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    Advice on Grinder for Husband

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    Hi! *I am a complete newbie to this site. *My husband and I both love coffee but he is starting to make more of a "hobby" of it lately. *Now we are using a 5 year old cheap GE burr grinder. *He has 2 main complaints about it. *The first is that even though theres supposed to be 16 settings, it really seems like theres only 4 based on the differences between the settings. *The second is the mess it makes. *I would like to buy him a new grinder for Christmas. *I have been undecided between the KitchenAid ProLine Burr Grinder and the Capresso Infinity burr grinder. *I like that the KitchenAid is glass instead of plastic but I like the price of the Capresso *:)

    Reading this site though, I was opened to a whole new world of confusion *:-[

    Now I am thinking maybe the Cunill Tranquilo is the best deal in the KitchenAid price range. *We drink drip and espresso about equally. *He does occasionally grind some to bring into work to use for his French Press too. *At this stage (early in his budding coffee obsession) - are either of these worth it over the Capresso? *Any advice (on other models too, I am open to ideas - but about $220 is my high budget limit) would be great!

    Thank you so much!

    Alleycat

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    Re: Advice on Grinder for Husband

    Hi Alleycat,

    The Capresso Infinity burr grinder is unheard of, so I googled it and found it. Looks like it has the same Burr and Carrier type arrangement as the Solis 166 - NOT for Espresso, but will work for Drip.

    The only grinder in that price range is the Sunbeam EM0480 to do both Espresso and Drip grinding as it is stepped. The KitchenAid is WAY overpriced for what it is.

    The Rocky Doserless is an option if you can stretch your budget.

    Anyone else got any ideas?

    Marc

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    Alleycat,

    Im sorry to hear of the confusion! Youll still make a more well informed decision on a product - so even if it seems confusing to begin with - youll feel like you made a better decision in the end... and that there are a lot of people who can answer questions later too!

    You will find that many of the people here have paid much more that $220 for their grinders (even second hand) - and that there are really very few good grinders in that price for espresso. Snobs often buy a grinder specifically for plunger/drip/cupping - Ive heard of the KitchenAid talked about in this way before, but I dont know about the Cunill.

    There are many reasons to buy - and you need to be sure about what youre buying for. Grind quality (range of grind, or small variations between grinding) is important to snobs. The "Mess" aspect probably means you want a "doser" version of a grinder. But in coffeesnob land, people tend to want the doser to be swept clean of grinds and not left sitting around going stale. A lot of the grinders that grind into a plastic container have very big "static" problems. I had one in the past (a gaggia) and you dont get away from the mess - because you constantly have to clean the container, and static grinds go everywhere when you do. Even a doser is not totally free from mess.... coffee is a slightly messy business Im affraid.

    What type of espresso machine do you have also? This makes a big difference to what fineness of grind that you will need. Once you buy - Id get him to take the old grinder to work, and grind the coffee beans for his French Press there - youll get a big difference in the cup becaus of fresh ground beans!

    Id recommend the sunbeam on value for money. You can get as low as $160 - But its not got a doser, and its messy. IMO its the best machine in this pricerange. You could go to the Ibertall for $300 - which is stepless (but very similar in burrs to the Sunbeam). Above that theres the Rocky - which is a standout grinder among snobs. Even the Sunbeam will be a BIG improvement from the GE!

    Remember - youre starting at the bottom of the coffeesnob heap Im affraid - and people are... snobs about coffee. People wont judge you, but the more time you hang out here... the more people talk about their awesome new grinder/machine/roaster..... the more youll feel like upgrading!!!

    God - there sure are a lot of things to consider!!! (I havnt even mentioned how fresh the roasted beans are yet have I?!?)

    Id recommend reading a lot... getting informed... and then taking the leap! Good luck!
    Andy


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    Hi alleycat,

    Welcome to CoffeeSnobs.

    As Marc said above, anything with a Solis 166 burr set isnt really good enough for espresso (unless you use pressurised baskets in your machine :P). The grind size is just too varied for good extraction.

    In your price range the only grinder I can suggest is the EM0480. These do a good job of grinding for espresso (and all other types of coffee) - the downside is there are some reliability issues where the settings creep as the grinder ages. Some so much so that they have to be returned under warranty.

    The cheapest quality grinders which can be easily changed between grind styles is probably the MDF or a Rocky.... but these are quite a bit more expensive that what you want to spend.

    The KitcheAid isnt a good option by the way..... but whatever you decide, remember the grinder is FAR more important than the Coffee machine when it comes to the quality of the coffee.... so stretch your budget if you can.

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    Thanks for all of the responses! It looks like the Sunbeam isnt available in the states. I know this is an Australian website, but it is more informative than alot of the U.S. ones. Theres a used Rocky Doserless, about a month and a half old, available within driving distance from me for $225. I might go that route. I think I will have to ask my husband a few more questions first to see exactly what he is looking for and how serious he wants to get. I was hoping to keep it a surprise, but that seemed more feasible when I thought a good coffee grinder was about $100!

    We use a Krups II Cafe Duomo at our house. He also has a DeLonghi at his efficiency apartment near work where he spends about half of his time (I dont know what model it is but he says the DeLonghi is better). I know this wont impress you coffee snobs ;), but we decided to upgrade our grinder first.

    He has also mentioned hed like to get into roasting. I talked him into waiting until he finishes the remodeling work hes doing on the house though - one hobby at a time. Theres a place I plan on ordering him some fresh roasted coffee for Christmas though to try. I am just trying to figure out when to order so that its at its freshest yet will still be here in time! Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alleycat link=1196888325/0#4 date=1196901025
    Thanks for all of the responses! It looks like the Sunbeam isnt available in the states.
    Give it time, Im sure it will be soon ;-)

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    > Theres a used Rocky Doserless, about a month and a half old, available within driving distance from me for $225.

    Dont think you can go far wrong there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by m@ link=1196888325/0#6 date=1196905282
    > Theres a used Rocky Doserless, about a month and a half old, available within driving distance from me for $225.

    Dont think you can go far wrong there!
    Shes quoting US Dollar

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    Re: Advice on Grinder for Husband

    Go the rocky for sure at that price!!!!

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    Agreed. Rocky for that price.

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    Re: Advice on Grinder for Husband

    Gday alleycat,

    Welcome to CoffeeSnobs...... [smiley=thumbsup.gif] We have quite a few members from the USA so no doubt you will bump into them from time to time while checking out the Forum.

    Im with the others guys above. Thats a good price for a Rocky and the quality of their build means that it is capable of lasting you for a lifetime, with only the grinding burr-plates needing occasional replacement..... oh, every 500-750Kg of beans throughput or so ;). Great to see you are using freshly roasted coffee, of all the criteria that need to be met, this is by far the most important one 8-)... Strange that ;).

    Anyway, all the best with your grinder purchase and be sure to drop in now and again to let us know how things are going. All the best :),

    Mal.



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