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Rombalds
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Posted Sat Aug 25, 2012, 7:09am
Subject: Recommendations for non-expresso grinder US$200-$300: recommendations pls !!!
 

Good morning.  Sorry, I might have put this int he wrong forum; apologies.

I am a mid-level coffee consumer !!! Quality is important but not at any price.  I drink espresso at the coffee shops but do not make it at home.

Please advise best grinder for individual drip filter or French Press for under $300 and preferably closer to $200.  It is sometimes possible to buy the Rancilio Rocky Doserless on eBay for under $300 but rarely.  I am thinking about the Baratza Virtuoso 586 which is around $230.

Any thoughts?

Thanks !!!!!
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Posted Sat Aug 25, 2012, 7:40am
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I use and love my Baratza Virtuoso with Essato scale. Great grinder with top notch customer support.
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Posted Sat Aug 25, 2012, 11:52am
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Agree with Vituoso. I have one at girl friends house and for the price I couldn't be happier
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Posted Mon Aug 27, 2012, 6:46am
Subject: Re: Recommendations for non-expresso grinder US$200
 

Rocky or for that matter any espresso grinder is not a great choice for other than espresso grinding of coffee. Espresso requires it's own set of specifics and they are different than regular coffee grinding.

If all you want is to grind for other methods, the Virtuoso  
Click Here (www.baratza.com)
is all you need. It will do a great job for everything other than espresso and new it is only $249 direct from B.

 
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Joel_B
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Posted Mon Aug 27, 2012, 1:59pm
Subject: Recommendations for non-expresso grinder US$200-$300: recommendations pls !!!
 

Not to sound like a broken record, but yes, Baratza. Virtuoso is a fine choice ;)


calblacksmith Said:

Rocky or for that matter any espresso grinder is not a great choice for other than espresso grinding of coffee. Espresso requires it's own set of specifics and they are different than regular coffee grinding.

Posted August 27, 2012 link

THIS ^^^^^^^^^
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Posted Tue Aug 28, 2012, 7:39am
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The Virtuoso . . . Virtuoso . . . Virtuoso . . . Virtu- . . . Virtu . . . Virtu . . .rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.  The Virtuoso is a perfect choice.

(Do the young ones even know what a broken record is?!?!?!?)  ;^)

 
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Joel_B
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Posted Tue Aug 28, 2012, 7:42am
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JasonBrandtLewis Said:

The Virtuoso . . . Virtuoso . . . Virtuoso . . . Virtu- . . . Virtu . . . Virtu . . .rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.  The Virtuoso is a perfect choice.

Posted August 28, 2012 link

hmmmm, can you be a little more specific?

JasonBrandtLewis Said:

(Do the young ones even know what a broken record is?!?!?!?)  ;^)

Posted August 28, 2012 link

LOL.  Did you know kids these days can't tell time on an analog clock and many don't know what a hand crank window is?  I even heard they stopped teaching cursive! **EEK**
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BrianNelson
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Posted Sun Sep 16, 2012, 6:32pm
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I got a Breville grinder for $199, from a real store that offers a liberal return policy, and I'm keeping it.  A few nice features in addition to grinding the beans for espresso or drip:

A removable cradle for holding the basket; ability to adjust the size of the shot in memory; a container that can be filled from the grinder, or used to store beans; and a hopper that removes easily to change out the beans between shots.  The LED screen showing grind adjustment, number of shots, and amount per shot, is useful, though I'd prefer analog controls.

It also doesn't make any mess, or waste beans.

This machine has lead to a substantial increase in my consumption and enjoyment of espresso.  Time will tell if the machine holds up.
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