CMIN Senior Member Joined: 14 Jun 2012 Posts: 564 Location: South FL Expertise: I like coffee
Espresso: Crossland CC1 Grinder: Baratza Preciso
Posted Sun Jun 24, 2012, 1:52pm Subject: Re: Information please on puchasing burr grinders
If you can spring a little more the Breville Smart Grinder runs about 200 and is excellent IMO, performed just as well as my Preciso for much less $$, but looked way better on the counter. Baratza runs refurbs under 200 every week but I wouldn't chose any of them over the SG, and they have the new Encore for cheaper as well. Ebay can have some nice grinder deals too, and BST section on this forum though its slower as far as listings. I have a Hario Ceramic Slim which for 30 bucks is a great hand grinder and works pretty much as well as the below 300 range for grinders.
Gig103 Senior Member Joined: 12 Feb 2012 Posts: 204 Location: Arizona Expertise: I like coffee
Espresso: Crossland CC1 Grinder: Baratza Vario Drip: French press!
Posted Sun Jun 24, 2012, 2:53pm Subject: Re: Information please on puchasing burr grinders
There are flat and conical burr grinders. I'm not sure what you purchase in your budget, but I certainly recommend splurging on the conical burr, especially at the low end (higher end flat burrs can do an excellent job, but those start at ~$400, not the low end ones).
The Smart Grinder mentioned looks good and has nice features at the price point (dosing controls, digital display, locking bean hopper). But if I was only doing drip and french press, I would save money and go with a more basic Baratza Encore or maybe even a Capresso Infinity. If your intended use is espresso, however, you may need to boost your budget.
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