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    Delonghi KG100, Where to buy?

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Well this is my first post at coffeesnobs.com.au (love the name hahaha) and yeah, Im currently a University student so I dont have hundreds of dollars to spend on grinders, however I would like to get the Delonghi KG100 as I have heard good things about it and its fairly reasonably priced..

    Anybody got any suggestions on where to buy it, or if theres a better one for the same price?

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    Re: Delonghi KG100, Where to buy?

    Gday Master Chief, welcome to Coffee Snobs. (Ive always wanted to do that.)
    Youve thrown a fairly open question out in relation to the grinder, which by the way is a Solis 166 which has been re-badged as a De-Longhi.
    What are you using to prepare your beverage? ie drip filter, plunger, stove top, espresso machine.
    This grinder would be fine for drip, plunger and stove top, and some home appliance type espresso machines, but it would definately struggle with a decent espresso machine.
    Let us know some more info about the prep method and Im sure that youll find a mountain of help on these pages.
    All the best,
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    Re: Delonghi KG100, Where to buy?

    Ive got a Breville Cafe Roma Stainless.. I believe it has a drip filter?? or at least a filter.. It only does espresso singles or doubles though, but it also froths up milk =) Not that I have milk with my coffee.. yuck!

    And yeah, its a decent espresso machine from what Ive read about it, but it is indeed a home appliance type.

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    Gday Master Chief, I hope you didnt take offence to the home appliance type comment, it was only to differentiate between they types of machines. ;)
    Id suggest that you read Alan Frews review of grinders on the coffeeco website, it has some really useful info and comparisons between the different grinders, with the De-Longhi/Solis included.
    If youre keen on this grinder, I would give Fresh Coffee at Cosmorex Coffee, who is one of the site sponsors, a call and check whether he stocks them, or he may have a substitute type available.
    Hope this helps,
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    Re: Delonghi KG100, Where to buy?

    Of course I didnt take offence I was just sticking up for my Cafe Roma hehe =)

    From what Ive read, the Delonghi KG100 (which is of course the Solis as you said) grinds the best quality espresso grind on the home appliance market.. If thats true, then its the machine I want.. It also looks really well designed and would look good next to my brewer =D

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    Re: Delonghi KG100, Where to buy?

    Hello MC...

    FINALLY - a subject on which I feel I can comment on as I have both the Breville Cafe Roma and a DeLonghi KG100 grinder!!! (although the Breville has been displaced by a Giotto, but I still use the Breville in the caravan...);D

    The DeLonghi grinder is quite a good grinder. I have had mine for nearly 12 months, and even making 6 doubles a day it is still going strong - although i must admit I did do the minor "tweak" to allow it to grind a touch finer, but that was only because of the Giotto!

    I find it quite convenient when I am making mulitple coffees as it has a reasonably accurate timer which when I spin it around to a touch past 4 it will give me the right amount of ground coffee for a double (with the Breville it was a touch over 3). So when I remove the group handle from the group to knock it out and wipe it, the grinder just does its thing!

    With the unmodified Breville filters, I had found that the best grind was at either the third or second finest setting. Without going into too much detail, I had found that the standard "crema enhancing" filters tend to percolate the coffee, and if I tried it at the finest setting, it would actually choke the machine. So what I did was to use my drill press to drill out all of the dimples on the underside of the filter, and Viola! no more "crema enhancers"! The taste was also much fuller and less sour and/or bitter than the unmodified baskets. And to prove the point, I had tried on a number of occasions to use either the modified or unmodified baskets in a blind test, and yes there was a quite discernable difference. MattyJ had changed his baskets with those from a Krups, and he had found the same thing. Although he also has the Mazzer Mini (turning green - must fight the urge to sulk...) ::)

    So in short, the Breville did us proudly for a long time, and the main reason for changing was a developing snob tast for coffee, and simply the time it took to make six doubles at a time!!! But I wont part with it as it suits us perfectly in the caravan (especially since the local coffee shop where we holiday serves attrocious coffee).

    So if you cant reach the Mazzer or Rancilio, then I would certainly recommend the DeLonghi as a very good match for the Breville - it wont last forever, and it does has its (minor) faults, but it does work and work well for the price.

    Ken.

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    Re: Delonghi KG100, Where to buy?

    Thanks for the info Big Ken, now I just need to find it for a good price :)

    You were having 6 double espressos a day? I struggle to have three.. Could be because this East Timor organic coffee grind that my Aunty gave to me from her store is incredibly strong ;)

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    Re: Delonghi KG100, Where to buy?

    mmm ... east timor organic (drooling...)

    Ill second big kens assessment of the delonghi - I used one for 18 months before I got the envy-inducing mazzer mini. Sorry bigken ... but you just jumped in and got a giotto (i felt so betrayed, my crema-enhancing buddy deserted me...), so I had to get you back.

    The delonghis may need a tweak - if you get one (try myers/bing lee/good guys for cheapness), grind about 18g of your east timorese on the finest setting, and carefully tap it out of the grinds catcher bin thing into the portafilter. Level the grinds out, tamp the grinds down a bit and keep adding more ... till all 18g of coffee is tightly tamped into the basket and about 1mm shy of being flush with the top of the basket. Then pull your shot. If it gushes, you may need to open up the grinder adjust some factory settings - but make sure your tamp is even and firm. If the machine chokes - congratulations! Go one click coarser, repeat, and it should taste nice.

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    Re: Delonghi KG100, Where to buy?

    well I tried my bargaining skills on this lady at David Jones and she was so incredibly stupid that she didnt even pick up on it ;D

    She came over and said "do you need any help?" and I said "no, not really, Im just waiting for this delonghi kg100 to come down in price" to which she replied "ah yes, the expensive one *laugh*" then she walked off.

    Hmm.. SOLD!! ... not.

    Still looking for a decent price =D CosmoreXs cheapest grinder is twice as much as I want to pay hehe.

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    Re: Delonghi KG100, Where to buy?

    Master_Chief:

    I would not have walked away if I was her, not unless she knew you were a CS member? :)

    I mean one issue here and I have seen it before is that knowledgeable people on forums like us can converse and drive the prices down at these shops like Harvey Norman. This is good for us and bad for them. I saw this happen with the Topfield PVR and at one point Harvey Norman threatened to stop stocking them as people were very effectively telling each other on internet where the best bargains were.

    Im not complaining, just commenting. Certainly if I was the sales manager at Harvey Norman, I would strongly resist discounting machines. It is the old adage of buying business.

    Now she could have taken you unto her bossum and got a sale...

    Grant

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    Re: Delonghi KG100, Where to buy?

    delonghi KG 100 = solis 166= starbucks barista

    get it from Starbucks, $120 + free coffee (for testing only :-X), 2 yr warranty vs 12 mnths on the other models plus a no questions asked exchange if it dies during the warranty period. At least that was my experience.

    If you want to upgrade after 6 months youll probably get close to $100 back going on recent ebay sales

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    Re: Delonghi KG100, Where to buy?

    Hi Ken

    Im a new member, using a Cafe Roma until I can afford a Bezzera BZ99S/Rancilio Rocky combination. And it really isnt a bad machine, if you take the time to do it right!! My partner bought for $100 at Target - not a bad deal.

    Your modification of the Cafe Roma sounds good, but how on earth did you avoid drilling through into the micro-holes on the top-side of the filter?? (Dont have a drill press - will have to rely on a hand-held power drill!!).
    And did you drill out all the 45 holes??

    Another question - can you recall which Krups model MattyJ used when he changed his filter basket for the Krups?? Could be easier to do it this way. I cant find his post.

    It will be worthwhile my doing this mod, even though I wont be using the machine for long, as my son (a uni student) wants to inherit the Cafe Roma!!

    Thanks for your help.

    Edwardcr

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    Re: Delonghi KG100, Where to buy?

    Hi Ken

    Im a new member, using a Cafe Roma until I can afford a Bezzera BZ99S/Rancilio Rocky combination. Its not a bad machine for $100 at Target - works well if you take the time to do it right!!

    Your modification of the Cafe Roma sounds good, but how on earth did you avoid drilling through into the micro-holes on the top-side of the filter?? Dont have a drill press - so will have to rely on a hand-held power drill.

    Cant find MattyJs post - can you recall which Krups model he used when replacing the filter basket?? Might be easier to do it this way!!

    Thanks for your help.

    edwardcr

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    Re: Delonghi KG100, Where to buy?

    How do you guys that own a Delonghi KG100 find it to clean?
    I just got a sunbeam EM0450 & its a mongrel to clean after a grind when we want to do a different coffee.
    Which one of these is the better grinder in your opinion. Im curious because I could have gotten the Delonghi one for $5 dearer & didnt know which way to go. Out of the 2 that were there to look at, I could pull the sunbeam apard for a good look & liked what I saw but the Delonghi one was full & couldnt check out the insides.
    Would love to hear your opinions & experiences.
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    Re: Delonghi KG100, Where to buy?

    Trust me... the Sunbeam is much better... just in grind quality alone!

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    Re: Delonghi KG100, Where to buy?

    Quote Originally Posted by MarcS link=1125622704/0#14 date=1189061468
    Trust me... the Sunbeam is much better... just in grind quality alone!
    Cool, thanks MarkS, now I feel better about the choice.

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    Re: Delonghi KG100, Where to buy?

    In fact, I dont understand why the KG100 can sell at all... same as the breville grinder equivilent.... way overpriced for what they do...



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