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Brian_McH
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Posted Tue Dec 6, 2011, 9:01pm
Subject: Grinder for French Press
 

Hi Folks:

I need to simplify a bit, and I would like some advice.  I have a nice espresso machine (La Spaz Vivaldi S1) and grinder (Mazzer Mini) that I have decided to sell.  We moved into a house with a smaller kitchen, and I don't have room for the S1.  We have been brewing french press, which can be very nice (does not compare to a nice shot or cappucino for me :-(

The Mazzer Mini is a bit overkill for french press.  I imagine there are many cheaper, smaller grinders that could do a good job.  Do you all have any favorite grinders for french press?  I would hope to spend less than $100.  It would be nice if it was quiet so we could grind without waking the kids.  It should be easy to use for my wife.  So, maybe a lower end Baratza?  Have not tried any hand-powered grinders, but if they are easy to crank I would be up for it.

Thanks,
Brian
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hankua
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Posted Wed Dec 7, 2011, 6:48am
Subject: Re: Grinder for French Press
 

Hi! The Pharos hand grinder from Orphan Espresso has a very consistent coarse grind, and very easy to turn at that setting. It's rather expensive for a hand grinder, but very easy to sell used if it didn't work out. Oh, and it has the Fun factor in spades!!!
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DanH
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Posted Wed Dec 7, 2011, 8:52am
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What's the benefit to selling the mini?  FInancial?  Size?  Noise? Performance?
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calblacksmith
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Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A.
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Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32
Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major
Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
Drip: Msl. Com. brewers
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Posted Wed Dec 7, 2011, 9:51am
Subject: Re: Grinder for French Press
 

I am not following either. OK, you don't drink espresso anymore but there is no reason you can't use the Mini for FP. No a good grinder is not overkill for any prep method. The LEAST expensive of my commercial grinders new is about $700 new (I bought used and saved a bundle from that) and I make everything from V60 drip and Aero Press to espresso.
So am I out of whack using a $700 grinder and a $25 brewer? I think not, I enjoy the coffee I am drinking and... as said, you already own the mini......!

 
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JPDyson
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Posted Wed Dec 7, 2011, 12:06pm
Subject: Re: Grinder for French Press
 

I was under the impression a Mini would not make a great FP grinder; something about consistency at the coarse end of the scale (quite unlike its great performance at the finer end). Is that not true?

 
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calblacksmith
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Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Wed Dec 7, 2011, 5:22pm
Subject: Re: Grinder for French Press
 

He could give it a try to see if the results ade accepfable, what is it going to cost him  ? Fifty cents worth of coffee???

 
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Posted Thu Dec 8, 2011, 4:51am
Subject: Re: Grinder for French Press
 

Brian_McH Said:

Hi Folks:

I need to simplify a bit, and I would like some advice.  I have a nice espresso machine (La Spaz Vivaldi S1) and grinder (Mazzer Mini) that I have decided to sell.  We moved into a house with a smaller kitchen, and I don't have room for the S1.  We have been brewing french press, which can be very nice (does not compare to a nice shot or cappucino for me :-(

The Mazzer Mini is a bit overkill for french press.  I imagine there are many cheaper, smaller grinders that could do a good job.  Do you all have any favorite grinders for french press?  I would hope to spend less than $100.  It would be nice if it was quiet so we could grind without waking the kids.  It should be easy to use for my wife.  So, maybe a lower end Baratza?  Have not tried any hand-powered grinders, but if they are easy to crank I would be up for it.

Thanks,
Brian

Posted December 6, 2011 link

After selling the Mazzer you could take a look at the Virtuoso - very consistent grinding for press from my experience. The Preciso is up to the task too but costs more since it it has more settings and a more complicated adjustment system that is not needed for Press. For press the Virtuoso is a perfect fit IMHO. The sound is dampened well - place it on an old mouse pad and it is even more quiet.

 
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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saranoelle
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Posted Fri Dec 9, 2011, 8:45pm
Subject: Re: Grinder for French Press
 

If you really want to try to keep it under $100, I just bought a Baratza Maestro Plus, and it's great for FP. But I know that there are also some killer deals on just the Maestro as I believe Baratza has discontinued them. I thought about getting a hand grinder, but figured if I was going to spend nearly $100 already, (and hand grinding might get old fast) that I'd just spend another $20 and have a pretty decent grinder for FP/drip. Just my $0.02.
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EricBNC
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Espresso: QM Silvano, LP Stradivarius,...
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Drip: Bonavita BV-1800,...
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Posted Fri Dec 9, 2011, 8:54pm
Subject: Re: Grinder for French Press
 

Buy one of these Krups/Graef/Sunbeam grinders here for $100 and let us know what you think.

Click Here (www.amazon.com)

Another sub $100 conical burr grinder I never hear recommended is the Espressione from WholeLattaLove - the burrs look similar to the Maestro/Breville/Bodum/Cuisinart class of inexpensive conical burr grinders. These should be adequate for press.

 
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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