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flygrl
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Posted Wed Sep 18, 2013, 5:16pm
Subject: Grinder and brewer advice
 

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 :)
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Location: Yardley, PA
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Espresso: Vetrano, Arrarex Caravel, La...
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Posted Wed Sep 18, 2013, 5:44pm
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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.

Click Here (www.baratza.com)

 
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johnnyb3
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Grinder: Baratza Maestro Plus refurb
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Posted Fri Sep 20, 2013, 8:08am
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Try the refurb page today! There's an Encore on there.
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wabbitt
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Espresso: stovetop pots,aeropress
Grinder: skerton, SoloGrind
Drip: melitta cone, chemex
Posted Fri Sep 20, 2013, 2:04pm
Subject: Re: Grinder and brewer advice
 

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.
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boar_d_laze
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Espresso: La Cimbali M21 DT/1 Junior...
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Drip: Chemex + Kone; Espro Press
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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.  

Good luck,
BDL
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