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moisheh
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Posted Fri Feb 10, 2012, 11:14am
Subject: Good Grinder for Mellita Drip
 

We have been grinding our opwn coffee for almost 35 years. Started out with a Braun blade grinder and then switched to the Braun Burr machine. We still have that Braun and it has always worked great. I think back then it was about $30.00 and that was very expensive. I was worried that it might give up soon and bought the newer Braun burr machine. It works well excpet it is very messy. Doesn't force the coffee into the receptacle and lots of static electricity. This morning it quit. The motor was not turning. It is put togeher with special security screws but I took it to my shop and was able to disassemble. There is a circuit board insdie and when I tested everything a small elctronic part ( probably a capacitor) had an open circuit. I was able to bypas the capacitor and it is working again. I think that board is so the motor has a soft start. This new machine is less than 4 years old! I would like to replace it with a quality product but certainly do not need a fancy barrista quality machine. Strictly for drip coffee. I did do some searching and really did not find much in reviews that were helpful. I was thinking of something for about $100 to $150. Refurb would be fine. We would prefer a machine that has a receptacle as we grind a few day's worth at one time (I  Iknow that is not the right way!!) I havent'c checked prices but I did find positive comments on the Kitchen Aid, Capresso Infinity and a few Baratza's. Any advice appreciated.
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johnnyb3
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Location: Anaheim, CA
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Grinder: Baratza Maestro Plus refurb
Vac Pot: Bodum Santos
Drip: Chemex
Posted Fri Feb 10, 2012, 10:13pm
Subject: Re: Good Grinder for Mellita Drip
 

I purchased a refurbished Baratza based on the huge number of positive comments about them I read on this forum, and I am quite happy with mine. My advice is to get the best refurb Baratza within your budget.
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Eiron
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Espresso: Quick Mill 0930
Grinder: Quick Mill 031,...
Drip: TechniVorm KBTS
Roaster: Behmor 1600, Presto Poplite
Posted Sat Feb 11, 2012, 8:47am
Subject: Re: Good Grinder for Mellita Drip
 

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frank828
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Posted Sat Feb 11, 2012, 4:36pm
Subject: Re: Good Grinder for Mellita Drip
 

i have a refurb baratza virtuoso that has been great for all of my drip coffee needs(chemex, v60, siphon, aeropress, clever).

kinda sucks that it's not great for espresso.  i kinda wish the preciso was available when i bought mine.
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EricBNC
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Espresso: QM Silvano, LP Stradivarius,...
Grinder: K30, Major, Preciso, Pharos,...
Vac Pot: Sunbeam C30, Bodum Santos...
Drip: Bonavita BV-1800,...
Roaster: Behmor, Melitta, Fresh...
Posted Sat Feb 11, 2012, 4:49pm
Subject: Re: Good Grinder for Mellita Drip
 

Another suggestion - the Krups GX610050 Professional Die Cast Conical Burr Grinder:

"Krups Conical Burr Grinder - First Look"

 
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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moisheh
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Posted Sun Feb 12, 2012, 1:14pm
Subject: Re: Good Grinder for Mellita Drip
 

Thank you for all he replies. I think I will buytyhe maestro Plus refurb @ $95.00 It uses most of the same parts as the Virtuoso except for some metal instead of plastic and a different Burr. If I read all the reviews correctly the Plus does not do a good job on Espresso which does not affect my making godd drip coffee. I ddi see that the unit is designed in the USA but made in Taiwan. The Burr is from Lichtenstein. Not much on the market for that price. I do not like Krups products or any of those Amercian names like Hamilton Beach! Thanks again

Moisheh
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EvanOz85
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Location: Lafayette, LA
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: La Spaziale Mini Vivaldi II
Grinder: Baratza Vario and Preciso
Vac Pot: Bodum Santos, Yama 5-cup
Drip: Chemex, Kone 3, Kalita Wave,...
Roaster: Hottop B, Behmor 1600
Posted Sun Feb 12, 2012, 6:24pm
Subject: Re: Good Grinder for Mellita Drip
 

moisheh Said:

we grind a few day's worth at one time (I  Iknow that is not the right way!!)

Posted February 10, 2012 link

Then stop!
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JtothaR
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Espresso: Faema D92/A1 Smart
Grinder: B VARIO, Krups Conic
Drip: Manual Pour-Over, Bodum...
Roaster: Redbird, Metropolis
Posted Sun Feb 12, 2012, 6:41pm
Subject: Re: Good Grinder for Mellita Drip
 

EvanOz85 Said:

Then stop!

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LOL :P

 
Load and Lock.
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EricBNC
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Joined: 22 Jun 2010
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Location: North Carolina
Expertise: Just starting

Espresso: QM Silvano, LP Stradivarius,...
Grinder: K30, Major, Preciso, Pharos,...
Vac Pot: Sunbeam C30, Bodum Santos...
Drip: Bonavita BV-1800,...
Roaster: Behmor, Melitta, Fresh...
Posted Sun Feb 12, 2012, 10:07pm
Subject: Re: Good Grinder for Mellita Drip
 

moisheh Said:

Thank you for all he replies. I think I will buytyhe maestro Plus refurb @ $95.00 It uses most of the same parts as the Virtuoso except for some metal instead of plastic and a different Burr.

Posted February 12, 2012 link

Not exactly. Maybe the refurb will be in stock soon since you have already decided.

moisheh Said:

If I read all the reviews correctly the Plus does not do a good job on Espresso which does not affect my making godd drip coffee. I ddi see that the unit is designed in the USA but made in Taiwan. The Burr is from Lichtenstein. Not much on the market for that price.

Posted February 12, 2012 link

The Preciso & Virtuoso burr is from Lichtenstein (not that this means very much), but the Maestro Plus burr is similar to the Krups I link to above.

moisheh Said:

I do not like Krups products or any of those Amercian names like Hamilton Beach! Thanks again

Moisheh

Posted February 12, 2012 link

Mistaken in your facts and missing out by dismissing products with too broad a brush - nothing wrong with the Baratza product, but nothing wrong with the Krups burr grinder either. Krups 38mm burr on left, Maestro Plus 38mm on the right - both will get the bean ground into coffee.

EricBNC: Maestro Krups burrs.jpg
(Click for larger image)

 
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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moisheh
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Posted Mon Feb 13, 2012, 8:15am
Subject: Re: Good Grinder for Mellita Drip
 

Looking at the Baratza web site the Virtuoso refurb is also well priced. It comes with the P burr for $145.00. The Virtuoso and the Maestro Plus use all the same electrical and mechanical parts except for the burr mechanism ( I would guess that is the most important part!) The spec sheet shows all the Burrs as being made in Lichtenstein. I also saw that parts are available and they have a pretty good repair program. I am not buying until spring os have lots of time to peruse my options. Thanks again.

Moisheh
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