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    Domestic grinder with good versatility; any recommendations?

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    Hi Snobs,

    Ive a budget around the $400 - $500 mark, and am looking for a grinder that is capable of versatility; from espresso, through to drip, to French press.

    The Mahlkonig Vario was on my list, but these appear very difficult to attain at the mo (I have browsed the Vario thread below.) For example, not dealers in Europe currently stock it; perhaps it is going through yet more adaptations.

    Thus, what what you guys recommend?


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    Re: Domestic grinder with good versatility; any recommendations?

    The Rocky is very quick and easy to move between espresso and french press.

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    Re: Domestic grinder with good versatility; any recommendations?

    Prolly want a few more needs/wants on ya list, doser/doserless, new/second hand, size restraints if any, what was it about the vario that appealed? do you want to grind bags of beans, etc etc

    With a bit of background well be able to point you in the right direction ;)

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    Re: Domestic grinder with good versatility; any recommendations?

    Not wanting to grind bags of beans. Looking for a good quality grinder that I can use at home for the next few years, without needing to upgrade.

    I dont really mind whether its doserless or not, but preferably new as oppossed to second hand. No real size restraints, though this was a good feature of the Vario, besides being grinder for the price. The only difficulty is attaining one in Europe - where I am heading

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    Re: Domestic grinder with good versatility; any recommendations?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5E5F54555048310 link=1274136524/0#0 date=1274136524
    Hi Snobs,

    Ive a budget around the $400 - $500 mark, and am looking for a grinder that is capable of versatility; from espresso, through to drip, to French press.

    The Mahlkonig Vario was on my list, but these appear very difficult to attain at the mo (I have browsed the Vario thread below.) For example, not dealers in Europe currently stock it; perhaps it is going through yet more adaptations.

    Thus, what what you guys recommend?


    Cheers
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    For your budget you have the Rocky or K3 if on special + or - a few dollars

    KK


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    Re: Domestic grinder with good versatility; any recommendations?

    Quote Originally Posted by 0C2821212222180C28342A28470 link=1274136524/4#4 date=1274167455
    For your budget you have the Rocky or K3
    A lesser known model is the Eureka Mignon which Cosmorex are now selling. To quote Attilio:

    "A great "Budget” grinder is the Eureka Mignon at around $550.00. It uses the same set of grinding burrs as the Rancilio Rocky (50mm), but has a continuous worm adjusting set up (i.e. this one is step less). We are importing both Rocky and Mignon, and for the extra dollars I reckon the Mignon is worth it."

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    Re: Domestic grinder with good versatility; any recommendations?

    +1 for the rocky on that budget, its a solid unit, good grind and good adjustment, all in all great bang for your buck. [smiley=thumbsup.gif]
    However as i have been made aware, the grinder is prolly the most important componant of your setup, and with a good consistant grind, you can get good espresso out of seemingly inferior machines, this being the case, if it is at all possible for you to stretch your budget abit, you can pick up a Mazzer mini for as cheap as $650, or something simmilar such as the MD4


    Good luck :)
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    Re: Domestic grinder with good versatility; any recommendations?

    Have you made a decision yet startingfromscratch?

    One of the forum members (davec) did quite an extensive review, in which he compared the Mahlkonig Vario and the Eureka Mignon.

    The Eureka actually beat the Mahlkonig, and its quite a bit more affordable (link to the mignon in our online shop). We also do a coffeesnobs special, just look at the Espresso Italia thread in the Site Sponsors section :)

    The mignon is a great grinder, probably up there with the mazzer in my opinion. Its just not as well-known as mazzer in Australia. Its built sturdy, and the adjustment dial is very responsive. Very fine adjustments are easy to make, since the dial doesnt drift. Grind quality is very similar to the mazzer mini.





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