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kid_drew
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Joined: 21 Jan 2009
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Location: Austin, TX
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Breville BES900XL
Grinder: Baratza Preciso
Drip: French press is the closest...
Posted Thu Aug 8, 2013, 11:03am
Subject: Grinder recommendation
 

I have a new Breville 900 dual boiler coming in soon, and I need a grinder to match.  I'd like about a half pound hopper, stainless steel if possible, doser, and I'd prefer to spend under $300.  If I can get great results for even less money, that would be ideal.

I've read reviews on this site ad nauseum, and I thought it might be easier to lay out my guidelines and get some recommendations from the community.  If the price I have in mind is crazy, feel free to tell me so.
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emradguy
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Joined: 31 Mar 2011
Posts: 3,020
Location: Houston
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: Duetto II; Twist v2
Grinder: M Major, Macap M4 x2, VDD...
Drip: Espro presses; Aeropress
Roaster: H-B "List of Favorites"
Posted Thu Aug 8, 2013, 2:58pm
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If you would be wiling to spend $450...there are two grinders for sale in the BST forum, both seemingly in pristine condition.  One is a used Mazzer Super Jolly.  The other is a new in box Baratza Vario-W.  The Vario seller also has a new in box non-W model listed for $400.

There was also a used Macap M4 in great condition a while back that was listed for $300 or $325.  If you aren't wiling to spring for the SJ or one of the Varios, I would recommend looking at this Macap and seeing if it's still available (but you'll have to search back a ways through the pages to find it - or use the search tool).

If you're dead set on new gear...

The OE Pharos sells for $245 when in stock -  but you'd have to be willing to get a manual grinder.
The Baratza Preciso would be my electric recommendation.  It sells new on their site for $325, but honestly, I'd probably buy a refurbed one from them for $239.
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LowThudd
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Joined: 19 Jul 2013
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Location: Van Nuys
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: Gaggia Espresso, Mukka,...
Grinder: Grindmaster 625(RR45)
Roaster: Salton Popcorn popper
Posted Thu Aug 8, 2013, 3:02pm
Subject: Re: Grinder recommendation
 

Just my 2 cents. I saw a Rossi RR45 in decent condition got for $60 shipped on eBay today. I almost bought it myself, but I already have one that I LOVE. lol Paid twice that for mine. They are huge, but also easy to find parts for, burrs are cheap and they rarely need anything but burrs and cleaning.
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MikeReilly
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Joined: 28 Oct 2007
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Location: Vancouver Island
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Espresso: Cimbali Junior Gaggia...
Grinder: Pharos CC45 Mazzer Mini
Drip: Cuisinart
Roaster: Behmor, I-Roast 2, Popper
Posted Fri Aug 9, 2013, 1:06pm
Subject: Re: Grinder recommendation
 

LowThudd Said:

Just my 2 cents. I saw a Rossi RR45 in decent condition got for $60 shipped on eBay today. I almost bought it myself, but I already have one that I LOVE. lol Paid twice that for mine. They are huge, but also easy to find parts for, burrs are cheap and they rarely need anything but burrs and cleaning.

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I have a Rossi (CC45 rather than RR45 - same grinder, different case, both are 64mm flat burr).  I just ordered a Pharos.  The Rossi does a pretty good grind - better than my Mazzer Mini in fact - but it just can't be adjusted that easily and the big 68mm conical burrs of the pharos should outperform the grind quality in any case.  An RR45 for $60 shipped is a really good deal.  Mine was a rescue grinder from a restaurant that had a fire.  After the fire department put out the fire by spraying water everywhere, the grinder sat uncleaned for some time.  It was a lot of fun removing all of the mouldy coffee.  The burrs were rusted so badly they were almost unrecognizable, but the grinder works just fine - it's a tank.
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kid_drew
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Joined: 21 Jan 2009
Posts: 22
Location: Austin, TX
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Breville BES900XL
Grinder: Baratza Preciso
Drip: French press is the closest...
Posted Tue Aug 13, 2013, 6:58am
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Thanks for all the help!
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