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    Dose Control Pro Vs Smart Grinder Pro

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    hi all.. i may well be in the market for a new grinder and was wondering if any of you have experiences with these two grinders.

    From what i have read it seems both are resonably comparable but the main difference the smart grinder pro has .2 second increments compared with the 1 second of the dose control pro.


    What one reads vs actual user experiences can be quite different and was wondering the forum thoughts on a comparison on these two grinders

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    I'd give them both a miss to be honest....

    For not much more money, you can grab a decent Italian/Spanish grinder that will walk all over these two; and last forever...

    Mal.

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    I have a Smart Grinder which was bundled with my BES920 several years ago. I'm looking for a better grinder. The smart grinder is a good entry level grinder but if you have more budget go for something else. I hear the Mcap M2 is a pretty good price and much better than the smart grinder if you are looking at low cost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AUFC View Post
    hi all.. i may well be in the market for a new grinder and was wondering if any of you have experiences with these two grinders.

    From what i have read it seems both are resonably comparable but the main difference the smart grinder pro has .2 second increments compared with the 1 second of the dose control pro.


    What one reads vs actual user experiences can be quite different and was wondering the forum thoughts on a comparison on these two grinders
    Of the two you mention the Smart Grinder Pro is the better option. For espresso, the other one would be a frustrating experience. I have the earlier smart grinder version that controls time by an annoying "number of shots, plus or minus a bit" so it would be an improvement over that. Mostly though I use it as a backup grinder should I need it or for manual brew methods where it does quite ok.
    It was my main grinder for several months when I was starting out (with a Sunbeam 6910) and it was I thought ok (didn't have a lot to compare it to back then). But I recently had occasion to use it as my main espresso grinder for nearly 2 months after I sold my Mazzer SJ and before my Profitec T-64 arrived and boy I had to work on my patience skills (also my de-clumping and distribution techniques). I'd intended to use it for about 3 months to put more money aside but couldn't cope with it any longer.

    Unless you're really keen to minimise expenditure (which I do understand) I'd hesitate to recommend the Smart Grinder. As Mal mentioned there are other options that are better for not a huge amount more.

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    thanks for the replies and suggestions.. unfortunately $$ were an issue for me and i had a quick ook at the Macap M2 and thats around double the smart grinder pro..

    i had only just upgraded my coffee machine from a busted sunbeam cafe series (10 years old) to a sunbeam em7000 and only then found out my grinder (10 year old em0480) was cactus, so a totally unexpected added expense..

    after reading the smart grinder pro topic yday i decided this was the grinder for me at $249 6 months interest free.

    i dialled it pretty good on my 3rd attempt.. had to stop there as i wanted some sleep last night, tell you what i was super impressed with the quality of my cafe, even drank it without any sugar which is a first for me, really nice creama.. mind you i also used less than 5 day old roasted Brazilian beans

    If this grinder is just an basic standard grinder i cant wait for the day i can actually afford an upgrade

    thanks again
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    Fair enough and a good decision, it is certainly a capable grinder at a good price point and will serve you well. Enjoy!

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    Good choice for your situation. Don't throw your em0480 out, I'm sure someone will be able to fix it. Maybe sell it here on CS for just a little pocket money?



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