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jcorde
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Joined: 8 Jan 2013
Posts: 34
Location: Puerto Rico
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Gaggia Classic
Grinder: Mazzer Mini, Hario mini
Posted Wed Jan 9, 2013, 4:31am
Subject: Need help, what to buy
 

HI
currently I am planing to buy an electric grinder to replace my old hario mini.  My budget is $300.00.  I have looked around and found that the rocky and the virtuoso preciso are in that price.
Which one should I buy?  Also, if there is any other that I have miss please let me know.

Its going to be uses for espresso, paired to a gaggia classic, but thinking of upgrading the machine in the future.

Thanks to all!
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calblacksmith
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calblacksmith
Joined: 25 Nov 2007
Posts: 7,479
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 Wed Jan 9, 2013, 10:42am
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A used Rocky at half that price would be OK but not great, I would not buy a new one. A referb Vario or the preciso. A used commercial grinder such as a SJ is a very positive step but SJs tend to be a little more than that, a MDX in good shape with new burrs can be bought for a little more than your budget, they grind every bit as well as a SJ and I like the adjustment a bit more but they tend to be less popular for some reason so the used price is less.

 
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ECM
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ECM
Joined: 11 Oct 2003
Posts: 476
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
Expertise: I like coffee

Espresso: Quick Mill Vetrano 2B
Grinder: Mazzer Robour E
Vac Pot: French Press
Drip: no
Roaster: Fresh Roast+8,  i-roast and...
Posted Fri Jan 11, 2013, 7:30am
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I would try to pick up a second hand Mazzer Mini.  They usually run around 300-50.
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jcorde
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Joined: 8 Jan 2013
Posts: 34
Location: Puerto Rico
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Gaggia Classic
Grinder: Mazzer Mini, Hario mini
Posted Fri Jan 11, 2013, 3:17pm
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and what about a second hand vario for 300?

thanks for your help and patience!!!
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jcorde
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Joined: 8 Jan 2013
Posts: 34
Location: Puerto Rico
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Gaggia Classic
Grinder: Mazzer Mini, Hario mini
Posted Sat Jan 12, 2013, 1:07pm
Subject: Re: Need help, what to buy
 

I have been reading about the vario but I dont know... I have read too many complaints about it so i decided to search for other grinders, what about a macap
Mc4 a compak K3 touch, a pasquini lux, a Nouva SImonelli Grinta or the Ascaso I mini?

Thanks for your help!
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jcorde
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Location: Puerto Rico
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Espresso: Gaggia Classic
Grinder: Mazzer Mini, Hario mini
Posted Sat Jan 12, 2013, 1:34pm
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also what about a le'lit PL 53
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BarryR
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Joined: 21 Nov 2010
Posts: 264
Location: Wilbraham
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: CC1
Grinder: Baratza Preciso
Drip: Behmor Brazen, Clever...
Roaster: Hottop KN-8828B2-K
Posted Sat Jan 12, 2013, 2:30pm
Subject: Re: Need help, what to buy
 

My first Preciso had some issues and I had to replace the burr holder a couple times. Even at it's best, I had to set it as low as 3-5 for espresso so something was amiss.
After the 2nd (or 3rd) burr holder cracked, Baratza replaced the grinder and this one's been great and my espressos require a setting around 9-10.

I use it for brewed coffee as well.

Also, throughout my trouble, Baratza customer service was great. They even sent the replacement grinder before I sent my old one in and didn't require a credit card.

My ONLY qualm is it's sometimes ambiguous exactly which macro setting you're on (for example 9 vs 10) causing a little guessing when I'm going from say drip to espresso settings.
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Skylar
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Joined: 15 Apr 2004
Posts: 119
Location: New Jersey
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: lelit espresso
Grinder: lelit grinder
Vac Pot: B. D. Electric
Drip: chemex
Roaster: wok roast and popper, heat...
Posted Sat Jan 12, 2013, 2:53pm
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The Le'lit PL53 has served me well as a dedicated espresso grinder for 3+ years. As long as there is no need to use it for another type of coffee production I believe it is a good choice. To go between espresso and e.g. drip would be far too many knob turns.
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Floweroscotland76
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Floweroscotland76
Joined: 14 Jan 2013
Posts: 1
Location: Fife, Scotland
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: Russell Hobbs Allure
Drip: Delta
Posted Mon Jan 14, 2013, 4:47am
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Hi, I am a newbie to this site, so hello! :) I was just wondering what is the best Burr Grinder for an under 80.00 budget, for Espresso?
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calblacksmith
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calblacksmith
Joined: 25 Nov 2007
Posts: 7,479
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 14, 2013, 9:47am
Subject: Re: Need help, what to buy
 

You might be able to find a used starter espresso grinder in that price range, other than that, you will need to go with a hand powered grinder.

 
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Wayne P.
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