Hi I know this may be repetitive but I've searched the topics and haven't found quite the answer I'm looking for. I want a small electric grinder for home use that will work for an aeropress, french press and drip. I only need one to grind 2-3cups of coffee at a time. I have a porlex and its too much work to hand grind more then one cup. I also want a good smaller drip coffee maker. I can't afford new ones but will be searching for used ones once I find brands that are recommended. I have very limited space in my apt. Sometimes I want coffee for two but just don't feel like going through the whole process it takes for the French and aeropress. I do love great coffee but sometimes I just need something low maintenance. Thanks for any advice :)
One of the less expensive Baratza grinders will do well for what you are brewing. Look on the website for a refurb. Right now they only seem to have the more expensive grinders as refurbs, but check often.
I, too, have been on the lookout for a small motorized burr grinder for my one-cup-a-day non-espresso requirements of aeropress, manual drip cones, and moka pot. Just this week I found "Solo Grind" at my local Bed Bath & Beyond for the same price as a Hario Skerton (about $50). It's too new to have reviews anywhere so I thought I'd give it a shot. Their target market of the k-cup refillers is just an adapter bin to fill a reusable pod directly. It comes with a normal bin.
I've only used it once so I can't make judgement yet. The grind was good enough for this morning's drip cone with a new (to me) coffee bean. Since I didn't taste any bitterness, I can only say it was good enough. I had more issues with static throwing grounds everywhere when I tried to pour the coffee out of the bin. As you know, So Cal humidity can get as low as single digits. On my next attempt I'll try a full hopper and a spritz of water for the static.
Posted Sat Sep 21, 2013, 8:53pm Subject: Re: Grinder and brewer advice
The joker is French press. Good French press requires a very consistently sized coarse grind with no "fines." An Encore can't do it -- or at least not well.
The least expensive, electric grinder I've found which does a good job for press is the Breville Smart ($200). The Baratza Virtuoso does as good a job, is slightly heavier built, but homelier (in the eye of this beholder) and costs a few dollars more ($220).
We have a Smart which we've been using for all our non-espresso (press, siphon) grinding for the last three years and like it quite a bit. We bought a Virtuoso for my daughter a couple of months ago for her press and Chemex + Kone brewing, and so far so good on that.
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