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Thread: Grinder for Espresso and Plunger

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    Grinder for Espresso and Plunger

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    Hi All.

    I am currently in the market to upgrade my grinder (An old em0480), with the plan to upgrade my machine later this year as i hunt the second hand market

    My main problem is i want to be able to use it for espresso's at home, and still grind some beans for plunger / cold drip coffee for work. Probably grinding bean second daily for the plunger.

    The Geek in me loves the new Sette 270Wi, however am concerned that once it gets shimmed i will lose the the ability to change to coarser grinds.

    I have also been looking at the Compak K3 Push/Touch, and modifying to single dose, however am worried that it will be difficult to regularly change grind settings as it is stepless.

    What does everyone else do when they drink different brewing methods?

    Thanks in advance

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    You seem to have a low volume of shots, so a good hand grinder is worth looking at. At the budget bracket you were considering you could almost have 2 OE Lido grinders - one for espresso - one for plunger/drip. Or a Lido E or ET for espresso, and a cheaper but still adequate grinder for plunger/drip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Otago View Post
    You seem to have a low volume of shots, so a good hand grinder is worth looking at. At the budget bracket you were considering you could almost have 2 OE Lido grinders - one for espresso - one for plunger/drip. Or a Lido E or ET for espresso, and a cheaper but still adequate grinder for plunger/drip.
    I use a Lido 2 and it is so simple to go from espresso to aeropress to plunger – you don't even need 2! And at coarser grinds it is very easy on the arms…

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    Thanks for the quick replies guys!

    I have been considering a hand grinder, however was nervous it would become tedious if i had to make multiple coffees in a day or had visitors. Its about 30 seconds to grind a shot isnt it?

    Was also concerned the better half wouldnt tolerate it, especially as i am aleady having trouble convincing her a spring lever would be a good replacement for my current machine.
    A hand grinder would match so well though

    Might be a good idea as an interim option though that ends up getting left at work for the plunger..... hmmmm

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    The burrs on my electric grinder are worn and produce inconsistent grinds.
    It doesn't effect milk based coffee too much but I notice it with espresso.
    My morning routine is to hand grind (lido) about 2 (double) espresso shots for myself and 1-2 on the electric for my better half who takes milk.
    I find it tedious to do them all by hand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bowles View Post
    Thanks for the quick replies guys!

    I have been considering a hand grinder, however was nervous it would become tedious if i had to make multiple coffees in a day or had visitors. Its about 30 seconds to grind a shot isnt it?

    Was also concerned the better half wouldnt tolerate it, especially as i am aleady having trouble convincing her a spring lever would be a good replacement for my current machine.
    A hand grinder would match so well though

    Might be a good idea as an interim option though that ends up getting left at work for the plunger..... hmmmm
    I took the Lido away for 10 days holiday with our E-61. It is a little slower, but not much in it, and very convenient. What I save in grind time on the electric grinder I spend in cleaning up from the static of the single dosing! And rather than grinding to take to work - just take the grinder too!
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    Thanks guys, A Lot of love for the handgridner here

    You have however all just sent me down another rabbit hole of handgrinders. Being the Lido E/ET, Commandante, Feldgrind 2, Helor 101 (seems difficult with two different burr sets) & Kinu M47 (too expensive). Better do a little bit more research.... hopefully the boss doesnt notice haha
    If i go with the hand grinder though i think the Lido E will be coming out on top anyway.. I have always wanted one for camping anyway.
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    Just to confuse you a little further, but I am a great fan of the Aergrind, which is perfectly capable on espresso. It has the grunt to do this quickly (around 40 to 50 secs for 17g - but can be challenging on light roasts) The grind adjustment is also easy and gives good repeatability. It will meet your camping use, especially if you go with an Aeropress as it will fit into the piston. For its performance it also sits at a good price point.
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    Thanks for all the help guys.

    Got a Lido E coming in the mail.

    Decided on the E over the ET cause im paranoid, and didnt like the idea of having a folding handle as something else that could break. But wow it did look better for travel.

    I still think the Kinu m47 looks amazing and has some great reviews around, but its added cost and lack of australian retailer was a real dealbreaker for me.

    Looking forward to giving this baby a whirl.
    The better half on the other hand is not happy with the idea of it so high chances i will be making all the coffee in the future. Haha

    Ill keep you all posted.

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    A good choice - you won't be disappointed with a Lido
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    Hi Guys

    Iv had the Lido-E for a couple of weeks now, still dialing it, but thanks guys its pretty good, and a lot easier to grind then i though it will be.

    Think i will have to re-calibrate my zero sometime soon as the burss seem to touch unevenly when close to zero.

    However how do you guys dealk with static in Cathment jarm, Even though it is an anti-static jar i am still getting coffee stuck to the sides wich is making dosing difficult.

    And any good pointer to dose effectively and cleanly? Im thinking i might try and 3dprint a dosing funnel at this stage.

    Thanks all!
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    I use a little puffer spray bottle (like lens cleaners come in) and give the beans a couple of squirts before loading in the grinder. Doesn't need much and cures the static problem.
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    Thanks mate. Ill give that a shot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bowles View Post
    However how do you guys dealk with static in Cathment jarm, Even though it is an anti-static jar i am still getting coffee stuck to the sides wich is making dosing difficult.
    And any good pointer to dose effectively and cleanly? Im thinking i might try and 3dprint a dosing funnel at this stage.Thanks all!
    For ages I used to let my grinds sit in the jar for 5 mins or so to let the static dissipate before tipping out.
    Now I am a convert to the water method. I weigh my beans in a cup, literally drip 3 drops of water on them, tip the beans into the Lido, give a few good shakes then grind.
    No static issue. No signs of water effect inside the Lido.

    When dumping out of the jar, I cheat and tip into the doser of my electric grinder, then fill basket from doser. Close to zero retention in doser.



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