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    Not another guy asking about grinder choice ?!

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    Hi all.

    Thanks to everyone who posts on this site, i've been learning a lot about coffee! I now want to get my own espresso machine and grinder set up for home use.

    We drink about 4 cups of milk coffees a day between us, and like most people want the ability to do a few more at a time when entertaining.

    I'm looking for a good quality grinder, which is why i'm posting.

    My requirements (in addition to producing good quality espresso of course) are (in order of importance):
    1) Easy to use. Must be simple, so that a guest could figure it out! So i'd like to be able to have the dosing pre-programmed. We would mostly be drinking double shots.
    2) Quiet (little one in the house)
    3) Speed
    4) Compact size

    My budget is in the $600-800 range.


    In case you're wondering what espresso machine i'm pairing it with, i haven't fully decided but i'm thinking of going for the Breville Dual Boiler (why ?! you may ask - well i think as a noob it seems like a simple place to start, hopefully it will last a few years and i can learn more about coffee making and then get a HEX machine in a few years' time).


    I've been looking at a few models on line:

    1) Lelit PL71
    2) Lelit PL44MMT (a bit cheaper than my price range, would it still be good ?)
    3) Baratza Sette 270Wi (from what i can tell people think it's a bit noisy?)
    4) Compak K3 touch advanced OD
    5) Eureka Mignon Silenzio

    Anyway, i'd certainly appreciate any opinions or advice you'd like to share.

    Thanks

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    The Silenzio is the only one on your list that's actually quiet. If you can stretch the budget to the Specialita it'll be a bit easier for you and guests to use. That'd be my pick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by level3ninja View Post
    The Silenzio is the only one on your list that's actually quiet. If you can stretch the budget to the Specialita it'll be a bit easier for you and guests to use. That'd be my pick.
    What l3n said. Silenzio and then daylight for your brief...
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    Thanks for your comments. Also thanks to Charlie from Jetblack Espresso, who i spoke with over the phone.

    Based on your advice i've narrowed it down to three options:

    1) Lelit PL71 (benefit - price)
    2) Lelit PL72 (benefit - LCD display)
    3) Eureka Mignon Specialita

    I think the Lelit's grind much faster than the Eureka which is a big plus.

    Does anyone have any thoughts on any of these models? Good or bad experiences?

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skirch01 View Post
    Thanks for your comments. Also thanks to Charlie from Jetblack Espresso, who i spoke with over the phone.

    Based on your advice i've narrowed it down to three options:

    1) Lelit PL71 (benefit - price)
    2) Lelit PL72 (benefit - LCD display)
    3) Eureka Mignon Specialita

    I think the Lelit's grind much faster than the Eureka which is a big plus.

    Does anyone have any thoughts on any of these models? Good or bad experiences?

    Cheers
    The Specialita will hold value better as it is so popular.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skirch01 View Post
    Thanks for your comments. Also thanks to Charlie from Jetblack Espresso, who i spoke with over the phone.

    Based on your advice i've narrowed it down to three options:

    1) Lelit PL71 (benefit - price)
    2) Lelit PL72 (benefit - LCD display)
    3) Eureka Mignon Specialita

    I think the Lelit's grind much faster than the Eureka which is a big plus.

    Does anyone have any thoughts on any of these models? Good or bad experiences?

    Cheers
    I've got a specialita, and 2 young kids... the grinder doesn't wake them up, and if the bedrooms are a little bit away from the kitchen they would struggle to hear it at all.
    Grinds great, easy to use for single/double dosing. I have a europiccola with 51mm baskets, it takes 12s for my double baskets... not sure how long that would translate to a 58mm double basket though.
    Only thing I've done is use plastidip on the portafilter holder to stop it scratching the baskets - I think someone else had posted about it this week as well. I don't know why they wouldn't smooth off the edges, but plastidip was fairly cheap and easy fix to do myself. I think some other grinders/brands also have this issue, so could be the same for the others.

    I can't speak to the Lelit's but I don't have any regrets buying the specialita.



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