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Posted Sat Jun 8, 2013, 10:48pm
Subject: K30 Vario - espresso and drip?
 

I am upgrading my entire set up. Mini Vivaldi and grinder. I keep saying that I will get what I pay for. But I need good espresso sat and sun and weekday evenings, and good technovorm drip mon-fri mornings. Home use. Can I realistically use the k30 for both excellent espresso and drip? Clearly people love it for espresso but no one mentions it for other coffee types? Still on the fence. Thanks.
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Posted Sun Jun 9, 2013, 1:41am
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The Mahlkönig K30 Vario's designated use is single espresso grinder. Apart from being inconvenient for that use, I doubt that it will grind coarse enough for drip coffee.

 
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Posted Sun Jun 9, 2013, 1:51am
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Why would you say the K-30 is inconvenient for its designated use? An accurately  very fast grind of beans for espresso? Works great for me.
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Posted Sun Jun 9, 2013, 2:24am
Subject: Re: K30 Vario - espresso and drip?
 

steven_meyer Said:

Why would you say the K-30 is inconvenient for its designated use?

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It isn't, of course. It grinds perfectly on demand into the portafilter with making only a minimum of a mess. Inconvenient was supposed to refer to its use for drip coffee. Maybe I didn't make myself clear enough. Sorry!

 
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Posted Sun Jun 9, 2013, 6:34am
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I can swing it to its maximum coarse grind, and it's too fine for drip -- so, like the other guys said, espresso grinds only.

I'd still suggest you consider it for your espresso grinds only, as it's an excellent grinder -- precise, fast, minimal mess, good looks.

What's your old grinder?  Perhaps you could use that for drip, of find another suitable grinder for coarse grinds only.

Good luck.
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Posted Sun Jun 9, 2013, 10:40am
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I kind of have been going round and round trying to find a good solution for my new mini vivaldi and my older technovorm. While I have started coming to terms with the larger size of the K30, I really don't want two grinders. I currently have the Breville smart grinder. A buddy has the Macap M4 doserless and can swing the worm drive from espresso to drip pretty quickly. I figured I could do the same with this K30. So now my brain has me going back to the Mazzer Mini E Type A for espresso only, thus two grinders, or maybe compromising on the Mahlkonig Pro M all around - although I have read poor reviews about the Pro M. So I really don't know what the right solution is.

I just don't have the counter space for both the huge K30 and Breville.
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Posted Sun Jun 9, 2013, 10:48pm
Subject: Re: K30 Vario - espresso and drip?
 

jgaepi Said:

So now my brain has me going back to the Mazzer Mini E Type A for espresso only, thus two grinders, or maybe compromising on the Mahlkonig Pro M all around - although I have read poor reviews about the Pro M. So I really don't know what the right solution is.

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A grinder that would make it easy to quickly switch between different settings is the Baratza (Mahlkönig) Vario. It's of course a whole different class than the K30, but I would still consider it a significant upgrade from the Breville.

 
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