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    Using a spice grinder for aeropress?

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    I've started using an aeropress in the office and at the moment I use a Hario Skerton hand grinder with it, which is fine for the occasional drink but it's becoming a pain as the aeropress is being used a fair bit, like 4-5 drinks a day.

    Rather than spend $150+ on the cheapest electric espresso grinder, will a $40 electric spice grinder work well enough for an aeropress?

    I think it might be too hard to control and end up grinding too finely?

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    You can often pick up cheap electric burr grinders (Breville, Sunbeam, Bodum) for between $50-70 without looking around too hard. They won't do espresso-fine grinds without being shimmed, but they're fine for most other brew methods.

    The biggest issue with blade grinders in my opinion is that the grind is inconsistent - you have a mix of really fine and relatively coarse bits, so the extraction rates are all different. If you match the steep time to the smaller particles, the larger ones will be underextracted and vice-versa.

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    Spice grinders chop instead of crush.

    I don't have an Aeropress yet but I noticed a huge difference in flavour when I first went from a spice grinder to a cheap bur grinder when using my espresso machine. You can get cheaper bur grinders from $50 - $80 which I'd recommend over a spice grinder. I've never used the spice grinder since I saw the light.

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    Using a spice grinder for aeropress?

    Quote Originally Posted by dan77 View Post
    Spice grinders chop instead of crush.

    I don't have an Aeropress yet but I noticed a huge difference in flavour when I first went from a spice grinder to a cheap bur grinder when using my espresso machine. You can get cheaper bur grinders from $50 - $80 which I'd recommend over a spice grinder. I've never used the spice grinder since I saw the light.
    Rest assured I wouldn't dream of using a spice grinder at home for my Rocket, this is just for the aeropress in my office.

    But I'll keep an eye out for a very cheap burr grinder, what's the cheapest out there

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    aldi has a $30 one. it's not very good.

    try the sunbeam. should be under $100. Mine was fine enough for espresso even without shimming.

    I once picked up a sunbeam for $30 that was very acceptable for aeropress.

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    Using a spice grinder for aeropress?

    A $30 burr grinder? Crickey I knew Aldi were cheap but that's practically a Walmart price.

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    My manual grinder does enough coarse grind for an Aeropress in about 30 seconds, maybe a minute if done slow.

    At 5 cups a day that's a maximum of 5 minutes, and fine for me. It takes longer than that to boil the water.

    A blade grinder will not give anywhere near the same taste.

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    I use my hand grinder with a cordless drill if I'm going to use my Aeropress a lot.


    Having said that though, the only way I can see you might get close to something decent with a spice grinder would be to grind as fine as it will go so that there will be less variance in the size of the individual grounds.
    Then wet the grinds and stir quickly, don't allow to steep for very long (to compensate for the fine grind) and press as quickly as possible.

    You'd need to experiment with the steep time as that's about to most controllable variable in this scenario.

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    Using a spice grinder for aeropress?

    Quote Originally Posted by GregWormald View Post
    My manual grinder does enough coarse grind for an Aeropress in about 30 seconds, maybe a minute if done slow.
    Yes it normally takes us about 40 seconds per scoop of beans, which isn't too bad except for the noise, and the look on people's faces when they see me or one of my colleagues winding the Hario.

    The comments are often along the lines of "Are you guys crazy, there are 20 cafes within 100m of this building, about half of them make outstanding coffee, and you're hand grinding?" Our response is usually that we'd rather hand grind about $2 of beans than pay $10 for 3 long blacks of equal quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathon View Post
    The comments are often along the lines of "Are you guys crazy, there are 20 cafes within 100m of this building, about half of them make outstanding coffee, and you're hand grinding?" Our response is usually that we'd rather hand grind about $2 of beans than pay $10 for 3 long blacks of equal quality.
    My response was to take out my CoffeeSnobs membership card and hand it to them.

    People who were snarky got to smell the beans, but not to taste the result.

    Really snarky comments earned them a taste--and ruined them 'cause the membership in the 'coffee club' is full.

    Greg
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    Keep an eye out on GumTree; you might find something cheap and burr-y.



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