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Randawg
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Joined: 7 Jan 2013
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Location: Pa
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Rancilio Silvia
Grinder: Baratza maestro
Posted Mon Jan 7, 2013, 12:58pm
Subject: Grinder opinion
 

I just won a rancilio Sylvia on eBay to replace my aging saeco aroma.  I currently have a baratza maestro grinder that is several years old and I was wondering if that is a enough grinder for the Silvia or do I need to start saving more money to upgrade ASAP.  The reason I ask is my friend tells me his capresso infinity does a better job than the maestro.

Thanks
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calblacksmith
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calblacksmith
Joined: 25 Nov 2007
Posts: 7,833
Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A.
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32
Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major
Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
Drip: Msl. Com. brewers
Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Mon Jan 7, 2013, 1:32pm
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No, the Maestro is a good drip and press pot grinder but it isn't even borderline for a Sylvia and espresso. Then again, the Capresso infinity isn't even in the ball park either.

You WILL need a grinder that is going to grind properly for espresso. With what you have, expect very fast, watery under extracted shots..... if you could call them shots.

 
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Wayne P.
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emradguy
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Joined: 31 Mar 2011
Posts: 3,146
Location: Houston
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: Duetto II; Twist v2
Grinder: M Major, Macap M4 x2, VDD...
Drip: Espro presses; Aeropress
Roaster: H-B "List of Favorites"
Posted Mon Jan 7, 2013, 1:32pm
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start saving.  you'll get by until you get a better grinder, but when you do...wow, will you know a difference.  I'd rec shooting for a Baratza Preciso refurb.  then you'll be able to tell your friend his infinity is crap (which it is for espresso).  the maestro was my first grinder, and I didn't know what I was missing until I got my Rocky.  then I didn't know what I was missing until I got my first Macap M4.

Coffeenoobie came up with this great idea to keep a little jar next to your machine, so you can tip yourself every time you make a drink.  I also throw all of my loose change in there when I get home from an outing.


...guess Wayne beat me to it :)

 
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calblacksmith
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calblacksmith
Joined: 25 Nov 2007
Posts: 7,833
Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A.
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32
Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major
Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
Drip: Msl. Com. brewers
Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Mon Jan 7, 2013, 1:56pm
Subject: Re: Grinder opinion
 

Only by seconds! I better get on my game, you are catching up very quickly! :D

 
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Anything I post is personal opinion and is only worth as much as anyone else's personal opinion. YMMV!

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takeshi
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takeshi
Joined: 12 Oct 2002
Posts: 986
Location: Houston
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: Alex Duetto 3.0
Grinder: Super Jolly
Roaster: Amaya Roasting
Posted Mon Jan 7, 2013, 2:48pm
Subject: Re: Grinder opinion
 

Randawg Said:

I currently have a baratza maestro grinder that is several years old and I was wondering if that is a enough grinder for the Silvia or do I need to start saving more money to upgrade ASAP.  The reason I ask is my friend tells me his capresso infinity does a better job than the maestro.

Posted January 7, 2013 link

Definitely save up.  Moving from the Rocky to the Super Jolly was a massive improvement for me.  That said, there are other good grinders in lower price brackets that would pair well with the Silvia.  +1 for a Preciso or better.
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Randawg
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Joined: 7 Jan 2013
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Location: Pa
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Rancilio Silvia
Grinder: Baratza maestro
Posted Tue Jan 8, 2013, 5:25pm
Subject: Re: Grinder opinion
 

Thanks for the suggestions, especially the 'tip jar'
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Randawg
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Espresso: Rancilio Silvia
Grinder: Baratza maestro
Posted Thu Jan 24, 2013, 11:58am
Subject: Re: Grinder opinion
 

Just want to share my happiness.  My loving wife just gave me permission to buy a refurbed vario!  I am so stoked, can't wait to get it and get it dialed in!
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