Tomate Senior Member Joined: 19 Sep 2013 Posts: 15 Location: berlin Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Fri Oct 18, 2013, 7:11am Subject: Affordable grinder
Hey guys, i'm having troubles with my espresso making and yes, of course, it's because of my cheap blade coffee grinder. The thing is i can't stand getting this horribly bitter coffee out of my not so bad coffee machine. I don't have enough budget now though, i know that's bad but that's what we have. So i was thinking on this one, it's cheap i know but it's probably better than a blade coffee grinder, and i'm getting a pretty awesome deal on local eBay!
Posted Fri Oct 18, 2013, 7:41am Subject: Re: Affordable grinder
I'm afraid the Russell Hobbs isn't going to be any better than your little blade grinder for espresso. Such grinders don't use cutting burrs, but crushing knobs creating a very inconsistent grind. You'd be better off looking for a good hand grinder that's capable of doing espresso. Being in Germany, you might be able to find a vintage Zassenhaus, KYM, Dienes, Armin Trosser or other such grinder at a local flea market or jumble store. The ones suitable for espresso are generally marked "Mokka." I'd recommend looking through the "Hand Grinder Jive" thread over on Home-Barista to get a good idea of what's likely to work.
I use hand grinders exclusively with my Arrarex Caravel and Zerowatt Ursula (same group, different brand name) lever machines and they're wonderful. I have a half-dozen that are all suitable for espresso, and three of them were picked up off Ebay from Germany. Being closer to the usual source of such things, you might get real lucky. Plus, they're beautiful items in their own right.
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