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    Help choosing a grinder

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    Hi all,

    I'm hoping you can point me in the right direction on choosing a new grinder.

    My current setup is:
    Gaggia Classic
    DeLonghi KG100

    I make 1 or 2 coffees at a time, 3 or 4 times a week and usually weigh out the amount of beans I need and grind that.

    I'd like to upgrade my grinder and am looking to spend around $500. Problem is I really am out of my depth when it comes to grinders, so I have no idea what to look for.
    The Rocky Doserless was where I thought I was heading but someone suggested the Sette 270wi. Some digging revealed a lot of people talking about the Mazzer Mini... and I've found it hard to distill any information about which one is best.

    Does anyone have any advice?

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    If you don't have any upgrade plans for the Gaggia Classic, look around for a used Eureka Mignon or if even the new Silenzio series if budget allows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leukeh View Post
    Hi all,

    I'm hoping you can point me in the right direction on choosing a new grinder.

    My current setup is:
    Gaggia Classic
    DeLonghi KG100

    I make 1 or 2 coffees at a time, 3 or 4 times a week and usually weigh out the amount of beans I need and grind that.

    I'd like to upgrade my grinder and am looking to spend around $500. Problem is I really am out of my depth when it comes to grinders, so I have no idea what to look for.
    The Rocky Doserless was where I thought I was heading but someone suggested the Sette 270wi. Some digging revealed a lot of people talking about the Mazzer Mini... and I've found it hard to distill any information about which one is best.

    Does anyone have any advice?
    Compak and Macap offer an excellent range of grinders that are reputed to do an excellent job, they certainly seem to be one of the more popular choices at the moment.

    Have a look at the offerings of sponsors at the bottom of the page.

    I have a Mazzer Mini, its a great grinder and will probably see me out, however if I were forced into buying a new one would probably be from one of the above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JojoS View Post
    If you don't have any upgrade plans for the Gaggia Classic, look around for a used Eureka Mignon or if even the new Silenzio series if budget allows.
    I have thought about upgrading the Gaggia but after a bit of research it seems I'm not going to get a significantly better coffee without spending $1.5k+ on a new machine — a bit out of my reach at the moment.
    Thank's for the suggestions—I'll look into them!


    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    Compak and Macap offer an excellent range of grinders that are reputed to do an excellent job, they certainly seem to be one of the more popular choices at the moment.

    Have a look at the offerings of sponsors at the bottom of the page.

    I have a Mazzer Mini, its a great grinder and will probably see me out, however if I were forced into buying a new one would probably be from one of the above.
    Cheers Yelta, gives me some direction

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    I forgot to ask — is there such a thing as a grinder with an air-tight hopper? I presently keep my beans in a sealed bag and measure them out for each shot but if I could just dump them all into the hopper without worrying about them going stale that'd be amazing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leukeh View Post
    I forgot to ask — is there such a thing as a grinder with an air-tight hopper? I presently keep my beans in a sealed bag and measure them out for each shot but if I could just dump them all into the hopper without worrying about them going stale that'd be amazing...
    Not really unfortunately - there is still enough air to make them stale even in sealed hoppers. You are better off weighing each dose every time you pour a shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leukeh View Post
    is there such a thing as a grinder with an air-tight hopper?...
    Not really. The closest thing is the Breville Smart Grinder which has a sealed lid. Obviously it’s not technically air tight as there’s still a big hole at the bottom where the coffee exits! Haha!
    Does it matter? How much this matters really depends on how you’re using your coffee machine and what you’re drinking. If at least half your drinks are espresso or long blacks and you have more than one different type of coffee in the cupboard at a time then keep doing what you’re doing. If you drink all or mostly milk coffee and just buy one bag at a time then use it till it’s gone your might as well load that hopper up. Neither method is perfect, each has its supporters and detractors. I don’t think there’s actually too much difference, but choose the one that suits your modus operandi the best.
    The only advice I have if you decide to fill the hopper is to purge a little each time to clear the chute of any old grounds. And give the grinder a good clean out with a vacuum (or compressed air if you have it) once a month or so.



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