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nwin
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Posted Wed Oct 10, 2012, 4:58pm
Subject: Best electric grinder for French Press?
 

Looking to keep it under $100.  I've been doing some research and have searched many forums looking for some decent answers, but some information is old and others is all over the place...hoping I can get a consistent answer here.

I have no desire to make espresso.  I currently use a French Press most the time and every now and then a CCD.  I have a Cuisinart burr grinder which is completely loud, the static makes the powder stick to the reservoir, its grind is inconsistent, and oh yeah, it's really loud.

I'm currently toying with the idea of a refurb Encore.  However, I read one review that said the Maestro Plus was better because it wasn't geared towards doing espresso as well, so its grind consistency was better for French Press.   Do they even offer the Plus anymore as a refurb if this is true?

I've heard of the Bodum grinder and the Capresso Infinity, but I'm just not sure what's going to do the best for French Press and CCD.  Lots of people seem to want the ability to do espresso, which I do not.

I am also not interested in a hand grinder at the moment, because at 5 AM, the last thing I think I would want to do is hand grind some beans.  Making sure water is in my kettle before I turn on the stove is hard enough that early in the morning...

Thanks for any help/advice!
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Posted Thu Oct 11, 2012, 7:43pm
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I use a small automatic grinder. Well, it's button push. Got it cheap at Amazon. Maybe not the quality you are looking for, but I like it. Though I think my standards are a lot lower than many of the coffee aficionados here, so I'm anxious to hear what others may suggest.
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Posted Thu Oct 18, 2012, 11:53am
Subject: Re: Best electric grinder for French Press?
 

My requirements are almost identical to your's, except for the 5:00 AM wake up. Making espresso is not a requirement either.
I have been reluctant to post a reply because of my limited experience with other burr grinders, but while away from home the last couple weeks, I have been using other burr grinders.

I totally understand your frustration with Cuisinart burr grinder after using one about 8 times. All the taste destroying coffee powder plastered up against the side of the plastic receptacle and various grind sizes was the same as my first $35 flat burr grinder.

I have been very happy with the Bodum Bistro conical burr grinder; so happy that I actually bought a second one when they were on sale for $75. My plan was to avoid waste coffee and time purging and cleaning a couple times every day when switching between French press and Aeropress. Lately I have not been using the Aeropress very often, partly because I usually brew for two.

I was incredibly impressed with my first Bodum Bistro. The Bodum press coffee was very noticeably better, but the most amazing difference was zero clean up. There was no powdered coffee plastered up against the side of the grounds receptacle and no coffee flying anywhere. After using the grinder 3 times, I had to wipe the inside of the glass grounds receptacle with my finger to see if any coffee had clung to the glass.  

The second Bodum Bistro has always had a minor issue with static. It's quite good, but I can see coffee particles on the side of the glass receptacle after a single use. At this point I have not been able to determine why.

I grind at the coarsest setting and usually steep for 7 minutes. I tried this rather long time after reading Nick Cho's recommendations of 6 to 8 minutes and Netphilosopher's comments on 6+ minutes. I suspect that some of those people who insist on much shorter times have a lot more fines in their coffee than they realize; possibly because they are using espresso focused grinders.
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Posted Thu Oct 18, 2012, 1:27pm
Subject: Re: Best electric grinder for French Press?
 

Almost out of time for the day so this is short.
Any of the lower end burr grinders you mentioned are great for press pot, vac pot, drip etc. They really can't do espresso but that is not what you want it for.
the Cuisinart, DB9 I think, really isn't a burr grinder. There are nubs on the "burrs" and it is the nubs that smash into the beans and it really is a fancy whirly blade gridner, not a real burr grinder.

More people will chime in here but as for me, time is up and I need to be gone! By By!

 
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Posted Thu Oct 18, 2012, 2:34pm
Subject: Re: Best electric grinder for French Press?
 

My experience is different: An inexpensive grinder will produce a very inconsistent grind and thus result in a sludgy FP brew. Getting a consistent coarse grind is very difficult. I'd recommend the most expensive refurb Baratza within your budget at bare minimum.
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Posted Thu Oct 18, 2012, 3:14pm
Subject: Re: Best electric grinder for French Press?
 

nwin Said:

I'm currently toying with the idea of a refurb Encore.

Posted October 10, 2012 link

There is a refurbished Encore available at Click Here (www.baratza.com) for $85.00.
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Posted Fri Oct 19, 2012, 5:30am
Subject: Re: Best electric grinder for French Press?
 

While I will always support buying the BEST grinder you can, there is nothing wrong with the Encore or the Maestro plus or the infinity. They are all light years ahead of the Cuisinart the OP has now and they are a pretty good value for the money.

Not everyone needs a Bunn G92 HD but that didn't stop me from buying one. It's grind is vastly better than any of the lower end (under about $150) grinders that are truly able to grind at a level that is acceptable.

Any of the B referbs would be fine but better is, well better too.

 
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Posted Fri Oct 19, 2012, 11:42am
Subject: Re: Best electric grinder for French Press?
 

Here's a slightly off-the-wall suggestion keep your eyes open on Craigslist and other such places for a used commercial portion control grinder, like you'd find in a diner or restaurant. The Grindmaster 100 or the Bunn LPG are two that I've frequently seen within spitting distance of $100. They're timer controlled, and have very even, consistent grind quality that's great for drip or press. Once you've got the timer set for the dose of coffee you want, you just make sure there are beans in the hopper and press a button.

I've been using an LPG with my Brazen for drip and it's excellent. Just make sure you've got about a square foot of counter space.
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Posted Sat Oct 20, 2012, 3:07pm
Subject: Re: Best electric grinder for French Press?
 

calblacksmith Said:

While I will always support buying the BEST grinder you can, there is nothing wrong with the Encore or the Maestro plus or the infinity. They are all light years ahead of the Cuisinart the OP has now and they are a pretty good value for the money.

Not everyone needs a Bunn G92 HD but that didn't stop me from buying one. It's grind is vastly better than any of the lower end (under about $150) grinders that are truly able to grind at a level that is acceptable.

Any of the B referbs would be fine but better is, well better too.

Posted October 19, 2012 link

I agree with that and apologize if I gave the impression I was advocating for a pro-line grinder. I have noticed that there is a prevailing attitude of "Oh, it's just for French press, the grinder doesn't matter that much" -- but I think it is a rather difficult task for a grinder to produce a coarse and consistent grind, without a bunch of dust that will make it past the filter. A better burr set will IMO produce noticeably better results for press.
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Posted Tue Oct 23, 2012, 1:39pm
Subject: Re: Best electric grinder for French Press?
 

I have a Cuisinart conical CBM-18, and I think it does a fine _enough_ job for french press.   However, I would gladly (and will be at some point) upgrade to an Encore.  That refurbished encore deal seems to be dead because I would have snapped up one myself.  I think it would be more than good enough for the french press job.
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