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    yet another new grinder question

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    Hi guys,
    please forgive my repitition of a question that Im sure has been asked a thousand times before, but Im in the middle of uni exams and researching through pages of posts on grinders is not something that i have the energy for.

    I have between $500 and 1K to spend on a new grinder. Its main purpose is to sit on our bench top at home and provide ground coffee for personal and entertaining purposes. We move regularly between espresso through to french press.

    i also have a regular group of "customers" (friends and family) who I supply my home roasted coffee to (about 2kilos a week is going out), some of whom need me to grind it for them. At the moment this ranges from stove top espresso, to drip filter, to french press.

    So...

    suggestions and rationale if possible please - this would be greatly appreciated.
    matt

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    Re: yet another new grinder question

    Gday o-e-u,

    Id reckon that this grinder here would be a shoe-in for what you have described ;).... With the use of one of those little plastic crank devices used for winding up the strings on a guitar, you will be able to shift quite rapidly from one grinding mode to another with very little effort 8-). Even has a little clip doohickey on the discharge spout for holding the bag while you fill-er-up ;).

    Cheers mate,
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    Re: yet another new grinder question

    Quote Originally Posted by Mal link=1195197637/0#1 date=1195198745
    Gday o-e-u,

    Id reckon that this grinder here would be a shoe-in for what you have described ;).... With the use of one of those little plastic crank devices used for winding up the strings on a guitar, you will be able to shift quite rapidly from one grinding mode to another with very little effort 8-). Even has a little clip doohickey on the discharge spout for holding the bag while you fill-er-up ;).

    Cheers mate,
    Mal.

    I agree with Mal, otherend,

    You may even prefer to get yourself a stepped version of the Macap MC4. The steps are quite small and the unit will do the job for espresso. Youll be able to rapidly switch from one grind setting to another without gettin a dose of RSI ;)

    Im sure that Attilio at Cosmorex (site sponsor) will be only too happy to assist ;)

    Chris

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    Re: yet another new grinder question

    I have a stepped Macap MC5 and it would easily handle your requirements.


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    Hi Matt,

    My $0.02; I think that having one grinder to do it all will always be a compromise. Even if it has features that are actually suitable for doing everything that you want to do, I think that large adjustments will pretty much always throw your grinder out of whack for espresso.

    If you are serious about your espresso, I would buy a grinder for espresso and scour the bay of E for a climax deli grinder for grinding your roasted coffee and doing your french press stuff. This will enable you to keep on top of your espresso grind and to grind for your friends without waiting for an absolute eternity. It should work out to be within your budget; those climax grinders seem to only fetch a few hundred dollars.

    Cheers,

    Luca

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    Re: yet another new grinder question

    Very sadly, my burnt-orange MDF suddenly died a week ago after nearly 16 years of daily use. :(

    After slumming it with an old Tre Spade hand grinder whch had been gathering dust, I bit the bullet and bought a Macap M4., which arrived yesterday. As you can see, it dwarfs my Classic. And its soooo quiet (relative to the MDF, anyway!)

    A big thanks to Attilio and Mick of Cosmorex for their advice and after sales service.


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    Re: yet another new grinder question

    Good to see another Macap out there.

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    Re: yet another new grinder question


    Hey Joe, that very good looking Macap M4 "could" be burnt orange too!
    (if you can find a 1970s can of spray paint)

    ;)


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    Can of spray paint?? No way!

    This work needs to be done in a panel shop by an experienced spray painter! *;)

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    Re: yet another new grinder question

    thanks guys,
    Im currently in negotiation with the guys from CosmoreX Coffee to hook me up with one of these bad boys (going for a stepped, doserless, version). Your help was muchly appreciated.

    peace, matt

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    Good stuff Matt,

    The MC4 is the daddy of the domestic sized deli grinder scene...Enjoy!

    Chris

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    Uncle maybe.
    My MC5 is the Daddy.
    Gotta love that taller hopper.



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