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Posted Mon Jul 8, 2013, 10:13am
Subject: Conical vs Flat Burrs
 

First time post, long time reader.

What are the main differences between the two, conical and flat burr.  Is it more of a user preference?  Would the output still be the same - evenly ground coffee?

Thanks for the input :)
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Posted Mon Jul 8, 2013, 4:05pm
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my understanding is the main difference is that conical burr sets tend to accentuate the brighter notes in a bean/blend, while flat burr sets tend to accentuate the deeper, bass notes.

 
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Posted Mon Jul 8, 2013, 4:59pm
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Correct me if I'm wrong....  thought I read that conical burrs are better suited for consistent coarse to fine drip grinding AND flat burrs are best for finer grinding for espresso, Turkish, etc. BUT this is not to say you can't use either for whatever you're grinding for IF you have a good grinder.
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Posted Mon Jul 8, 2013, 5:54pm
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msboo Said:

Correct me if I'm wrong....  thought I read that conical burrs are better suited for consistent coarse to fine drip grinding AND flat burrs are best for finer grinding for espresso, Turkish, etc. BUT this is not to say you can't use either for whatever you're grinding for IF you have a good grinder.

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I've not heard that, and certainly it isn't true when one starts to talk about titan commercial grinders, such as the Mazzer Robur (a conical and arguably the gold standard of espresso grinders to which all others are compared).

 
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Posted Mon Jul 8, 2013, 6:15pm
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On the small end the conical and flat burrs can taste completely different, Vario and Preciso for example is a big difference. Seems when you get to the Titans though, the conicals and flat burrs in that category have the same flavor profile. The big conicals seem to bring out the deeper notes like flat burrs that the small conicals don't.
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Posted Tue Jul 9, 2013, 11:32am
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Emradguy....  I read that in Kevin Sinnott's "The Art and Craft of Coffee". He was referring to home grinders, not commercial.
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