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Atd285
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Posted Wed Feb 5, 2014, 10:01am
Subject: Help picking out a grinder.
 

Hi Everyone!
I'm new here @ CoffeeGeek, but I'm already loving the site/forums for the great discussions going on around here. I think it's so cool the Aeropress inventor posts here, It's become my absolute favorite brewing device!  I'm still somewhat new to home brewing, but I'm getting a little better each day.  Currently, i'm hunting for electric grinder, since I've been using a hand grinder for a while now and feel that I could use an upgrade.  I'm sorry I didn't post this in the "Espresso-Grinders" section, but I'm not really doing espresso right now and thought this section might be more appropriate.  I was kind of overwhelmed by the vast options there are for grinders these days, but I think I've narrowed my decision down to a Baratza Virtuoso.  I had been planning on buying it refurbished from Baratza's website since many people seem to have had good success doing that.  I went to check out Baratza's refurb section this morning and came across this, https://www.baratza.com/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=586R  Would this be a better option for me? I'm only doing simple manual brewing at the moment(v60, Aeropress, French Press) and just wanted to make sure that the grinder I selected wouldn't be overkill for what I'm doing.  Thanks so much for reading and I look forward to more great discussion on the forum!
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CMIN
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Espresso: Crossland CC1
Grinder: Baratza Preciso
Posted Wed Feb 5, 2014, 10:11am
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Not sure what you mean, you want the Virtuoso, but linked to a Virtuoso and asked if that's a better option? Same grinder lol... they added the Preciso Burr set a few years ago so to separate they called the newer one "w/ Preciso burrs", and yes I'd jump on that refurbed Virtuoso before someone else does lol, their refurb grinders go fast. Awesome burr set for your needs, and great adjusting/dialing ability for coarse use. And if you do french press, you'll really appreciate it b/c that burr set has excellent fines/dust control and consistency which is important for any grinding but especially with French Press.

Fresh Beans + Virtuoso + Aeropress = one hell of a cup of coffee
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Atd285
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Posted Wed Feb 5, 2014, 10:17am
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I'm very sorry, i wasn't aware of the update to the burrs.  Thank you so much for the help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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CMIN
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Espresso: Crossland CC1
Grinder: Baratza Preciso
Posted Wed Feb 5, 2014, 10:29am
Subject: Re: Help picking out a grinder.
 

No prob lol. Just make sure you use fresh roasted beans, where do you get your beans from right now? Stay away from anything at the supermarket/grocery stores, if it's there with a sell by date or use by date.. run from it, and never Charbucks or any place like that as they'll sell you burnt beans hat have been sitting in bags for 3-6+ months. Philly has good coffee roasters/shops, check here and I'm sure there are plenty more: Philly Roasters

La Colombe is also the guy that does the coffee show on tv "Dangerous Grounds" which is cool (about him searching out and sourcing beans etc mainly in harsh/dangerous places), never had his coffee but have meant to order it, people have said it's great.

Also if you search on here, there's a big Aeropress owners thread I believe that has tons of tips and tricks and examples of ratios to play with your Aeropress.
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Atd285
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Posted Wed Feb 5, 2014, 10:50am
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I actually have actually been buying Stumptown's beans lately, so far I have tried their House Blend and Holler Mountain Blend.  Really enjoyed them both!  I'm thinking I might try Hairbender next.  I'm definitely going to visit some of the local roasters in Philly soon, I probably should have done that first, but oh well, better late than never!  After getting beans roasted to order from Stumptown, I think going back to Starbucks/Grocery store coffee will be pretty difficult, haha.  That show does look pretty cool, I have been meaning to check it out.  There's actually a lot of restaurants around here serving La Columbe and I always thought it was really good.
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CMIN
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Espresso: Crossland CC1
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Posted Wed Feb 5, 2014, 10:55am
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My wife was in Philly and ate a restaurant with some friends. When got coffee she asked the waitress where it was from b/c it was so good, said La Colombe. She texted me saying she was drinking coffee from that show we watch lol. She said it was really good coffee. She loved that rock bar there Good Dog or something like that?
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Thecoffeenerd
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Posted Wed Feb 5, 2014, 5:31pm
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I might as well jump into in conversation...lol A good grinder I'd recommend would be the Baratza Virtuoso Preciso. I've never owned one, but I can guarantee it is a great grinder! Also you could look at the Baratza Encore (I own one, pretty great grinder! But also a more basic model) Or better such as the Vario or Vario-W. If you're really into getting the best grind possible and you grind a lot daily...Just look at a commercial grinder. Which also cost's huge amounts of money. Might I recommend the Bunn G1 HD? I'm sure you've seen those in coffee houses! Or a Grindmaster. They are the tall grinders with the dial's on the front.

 
"You can't make good coffee, without good coffee" -Thecoffeenerd
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CMIN
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Expertise: I like coffee

Espresso: Crossland CC1
Grinder: Baratza Preciso
Posted Wed Feb 5, 2014, 5:48pm
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Preciso is kinda pointless though for his use, Virtuoso is what he needs, Preciso is the Virtuoso with the micro arm for espresso, if your not doing espresso no point in spending more for the Preciso. Same burr set. Bunn is almost 2ft tall, huge, and like 700+ bucks unless you can find a used cheap one.

No way a Bunn would fit in my kitchen lol, and no way wife would allow it either lol
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Thecoffeenerd
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Posted Thu Feb 6, 2014, 5:12pm
Subject: Re: Help picking out a grinder.
 

I would love to have one myself, but the same here. My mother would KILL me if I bought one, even used....

 
"You can't make good coffee, without good coffee" -Thecoffeenerd
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