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    "Buying the best grinder that I can afford"

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    Hi all, Im a CoffeeSn00b.

    I recently started a thread asking about whether I should buy a 2nd hand Sunbeam 39xx.

    Anyway I always realised that a grinder was important, but I never realised how seriously you guys take your grinders :p

    So my question is, if I really should buy the best grinder I can afford, should this be at the expense of upgrading my espresso machine?

    My starting point is a Breville Cafe Roma ESP8 which has served me very well for over 3 years. Ive enjoyed the espresso that it makes using the right pre-grind. Now its time to get serious.

    Should I be looking to buy a cheaper grinder and leave enough to get a better machine?

    Or should I fork out my entire budget and splash out on a grinder that I know would outlast several espresso machines?

    A serious question is this: is the Cafe Roma a terrible machine that I need to get rid of ASAP?

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    Re: "Buying the best grinder that I can afford"

    A good grinder will take your coffee to a whole new level.
    You will be surprised by the difference.
    If theres nothing wrong with your Cafe Roma, then YES, invest in the grinder first.

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    Re: "Buying the best grinder that I can afford"

    So will a good grinder make a difference even with the Cafe Roma? Even with a pressurised PF?

    And I tried to search but couldnt find it - what are my options for getting unpressurised PF? I am in NZ and dont have access to Breville customer care.

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    Re: "Buying the best grinder that I can afford"

    An unpressurised basket would be better but Ive used one accidentally and it doesnt hurt.
    The freshly ground coffee is the big difference.

    Ive read that its difficult in NZ to get the baskets.

    Have a search of the site to see if someone else has succeeded in their quest.

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    Re: "Buying the best grinder that I can afford"

    If you are OK with the coffee from the machine using pre-ground, a good grinder will enable you to make coffee that will blow you away!

    I am a recent convert to "grinder first" and wouldnt have believed it before my experience of going from pre-ground, to whirly, to Rocky, to Macap M4D.

    Greg

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    Re: "Buying the best grinder that I can afford"

    If you can afford to i would step up from the breville. I use to have one. It served its time well for the stage i was in. A good machine to learn from. but better results will be gained by upgrading. I use a commercial machine and have a silvia at home. i gave the breville to my mum and when i visit and use her breville i am really glad i got rid of it.

    Good luck. its all part of the journey and youll learn something different from every machine.



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