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    Second grinder for decaf - EM0430? EM0360?

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    I have a sunbeam EM560 espresso machine and an EM0480 grinder.

    Im hoping to get a second smaller grinder for late night decaf coffees. Ive been looking at the EM0430 and the EM0360. IDve read about a fix for the 430 on this website, but havent heard great things about the 0360 on this site.

    Dont have to get a sunbeam, but I dont want a hand grinder and dont want to have to get another large one like my 0480.

    Any recommendations?

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    Re: Second grinder for decaf - EM0430? EM0360?

    I dont have experience with either of those grinders but Id suspect neither of them would grind sufficiently fine enough for espresso. It is generally accepted that the EM0450 is the minimum required, it has the same guts at the EM0480 but with a more plasticky exterior.

    Is there any reason why you cant just use the same grinder for decaf? Its pretty easy to empty to the EM0480 hopper and you shouldnt really be storing your beans in the hopper anyway.

    Itís certainly nice have a separate grinder for decaf, I have one myself. Decaf generally requires quite a fine grind so buying an inferior grinder is a waste of time & money IMO.

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    Re: Second grinder for decaf - EM0430? EM0360?

    Welcome to CS Simon.

    As CJ said, the minimum is a 0450.

    CJ, its not as simple as emptying the hopper; the 0450/0480 retain a fair amount of grinds in them (Simon please take note of this if you werent already aware).

    Quote Originally Posted by 3F3C2E2E303C332E343032335D0 link=1295466623/0#0 date=1295466623
    dont want to have to get another large one like my 0480
    Size is relative.
    My 0450 was the smallest grinder I owned and even my Macap is dwarfed by the Gino Rossi.

    Accept the recommendation and dont end up disappointed by gambling on a 0360.

    You said it yourself.
    Quote Originally Posted by 3F3C2E2E303C332E343032335D0 link=1295466623/0#0 date=1295466623
    havent heard great things about the 0360 on this site
    There must be a reason for that; dont you think?


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    Re: Second grinder for decaf - EM0430? EM0360?

    Quote Originally Posted by 4C706D767C7D6A7F777C180 link=1295466623/2#2 date=1295476600
    CJ, its not as simple as emptying the hopper; the 0450/0480 retain a fair amount of grinds in them (Simon please take note of this if you werent already aware).
    Good point TG.
    My wife is quite sensitive to caffeine so I always had to give the grinder a very thorough clean before putting her beans through. Pain in the backisde. But I still think the OP is better off working around this then buying an inferior grinder which wont cut the mustard.

    Also, bassmansimon I assume you meant to say you are using a EM5600? Are you using the standard pressurized baskets?

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    Re: Second grinder for decaf - EM0430? EM0360?

    Recommendation to buy a hand grinder. Quiet and a better grind than your current one for less than $80 in most cases. Also gives you a great travel option as well.

    Kyocera, Hario are two options you will find at some/most of the sponsors here.

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    Re: Second grinder for decaf - EM0430? EM0360?

    For what its worth I found out a couple of days ago my frequent flyer points easily paid for a Breville BCG800 (sorry sponsors but I figure the next major upgrade (very soon) will definitely involve you for both grinder and espresso machine). You could do that and have your 0480 as a decaf grinder and be getting better coffee yourself.

    Personally I am giving my 0450 to a mate so I can have a half decent plunger coffee at his place (and who knows, perhaps sow the seeds for something much better!)

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    Re: Second grinder for decaf - EM0430? EM0360?

    thanks everyone for the helpful responses.
    yes, its an EM5600 machine.

    Cant use just the one machine for normal and decaf beans, as thundergod already mentioned, the 0480 holds quite a fair amount of beans in the top, and is a major pain to change - dont want to do this every morning and night.

    ok - so no love for the EM0360 which is fair enough.
    anyone have the EM0430 with the mod to make a finer grind?

    it sounds like im going to have to go with a little hand grinder. any recommendations for around the $80 mark?

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    Re: Second grinder for decaf - EM0430? EM0360?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5F5C4E4E505C534E545052533D0 link=1295466623/6#6 date=1295553433
    it sounds like im going to have to go with a little hand grinder. any recommendations for around the $80 mark?
    I believe the Kyocera & Hario Skeleton are within that range and available from sponsors.

    Hmmm now I feel like a coffee, might make a french press with the Tre Spade......



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