pjt Senior Member Joined: 23 Apr 2013 Posts: 1 Location: colorado Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Tue Apr 23, 2013, 4:35pm Subject: Grinders, cleaning, type of beans
I use my grinder for drip, French press, and espresso. I have recently broken (last 2 years) a Capresso and a Breville grinder. Each one has stopped eve though I have cleaned, vacuumed and scraped each one as clean as possible. I am using Starbucks beans and have been told that is the problem. They are "too oily." I am ready to upgrade in purchasing my next grinder, but do NOT want to burn out yet another-more expensive grinder!! This has gotten to be an expensive "hobby!!" So, any thoughts about the beans ruining the grinders? Any recommendations for the brand of my LAST grinder? Any foolproof recommendations for keeping the new one clean?
Posted Tue Apr 23, 2013, 6:57pm Subject: Re: Grinders, cleaning, type of beans
If you don't want to ever have to buy another grinder ever again, then you probably need to invest in a Mazzer. New or used, it'll probably outlive you. Buy beans from any of the roasters on the Home Barista list of favorites. It comes up at the top of the hits via google when you word it that way.
. Always remember the most important thing is what ends up in your cup!
Posted Tue Apr 23, 2013, 8:04pm Subject: Re: Grinders, cleaning, type of beans
What's your budget?
It's typically kinda hard to find a single grinder that works well for such a range of grinds (coarse to fine). The Mazzer recommendation is solid, but such a machine would probably only be used for espresso. I like the Mahlkoenig K30 Vario for espresso only, but it's kind of expensive. You'll need something else for drip & FP. I don't have any direct experience with it, but I understand that the Baratza Vario is fairly well-suited to moving between the different coarsenesses of grind, and is reasonably priced (something like $350 or $400).
I'm not sure about the beans killing the grinder. I have a Capresso Infinity that's about 7 years old. I have used it for something close to an espresso grind, as well as drip & FP. I've used Starbucks & many other oily beans in it (until I saw the light, anyway...). Never had a real problem with it. The burrs definitely show some wear, but it still generally works fine.
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