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    Renting a grinder

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    I am looking to upgrade from the breville smart grinder (currently have a dual boiler). I am curious to see how much impact a better grinder will have on what is produced.

    I am looking at buying either a mazzer mini or a Macap M4D. Does anyone know of any where that rents them to spend a week or two with them before purchasing?

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    Hi Jared,

    Like you i went from a Smart grinder to a K3. I cant explain how better it is, it just is. From the appearance of the grind, the smell and aroma after grinding to the fact it just taste better in the cup. Im looking at the Macap M4D as a step up and i know when i come around to it i wont be disappointed. Rent one if you are able to, but it will be the best money you spent upgrading from a Smart grinder to what you have mentioned.

    That's not to take anything away from the Smart grinder which i found to be great, but in all honest the overall in ever possible way the grinders you have mentioned are better.

    Just my 2 cents

    Chris

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    where are you, jared?

    there's a good chance that someone on the forums or a repair place near you has a grinder you can borrow/rent to show you that this is, indeed, a most worthy option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogerfitz View Post
    where are you, jared?

    there's a good chance that someone on the forums or a repair place near you has a grinder you can borrow/rent to show you that this is, indeed, a most worthy option.
    I am not too far from you actually Stanmore. This was what i was hoping to hear!

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    Quote Originally Posted by coffeechris View Post
    Hi Jared,

    Like you i went from a Smart grinder to a K3. I cant explain how better it is, it just is. From the appearance of the grind, the smell and aroma after grinding to the fact it just taste better in the cup. Im looking at the Macap M4D as a step up and i know when i come around to it i wont be disappointed. Rent one if you are able to, but it will be the best money you spent upgrading from a Smart grinder to what you have mentioned.

    That's not to take anything away from the Smart grinder which i found to be great, but in all honest the overall in ever possible way the grinders you have mentioned are better.

    Just my 2 cents

    Chris
    This seems to be the general consensus just wondering if there is 800$ worth of improvement (sounds like there is). Just was hoping to spend some time with one to confirm it. Keep the smart grinder around for filters and get a very good espresso grinder.

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    Hi Jared
    There seem to be very few snobbers who have upgraded in this fashion and then regretted it - so I doubt you'd be disappointed
    But certainly check it out with a fellow snob if you can!

    Matt

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    Quote Originally Posted by DesigningByCoffee View Post
    Hi Jared
    There seem to be very few snobbers who have upgraded in this fashion and then regretted it - so I doubt you'd be disappointed
    But certainly check it out with a fellow snob if you can!

    Matt
    Would love the first hand experience Especially with my machine before i make a fairly large investment.

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    Coffeechris, how does the k3 compare mess wise? I love the smart grinder for being mess free.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by artman View Post
    Coffeechris, how does the k3 compare mess wise? I love the smart grinder for being mess free.

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    Apologies for butting in to the discussion, but I I have a K3 Touch and can make multiple double shots (20gms) without a single grind escaping.!
    I would say that grinder mess is largely down to operator technique......assuming we are talking doser less grinders....but a suitable " dosing funnel" on the PF can help a lot.
    At a fraction over $400 the K3 P has to be the grinder bargain for those who dose by weighing beans.

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    Thanks for the info. I am comparing the SG to the sunbeam 450, which just spews the grinds out in comparison, and a cimbali junior which I also found very messy. I couldn't get either of these to not be messy.

    Cheers

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    I must say I retract by saying everything is better. You a very right in saying the BSG is a hell of a lot less messy than the K3.

    Happy to retract and happy to be wrong

    Cheers,

    Chris

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    Sorry but I repeat.....I can make multiple shots on my K3 without dropping a single coffee grind !
    How can any grinder be less messy than that ?
    ..and again, it's all down to the operator and developing a good technique.

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    Yet the Smart grinder you could sit the group head in to position and leave it to grind into the basket if necessary. IMHO even though I said the K3 is better in every way I don't think it is compared to the breville when it comes to mess. Someone who doesn't have the technique may feel the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coffeechris View Post
    Yet the Smart grinder you could sit the group head in to position and leave it to grind into the basket if necessary. .
    The latest K3's also have a PF holder.
    I made a simple PF support for an earlier version in about 15 mins.

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    This got off topic quick

    Is there some sort of snobs law? Any conversation about a grinder will eventually lead to grind retention?
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