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Intrepid510
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Posted Mon Oct 15, 2012, 11:45am
Subject: Re: Buying a new grinder, flood me with suggestions please :D
 

Not very many people have the Quamar, however read the review here at Home-Barista that stacks it up against a Mazzer and make up your own mind.

Click Here (www.home-barista.com)

 
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Posted Mon Oct 15, 2012, 12:06pm
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Ceado E37 electronic would be my recommendation. Fits all your criteria.

http://www.wholelattelove.com/Ceado/ceado_e37.cfm
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Posted Mon Oct 15, 2012, 4:59pm
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So thanks for the advice everyone,
It seems the overwhelming opinion is to go with the mazzer, and wouldn't you know it I went with the quamar.

For now it seems like the only major issue is going to be this "micro-step," adjustment. From what I have read here and at HB, owners are very happy with it and it seems to have some longevity. Ill post a detailed review when it arrives. Im pretty certain that all of these machines are more than I need anyway :D

Thanks everyone.

 
Anthony C

Currently pulling:
Path Coffee Roasters (PortChester, NY) Feather in cap espresso.

Cold Brewing:
Gimme! (ithaca, NY) Moca Java

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Posted Mon Oct 15, 2012, 7:24pm
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Endo Said:

Ceado E37 electronic would be my recommendation. Fits all your criteria.

http://www.wholelattelove.com/Ceado/ceado_e37.cfm

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I had one and it worked great until the electronics went belly up in a week.  Replacement never did work, but the led's came on!  I gave up and got a Mazzer and don't regret it a bit.

I think you biggest decision is do you prefer the taste from a flat burr or a conical grinder?..
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Posted Tue Oct 16, 2012, 8:37am
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Amy,

The advantages to a Mazzer is that they have been around seemingly forever, are known as being "bullet-proof," and new burrs are easy to obtain, as are other parts and service.  But I'd be tempted to a) go used, and b) go bigger . . . then again, that's me.

The Quamar and the Ceado both make me nervous, but -- again -- that's me.  They are both relatively new to the marketplace (let alone relatively new companies), and while both have reliable vendors behind them, I've just heard too many mixed reports to feel comfortable being what strikes me as a "beta tester" (beta+?).

As you may or may not know, I own a Mahlkönig K30 Vario.  This is my "main" grinder in daily use at my home.  (That translates to 5-10 shots a day, depending upon the day.)  It has a 65mm flat burr set*, grinds a 15.5 gram double in 3.5 seconds, and hands down, is the quietest grinder I've ever seen -- uh, heard.  It's also out of your budget.  BUT . . .

TimEggers Said:

It sounds like a commercial machine is what your after, but I have a Mazzer on my counter and next to it the Vario I used everyday.  I like them both, the Vario is more convenient and offers delicious coffee without all the hoopla of weighing and such.  I've had my Vario for a couple of years and it runs great, even ran a rock through it one day, no apparent effect.  Its a tough little machine.

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As Tim said, I too have a Baratza Vario -- I bought it in mid-2009, and it's also been in daily use in my home.  I use it for espresso at least 2x every day, as well as using it for drip, immersion, and press.  In its "espresso mode," it grinds 15.5 grams in 12.5 seconds, is definitely on the quiet side (quieter than a Mazzer Mini, a Cimbali Max Hybrid, and a Nuova Simonelli MCF, all of which I've owned).

I've never had a problem with my Baratza.  Just food for thought . . .

Cheers,
Jason

* For comparison's sake (as well as accuracy/disclosure), the Mazzer Mini-E has 64mm flat burrs, as does the "regular" Mazzer Super Jolly; so, too, the Ceado E37, while the Quamar has 63mm flat burrs.  Close enough, IMHO, to say they're all the same size.

 
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Posted Tue Oct 16, 2012, 8:59am
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I have never heard of Baratza having issues with Customer Service.  The Vario seems pretty easy to use as a multi-function grinder on a budget.

Good luck with the decision Amy!
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Posted Tue Oct 16, 2012, 9:09am
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Just to throw it into the mix....not seeing too much HG-One noise here on CG....have to wait for early 2013 for delivery though.

www.hg-one.com

Grant

 
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Espresso: Expobar Brewtus iv-p,...
Grinder: Quamar M80e, Hario slim
Vac Pot: Yama Vacpot, Aeropress,
Drip: french press
Roaster: hot-air popper.
Posted Tue Oct 16, 2012, 5:56pm
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That HG-one looks pretty cool. Not sure Im into hand grinding though. I often need to pull more shots than Id like to churn for.

 
Anthony C

Currently pulling:
Path Coffee Roasters (PortChester, NY) Feather in cap espresso.

Cold Brewing:
Gimme! (ithaca, NY) Moca Java

http://coffeeandneuroscience.wordpress.com/
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Posted Tue Oct 16, 2012, 6:04pm
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I'm on my 3rd Vario.

Love the convenience and customer service.

Hate the poor durability, flimsy little sliders, lousy drip grind and adjusment hysterisis.
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Posted Tue Oct 16, 2012, 7:14pm
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My first thought when I took a look at the HG-one is that it reminded me a bit of the Versalab M3 hand grinder, but just manual.

$850 is a little steep for a manual grinder though, but that's just IMHO.

 
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