Can anything match the EK43 for non-espresso under $500?
I know the EK43 is the 'darling' of the coffee world... and I hate to bandwagon-jump, but I've been reading Matt Perger's posts on his blog and I'm a convert to the idea that totally uniform grind particle size distribution is the holy grail for even extraction.
That's the science... and the reality is that when I go between different classes of specialty shops, those that really focus on the grind with an EK43 dialled in for the SO can make pour-overs and aeropresses that really shine. Oh man. I just feel 'I have so far to go'. At home, with the same beans same recipe and my trusty conical burr grinder (which I thought amply good for non-espresso drinks - and, truth be told, I used to think it fine for espresso drinks), I can't get anywhere near the same clarity and sweetness. I can distinctly feel too much sour and too much bitter obliterating the naturally amazing flavours in the middle. Secondly, at other lesser specialty cafes, when other cheaper grinders are used (like those generic looking ones from Taiwan... they look like a small sewing machine), I find the coffees taste just like they do at home. So I think I am hitting the peak of what my grinder can do, which is what those other lesser cafes do.
So, kitchen space aside, I'm not going to spend $2.5K on a grinder (just yet. I might one day. Argh), and obviously want to max out what I can do for <$500. So my question is: can anything out there match the EK43 for non-espresso drinks
Bunn/bunnzilla? (Or 'Son of bunzilla')? The Lido 2, which I just bought? Should I just buy a series of sieves and add 3 minutes of vigorous shaking to an already pretty ridiculous morning coffee routine? I've been googling and can't get a scientific answer. (Why hasn't some person with a lab done a laser diffractometer test of everything from the Hario Mini through to the Robur! I would have.)
So anyway, looking for opinions. Sorry for the diatribe!
EDIT: Found this old thread, and don't want to poke the hornet's nest: I found this old thread, and worry that I may be stirring up a hornets nest: http://coffeesnobs.com.au/grinders/3...43s-caf-s.html
So let me rephrase slightly - is there anything under $500 (auto or manual) that has proven performance in delivering a consistent particle size similar to a top-end grinder?