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rhiannonstone
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rhiannonstone
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Location: Berkeley, CA
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Espresso: Rancilio Silvia V3
Grinder: Baratza Preciso
Drip: Aeropress, French Press
Posted Thu Jan 10, 2013, 5:16pm
Subject: Upgrade from Capresso Infinity?
 

I've been fairly happy with my Capresso Infinity grinder for the past couple years. I use it for fine grinding for espresso and coarse grinding for making cold brew, and rarely anything else. I've just upgraded from a DeLonghi EC155 to a Rancilio Silvia V3, though, and I'm wondering if it's worth upgrading my grinder, too (once my bank account recovers). I've found the Capresso Infinity to be fairly consistent in grind but wildly inconsistent in "dosing" (it doesn't have a doser, but I'm talking about how much coffee the same timer setting produces each time), which often results in me wasting coffee because I've ground too much. I'm pulling okay shots with Miss Silvia, but I've only had her a couple days and am still fiddling with timing and tamping techniques.

Is there a next step up, grinder-wise, that will give me a little more consistency in dosing/timing? Or is there anything else about a better grinder I'm missing out on now that I have a better machine? Ideally I'm looking in the sub-$300 range, though I can save up for something better if there's nothing in-between that's worth getting.
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CMIN
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Location: South FL
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Espresso: Crossland CC1
Grinder: Baratza Preciso
Posted Thu Jan 10, 2013, 6:31pm
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In that price range, Baratza Preciso hands down, unless you can find a nicer used grinder that may need some work/finishing up. Infinity only works good for pressurized PF machines (your EC155) not near good enough for Silvia etc. You should also learn temp surfing on your Silvia since it has wild temp swings all over the place (or had a PID for accurate temp control). That and a good grinder and you'll be pulling way better shots then you are now. I had the Infiniti before (Bar32 machine, basically same internals as EC155), pressurized portafilters and coarse grinds it's fine... but espresso needs fine consistant grinds and adjustability (Preciso is stepped but with the macro and micro settings there are so many it basically acts like a steppless machine).

Get a digi scale that measures to .1 grams as well, that'll help out immensely with your dosing, I single dose and that's needed and the Preciso rocks for single dosing.
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emradguy
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Espresso: Duetto II; Twist v2
Grinder: M Major, Macap M4 x2, VDD...
Drip: Espro presses; Aeropress
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Posted Fri Jan 11, 2013, 7:14am
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Agreed.  The Preciso can be had refurbished from Baratza for $239, and it comes with a one year warranty.  It has 440 steps, making it nearly stepless.  Baratza offers exceptional customer service.  Having said all that, there have been a fair number of complaints about the plastic parts breaking.  Of course they sell a very high volume, so no one really knows if their breakage rate is higher than competitor's and also people tend to post when there's a problem, not when everything is running like it should. For the price and quality, it can't be beat, especially if you have occasion to use it for non-espresso.  For instance, the Lelit PL53 (also under $300) is stepless, but good for espresso only, as it takes around 5 minutes to change it over to coarser grind (and then you have to re-dial it in for espresso).

You may also want to consider hand grinders.  The OE Lido ($165) is in a totally different class and (IMO) easy to use.  You can get a Hario Skerton for about $50 new, and OE sells a $15 part that helps stabilize the burr set to improve the grind quality (though I haven't tried it myself yet, and I'm not sure it compares well to the Preciso - but it's worth checking into if at all interested).

 
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rhiannonstone
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rhiannonstone
Joined: 14 Mar 2010
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Location: Berkeley, CA
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Espresso: Rancilio Silvia V3
Grinder: Baratza Preciso
Drip: Aeropress, French Press
Posted Fri Jan 11, 2013, 10:03am
Subject: Re: Upgrade from Capresso Infinity?
 

Thanks! That looks like a perfect grinder for my budget.

I'm already temperature surfing, and can definitely tell a big difference. I do have the scale, but I've never figured out how to integrate it into my espresso-making routine.

I've also got two hand grinders--a Hario Mini Mill and a Porlex--which I use for coffee while camping and traveling, but I hate using them so much that I've never considered using them for daily espresso at home.
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CMIN
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Espresso: Crossland CC1
Grinder: Baratza Preciso
Posted Fri Jan 11, 2013, 10:55am
Subject: Re: Upgrade from Capresso Infinity?
 

rhiannonstone Said:

Thanks! That looks like a perfect grinder for my budget.

I'm already temperature surfing, and can definitely tell a big difference. I do have the scale, but I've never figured out how to integrate it into my espresso-making routine.

I've also got two hand grinders--a Hario Mini Mill and a Porlex--which I use for coffee while camping and traveling, but I hate using them so much that I've never considered using them for daily espresso at home.

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I have a Hario Mini too, can work for espresso just need to find a setting where one may come out to quick and one may choke a bit and then adjust the dose. For the scale, I use my .1g scale to measure the beans first then grind, usually at around 18 grams of beans for my double portafilter.
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