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EricBNC
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Posted Fri Dec 7, 2012, 9:50am
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I looked closer at the pictures - I an not sure since the photo is a little blurry but there might be a crack on the right front corner when facing the image with the drawer removed. I would ask about that or for a better photo of that area before committing to this one. If it is a small chip that is hidden by the drawer it might be an easy repair with some glue.

 
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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Posted Fri Dec 7, 2012, 9:52am
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Thanks guys.. I am going to learn all I can about vintage grinders. I wonder if I could find one in thrift store. I doubt I'll have the patients, but I may give it a try.
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Posted Fri Dec 7, 2012, 9:57am
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Here is another one (even cheaper) with an open hopper. Photos look good too:

Click Here (www.ebay.com)

For half the price of the Skerton too.

 
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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Posted Fri Dec 7, 2012, 10:52am
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jason32835 Said:

Do you notice any difference between the CCD and Press? I'm using the Melitta pour over right now and I'm not thrilled with the results. I am getting a paper taste from the brown filters and my coffee is pretty bitter. However, I'm also switching to black coffee and that has made it pretty hard to tell what is what! I have a Areopress under the tree, hard not to open it early. ;P

I also have a blade grinder at the moment, and I've been playing around with different grinds to see if that helps, it hasn't.

I'm also using World Market beans that have a July '13 experation date, but what does that even mean? If they are "good" for a year then they are already 5 months old.

I watched about 25 youtube videos last night trying to figure out just how much work goes into that Skerton. Some people make it look very hard and some make it look easy. Practice I'm guessing.

So much to learn, so little money to learn with! ;)

Posted December 7, 2012 link

I've tried Dunkin Donuts brand, Meijer (regional super store ala Wal Mart) brand, Seattle's Best brand, Counter Culture coffee that was a couple weeks old, and Counter Culture coffee that was a couple days old (must have caught the healthy grocery when they restocked).  The fresh Counter Culture coffee definitely taste the best!

I can taste a difference between the press and the CCD.  I don't know that I prefer one over the other necessarily, but the CCD sure is easier to clean up.

To add another twist, the Baratza website has a refurbished section.  I've read somewhere that the Encore sometimes shows up for $89; they update the selection on Thursdays.  I may wait until I can get that rather than trying to figure out hand grinding.  I don't know that I would have the patience for that at oh dark thirty.
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Posted Fri Dec 7, 2012, 12:41pm
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perryw Said:

I've tried Dunkin Donuts brand, Meijer (regional super store ala Wal Mart) brand, Seattle's Best brand, Counter Culture coffee that was a couple weeks old, and Counter Culture coffee that was a couple days old (must have caught the healthy grocery when they restocked).  The fresh Counter Culture coffee definitely taste the best!

I can taste a difference between the press and the CCD.  I don't know that I prefer one over the other necessarily, but the CCD sure is easier to clean up.

To add another twist, the Baratza website has a refurbished section.  I've read somewhere that the Encore sometimes shows up for $89; they update the selection on Thursdays.  I may wait until I can get that rather than trying to figure out hand grinding.  I don't know that I would have the patience for that at oh dark thirty.

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$89 for a refurb is starting to get into my price bracket. However, I think I am OK with the grinding part, I enjoy the process of making coffee as much as drinking it. I also like to collect things, so I may have to start a grinder collection ;)

Be sure to report back here if/when you get a new grinder and let me know how it improved things.
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Posted Tue Jan 1, 2013, 7:41pm
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EricBNC Said:

Here is another one (even cheaper) with an open hopper. Photos look good too:

Click Here (www.ebay.com)

For half the price of the Skerton too.

Posted December 7, 2012 link

As I am my handle this is an interesting option!  My only concern is that I'm sure I'd end up getting one with bad burrs or some other issue that would make it a wasted $20.

I was debating getting a Skerton and the PFP mod that OE sells, but looking at their video I realized I probably don't have the skill or patience to try to get it properly aligned.

I wonder if anyone has a clear favorite between the Kyocera CM-45 and the Porlex for coarser (Press) grinds?

**** Edited to add ****

Looks like the Porlex (and likely the Kyocera as it seems very similar in function/construction) is not a good choice for coarse.
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