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    Budget Grinding Finds

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    Hello all!

    I know... another budget grinding post... Though, i have already searched the forum and didnt quite get the info i need *;D

    So, from what ive read so far it seems (and please correct me if im wrong *:-[) but most of the cheaper grinders do not grind fine enough for a good quality machine or deliver inconsistent particle size.

    However, I only have a basic sunbeam model espresso machine (crema) and sadly will never drink enough coffee to warrant upgrading. That being said, I would like it to produce a decent brew worthy of the $200 pricetag!

    So as far as a grinder to pair with it... I want to spend $140 at a maximum (please dont be mad :-/)

    I believe this leaves the option of
    1.) Cuisinart Coffee Auto Burr Mill * $99.95 + $10 postage = $109.95
    2.) Delonghi Coffee Grinder - KG100 $128.00 + $7 postage = $135.00
    4.) Sunbeam EM0430 $49 free delivery

    If none of these come close to passable, Ill have to go for the "basic entry level grinder" a.k.a. the 0450 sunbeam ;D

    Im kinda leaning towards the Delonghi... its a bit of a happy medium.

    Basically, I cant afford the best grinder - but id like something that is still usable with my machine :)

    Many Thanks!!

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    Re: Budget Grinding Finds

    Sorry for the direct response

    I would save up and get a Rocky or better
    It matters not if its new or used as it will be 100% better than your list

    KK

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    Re: Budget Grinding Finds

    Quote Originally Posted by 240D0D0804030404610 link=1284033398/0#0 date=1284033398
    If none of these come close to passable
    No way!

    Stretch the budget to $150 and get the 0450.
    The others will be a waste of your money.

    Ive owned the 0450 and it is OK.
    When I bought mine it was RRP $149.
    Im not sure how much they are now but if you shop around you might still get one around that mark.


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    Re: Budget Grinding Finds

    Im sorry kosmo. I do understand very clearly that a rocky will be the only way to get snob respect :) and I also understand that the sunbeam is generally considered the minimum

    I guess what I really want to know is why wont these (still expensive) grinders work?

    Especially when you consider the hundreds of even cheaper models??

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    Re: Budget Grinding Finds

    Quote Originally Posted by 132F3229232235202823470 link=1284033398/2#2 date=1284035308
    Quote Originally Posted by 240D0D0804030404610 link=1284033398/0#0 date=1284033398
    If none of these come close to passable
    No way!

    Stretch the budget to $150 and get the 0450.
    The others will be a waste of your money.

    Ive owned the 0450 and it is OK.
    When I bought mine it was RRP $149.
    Im not sure how much they are now but if you shop around you might still get one around that mark.

    Saw one this evening for $159


    Quote Originally Posted by 022B2B2E22252222470 link=1284033398/3#3 date=1284037653
    Im sorry kosmo. I do understand very clearly that a rocky will be the only way to get snob respect :) and I also understand that the sunbeam is generally considered the minimum

    I guess what I really want to know is why wont these (still expensive) grinders work?

    Especially when you consider the hundreds of even cheaper models??
    Elliebee,

    The $49 Sunbeam wont grind for espresso - I know, many years ago I bought one. The others I cannot comment on.

    Listen to Thundergod, the EM0450 is the same as the EM0480 in the grinding parts. It WILL grind for espresso - guaranteed.

    While it aint the best grinder in the world by a long shot, it would appear to both of us that it will fit your machine, stated needs and budget.

    Chris

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    Re: Budget Grinding Finds

    Quote Originally Posted by 7E5757525E595E5E3B0 link=1284033398/3#3 date=1284037653
    I guess what I really want to know is why wont these (still expensive) grinders work?

    Especially when you consider the hundreds of even cheaper models??
    They wont grind fine or uniformly enough for espresso.
    They are no better than the cheaper ones you mentioned.
    You dont always get better because the price is higher.

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    Re: Budget Grinding Finds

    Oh ok :) I thought because they were all burr grinders it would be ok..

    Must admit I have read bad reviews about the 430... But I really thought the delonghi would do the job :D

    But hey... Im here to learn and by George, learn I will!!

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    Re: Budget Grinding Finds

    Quote Originally Posted by 250C0C0905020505600 link=1284033398/3#3 date=1284037653
    I guess what I really want to know is why wont these (still expensive) grinders work?

    Especially when you consider the hundreds of even cheaper models??
    It has all to do with engineering of a product and the materials used

    Generally models that secure the grinding burrs in plastic tend to after a short period of use degrade in there accuracy
    The models in your list are the above category

    Metal models are more robust and will reward you with repeatable accuracy and good long term service
    The Rockys burrs are held in place with a metal alloy

    KK




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    Re: Budget Grinding Finds

    I walked into my local Harveys the other day to get a price on the Sunbeam 0450 and 0480 and got quoted $125 and $175 off the bat. Mind you, the guy who served me is a friend of a friend - one of those people you kinda know of, without really knowing! So, I think I got some pretty good prices because of this.

    Anyway, it gives you an idea of the sort of price possible - around the $130 mark give or take, which is the same price youre happy to pay for the Delonghi. If you have a couple of those types of stores around (Harveys, Retravision, Good Guys etc), just play one off against the other - go in and say "I got a price of $x down the road, can you do better..." etc.

    Cheers,
    Damien

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    Hehe ok :)!! Actually my dad is going His free sunbeam lesson today and Ive pretty much convinced him we need a new grinder so Im sure hell be thoroughly convinced when he gets to use one!!!

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    Re: Budget Grinding Finds

    yeah, my local good guys quoted $125 for the 0450 and $590 for the 6910 without too much pleading...so it can be done...

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    Re: Budget Grinding Finds

    If postage isnt too much have a look at this one.
    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1284185428/0#0

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    Re: Budget Grinding Finds

    Good news :) after the sunbeam course where dad got to play with the EM0480 all day hes not even wanting to consider anything else.

    Yeah, i saw that second hand but $150 plus postage and it will have no warranty can probably get something close new for cash?

    (its a bit easier to spend when its not my money :-?)

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    Re: Budget Grinding Finds

    Go for the 0450 or 0480--both *will* grind for espresso, although both are the minimum quality required.

    If you arent wedded to an electrical machine there are a couple of manual grinders about $100 that will do an excellent job--and develop your arm muscles at the same time!

    Greg

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    Re: Budget Grinding Finds

    Oh ok :) I wasnt sure if manual would be ok? Do you know about how long they take? For about 16g?

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    Re: Budget Grinding Finds

    The two currently available recommended manuals (Kyocera and Hario) both take about a minute or so to grind 18 gms (depending on how fast you go and how easy you get tired ;D).

    I use a Kyocera at work and for the two or three doubles I make this is no big deal. YMMV.

    Greg

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    Wow :) thanks Greg! Thats Faster than I expected... And especially well suited for keeping at work/taking camping as well!! 8-)



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