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Posted Wed Nov 21, 2007, 8:47am
Subject: What grinder to use for press pot
 

Hello everyone,

I'm currently using a Mazzer mini / Silvia combo and getting good results.. however i find it increasingly annoying when brewing press pot to tweak the grind and then constantly making the doser imacculately clean before switching back to espresso...

I've been researching some, but does anyone have a suggestion for a good press pot grinder?

 
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Posted Wed Nov 21, 2007, 11:40am
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Sounds like you have a great set up with the Silvia and Mini... There are many grinders out there that will do a great job grinding for a press pot.  I recommend looking at either the Rancilio Rocky or the Pasquini Lux grinder.  Both offer a doserless option which is suited for the application you have.  I especially like the Lux grinder which is capable of grinding at very low speeds providing a low-temp grind.  The conical burrs grind up the coffee and dispense from a chute directly into whatever container you wish to use.  There is also a tray located a few inches beneath the chute that captures all the (misbehaved) grinds that miss your container, they land in the tray instead of your counter top.  The Lux also has infinite grind settings so you can adjust to the optimal coarseness level for any beans you select.  There is a portafilter rest fork on both models (Lux and Rocky) that is removable to be better able to accommodate the container of your choice.  

That's my two cents... use those on your new grinder!

 
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Posted Wed Nov 21, 2007, 6:54pm
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Funny you should ask I'm facing a similar dilemma: I have a Mazer Major. For press-pot I have been using a Virtuoso Baratza and its been working quite nicely. I have lowered the speed to under 500rpm and its not too expensive. Eventually, I will go with a ditting, but I don't even know why. Back to you though, what are price constraints? Space constraints?
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Posted Thu Nov 22, 2007, 11:06am
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I have found the Solis/Baratza grinders to be an excellent choice for french press and drip. I used a Solis 166 for several years and am now using a Maestro plus. These are well built machines with a conical burr set which performs reliably in this application. The reasonable price makes them a good choice as a second grinder.
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Posted Thu Nov 22, 2007, 12:13pm
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I picked up the Breville Ikon grinder for dedicated press pot usage.  Not bad at all for $99... grinds fairly even with very little or no static depending on the coffee.  I get a little bit of sediment in the cup, but not noticeably more than I was getting with the Macap.
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Posted Thu Nov 22, 2007, 12:25pm
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you know you really want another mazzer...

perhaps a super jolly next?
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Posted Wed Dec 19, 2007, 2:42am
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I have  the Super Jolly and use it for FP. But I'm finding huge amounts of fines in the cup. It gets better when I grind coarser. I have recently changed the burrs and can't get it to work for FP. Anyone else experience this?

Anyways I can recommend the Gaggia MDF, which you can pick up fairly cheaply in various places (e.g. ebay). Not so great for espresso as it isn't stepless but very good for vac, drip, aeropress and vac pot.

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Posted Wed Dec 19, 2007, 6:01am
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Lots of good grinders out there for Press Pot & drip. My KA Pro does a nice job on the coarser grinds & you can buy one for around $150 if you shop around.

 
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Posted Wed Dec 19, 2007, 6:29am
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Hey James,

The Super Jolly is fine for press coffee...i set mine around the same as drip,  about 1.2 - 1.8 above espresso setting covers the range for press/drip/vac.

Unless something is wrong with the grinder it should have only a moderate amount of fines, mine has only a little more than a very good commercial type drip grinder.
If you are switching back and forth between espresso and press could there be some espresso grinds getting in from the previous espresso possibly showing up in your press coffee.

You could also recheck the burr mounting just to make sure they are flush.

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Posted Wed Dec 19, 2007, 7:23am
Subject: Re: What grinder to use for press pot
 

At my work we have an SJ next to the espresso machine.  I used to keep a press pot at work for use when the espresso machine is down.  I found the fines in the cup to be about on a par with my Rocky and better than my old *$ Barista.  

When I was on vacation a few months ago I didn't bring my coffee stuff and had to grind some coffee at the store for drip.  They had a MAHLKÖNIG® grinder.  I was very impressed with the look of the grounds.  I would like to try that machine with a press-pot.

Phil


tinseljim Said:

I have  the Super Jolly and use it for FP. But I'm finding huge amounts of fines in the cup. It gets better when I grind coarser. I have recently changed the burrs and can't get it to work for FP. Anyone else experience this?

Anyways I can recommend the Gaggia MDF, which you can pick up fairly cheaply in various places (e.g. ebay). Not so great for espresso as it isn't stepless but very good for vac, drip, aeropress and vac pot.

James

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