Posted Sat May 25, 2013, 3:08pm Subject: Need good back-up electric grinder
My Virtuoso's been down and I don't want to hand grind. Wondered which might be best for times like this, an Infinity or Bodom Bistro OR any other burr grinder that would produce a fairly consistent grind (considering it would cost less).
Posted Sun May 26, 2013, 1:01pm Subject: Re: Need good back-up electric grinder
Emradguy.... yes, Bonavita as I use mainly auto drip (no espresso). Yes also to, in case of power outage or travel, I do need to get one of the Skertons---the Mini or the larger one w/mod kit from OE. The Infinity I'm using right now has so much grounds retention and now the hopper drifts when grinding SO have to keep it steady while grinding. BUT it is my back-up at the moment so can't complain too much, just timely to fool with cleaning out EVERY time. I figured the Encore might be good for back-up without having to fool with it as I'm currently doing w/Infinity---cost more but I've about had it. My Virtuoso is taking too much time to sort out but I like the fact they are repairable---just am NOT repairing something new.
My main reason for asking about a back-up grinder was IF THERE WAS ANYTHING BETTER FOR AROUND THE SAME PRICE AS the #560 Infinity (plastic housing) for this temporary purpose.
Call me 'Plan B Person' but I've always had an extra carafe for my brewers 'just in case' SO need to do the same where grinding is concerned. GOTTA HAVE MY JOE!
Bonavita owners----(you may have already seen this BUT... ) you can get an extra thermal carafe (on well known site for everything) for a great price, currently $34.62 new----comes as a Melitta 8-cup Pour-Over which includes that same filter basket w/stainless trimmed handle that's on the Bonavita.
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Posted Mon May 27, 2013, 7:33am Subject: Re: Need good back-up electric grinder
so, I had to look up the price for the Infinity. I know it was low, but not really how low. I found it at one place for about $90 when I googled it, but don't know if that's high, low or average.
I don't know how much the refurb Baratza Encore and Virtuoso grinders are, or even how often they become available, but they may be worth looking into. I suspect that, other than a manual grinder, you're stuck with similar quality as the Infinity for a new unit costing $100 or less. Unfortunately, I don't have any experience with any electric grinder under $100, as my first real grinder was about $125 10 years ago. I wish I could help you more.
I understand your need for a backup...I have three electric grinders and two manual grinders. I don't really understand though why you don't just pick up a manual grinder as your only backup. Given you don't want to fix a new grinder, I would think you're going through the steps to get your Virtuoso repaired or replaced under warranty from Baratza...and wouldn't need to use the backup very long. Have you contacted Baratza support? In my experience, and the bazillion posts I've read about others' experiences with them, their support is about as fantastic as it comes. Also, to me, the Virtuoso is as car travel friendly as it gets for an electric grinder, so there's no need to have a backup electric for travel, and a back up electric won't help you in case of a prolonged power failure. But hey...to each his own. Good luck!
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Posted Mon May 27, 2013, 9:45am Subject: Re: Need good back-up electric grinder
Emradguy.... thanks for your comments. I picked up the Infinity @ my local BB&B for $72 before tax (retail $90 then 20% off)---great price off store shelf. Probably can't do better for a temp grinder for that price/performance. Making full pots most morns, therefore better to have electric back-up. Refurb Encore is $85 + shipping is $102, not bad either.
My new (original) Virtuoso's been out since 5/6 then 8 days to ship replacement---phone and emails, taking time to email me back. I know I'm not their only customer but I'm about to give up. Memorial Wkend now so giving them til Tues then sending this replacement back. Next w/call bout what to do with original. Don't want to use Infinity any longer than neccessary---not horrible but is a big pain!
Posted Mon May 27, 2013, 11:46am Subject: Re: Need good back-up electric grinder
If you are already using a Virtuoso, I don't have to sell you on the quality and excellent customer service of the Baratza grinders. Why consider other low cost grinders? Just go out and get the best deal you can on a good used or refurbished Baratza (Maestro, Maestro Plus, Encore, whatever)
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