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Gig103
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Espresso: Crossland CC1
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Posted Sun May 13, 2012, 10:17pm
Subject: $300 grinder that isn't from Baratza?
 

Hi all,
I've documented my ongoing Preciso issues elsewhere, so for this thread I'm just wondering if there's an alternative grinder for $300 that will do what the Preciso is supposed to?
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Sashas
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Posted Sun May 13, 2012, 10:32pm
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Like many on this forum I went with used commercial grinder and never looked back (La Pavoni Zip in my case). Highly recommended if room is not an issue.
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samuellaw178
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Espresso: Arrarex Caravel
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Posted Mon May 14, 2012, 3:48am
Subject: Re: $300 grinder that isn't from Baratza?
 

Pharos is a good one if you don't mind a little more effort. I've had both and would choose Pharos over Preciso anytime given my low volume usage. At least it won't get out of calibration and the taste was said to match titan conical grinders. Otherwise, for espresso-only grinder, most used commercial grinders like SJ, or even La Pavoni zip as mentioned above will do pretty well (and fall under $300).
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Posted Mon May 14, 2012, 5:43am
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Yes, a used commercial grinder is my first choice but then I am a Heavy Duty kind of guy. YMMV!

 
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Posted Mon May 14, 2012, 6:05am
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Option No. 1:
Used commercial grinder, but don't forget to buy a new set of burrs . . .

Option No. 2:
A new hand-grinder like the Pharos.

 
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Posted Mon May 14, 2012, 7:44am
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Grinta from Nuova Simonelli.
See vid from SCG.
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jaypunkrawk
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Posted Mon May 14, 2012, 2:37pm
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We have the Breville Smart Grinder that retails for $199.99, and it does a great job.  Apparently a shim kit can be had for free from the manufacturer if it doesn't grind fine enough for your espresso.  Seattle Coffee Gear did a review on it here.
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ActionJ
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Posted Mon May 14, 2012, 5:31pm
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So what about this grinder?

Ascaso I-1/I-1D Espresso Grinder    Cheaper than the Precisio, but original price was more? Any thoughts?

Click Here (www.1st-line.com)
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Frost
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Posted Tue May 15, 2012, 7:33am
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With the burr carrier and grind adjust problems on the Precisio, to me it's not ready for prime time.  (at least not for espresso.) Look at the tre-spade conical burr grinders for reliable consistent entry level. My Lelit PL53 has been a solid performer for over 4 years of daily use.
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Gig103
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Posted Tue May 15, 2012, 10:48am
Subject: Re: $300 grinder that isn't from Baratza?
 

Thanks to everyone for the responses!

I worked with Baratza this morning to trade in my Preciso for a Vario. Sure it costs more money but the reviews are that it's a great grinder without any of the problems the Preciso has, so I'm going to stick with the company for now. I do know that the flat burrs aren't as great for french press, but that's not my primary coffee drinking these days so I'm fine with it.
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