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Grinder to go with my Quick Mill Vetrano 2B
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JaniceAnn
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Posted Fri Aug 2, 2013, 4:59pm
Subject: Grinder to go with my Quick Mill Vetrano 2B
 

I just pre ordered a Vetrano 2B Dual Boiler machine.  This will be my first semi-automatic as my other three machines were all super-automatics.

I currently have a Breville Smart Grinder which works very nicely for drip coffee but I don't think it will be suitable for espresso.

I would like to keep the cost down to about $500 or so and am open to a used grinder as well.

I have no idea what I want as to doser or doserless.  I believe that with the doser and 5 to 6 coffees a day, between my husband and myself, the coffee would get stale.  I mean the ground coffee in the doser.  

I think there is a way to single dose with a doser but am not sure how it is done.

I like the Baratza Vario and, if I could get the money together, the Mazzer Mini Electronic A but I know there are other good grinders and that I could get a better grinder for my money if I found a good used one.

Thanks for your help!
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Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32
Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major
Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
Drip: Msl. Com. brewers
Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Sat Aug 3, 2013, 9:49am
Subject: Re: Grinder to go with my Quick Mill Vetrano 2B
 

Hi, I understand the confusion but do not think of the doser as a way to measure coffee for your shot, think of it as a bowl that will let you open the bottom. It is simply a place to temp store your ground coffee while waiting for you to dose it into the PF.

I like dosers and use them as above when I have one. For me, they let me grind for my next shot while pulling my current shot as I so severl in a row. I find that it is much cleaner with a doser VS  not having one.

It is a personal choice and neither way is "wrong" or "right" just what you like.

On commercial grinders that have a doser, I use a digital timer to set the grind time for the dose. For me, I find that I get close enough volume to not make any difference between shots but I guess others may find a little difference, again if it works for you then it works. With a hopper and a timer, you just leave the grinder ON and use the timer to control the grinding and the grounds go into the doser then when you are ready, you take your single dose worth of coffee and dispense it into your PF, emptying the doser.

What to get? well I would go commercial and used for your money but then I have the room and I like commercial grinders. The exact grinder will depend on what you find but for the most part a good deal, $500 commercial used grinder will kick butt in a home setting, provided you have the room, they tend to be quite large for home use. We often get good deals on our BST board so check often for what members are selling. If you are in a hurry, your choices will be more limited.

 
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JaniceAnn
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Posted Sat Aug 3, 2013, 1:44pm
Subject: Re: Grinder to go with my Quick Mill Vetrano 2B
 

I know that you sometimes have used grinders for sale.

Anything at present?

Thanks!
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Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32
Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major
Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
Drip: Msl. Com. brewers
Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Mon Aug 5, 2013, 10:10am
Subject: Re: Grinder to go with my Quick Mill Vetrano 2B
 

Still looking but buy the first good deal you find, wherever that is.

You can look for yourself too, check your local Craigslist, the local want add paper such as Pennysaver, the newspaper, restaurant supply houses, commercial restaurant salvage and second hand sales business in your location. Deals are out there but it takes legwork and patience.

 
In real life, my name is
Wayne P.
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Feed the newbs, starve the trolls and above all enjoy what you drink!
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