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    Sunbeam EM0430 Burr Grinder

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    Has anyone out there used this grinder? Is it any good? With a RRP of A$79.95 it would seem too cheap to do a decent grind for espresso.

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    Re: Sunbeam EM0430 Burr Grinder

    Probably good value for money and better than no grinder. If you are short on funds then its probably a good buy.

    We had the russel hobs grinder for it didnt grind fine enough for a Silvia but we still had better coffees than most cafés. Even if the Sunbeam doesnt grind fine enough it wont be by much you can always increase your tamp pressure.

    Rich

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    Re: Sunbeam EM0430 Burr Grinder

    Yeah, I have one of these for grinding at work. Great little grinder for the money.
    Comes with a bean doser which I didnt like but also comes with a cap so you dont have to use the dopey doser.

    Getting the grounds out of the container can be an issue (bad shape) and some beans seem to produce a huge amount of static (annoying) but overall the grinder does a fair job and we have been using it at work for a few months (about 1kg week).

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    Re: Sunbeam EM0430 Burr Grinder

    Aaaaarrrrgh!!! I bought one of these today for my silvia and it is horrible...
    Am i doing something wrong. The finest setting is giving me a 10sec extraction.
    PLEASE HELP......i feel like im murdering the beans i roasted. They are like my children

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    Re: Sunbeam EM0430 Burr Grinder

    Hmmm,

    I think youre asking a lot of this grinder to do the job with a Silvia or similar machine, even its bigger brother can only be considered to be marginal for the job.....

    Mal.

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    Re: Sunbeam EM0430 Burr Grinder

    Well, Ive just bought a Sunbeam Cafe Series Conical Burr coffee grinder. It cost $178 at Harvey Normans and it seems to me to do a terrific job. It was apparently designed in conjunction with Paul Barrett. It looks really classy with a polished metal housing, uses Lux grinding burrs, is gear driven and so is slow grinding, and the hopper has a shutter so you can remove it if you want to without spilling coffee everywhere. It also has over 24 grind settings, adjusted by an easy-to-turn metal collar. I really like the fact that you can set it so when you push the portafilter into the group handle locator, it depresses a microswitch which allows the freshly ground coffee to flow straight into the basket. So simple and unmessy.

    Ben at the WA Barista academy put me on to it, and I found a very positive report about it on Coffee Connoisseurs web site. Ive only had it a few days, but conjunction with Five Senses fresly roasted coffee, my new Simonelli Oscar and an afternoons training with Ben, home brewed espressos are already in a totally different league to what I have produced with pre-ground coffee and mid range domestic machines. I couldnt be happier!

    Allen Hull

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    Re: Sunbeam EM0430 Burr Grinder

    Re my earlier post of a moment ago, I should have added that I borrowed a Sunbeam EM0430 grinder. Im sure it was good value for the price, but the grind was inconsistent and I found it messy to deal with. Not worth saving the money when you can buy Sunbeam Cafe Series for 100 bucks more, and the results are so far apart in quality.

    Allen

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    Re: Sunbeam EM0430 Burr Grinder

    Good one Allen,

    If the EMO480 is doing the job for you then thats great. I guess my main concern is that the gap between step changes is quite significant (reported here and in Alan Frews review) and that this can make it difficult to "dial-in" in to your espresso machine when the need arises. This makes it a bit hard on a newbie especially, since one has enough to contend with when first starting off :o. Theres nothing wrong with the quality of the burrs or other aspects that I know of as yet.... I guess time will tell though :),

    Mal.



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