redtag Senior Member Joined: 18 Aug 2012 Posts: 1 Location: PNG Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Sunbeam 6910 Grinder: Sunbeam EM0480
Posted Sat Aug 18, 2012, 8:16pm Subject: I need good grinder but idiot proof
My 6 year old EM480 has passed its used by date and will be replacing our 6910 with most likely a Giotto Rocket. I cannot buy the Giotto until the house renovation is complete next year. However, I should be able to seek in a new grinder now (especially after I place some pebbles into the EM480). I am look for a grinder that will suit the Giotto, dose-less, easy to use-set with auto measured grind dose (I am away for half the year and my technophobic wife will be the operator) and in the range of $400-700. Does the Compak K3T fit the requirements?
I have the Smart Grinder, and I think it looks very nice next to my BDB, and I get excellent espresso out of it. That being said, I wouldn't recommend it. I frequently want to go in between steps, and it is too inconsistent with grind volume for me to trust that it will work for my wife.
Angman Senior Member Joined: 7 Apr 2012 Posts: 145 Location: Vancouver BC Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: Vibiemme Super Domobar,... Grinder: K10 Fresh, HG One 83mm,... Vac Pot: Nope Drip: Technivorm, Hario Woodneck,... Roaster: Hottop 8828P
Posted Thu Aug 23, 2012, 10:32pm Subject: Re: I need good grinder but idiot proof
So true that idiots are everywhere (myself included). Anyway, all grinders are mechanical and sooner or later something might break or need servicing. I have never encountered service from any company regardless of industry that is better then Baratza's. I have heard that Kyle and his team is legendary in taking care of their customers but it wasn't until recently that I needed to take advantage. No receipt, No questions, no problem and no costs incurred by myself with shipping etc. I was a nobody that sent a simple email and got the royal treatment twice. This is why I will highly recommend the Vario or Preciso. If your budget permits and you want something that is commercial industry standard go for a used Mazzer Major or Super Jolly with new burrs. With your budget it'll probably be used and abused but it"ll still be bulletproof.
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