Post By LeroyC
Grinder for Bellman stovetop?
First post here and also a coffee noob, so I'd appreciate any advice
I currently use a stainless steel moka pot on ceramic stovetop and an electric milk frother. As for beans, I buy italian ground coffee from the supermarket.
This is a super simple set up and I'm looking to upgrade to the Bellman CX25 so that I can steam milk and have more pressure for crema -> try latte art. As for beans, I'd like to purchase fresh beans so I'm looking for a grinder as well.
A few questions:
1) Which grinder is suitable? Assuming under a budget of $300
2) Any bean recommendations? Available to purchase in Sydney.
Hi, welcome to Coffee Snobs. Stove top coffee makers are a fun and relatively easy way to make half decent coffee at home. I've owned quite a few over the years including a couple of Bellman style ones. Based on my experience I'd recommend you spend the extra $80 or whatever it is to buy the CX25-P. The pressure gauge is almost essential as you're kinda flying blind without it.
Buying a grinder and fresh beans is a great idea and will give much better results than when using supermarket coffee. Normally I'd recommend an entry level prosumer grinder like a Macap M2M or Amfim KS, but these are generally $500+. So just buy the best Breville or Sunbeam you can find. Places like Harvey Norman and Bing Lee often have the Breville Smart Grinder on sale for <$250. The grounds container will be handy as well for pouring the ground coffee into the Bellman filter basket. Unfortunately I think a hand grinder is out of the question as you'd be there forever grinding enough coffee.
There are heaps of small, independent roasters in Sydney to try fresh coffee from. What area are you in? Let us know how you go. I can give you a few Bellman tips as well if you end up getting one.