Post By WhatEverBeansNecessary
Affordable entry level grinder Breville BCG820SS
(apologies if I am posting this in the wrong forum I hope it is acceptable to post in this forum with links to shopping deals)
I am just dipping my toe into the water and I am starting out with a basic machine (Sunbeam EM4300) and a basic grinder (BCG820SS).
If anyone is also looking to start off with a basic and what sounds like one of the cheapest acceptable grinders ebay - binglee is currently doing a 20% off promo code (see ozbargain.com.au for the details) and you can purchase the BCG820SS for $160 (and free delivery if you sign up for ebay plus and then cancel).
I have enjoyed reading the forum posts and I look forward to learning and hopefully enjoying some better quality home brews in the near future.
Unfortunately there isn't a whole lot in that spectrum for electric grinders of $200 ish value.
However I would personally go with a Lido or other high quality hand grinder over a Breville. The problem with the Breville is that the longevity really isn't there and if you want to move onto a more serious coffee machine you will need to upgrade the grinder as well.
The next step up would probably be a Baratza Sette - which you can pick up new for around $400-$450.
Other options are looking in the used hardware section for something that might pop up or post your own add stating your requirements and price willing to pay.
Sounds like good advice to me. Until I get some knowledge and skill I am sure I will not out grow this set up for a long time. At least keeping the grinder separate from the machine should give a 2 step upgrade path. I did have a look on ebay for ex-commercial grinders but there are some unknowns with having no warranty so I am happy to look into them further down the road/journey. (the Seattle Coffee youtube channel is an amazing resource for beginners and probably veterans https://www.youtube.com/user/SeattleCoffeeGear)
Originally Posted by WhatEverBeansNecessary
@WhatEverBeansNecessary - I just noticed you are in Adelaide, do you have any recommendations for local fresh roasted bean supplies?
Other than burrs, which in a domestic setting last and last anyway, grinders don't really wear out. Clean out the grinding chamber and you're good to go. Second hand grinders can save you a bunch of money.
No problems at all!
What I would say about a good quality hand grinder is that it will be far more capable than a Breville, but much slower. However the benefit will also be if you want a setup for travelling, like an aeropress for camping/work etc you can use it there as well!
I would stick away from ebay ex-commercial stuff as there are some horror stories. The Used hardware section here is great and I have personally never had a bad experience and usually they are bargains as the community here isn't trying to make a buck, just pass on unwanted goods at a fair price.
I unfortunately just moved from Adelaide to Auckland, NZ. But for Adelaide fresh beans de Groot is quite good on the south coast. There is also Monastery and Dawn Patrol. Best coffee I have had in Adelaide is probably Fifeys cafe or Exchange speciality coffee.
However if you are looking for fresh roasted stuff you can order online here from BeanBay.com.au (which is the online shop of CoffeeSnobs).
I know I am plugging coffee snobs here quite a bit and I am in no way affiliated, but Andy the owner provides service that is just hard to beat (and he is a really nice guy too). Prices are very very reasonable and the quality is always good.