Im no snob although I roast my beans but I use a pod coffee maker with my own basket, its convenient and fast. I never do espresso.
I have a Ariete burr grinder but boy is it loud, sounds like its grinding beans on a chalk wall.
I was looking at different grinders. My brother has a HEARTHWARE SUPREMO Burr Coffee Grinder and its very quiet compared to mine. Cost about $45
I keep reading that the Baratza is whet everybody goes on about. I don't want to spend a lot. I have found a Baratza Maestro‎ referb for $70 and the new Baratza Encore cost about $129. What say you?