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Posted Mon Sep 30, 2013, 10:25pm
Subject: At home workhorse grinder
 

It's time to upgrade. I'm looking for a decent grinder with consistency and range for at home usage. The problem is that I can't seem to find one versatile enough that still has consistency. I switch brewing methods at home depending on coffee/mood/laziness between Chemex, french press, and turkish. Whenever I get something good for my press, my turkish suffers and visa-versa. I suppose I could have separate grinders but I'd rather not. Any recommendations?

PS. Although I am willing to spend some decent money, I also don't want to get divorced either so a middle ground would be nice. Thanks!
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Posted Tue Oct 1, 2013, 3:38am
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I guess the answer is how much will your spouse tolerate before the divorce?

 
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Posted Tue Oct 1, 2013, 7:31am
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It would be extremely helpful, if you were to disclose your budget.

I am also curious why you are opposed to having more than one grinder. Here's my logic for you owning more than one...you presumably already have one grinder that is performing well for at least one prep method, no?  Therfore, you don't need to replace it, you just need to supplement it with something that will perform well for what it isn't doing well.

Do you have a power requirement?  (ie, manual versus electric)

 
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Posted Tue Oct 1, 2013, 8:33am
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Budget would be around 400-500 max. I'd prefer something electric but I'm not opposed to manual labor if it will achieve the desired results. The reason I was opposed to more than one grinder is just a quirk. I already have so many presses, ibriks, an espresso machine and a drip brewer, I only have so much counter/cabinet space in my coffee section of the kitchen so if I use multiples, I'd be using up some valuable real estate. If there isn't anything that versatile for the price range, I'll bite the bullet. I've looked at a few that are great for turkish/espresso and I'd get another for other grinds.
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Posted Tue Oct 1, 2013, 9:09am
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that's helpful.

my recommendation is to have a dedicated stepless espresso grinder, not sure if you have that already or not though.

I'd have another grinder that is good for drip/pourover and press.  I think the OE Lido (manual grinder) is exceptional for that.  The version 1 model sold for $165.  Version 2 is due out soon, but I don't know what the new price will be (though I'd expect it to be close to that, if not the same).  They haven't update the estimated ready "date" of mid-October. I read here recently from a respectable member that the Breville Smart Grinder is great for these methods.

I've never made turkish, and can't advise you really for that.  I do know that Zassenhaus makes a manual grinder that is designed for turkish.  According to www.sweetmarias.com, it's very good.

You might also want to look into the Baratza line for a highly versatile grinder in your price range.

 
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Posted Thu Oct 3, 2013, 11:59pm
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Thanks! I'm making a list now and checking them out. I'll let you know where I end up and I'll write a review for it.
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