



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