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Posted Mon Feb 27, 2012, 12:34pm
Subject: Re: Sub-$100 Conical Burr Grinders

TamiP Said:

Thanks for the side by side Eric, very nice. I have a Preciso and a very old Starbucks burr grinder. I would like to know where and which Starbucks Barista you found for $80? We are in the process of setting up 2 coffee stations in our home and I may buy one of those for the Aeropress counter and leave the Preciso on the espresso counter.
Thanks in advance.

Posted February 23, 2012 link

These were available from Baratza back when the thread was started but i think the inventory has been sold out for a while now.

DWard Said:

I own the Cuisinart CBM-18c.   Bought it before I was educated - I remember standing in the supermarket weighing out the Breville Conical Burr vs the Cuisinart Conical Burr.  I ended up getting it just because it looked nicer and was the same brand of my espresso machine.

Well now I'm educated.   Both grinders, although Conical Burr, have the burrs moving around too much during the grind - which results in coarser uneven espresso grinds.

I have tried many times with my MyPressi (naked portafilter) to get a proper shot (striped shot, converging in the center on a single stream of coffee) - I have not even come close.  I've tried tamping as hard as I can - makes no difference.  My solution was to order an OE Pharos.  Its more money - but from everything I've read about the Pharos - its one of the best investments I can make.   Even my wife, who is thoroughly exhausted (read: fed up) with the amount of money I've spent, said I made a good purchase when she saw the videos online.

I'd be VERY curious what modifications or changes one could make with the Cuisinart in order to get a better espresso .. if there is any.  


Posted February 27, 2012 link

Hi Dan, welcome to CG - I started this thread in the "Coffee: Machines and Brewing Methods" section of the forum because these are not espresso grinders even though some have more potential than others.  The Cuisinart Conical Burr isn't going to be a good long term solution if you need an espresso grinder - something like your Pharos is a better solution but the price is at another level too - for grinding 60g before brewing a pot of drip coffee the Cuisinart would be my choice over the Pharos so both have an application where they are the right tool for the job.

I chew coffee beans with my teeth while gargling with 195 F water to enjoy coffee. What is this "coffee brewing" device you speak of?
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