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    Looking for a grinder

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    Hi Snobs
    I need to buy a grinder just for espresso. I only make one cup a day so will be doing a single shot daily.
    I have a Breville Bambino pro and what to use it with unpressurized basketís.
    After reading online I am thinking of going with themanual ROK Coffee Grinder.

    Open for any other grinder suggestions you think I should consider.

    I was tossing up between the ROK grinder & the Breville Smart Grinder Pro.
    Budget small around $300 .
    Thanks for any help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rat View Post
    After reading online I am thinking of going with the manual ROK Coffee Grinder.

    Open for any other grinder suggestions you think I should consider. I was tossing up between the ROK grinder & the Breville Smart Grinder Pro.
    Budget small around $300 . Thanks for any help.
    Before you buy a ROK, I would recommend that you make sure that the current model will grind fine enough for espresso with unpressurised baskets.
    They are a good design and are well built, but the burrs in earlier models were rubbish. There seemed to be a lot of variation, so some sets were OK but others were hopeless. I tried three different sets but none would grind fine enough. I eventually fitted Etzinger burrs, after which it worked very well.

    They may have fixed this issue by sourcing better burrs, but I don't know if they have - or not.

    I suggest that before you buy one you get a money back guarrantee from the dealer, or a demo proving that they will grind for espresso.
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    I would suggest a Lido E for that budget, or a Commendante.

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    Allow me to lend my 2 cents. I purposely paired my Breville dual boiler with the Breville smart grinder pro. Purchased for $176 US. There were very good reviews on other forums so I decided to take a shot. Works great for espresso. It will choke a machine and the top burr can also be adjusted if you need finer settings. I'm pleased. You also are in the range for the baratza sette 270. Very similar in features. I think the baratza has better distribution and less clumping but I have not used one personally.

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    I would suggest a great hand grinder in this application. The Precision hand grinder and Hiku could also be added into the reckoning.

    Far better grind quality than the Breville or the Baratza and they don't break. My in-laws are now on their third smart grinder after the first two carcked it and were replaced under warranty. #3 is cactus as well, but they have been told that they will be purchasing whatever will be #4.

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    Inserts shameless plug.

    A second hand grinder like the Rancilio Rocky on the For Sale section here is well within your budget and worth considering
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    Quote Originally Posted by liamo View Post
    Inserts shameless plug.

    A second hand grinder like the Rancilio Rocky on the For Sale section here is well within your budget and worth considering
    Would have to agree with this, much better option than stuffing around with a hand grinder.

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    If you're in Sydney there's a pretty great deal on a mazzer mini too

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    Quote Originally Posted by deegee View Post
    Before you buy a ROK, I would recommend that you make sure that the current model will grind fine enough for espresso with unpressurised baskets.
    They are a good design and are well built, but the burrs in earlier models were rubbish. There seemed to be a lot of variation, so some sets were OK but others were hopeless. I tried three different sets but none would grind fine enough. I eventually fitted Etzinger burrs, after which it worked very well.

    They may have fixed this issue by sourcing better burrs, but I don't know if they have - or not.

    I suggest that before you buy one you get a money back guarrantee from the dealer, or a demo proving that they will grind for espresso.
    Wow thanks for all that info very good to know and to think I was going off some old reviews on the ROK talking them up as great. Goes to show you should take some reviews with a grain of salt. I do not want a grinder that I need to stuff around with to get it to work right.

    Thanks for all the other replies guys I will need to do some more home work with all the new models you guys have added. That Baratza Sette 270 looks interesting the Sette 30ap would be more in my price range. That Mazzer mini is massive the wife will freak about the real estate. I live way down the far south coast NSW so second hand is a bit hard.

    thx

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    The sette 30 is not good for espresso. So if you start getting into espresso you will not be happy with the results. The thing about the grinder is after quality coffee it is the most important piece of equipment. You can make great coffee on a mediocre machine with a good grinder but will not make good coffee with a mediocre grinder and an exceptional machine. There are 1 or 2 sub $500.00 grinders that will do a good job on espresso and at least will hold you for 1-3 years until you decide to upgrade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HotLava View Post
    The sette 30 is not good for espresso. So if you start getting into espresso you will not be happy with the results. The thing about the grinder is after quality coffee it is the most important piece of equipment. You can make great coffee on a mediocre machine with a good grinder but will not make good coffee with a mediocre grinder and an exceptional machine. There are 1 or 2 sub $500.00 grinders that will do a good job on espresso and at least will hold you for 1-3 years until you decide to upgrade.
    Yep I am espresso-only cannot see me doing anything else but espresso. I think I am now going with a good quality hand grinder as only doing one shot a day maybe two on weekends one for the wife.
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    I have made my mind up and I thought I would let you guys know what I have decided to get.

    Again thanks for all the comments.
    I am going with a hand grinder the Comandante C40 Nitro Blade MK3 and later down the track I may add the RX35 Red Clix Competition Axle to add even finer adjustments (not that I think I need it).
    Why a hand grinder? It suits me better to get that perfect shot and will last a long time. To get the same constant results in an electric it would cost much more $$

    Now just need to look for a good deal on one.
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    Good luck. Post some pics of your results once you get it!



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