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    Recommend a good doserless grinder

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    Hi all,
    I currently have an ANFIM Best grinder which has been a great unit and recently replaced the burrs.
    Now thinking about moving onto something better, especially doserless as I like the idea of grinding only whats required without any left over in the grinder.
    Is there going to be much difference in the grind quality/taste by going to a grinder with larger sized burrs? This is very important, if it is not likely to be better then its probably not worth replacing the ANFIM.
    The Mazzer electronic looks awesome but not sure if its worth the price tag. I hear the auto dosing is not that accurate. My ideal price range is approx $400 - 600ish.
    What are peoples opinion of a good quality bang for buck doserless grinder?


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    Re: Recommend a good doserless grinder

    You are exactly in Compak K3 territory with that budget, I cant see how you could go wrong. However it depends whether you will be grinding for different applications, if you are constantly flipping from coarse to fine grind the stepless grinder may not be the best bet

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    Re: Recommend a good doserless grinder

    FWIW, Id look at modifying your grinder to stepless operation. There is not much to be gained other than speed- unless of course you want doserless.

    The new mazzer mini electronic uses accurate digital time, but will cost close to twice your budget.

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    Re: Recommend a good doserless grinder

    Thanks guys,
    My grinding is usually a click up or down dependant on temp/humidity & beans. It would be nice to have finer in between clicks.
    Have thought about making it stepless, is this just a case of removing the locking pin & doing something to stop the top spinning freely?
    If was to fork out the $$ for a Mazzer, even the basic non electronic model to fit my budget, would there be a noticeable improvement to taste compared to the ANFIM?
    If not likely, then I may as well stick with mine, or get something doserless that fits my budget.

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    Re: Recommend a good doserless grinder

    Quote Originally Posted by 3130666E6065570 link=1334351218/0#0 date=1334351218
    ....Is there going to be much difference in the grind quality/taste by going to a grinder with larger sized burrs? This is very important, if it is not likely to be better then its probably not worth replacing the ANFIM.....
    No, not in the area you are looking. This would be not much more than a sideways step depending on individual point of view, and larger plates really only give you more volume (faster) production, something you dont need in home use.

    Quote Originally Posted by 3130666E6065570 link=1334351218/3#3 date=1334390330
    ....If was to fork out the $$ for a Mazzer, even the basic non electronic model to fit my budget, would there be a noticeable improvement to taste compared to the ANFIM?....
    No.

    You can theoretically discuss round in circles until the cows come home the difference between the stepped /stepless thing but in the grinders being discussed here, and if you are properly versed in the black art of grinder management already and can handle your anfim properly, if you were to find a difference in the coffee that you can solely pin on these two grinders, you better come work for me.

    If I were you I would keep my hands in my pockets and wait until the upgradeitis passes OR....save up big bickies for a vastly different grinder.

    If it doesnt pass....by all means give me a call and I will be able to fit you up with something.

    Hope that helps.

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    Re: Recommend a good doserless grinder

    Agree wholeheartedly to the above. We have a Best in the workshop that is regularly pitted against big conicals and holds its own just fine, the damn thing just works really well. Never any problems with clumping, and the doser has a great action that sweeps clean. This is how all grinders should be but it sadly is not so. Only slight problem is its not heavy enough to not want to shuffle sideways across the bench when dosing!

    The stepless mod for the Rocky should work just fine in this case if you choose to attempt it.

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    Re: Recommend a good doserless grinder

    Thanks to all for your great advise.
    Today I pulled the thing apart for a good clean & to do the stepless mod.
    I usually grind just enough for one shot at a time & something that bothers me is how coffee remains in the chute which I normally use a small brush now & then to sweep it clean. There is a small horizontal rod in the middle of the opening I suspect to de clump any clumped coffee as it passes through. It can be a bit fiddley to clean the shoot so today while the machine was apart, took the horizontal rod out, enlarged the shute using a dremmel into the the hopper so ground coffee flows easier into hopper & also easier to sweep the shoot clean.
    Ive only pulled a couple of shots since the stepless mod & so far its great having more control over the gind setting.






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