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    $200 grinder - Is it possible?

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    Hi all,
    Im getting a grinder for my birthday BUT only have a budget of $200! Is it possible to get a good machine for this price?

    Some background - I have a Via Venezia and have had for 3 years (birthday present as well). Currently just using supermarket coffee with some fresh from Merlo. Currently using the pressurised portafilter but will change when I get a grinder.

    The machine gets used once a day during the week then multiple times on the weekend so it will get a reasonable workout.

    Im interested to get ANY advice on the best machine sub $200 OR anyone to convince me to spend more...
    thanks
    Mike
    PS. Any super deals on second hand machines would also be welcome if youre looking to sell.

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    Hi Mike

    Im just a newbie to this forum but have found the advice herein a tremendous help. I have leant that the more you can spend on a grinder the better your coffee will be. (You also need good beans too) I had originally decided to spend around the $500-600 mark but have just spent $250 on a great secondhand grinder. (Fiorenzato t80) It has given me a top quality machine that will provide a top quality ground bean, without the higher cost.

    If you keep an eye out in this forum there are occasionally grinders for sale otherwise keep an eye out in your paper/trading post and you may get one local. But make sure you get some advice before buying especially from CS members as they have a great wealth of information.

    I cant offer any advice for a grinder sub $200 sorry. I am not sure what to recommend. But good luck.

    Aza

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    Re: $200 grinder - Is it possible?

    Hi Michel,

    Cant say I know of any under $200, however I started out with an Iberital Challenge grinder and that served me well, producing many great brews in the time I had it. I just sold mine recently, but can recommend it amongst others in the $200+ price range. Keep an eye out in the CS Hardware for Sale threads as a few have popped up here and there as people upgrade their grinders.

    Good luck!

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    Re: $200 grinder - Is it possible?

    The sunbeam burr grinders are a not too bad entry level grinder for 140-150.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Gavin1 link=1210069842/0#3 date=1210073561
    The sunbeam burr grinders are a not too bad entry level grinder for 140-150.
    Thats the EM0450 for about $150 and the EM0480 for about $200.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michel_c link=1210069842/0#0 date=1210069842
    OR anyone to convince me to spend more...

    Do it, stretch the budget to at least $270 for the Ascaso i-mini or Challenge.

    Check out the Grinder section under info and reviews. Or better still talk to one of the sponos. THeyre the goods.

    YeeZa

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    Re: $200 grinder - Is it possible?

    Thanks all for the advice, now looking at the i-mini or challenge (wallet is starting to hurt already)... havent broken this news to my wife yet...

    Any comments on difference between them and +/- on each?

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    Re: $200 grinder - Is it possible?

    Its worth the extra $$$ now, otherwise you will want another grinder once the shortfalls of a cheaper one become apparent!!

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    You can get an Sunbeam EM0480 for less than 200sheet, but they seem to be very hit and miss as far as reliability goes. They have good replacement warranty, but save yourself the hassle and get one ofthe others for a bit more. As far as build quality goes theyre a better bet.

    Where abouts are you located? Your best bet is to hit up one of the sponos and try them out.

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    Ive just spoken to the guys at DiBartoli who told me that there are no I-minis in the country for the next 6 weeks... it might have to be the challenge. *List price there is $295 less 5% for CS members making it $280.

    Ill make a few more calls to see if there are any better prices to be had.

    Now doser or doser less model????

    Found a manual version for $265...

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    Re: $200 grinder - Is it possible?

    Doser.


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    Im curious as to why you would recommend a grinder with a Doser, when the OP said "The machine gets used once a day during the week then multiple times on the weekend ".

    Wouldnt the doser be full of stale coffee most of the time?

    As for Sunbeam EM0480 pricing, I bought one last month from GGs for $170 without even haggling on price.

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    A doser model.... always!!!

    It breaks up the clumps, is FAR less messy.... and if used properly (i.e. you grind through the doser) there will never be stale grinds in the doser.

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    Re: $200 grinder - Is it possible?

    Only if you choose to grind more than you need and leave it in the doser to go stale.

    I have a doser version grinder and find it very useful. I only load what I need into the grinder for each session. Usually Im just doing one double at a time, but Ive also had occasions where I pumped out numerous coffees in quick succession, and using the doser as a true doser worked very well.


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    Re: $200 grinder - Is it possible?

    Now in the market for a IC with doser... I like the idea of keeping everything clean as I go and only dosing the amount of coffee as I need.

    I love the fact that there are people who are willing to answer silly questions that I have!


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    Re: $200 grinder - Is it possible?

    Quote Originally Posted by versatile link=1210069842/0#12 date=1210132592
    Im curious as to why you would recommend a grinder with a Doser, when the OP said "The machine gets used once a day during the week then multiple times on the weekend ".
    JavaB and Fatboy have expanded on my answer very well.

    I tend be be succinct with my answers and hopefully provoke some thought.

    Like you I grind "once a day during the week then multiple times on the weekend".
    My dosered grinder caters very well for that.

    Also, imagine having to 1 shot ata time with a non-dosered grinder if you had a few people over.
    I did 8 coffees last week in quick succession when we had a few people over for my daughters birthday.
    The doser saves a little time, so the last person drinking isnt starting as the first one is finishing.


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    Re: $200 grinder - Is it possible?

    I went from a non doser to a doser - only put in enough for the coffee I am making. It is a lot cleaner and allows for a more accurate filling of the PF. ;)

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    Re: $200 grinder - Is it possible?

    But....

    The doser makes a sexy thwacking noise.........


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    Re: $200 grinder - Is it possible?

    Thanks for all the helpful explanations/experiences about the advantages of a grinder with a doser. :)

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    Re: $200 grinder - Is it possible?

    Just to present a different point of view...

    I actually dont find the doser to be less messy than the doserless. Doser: you still have grounds falling off the sides of the portafilter and/or if you have a left throw then theres another source of mess if it misses the PF basket; doserless: it often sprays a bit; for both, you still have to level off which creates more mess, unless you do so back into the doser or into the bin or something - I do mine onto the catch tray so for me, they are pretty much both equally messy.

    Anyway, thats my take on mess.

    The big pro for doser for me is the ability to grind for more than 1 person in advance while I make coffees without having to stand there waiting with PF in hand waiting for the beans to grind with a doserless grinder. Less effort, less time wasted - thats the reason for my dosered purchase.

    Hope that provides another perspective!

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    Re: $200 grinder - Is it possible?

    Does anyone know where to get the I Challenge in Brisbane? I would like to have a look at it at least before buying one.

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    Gday michel_c,

    Try contacting Barazi, listed on the L/H side of the page..... They are a Brisbane based Site Sponsor :),

    Cheers,
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    Re: $200 grinder - Is it possible?

    Managed to pick one up but not in Brisbane ... so have to wait for delivery! Only $65 over planned budget!

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    Being over budget is a hazard of being a coffeesnob, welcome to the club. ;D ;D



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