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    Grinder under $600

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    Hi all

    So I'm about to upgrade my grinder finally and am just wondering what everyone's recommendations would be, I don't mine new or second hand.

    The grinder I'm quite keen on is the baratza 270wi but was just curious if anyone had any other suggestions.

    Will be used with nuova simoneli oscar

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    The Eureka Mignon range might be worth exploring.
    I haven't got one yet and am looking at a Silenzio or Specialita which are a bit out of the price range.
    But most models seem to be well made and reasonably suitable for single dosing.

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    They don't come up for sale used very often, but if you can find a Mahlkoenig Vario gen 2 or gen 3 (not the Baratza Vario) it will beat anything in the price range. They're about $700 new but I bought one for my brother in law that was only a few months old for $600 last year. Find one that's a couple of years old or more and you might get it for under $500.

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    I sold a Mahlkonig Vario and Macap m4d.
    The vario is a killer grinder full stop regardless of price. Low retention and footprint.

    Currently using a Ceado e37 but itís bigger and faster.

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    Just curious what's the difference between the mahlkonig vario and the baratza vario ?

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    I was looking at Baratza Sette 270Wi because of low retention but was too scared by horror stories.
    Didn't have enough patience to score used Mahlkoenig Vario gen2 or gen3...

    Ended up with ex-demo Eureka Mignon Specialita. Easy to use. My only complain is portafilter "holder"... I wouldn't mind if they come up with less flimsy fork.

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    Also the big factor I like with the 270wi is the weighted grinding, as I don't own a super accurate scale it would save me the invest in them aswell.

    Or I've found a good working condition mazzer mini electronic for $400 and with the left over cash get a good set of scales
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    Quote Originally Posted by Howze View Post
    Also the big factor I like with the 270wi is the weighted grinding, as I don't own a super accurate scale it would save me the invest in them aswell.
    A scale good enough to brew coffee with is approx. $30 and is handy to weigh the yield as well as the dose

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    i just typed in "1kg 0.1g scales" into ebay and the first ten listings are under $12 with free postage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Howze View Post
    Just curious what's the difference between the mahlkonig vario and the baratza vario ?
    Lots. TampIt is the man to describe it in detail, but itís essentially a difference in build quality- different burrs, lower grade parts etc. It all adds up to a less robust grinder that doesnít give as good a result. From Baratza the Sette range and the Forte are the best options.

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    I'm in the market for a grinder in the same price bracket - the 270wi is quick, however as you've mentioned there is reports of longevity issues (take from that what you will). Other options in the price range that might be worth investigating (seem to come up used semi-regularly within your price range) are - Eureka Mignon, Macap M2M, Compak K3

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    I was going to suggest a Macap M2M.
    I have had mine paired with a Unico Splendor and Europiccola for the last three years, or so, and it really is a cracking little grinder.
    I am planning to upgrade in a couple of months, if not before, and I will be hanging on to mine.

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    I ended up going with the mahlkonig vario, should hopefully be here in the next week or so
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    If I were in the market for a new grinder at under $600 would look seriously at the Compak K3 touch, 58 mm burrs, stepless adjustment, built to last, proven track record.
    https://www.coffee-a-roma.com.au/sto...e_Grinder.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonuk View Post
    Is it actually worth paying 600 usd for a grinder? are they much better than what I could get for 100usd?
    Depends on what you get, but you're not likely to find top quality in the $100USD range.

    Also, keep in mind we are an AU based site and the figures being spoken are AUD not USD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    If I were in the market for a new grinder at under $600 would look seriously at the Compak K3 touch, 58 mm burrs, stepless adjustment, built to last, proven track record.
    https://www.coffee-a-roma.com.au/sto...e_Grinder.html
    I'm currently in the same boat. My grinder stopped grinding fine enough some time ago. We're talking probably about 18 months at this point. Life got in the way with going back to uni and having a new baby and I just kept putting it to the side. Finally had a chance to look at it today and it's a broken upper burr assembly on my Sunbeam EM0480. About $100 for the part delivered. Even a working grinder I couldn't sell for $100 so I figured maybe it's time to upgrade. I haven't been here for a long time but the first place I thought of for advice was Coffee Snobs so I came by and well now I'm here. Last time I popped by there were a lot of recommendations for the Rancillio Rocky range such as the below:

    https://www.coffee-a-roma.com.au/sto...e_Grinder.html

    I'm curious why you would suggest the Compak in this case. I don't really know much about either other than the Rancillio name. I'm just genuinely curious. Are the Rancillio grinders still a decent buy?

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    If I was in the market for a grinder on a budget, I would be looking at the kony in the for sale section and a tube of autosol
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    Indeed, it is a wonder that it is still there... Even after just an hour.

    Mal.
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    I KNOW! I truly am curious how old it is and how much use it's had... but that is such an insane price for a Kony

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    Even if you had to cough up for a new set of Burrs, it's still great value...
    Doubt there'd be anything to worry about re: the motor, etc...

    Mal.
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    Fiorenzato F4 Nano vs Compak K3 Touch

    I'm in the same boat too.
    Looking at either Fiorenzato F4 Nano on demand or F4 Nano Electronic...
    And Compak K3 Touch Advanced OD.
    Any other recommendations would be appreciated.
    Willing to spend $600 - $1000.

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    As I have one, I am curious to know what are the horror stories about the Sette 270wi?

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    Quote Originally Posted by robusto View Post
    As I have one, I am curious to know what are the horror stories about the Sette 270wi?
    Have a read through here robusto, other threads express similar opinions.

    https://coffeesnobs.com.au/grinders/...liability.html

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    Thanks Yelta. I've just read the thread and deducted that of all the posters 2 had problems with the older model and that's about it.

    There was a major upgrade and that new model with the upgrades became available here in Australia about 14 months ago. Which is when I bought mine and have had nothing go wrong with it (apart from one fristrating night-trying to reinstal the burr set).

    So the use of hyperbole "horror" machine to describe durability is totally unjustified and a disservice to would-be buyers of the 270wi.

    I use mine daily, thrice daily usually.

    It performs to my expectation. The by-weight dosing extremely convenient and accurate.

    Grinds retention almost non-existent. Footprint small. Looks good. Adjustments easy micro and macro. Extremely quick. Somewhat messy splatter but I've tamed that.

    Durability? Fourteen months so far without a hitch. It's not a commercial grinder. But so far....so good.



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