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PhillyRick
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Posted Sat Mar 9, 2013, 11:54am
Subject: Grinding... a skeptic converted!
 

For many years I’ve ground my coffee in a Krups whirly-blade grinder.  I’ve never had chunks of bean in the grind, it looked pretty uniform, and it tasted a lot better than beans ground at the time of purchase.  Grinding was easy, quick, and neat.

So, I was skeptical about the alleged advantages of burr grinders.  Maybe for espresso they would have an advantage,  but for machine drip?  I doubted it.  Just the same, I bought a Breville burr grinder, anticipating writing a post saying “you’re all crazy; a whirly blade Krups does just as well!”

This isn’t that post.  You were right: the burr grinder makes a big difference.  The coffee is smoother, fuller in flavor, and has better body.  

My wife was very skeptical, too, especially after opening the little grounds box on the Breville the first time sent a brown blizzard of electrically-charged coffee all over a crowded kitchen counter (and then the hopper jammed).  That first pot was no prize-winner, either (the grind was too coarse).  Last night, though, she said as we sipped our after-dinner decaf, “I ~really~ hate to say this… but that grinder really does make the coffee a lot better.”

You told me so!

Rick
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Posted Sat Mar 9, 2013, 2:17pm
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When I discuss coffee with friends and they find out that the burrs for my grinder cost about twice (or more) than what they paid for their entire grinder they think I am crazy.. until they taste my coffee!

 
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Posted Sat Mar 9, 2013, 9:55pm
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Great testimony for grinding just before brewing with the right type of grinder---glad you guys are enjoying your burr grinder and great coffee!
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Posted Sat Mar 9, 2013, 11:18pm
Subject: Re: Grinding... a skeptic converted!
 

I was also a skeptic, as I already had a 'burr' grinder in the Cuisinart DBM-8.  Looking at the Capresso Infinity (the next step 'up') seemed to be a meaningless step, so I put it off.

Well, hearing enough about the differences I found and Infinity for $60 shipped and I figured it was worth a try.  What a night and day difference!

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