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Posted Thu Sep 6, 2012, 8:47am
Subject: Advice on Buying Grinder for new NS Oscar
 

I am torn on what is a good grinder for the Oscar.  Am thinking of the Vario or the Grinta, but there is at least a $200 difference in price.  Do I bite the bullet and get a Vario, or what suggestions are out there.  It will be used exclusively for Oscar and not other grinds.  Thanks for the input.

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Posted Thu Sep 6, 2012, 10:38am
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The grinder is more important than the espresso machine. The better your grind, the better your espresso.... to a point, but that point is way out there!
You might also look around and see what you can find in Craigs list or the throw away add papers where you live in search of a used commercial grinder.
There are lots of people here who really like their Vario, many of them people I respect the opinion of. I have not used the Vario so I can not say for sure but it has been compared to the SJ in grind quality, I have no reason to doubt them.

From a strictly build standpoint, I like metal, all metal and the case of the Vario is plastic, FOR ME, that tilts the scale to a used commercial grinder but a used commercial grinder may not fit into your kitchen.

short answer is to go with the best quality you can get. Oscar deserves that and if you make Oscar happy, you just may be very happy with what Oscar makes. ......  YMMV!

 
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Posted Thu Sep 6, 2012, 2:18pm
Subject: Re: Advice on Buying Grinder for new NS Oscar
 

If you are POSITIVE it will not be used for anything other than espresso, then a Used Mazzer SJ might be the ticket. About $375-$400, + new burrs, $45.
It's a tank and will run forever, but is very large, takes up counter space, and for home use can be a bit messy and wasteful, even with a doser. It is a standard in smaller cafes.

On the other hand, as $$ (for most of us, and YOU) seem to be a bit of an issue, I'd think about either the Baratza Preciso or Vario. Refurbs on the Baratza web site are often available at a significant discount.
I say this because they are nearly waste free grinders, have a small footprint, do a fine job, and are backed by excellent CS.
Yes, they violate your premise of espresso only. They can do Turkish, all the down to a coarse French press. Adjustment back and forth is a snap.

This just depends on your kitchen, what look you want (SJ, or more compact Vario or Preciso). whether coffee waste is important, etc.
I'm not saying the SJ is a pig, just that a significant amount of coffee can be retained post grind, and with the doser model, this coffee can be a bit harder to access, thus your next shot will have 2-3grams of stale coffee.
Of course, a 1 second grinding flush will clear stale coffee.

The SJ will be the star of your kitchen, with the Baratza's, your Oscar will high-light.

 
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Posted Fri Sep 7, 2012, 4:41am
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I did not intend to imply that a used commercial was the BEST way to go, it is MY preferred grinder. YOU need to evaluate what YOUR needs are and what your size and $ requirements are. There is no RIGHT answer, there is only what is best FOR YOU and only you can decide what that is.

 
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