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Burner0000
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Location: Cambridge, Ontario Canada
Expertise: Professional

Espresso: Rancilio Silvia, VFA Expres...
Grinder: Macap MX/VFA N1464/Kyocera...
Drip: Manual Drip, French Press
Roaster: Behmor 1600 / Sonofresco
Posted Thu Jun 6, 2013, 10:57am
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I would spend $500 and get a Vario.

Mazzer is another great option.  They are commercial rated.  
Here is a used one going for $350   Click
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FromNYtoSF
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Posted Fri Jun 14, 2013, 11:32am
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Definitely recommend the breville smart grinder.  Super easy to use for a beginner and great quality grinds.
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brianl
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Location: Chicago IL
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Espresso: Quick Mill Vetrano DB
Grinder: Baratza Vario
Drip: chemex
Roaster: Behmor 1600
Posted Sat Jun 15, 2013, 11:36am
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I would not recommend the smart grinder

Get the vario.
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CoffeeRon
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Espresso: Wega Lyra, Europiccola(still...
Grinder: Macap M7D, Pharos, Vario W,...
Vac Pot: Sunbeam CoffeeMaster
Drip: Melita BCM-4
Roaster: FR SR500,B-1600, SC/TO
Posted Sat Jun 15, 2013, 1:22pm
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Just ignore her- she was just getting some posts in to legitimize putting a Silvia on the BST. Note she signed up- put a bunch of idiotic responses in to mostly outdated threads, and put up a BST post, all in one day.
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MassJava
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Joined: 12 Jun 2011
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Location: Watertown Ma
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Espresso: Quick Mill Achille
Grinder: Mahlkonig K30 Vario
Posted Sat Jun 15, 2013, 2:40pm
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You would not regret getting a Mahlkonig K30. Very consistent and easy to adjust. Excellent grind quality.
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OttoMatic
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Espresso: Brewtus IV-R
Grinder: Mahlkönig K30 Vario,...
Drip: Capresso MT500+
Roaster: Cast iron dutch oven
Posted Sun Jun 16, 2013, 7:16am
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CoffeeRon Said:

Just ignore her- she was just getting some posts in to legitimize putting a Silvia on the BST. Note she signed up- put a bunch of idiotic responses in to mostly outdated threads, and put up a BST post, all in one day.

Posted June 15, 2013 link

Yep, but I still want to state that I would also NOT recommend a Breville Smart Grinder, just in case anyone was actually considering it.
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CoffeeRon
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Drip: Melita BCM-4
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Posted Sun Jun 16, 2013, 9:53am
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OttoMatic Said:

Yep, but I still want to state that I would also NOT recommend a Breville Smart Grinder, just in case anyone was actually considering it.

Posted June 16, 2013 link

Good call.
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DanoM
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Posted Mon Jun 17, 2013, 10:45am
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I can't comment on commercial quality grinders, but my Baratza Vario has been pretty good.  Of course if you read the reviews you'll get alot of good information on them, but basically in my experience:
Very little grind retention
Easy grind adjustments
Very little clumping

The Baratza Vario (non Weight version) cost me $360 new on eBay with complete warranty coverage.  Currently I weigh the beans and do dose grinding, but once dialed in I can grind solely based on time for accurate dosing straight from the hopper.

Baratza has a new grinder coming out called the Forte.  It will have a removable hopper so you can swap out the beans if you like.  Depending on your needs you might see if that will fit your needs too.
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