friendlyfoe Senior Member Joined: 14 May 2013 Posts: 122 Location: toronto Expertise: I like coffee
Posted Tue May 14, 2013, 6:10pm Subject: Best grinder for drip coffee?! BUNN?
So i bought an infinity capresso and it screwed up on me, i tried to take it apart and did something stupid (unscrewed the bottom burr) and apparently this destroys the machine. OOPS! So instead of buying another cheapo i started considering my options for something long term. I also drink virtually no espresso and if i do i'm making it through a crappy little stove top contraption, and it's probably for cold espresso drinks so ability to do that grind is of very little importance. If i want to do espresso one day i will buy something specifically for that.
I drink a fair bit of coffee, i'd say a large cup of pour over almost every day. The coffee shop (planet bean, free plug because they do good stuff) i enjoy does pour over and uses a BUNN G1. They leave the lid open and the machine empty, put enough beans in to do your cup, and grind. That is my requirement, i would like to put in the machine only enough beans to make my single serving, and have the machine grind it completely.
The BUNN G1 would do this perfectly, it's also 800 dollars and truly designed to grind a pound of coffee all at once. Its also ginormous and complete overkill for home use.
This takes me to the BUNN LPG and questions: -What are the differences in the actual grinder design compared to the G1? -Is it suitable for grinding only a few grams of a coffee at a time? -Any other input?
I'm thinking i could remove the 6 lb hopper and make something custom out of stainless to make it look like less of a monstrosity, i would only be putting enough beans in at a time to make 1 cup worth. Or should i just buy something like a rancillo rocky?
Posted Tue May 14, 2013, 7:38pm Subject: Re: Best grinder for drip coffee?! BUNN?
Welcome to the forum ...!!
While you say you drink a 'fair bit of coffee', one large cup a day is kind of minimal. Some of us are addicts.
I have great respect for Bunn grinders. You see them in almost every coffee shop doing measured dose grinds into BIG filters, hour after hour, and have a reputation for being trouble-free. However, I don't think folks (who drink 1 cup a day) buy them. They are expensive and do not have a wide range of adjustment (outside of commercial drip brewers). Others in this forum might know different ...?!
The way I grind coffee is: I measure the beans (for 1 mug or 5) into the grinder and it grinds them completely ...just the way you want to. That is common practice.
In my family we have 4 Baratza grinders. They could be Maestro Plus or Encore and one son has a Baratza Precisio (as he makes espresso). these machines are reasonable in cost and are small, so not to clutter up your kitchen. The Encore is $149.95 at The Green Beanery in Toronto. I would not use it for Turkish or espresso but it is adjustable for any other use.
The nice thing about Baratza is that they are home-repairable and repair-parts from Baratza are low-cost and repair instructions excellent.
Posted Tue May 14, 2013, 8:40pm Subject: Re: Best grinder for drip coffee?! BUNN?
I have an LPG, and I love it, but I brew a full pot at a time (as, between my wife and I, we kill an 8-cup Brazen pot every morning). For single cup, I'd actually recommend a hand grinder. It's cheap, accurate, and the grinding helps get your blood flowing.
The LPG popcorns badly enough when there's no bean column that you'll get an inconsistent grind if you try to use it on a per cup basis.
nachoslibres Senior Member Joined: 3 Dec 2012 Posts: 30 Location: Tyler, Texas Expertise: I love coffee
Grinder: Baratza Vario-W Drip: Bunn trifecta MB
Posted Wed May 15, 2013, 9:16am Subject: Re: Best grinder for drip coffee?! BUNN?
I usually brew several cups of day of coffee and personally use a Baratza Vario-W. I pour just enough beans into the hopper for what I think I'll need for the next hour or two of brewing, select the weight I want (which is usually 20 grams since I typically drink 10 oz. cups of coffee) and then grind.
For your needs you could definitely go to one of the lower levels of Baratza grinders - I just went with the Vario-W because I liked the built-in scale and the ability to do fine grinding for espresso when I eventually get there. I think the Bunn G1 is definitely overkill and to me is ugly and takes up way too much space.
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