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    Help for grinder choice

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    Hey guys - cashed up from Christmas so I've finally decided to upgrade from my Hario Skerton to something more substantial.
    My main brew methods at the moment are; Aeropress, V60, or French. From this what are your suggestions? I was looking at the Compak K3 push

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthorien View Post
    Hey guys - cashed up from Christmas so I've finally decided to upgrade from my Hario Skerton to something more substantial.
    My main brew methods at the moment are; Aeropress, V60, or French. From this what are your suggestions? I was looking at the Compak K3 push

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    Never found the K3P any good for brewing, great solid espresso grinder though.

    Low end electric, breville smart or the sunbeam equiv will do a good job for manual brewing. Baratza / MKonig seem popular in US.

    OR just stay manual grinder and get a Lido2...excellent grinder, great for manual brewing and does a very solid job with espresso as well.
    Solid piece of kit at great price point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve82 View Post
    Never found the K3P any good for brewing
    How so? It's no less "good" than any other small commercial flat burr 58mm grinder: Mazzer/Macap/Compak et al.

    OR just stay manual grinder and get a Lido2...excellent grinder, great for manual brewing and does a very solid job with espresso as well.
    Solid piece of kit at great price point.
    Yes- excellent all purpose grinder and keenly priced. We have a few left from Christmas stocks.

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    [QUOTE=Talk_Coffee;548472]How so? It's no less "good" than any other small commercial flat burr 58mm grinder: Mazzer/Macap/Compak et al.

    I was not making a comparison to other small flats in general.

    The OP was asking about grinders for manual brewing methods, for which I would strongly recommend against buying a micro metric espresso grinder for such purposes.

    To add to my opinion on them being no less good, I have never really enjoyed the flavour profiles either, filter metal / paper, press ect with any small flats such as Rocky, M2M , K3P, M4D - current = cracking espresso grinder for home hands down.

    So for someone not planning on getting into espresso in the near future the Lido2 is a far superior choice.

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    Definitely planning on getting into espresso, just don't much have the room for a machine at the moment. I was hoping if I got something like a compak, that i'd perhaps get more longevity out of the grinder, going with the adage "buy the best grinder you can afford".

    After my experience withtl the hario, I would definitely favor something electric haha.

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    I have a K3P and Macap M2M. Both are great home espresso grinders, and the M2M also comes with quite a small 'footprint'. However, I prefer the results of using my basic Porlex mini hand-grinder to each of these if using my Aeropress. Anything other than quite a short brew time in the Aeropress is prone to developing undesirable bitterness with the K3P/M2M, which I suspect (but do not know as fact) is due to the presence of 'fines' in the ground coffee produced. When at home, I drink an overwhelming majority of espresso-based drinks, so this doesn't bother me (I just use the hand-grinder). If I was planning to drink soft brewed stuff most of the time, I'd probably look for something else.

    *If you are one of those who use the Aeropress with a 20-second brew, strong dose type method, much of what I wrote above may not apply.

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    Aeropress is the one that I am using. So, obviously I would suggest the Aerobie AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker. It is a modern take on the classic French press coffee brewing system. The Aerobie ensures smooth, fast coffee with a lower acidity. So I think it is the best coffee maker for you.

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    Back to just copying and cobbling stuff from commercial websites again, I see. What gives?

    *Hint: this thread is about the choice of grinders and their suitability for various brewing methods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NikoleWare View Post
    Aeropress is the one that I am using. So, obviously I would suggest the Aerobie AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker. It is a modern take on the classic French press coffee brewing system. The Aerobie ensures smooth, fast coffee with a lower acidity. So I think it is the best coffee maker for you. Unsolicited link not repeated...
    Very bad form Nikole...

    Anyway, I'd rather buy an AeroPress from Andy or one of our great Site Sponsors...

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    Hmmm... is RayT back at it again?

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    I have a Compak K3 Push which I have put a few hundred kilo through. Still going strong. I also have a Mahlkonig Vario but getting spare parts from the Australian distributor is nearly impossible. Lots of little plastic bits you can bust off it so not one I would recommend.



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