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    the grinder died today...so Im looking for a new one! .. suggestion(s)?

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Ive had my grinder for just over 2 years, and I bought her used, ex-cafe.

    She was an Anfim Haus, which I reckon did the job well enough. Has probably made about 500 shots since I owned her :)

    Now, Im just about to enter the world of grinders...something that I dont really think about very often, or know about for that matter.

    I go through 200-250g of coffee a fortnight on average (not a lot), mostly either roasted from roasteries or if I have the time, my own roasts.

    I dont know what price range I should be looking at, but Im prepared to dive into the $3-400 market? Possibly if more, I might sell my gene cafe roaster to offset some of the costs.

    I have circled around the forum a number of times, and I do know that things like the Mini Mazzer gets a fairly good rep. Anything that you lot (especially the knowledgeable, and definitely more initiated than me) can recommend?

    I usually grind for a filter (aeropress - bring to work), as well as machine.

    Thank you in advance!

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    Re: the grinder died today...so Im looking for a new one! .. suggestion(s)?

    Id suggest the Rosco Mini, you wont have to worry about power, its very portable, will last a lifetime, can vary the grind to suit whatever you use, will not waste 1 single bean (no retained grinds to purge)
    Very easy and repeatable to vary the grind.
    If you are only using 200 to 250g of coffee, Id seriously consider it.
    http://www.portaspresso.com/page1002.html

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    Re: the grinder died today...so Im looking for a new one! .. suggestion(s)?

    For that sort of money there are not many options, the Breville Smart Grinder has had a lot of good press and has plenty of followers on CSs.

    The Pharos manual grinder is a great option if you were considering a manual as an option - you get a 68mm conical burr set out of the titan commercial grinders that cost up to $3000 - for about $300


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    Re: the grinder died today...so Im looking for a new one! .. suggestion(s)?

    Quote Originally Posted by 3924282027242C22284B0 link=1333699084/0#0 date=1333699084
    I dont know what price range I should be looking at, but Im prepared to dive into the $3-400 market? Possibly if more, I might sell my gene cafe roaster to offset some of the costs.
    In addition to the advice above....$3-400 (new) is tough for a powered grinder. One of the site sponsors recently had the Compak K3 Push (touch?) at about $500. Pretty solid piece of kit, but if you are going to want to constantly change the grind setting between aeropress/espresso that might be a pain in the proverbial. Maybe K3 Push and get a Hario or Kyocera hand grinder to take to work?


    One of the Mazzers is stepped, and would be easier to deal with if changing grind settings often (Fresh Coffee from Cosmorex made a post re this not too long ago.....shouldnt be hard to find by searching this site)....but this would comortably exceed your budget.

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    Re: the grinder died today...so Im looking for a new one! .. suggestion(s)?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5F59455B5E415D5C320 link=1333699084/3#3 date=1333710567
    In addition to the advice above....$3-400 (new) is tough for a powered grinder. One of the site sponsors recently had the Compak K3 Push
    We (cuppacoffee) actually still have a few K3 Push for $420. ;)

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    Re: the grinder died today...so Im looking for a new one! .. suggestion(s)?

    Quote Originally Posted by 27060D0D0A10630 link=1333699084/4#4 date=1333714073
    We (cuppacoffee) actually still have a few K3 Push for $420. Wink
    Rocklogic, The K3 Push for $420 is an excellent deal for a great grinder....cant see how youd get a better option for a new powered grinder in your price range.

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    Re: the grinder died today...so Im looking for a new one! .. suggestion(s)?

    For the quantity of beans you are grinding Im also in the camp thinking a hand grinder is probably your best option. I use double that quantity and do not use a powered grinder at all. Its no big deal to hand grind 1-2 shots worth a day. Takes about 30sec per shot. You will then have a grinder that will not break down on you, last many more years than your previous grinder and is fully portable as well.

    Powered grinders are over-rated for the light coffee drinker, especially since there are now quality hand grinders on the market that will do the job you require.

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    Re: the grinder died today...so Im looking for a new one! .. suggestion(s)?

    My personal opinion- Save money and get a Sunbeam em0480. Ive currently got 2 running and are both great!

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    Re: the grinder died today...so Im looking for a new one! .. suggestion(s)?

    Baratza Preciso is imo the best grinder for home use and is easily within your price range.
    I dont know why this grinder isnt on everyones lips, its quite literally f%&ing awesome, and it sh!ts on everything else.

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    Re: the grinder died today...so Im looking for a new one! .. suggestion(s)?

    Quote Originally Posted by 6365786E75786E262E2F27170 link=1333699084/8#8 date=1333949818
    Baratza Preciso is imo the best grinder for home use and is easily within your price range.
    I dont know why this grinder isnt on everyones lips, its quite literally f%&ing awesome, and it sh!ts on everything else.
    Tell us what you really think ;) More seriously, how many places in Australia sell this grinder, and more importantly, stock spare parts etc?

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    Re: the grinder died today...so Im looking for a new one! .. suggestion(s)?

    Quote Originally Posted by 34322F39222F3971797870400 link=1333699084/8#8 date=1333949818
    Baratza Preciso is imo the best grinder for home use and is easily within your price range.
    It was a full moon yesterday, wasnt it?

    So that we have some terms of reference, can you elaborate on just how many grinders have you had?* :-?

    Sorry, but the Baratza is nowhere near as good as a Compak K3P- which is also close to the OPs price range. At the lower end, Id recommend the Breville spart grinder. Its an open and shut case of domestic appliance v small commercial. No contest.

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    Re: the grinder died today...so Im looking for a new one! .. suggestion(s)?

    I cant comment on grinders, but i can support the hand grinder claim if you were thinking down that path. I currently use about 250g per week with a hand grinder and aeropress. It makes a quiet coffee at 5:30 am then comes to work with me. No trouble at all.

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    Re: the grinder died today...so Im looking for a new one! .. suggestion(s)?

    Quote Originally Posted by 065941575C575B5252515159555A340 link=1333699084/10#10 date=1333957714
    So that we have some terms of reference, can you elaborate on just how many grinders have you had?* :-?
    so, for reference... ive only ever used commercial grinders, tried or used at repeated high volume a few of the usual brands, minis to biguns, dosered and doserless.

    like the OP, i was convinced i needed a semi commercial machine like the mini/compak for home use; was glad i researched and listened to other views before committing 600 bucks.
    got to try two true domestic grinders a breville (not the smart) and a recent sunbeam but didnt rate either of them at all, they felt very toyish; tried the baratza a few times and for 320 bucks off the shelf its really fit the bill for me and changed a lot of my preconceptions about home grinders; guess i feel obliged to share that.

    not sure about anyone else in this thread but I am not a salesperson, just a user sharing my view on another user buying a grinder!

    must say ive never used a hand grinder at all, might need to give them a go next.



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    Re: the grinder died today...so Im looking for a new one! .. suggestion(s)?

    If you can stretch your budget to 500, I would highly recommend the Eureka Mignon.
    Upgraded to that one from a Sunbeam 480 (well worth the upgrade).
    - compact
    - rather quiet
    - does not retain much ground coffee
    - very solid build
    - stepless and fine adjustment
    - can be cleaned without losing settings (nice!)

    my 2 cents...

    It wonders me that it is not menioned more often....

    Werner

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    Re: the grinder died today...so Im looking for a new one! .. suggestion(s)?

    I have an aeropress, they rock! I wish i could take my 900 to uni with me.... Doesnt really fit in the pocket tho

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    Re: the grinder died today...so Im looking for a new one! .. suggestion(s)?

    Unless you are wedded to the idea of a electric grinder let me suggest a hand powered one.

    The Pharos is right in your price range--read again what Galumay said about it. The only caution I would have with the Pharos is that it is not the easiest to adjust from espresso to aeropress and back.

    I have a small hand grinder (Kyocera--about $100) that does a good job at work, going back and forth between espresso (for a Presso) and filter (for an Aeropress). There are a number of options in hand grinders in this price range. This option wont give you the ultimate grinder, but will save quite a bit of money, and deliver decent coffee.

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