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Sebastiaan
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Espresso: Rancilio Silvia
Posted Tue Dec 18, 2012, 4:56am
Subject: Advice on buying a grinder
 

Dear community,

Last week, I've purchased a second-hand Rancilio Silvia, after using a pressurized portafilter machine for a couple of years. As I expect miss Silvia to not be as forgiving as my old machine, which is the joy of it, my manual grinder is no longer sufficient. However, while having read a lot on grinders, I have a hard time deciding which one to buy. A grinder is fairly large investment for me considering my finances, therefore I would like to get some input from you.

My considerations:
I will not be brewing a large number of espressos a day and, if I'm not mistaken, this favours a doserless grinder. As I would like to experiment, I would also favour stepless (i.e., micrometric) adjustment to be able to optimize the grind. (I already have a 0.1g precision scale for the dosage.) As an addition, a timer would be a plus, as I think it allows my girlfriend to brew an espresso without worrying to much whether she got the dosing right; something she can be very stressed about. A last important consideration is that the grinder should last a while, I will not be upgrading in a while.

Currently, I'm looking at a Compak K3 Touch, a grinder that fits my considerations above.

Do you think this could be the grinder for me? Is it a decent grinder? Do you have other recommendations? Any advice on this matter will be considered helpful, but you'll be my hero if you include a reason/argument for your advice.

Thanks in advance!

 
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Posted Tue Dec 18, 2012, 10:09am
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Click Here (www.baratza.com)
Referb. Click Here (www.baratza.com)

I don't think that they ship outside the U.S. so you many need to look for other vendors who do carry the grinder .

It checks every box you specified and the company has a great history for service and quality.

 
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al_bongo
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Espresso: Starbucks Barista
Grinder: Solis 166/Iberital MC2
Vac Pot: Cona
Drip: Chemex/Melitta
Posted Tue Dec 18, 2012, 10:23am
Subject: Re: Advice on buying a grinder
 

The Baratza Vario is sold in Europe as the Mahlkoenig Vario. Lot of posts on this.

I like the Iberital MC2. It's stepless, has a very basic timer which may not suit your needs to be honest though it is a great grinder for the price.

Once the grind is dialed in it's easy to use but I did waste a lot of  coffee dialing it in.
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Sebastiaan
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Posted Wed Dec 19, 2012, 6:08am
Subject: Re: Advice on buying a grinder
 

Thanks for the input. I'll check out the Baratza/Mahlkoenig Vario, I've read a lot about it here on these fora. It is a bit more expensive than the K3, but on the other hand, I don't plan on buying a new one for a while. I hope my local dealer is carrying it, as they've helped me out a lot in the past and that's worth some loyalty. The Iberital is a bit cheaper, so that's good budget-wise, but I think I'll have to import it; a quick search did not reveal any Dutch resellers.

 
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Posted Wed Dec 19, 2012, 8:13am
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Within the EU, the Baratza Vario-W is sold as the Mahlkönig VARIO-W.

 
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Posted Wed Dec 19, 2012, 1:53pm
Subject: Re: Advice on buying a grinder
 

Sebastiaan Said:

I will not be brewing a large number of espressos a day and, if I'm not mistaken, this favours a doserless grinder.

Posted December 18, 2012 link

Mentioned in many threads but doser versus doserless is a matter of preference.
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