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tanninbomb
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Posted Sat Jul 20, 2013, 9:37am
Subject: <$200 grinder for espresso and French press
 

I have a Juro Impressa E9 pump coffee machine. I am looking for a conical burr grinder that will work well for espresso as well as an occasional French press brew. I will continue to use the Jura's build-in grinder for our daily cups.

So, my short list of considerations:

  1. $200 or less (I know there are great grinders above that price range, but...

  2. Not going to use it daily. Only have expresso 3-4 times a week. french press coffee even less.

  3. Size is a bit of an issue. Can't handle anything really have or real tall.

4.Consistency of grind between espresso and French press is important. I lean more toward espresso.

Thoughts?
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Posted Sat Jul 20, 2013, 3:10pm
Subject: Re: <$200 grinder for espresso and French press
 

Honestly in that price range about all there is that will work is two hand grinders. One for espresso and one for FP.
Each one will run you $75 to $100.

About the lowest price you will find on a grinder that will do a good job for milti grinds is $450 for a Vario.

 
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Posted Sat Jul 20, 2013, 8:50pm
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Well, so far, I've been using my 165$ OE Lido for press, drip and espresso with really good results.  And It doesn't take up much space.
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tanninbomb
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Posted Sun Jul 21, 2013, 5:20am
Subject: Re: <$200 grinder for espresso and French press
 

SimonPatrice Said:

Well, so far, I've been using my 165$ OE Lido for press, drip and espresso with really good results.  And It doesn't take up much space.

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I've read that the problem with manual grinders is that the grounds get "stale" because it takes too long to grind the beans before you use them?  I'm only using the grinder for double espresso shots. Still a problem.

Your Lido does not seem to be available. Any thoughts on a good replacement?
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Posted Sun Jul 21, 2013, 5:48am
Subject: Re: <$200 grinder for espresso and French press
 

It should only take a minute, if that, to grind for one shot or one press.  Ground coffee doesn't last long but it's not going to stale within a minute, or even five.

Lido parts are probably on order, I've not heard that OE has withdrawn the grinder permanently.  If you can wait a week or two, I should hope that it will be back.  You could try emailing them to find out.
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Posted Sun Jul 21, 2013, 6:26am
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Thanks.
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Posted Sun Jul 21, 2013, 6:29am
Subject: Re: <$200 grinder for espresso and French press
 

tanninbomb Said:

I've read that the problem with manual grinders is that the grounds get "stale" because it takes too long to grind the beans before you use them?  I'm only using the grinder for double espresso shots. Still a problem.

Your Lido does not seem to be available. Any thoughts on a good replacement?

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Grounds do not get stale with hand grinding.  Forget what you have read.  Wait for the LIDO.  It will be back.  Go with it.  I used it as part of a road show over at GCBC and was extremely impressed with the grind quality.  Excellent price for a well-made grinder that will outlive you.

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Posted Sun Jul 21, 2013, 7:22am
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A cheaper replacement would be one of the Hario grinders.  The Skerton I have owned for over a year now and with the OE PFP mod I can get a good grind for press.  For espresso I added a M8 Posylock nut which allowed for stepless grind adjustment.  Ceramic burrs too so it will last a while. :)  Around $75 total.
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Posted Sun Jul 21, 2013, 8:18am
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I have owned the Breville Smart Grinder for a few years now and have never had any issues except for the every now and then stuck bean.  I have used it successfully with french press, drip, moka pot, and my lever pavoni espresso machine.  Some may not like the Breville but it has treated me well.  It is easy to use and I find its digital readout a plus.  It is available on amazon now for $199.95 shipped for free.  Regular price is $250.

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Posted Sun Jul 21, 2013, 9:08am
Subject: Re: <$200 grinder for espresso and French press
 

CoffeeRoastersClub Said:

I have owned the Breville Smart Grinder for a few years now and have never had any issues except for the every now and then stuck bean.  I have used it successfully with french press, drip, moka pot, and my lever pavoni espresso machine.  Some may not like the Breville but it has treated me well.  It is easy to use and I find its digital readout a plus.  It is available on amazon now for $199.95 shipped for free.  Regular price is $250.

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You have been able to grind for your Pavoni with this thing?  That's impressive!
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