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Thread: $1000 Grinder Choices

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    $1000 Grinder Choices

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    Hi all,

    It's been a while since i've posted as i've been pretty happy with my setup of a Myway (Izzo) Vivi PID and a Compak K3 Push for the last 5 years.

    But....Upgraditis....

    Looking at ~$1000 choices for an on demand grinder.

    Must haves are:
    - on demand
    - quieter than my K3
    - timed dose
    - faster than my k3
    - small as possible hopper (I try to put 1 - 2 days worth in at a time)

    I contacted Jetblack and got some solid advise, but it's still a hard decision and wanted some user feedback. One of the suggestions was a Lelit PL72. My concern is this looks like an appliance more than a semi commerical grinder
    and wonder about it's quality. I saw a recent sale from a fellow snob offloaded one of these and his asking price was $450 for a 2 year old grinder. Thats $520 less than new in only 2 years!
    Has anyone owned or used one of these before?

    The Profitec T64 looks amazing, but is pretty pricey and hard to justify for our 2 doubles weekdays and an extra double on the weekends.

    The Niche wouldn't really suit me, as i doubt my wife is going to want to weigh beans before each grind. To be honest, i probably wouldn't either.

    I thought the Macap M4(2)D might be suitable? Or maybe one of the Eureka grinders?

    Any thoughts and opinions are greatly appreciated!

    Cheers

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    I offer a complete Coffee Counselling service for $450 per hour (inc. GST), credit card and time payment available.

    I think if you want big go real big until you can get no bigger then stop then go small and then keep both...

    https://coffeesnobs.com.au/grinders/...pecialita.html
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    Fortunately for all of us there are many more grinders than the two suggested above.

    In terms of personal experience I would recommend a Eureka grinder. Agree the T64 or ECM equivalent isn’t an attractive option due mainly to very high retention.

    in any case take every recommendation with a grain of salt until you find something that you like.

    Good luck, have fun looking...
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    Thanks flashpixx. There seems to be a lot of happy Eureka owners out there. I'll have to investigate these further.
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    Quote Originally Posted by depecid View Post
    Thanks flashpixx. There seems to be a lot of happy Eureka owners out there. I'll have to investigate these further.
    Im one of those happy Eureka owners.

    That said after posting about what im happy with I see others post about grinders they have and are happy with. Its real hard to choose and as someone said on another thread I doubt you are going to ever tick every requirement you have for one grinder and machine for that case. As much as I want something pleasing to the eye and quite as possible Id always put first the grind quality and its consistency.

    The Atom is a good looking one.

    Im happy with the Eureka I have which is the Zenith 65E.

    Chris
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    Quote Originally Posted by depecid View Post
    Hi all,

    It's been a while since i've posted as i've been pretty happy with my setup of a Myway (Izzo) Vivi PID and a Compak K3 Push for the last 5 years.

    But....Upgraditis....

    Looking at ~$1000 choices for an on demand grinder.

    Must haves are:
    - on demand
    - quieter than my K3
    - timed dose
    - faster than my k3
    - small as possible hopper (I try to put 1 - 2 days worth in at a time)

    I contacted Jetblack and got some solid advise, but it's still a hard decision and wanted some user feedback. One of the suggestions was a Lelit PL72. My concern is this looks like an appliance more than a semi commerical grinder
    and wonder about it's quality. I saw a recent sale from a fellow snob offloaded one of these and his asking price was $450 for a 2 year old grinder. Thats $520 less than new in only 2 years!
    Has anyone owned or used one of these before?

    The Profitec T64 looks amazing, but is pretty pricey and hard to justify for our 2 doubles weekdays and an extra double on the weekends.

    The Niche wouldn't really suit me, as i doubt my wife is going to want to weigh beans before each grind. To be honest, i probably wouldn't either.

    I thought the Macap M4(2)D might be suitable? Or maybe one of the Eureka grinders?

    Any thoughts and opinions are greatly appreciated!

    Cheers
    Im the guy who bought the Lelit PL72.
    In terms of resale, from what I can see, most grinders lose a lot of value. I have seen Mazzer SJ grinders that are only a year old selling for 650. That's less than half price of what they go for new.

    It's still early days but PL72 seems to grind very fast and is quiet. The downsides are lack of gate on the hopper and the hopper is screwed down into place so you have to undo the screws whenever you want to clean it.

    Having said that, at around $1000 mark, there are a lot of choices out there and I personally wouldn't buy the Lelit for $1k.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coladuna View Post
    Having said that, at around $1000 mark, there are a lot of choices out there and I personally wouldn't buy the Lelit for $1k.
    Thanks, that's actually valuable information. I don't like the styling, but more than that it just doesn't seem like a 1k grinder (from my limited googling and YouTube vids). If i had have stumbled across it before you did though, i wouldn't have hesitated to grab it for 450ish.

    Im currently leaning towards the Eureka Mignon Specialita. Im just not sure if the relatively small burrs are enough of an upgrade from my K3 which i think actually has larger burrs (58 i think) compared to the Mignons 55. The next option would be the Profitec T64, but it's a lot more coin that could go towards a machine upgrade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by depecid View Post
    Im currently leaning towards the Eureka Mignon Specialita. Im just not sure if the relatively small burrs are enough of an upgrade from my K3 which i think actually has larger burrs (58 i think) compared to the Mignons 55. The next option would be the Profitec T64, but it's a lot more coin that could go towards a machine upgrade.
    As is oft said, spend wisely on your grinder as it has much more impact on your result in the cup than the machine.

    If you are looking at a Profitec T64, have a look at the Eureka Atom Specialty 65. It's in the same price range and IMHO a better grinder

    FWIW here's my review in post #42 and a thread

    Don't forget the grain of salt
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    Quote Originally Posted by depecid View Post
    Thanks, that's actually valuable information. I don't like the styling, but more than that it just doesn't seem like a 1k grinder (from my limited googling and YouTube vids). If i had have stumbled across it before you did though, i wouldn't have hesitated to grab it for 450ish.

    Im currently leaning towards the Eureka Mignon Specialita. Im just not sure if the relatively small burrs are enough of an upgrade from my K3 which i think actually has larger burrs (58 i think) compared to the Mignons 55. The next option would be the Profitec T64, but it's a lot more coin that could go towards a machine upgrade.
    I wouldn't go as far to say it doesn't seem like a 1k grinder. Each to their own, but I like the styling, especially for domestic use and it does come with 64mm flat burr, which is decent size at this price point.
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    The Lelit is probably a very good grinder. I used to have the next model down - the PL44MMT. This just has small conical burrs, but the build quality and feature set made it far and away the best small conical burr grinder I’d ever tried. While I couldn’t be sure if the PL72 enjoys the same attention to detail as the PL44 then it’ll be a pretty decent grinder. 64mm flat burrs means it’s competing with grinders like the Atom, ECM 64, Profitec T64 and Super Jolly. All of these are more expensive so $950 could be pretty good value. I’d go in store and check out some of them in person if you can and like others I recommend spending as much as you can afford as a good grinder is going to give you greater returns than any other upgrade.



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