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    Upgrading grinder

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    Hi there, new member! Looking to upgrade from my Sunbeam EM0480. Been looking at the Breville smart grinder pro, but looking into a more commercial type grinder! Been eyeing off the Rancilio Rocky Doserless and noticed people turning it into a stepless grinder for more fine tuning. Are they worth spending the money on if they're modded already(a used model) or am I better off with a different grinder? My budget is minimal as I cannot justify spending alot on a grinder at this current point( Max $250) and yes I know the grinder is a crucial part of the coffee! Thanks guys

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    Don't know where you are, but there is a 2nd hand Rocky in the for sale area for $180. Great value.
    Rocky is a good workhorse. Breville smart grinder also seems good, but not sure if they are as robust as a Rocky. What machine or method are you using to make the actual coffee?
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    Sorry! I'm in Queensland. Brisbane/Sunshine Coast area and there is a rocky for $150 near me with the stepless mod done to it. And I'm using a sunbeam Cafe series em 6910. Unsure if I should upgrade my machine to at least a dual boiler or do grinder first. I also use an aeropress for a work coffee

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    Also a note! I found the dose control pro for $100 about 10 mins from me, I know it does the same as the smart grinder pro but it's also $50-100 cheaper but doesn't have the fancy lcd stuff on it

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    Grinder first in my opinion.
    You can make great coffee with good beans and a decent grinder.
    Can be a struggle with a so-so grinder (or pre-ground) no matter how good the machine is.

    I'd seriously look at the Rocky for $150. If it's in decent condition it's a pretty good deal.
    Built like a tank - very little to go wrong with them.

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    I was in a very similar situation to you in looking to upgrade from an EM0480. Was seriously considering the Breville Smart Grinder as its a great option for something new in the $250 range. Needed up spending a tiny bit more and getting a 2nd hand Compak K3 Touch. Thoughts were that for my volume (2-3 double shots a day) something like a K3 would last me a lot longer. Scout around the 2nd hand market and see what you can find like the K3, Macap M2M, Eureka Mingon etc.

    As an aside I sold my EM0480 on Facebook Marketplace for $50 within a few days of listing it. Had half a dozen enquiries.

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    Too easy! Well the rocky is 2015, replaced burrs Oct 2017. Has the stepless mod done to it and its $150. Tempted to get this over the $150 smart grinder pro. Thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FilthySudo View Post
    Too easy! Well the rocky is 2015, replaced burrs Oct 2017. Has the stepless mod done to it and its $150. Tempted to get this over the $150 smart grinder pro. Thoughts?
    Less money than the Breville. Relatively new (particularly the burrs), will give you a better grind. I'd say go for it.

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    Will head there today or so maybe!

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    Update: picking up this afternoon. Got him down for $130. Will post here as to how I like it

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    I just upgraded from a rocky purchased in 2006. Kept it clean and replaced the burrs once. It’s slow but it’s great and built like a tank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackPoison View Post
    I just upgraded from a rocky purchased in 2006. Kept it clean and replaced the burrs once. Itís slow but itís great and built like a tank.
    I'm not fussed on speed as I literally make 1 coffee a day and take grinds to work for my aeropress

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    Great buying.

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    Super happy with the rocky purchase for $130. Pulled it completely apart and cleaned it thoroughly. Burrs are still really sharp, grinds so consistent. The stepless mod helps alot! Only gripe is the chute is too close to the portafilter basket. Either thinking of moving the holder lower as I have seen some mods of that being done or just not use the rack at all. All in all, a much needed and better upgrade over my sunbeam Cafe em0480



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