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    Best grinder for <$500?

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    Hi folks,

    A friend of mine is looking to spend $1,000 (at the very most) on a machine/grinder combo (less if she can get away with it).

    I was going to suggest the Sunbeam EM6910 (+free 0480 grinder) deal that is on at the moment, and that she then sell the 0480 (say for $100?)

    By rights, that should leave her with about $500 to spend on the grinder (ie: $1000-$600+$100).

    Any suggestions as to which grinder offers the best bang for the buck in this price range?

    Note: the budget limit is strict, so grateful if you could limit your grinder suggestions to those that are $500 or less *:)

    Thanks!

    CQ

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    Re: Best grinder for <$500?

    grinders maybe the iberital or the rocky, or contact a sponsor for an extra 200 could get a ricky silvia combo maybe?
    Ive not used a 6910 I almost boughtone ina moment of desperationa couple weeks ago but dpends on what she wants to do and how much time she wants to spend making coffee , ie the temp surfing thing with silvia etc, I dont know how the 6910 goes with this so Im sure theres an owner who can add to that.

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    Re: Best grinder for <$500?

    At about $245, the Gaggia MDF would be hard to beat for a compact, stepped, doser grinder.
    Then a year or so later, upgraditis will strike, and big dollars will be spent on a quieter, faster Macap or Mazzer or...
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    Re: Best grinder for <$500?

    Gday All,

    It will probably come down to what the targeted use of the grinder will be. If its going to be a dedicated espresso grinder, then one would have to consider the Iberital Challenge D/L. If a more versatile duty is likely, then the MDF would definitely be a top runner but not ideal for espresso.....

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    Re: Best grinder for <$500?

    Thanks for the answers / recommendations folks.

    Mal, yep - it will live life as a dedicated espresso grinder, so Ill definitely look into the Iberital.

    Cheers,

    CQ

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    Re: Best grinder for <$500?

    this is Herbie here,

    We went through choosing a new grinder and thought of buying the brand suggested to you. However we suggest that you also have a chat to Chris of Talk Coffee ( a sponsor of coffee snobs- all contact information on the site sponsors section) before you buy the suggested grinder. We were going to get that brand but after talking with Chris we changed our minds. All to do with ease of changing the grind size. We then purchased from Chris a Rancilio and we are very, very happy with it. Have that chat you wont be sorry. Chris is so knowledgable and helpful. All the best Herbie and the missus.

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    Re: Best grinder for <$500?

    Just to add to this discussion, the Rocky is more than $100 more than the Iberital (when I bought my iberital it was approx $280 and Rocky about $410)... anyway, that might add some thought to the decision.

    Anyway, having owned my iberital for about 6-7 weeks, Ive gotten used to how much to turn depending on how much I want to change the duration of the extraction. BUT this is strictly for espresso. Even with decaf, I found it a real pain, because it requires a significantly different grind size.

    If you are going to dial in anything else, this will be a real pain.

    Anyway, fwiw, heres my newbie review: http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1183623068

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    Re: Best grinder for <$500?

    second hand commercial with new burrs 8-)



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