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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!

Click Here (www.amazon.de)

sorry, i couldn't find an english site.

So, what do you think? Of course is not the best, or even far from being good, but will it make the job?

Cheers and thanks!

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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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Posted Fri Oct 18, 2013, 8:25am
Subject: Re: Affordable grinder

+1.  That grinder won't be a decent substitute for your bean hacker (sorry, I just can't force myself to put the words "blade" and "grinder" together).

Also, +1 on the recommendation for a manual powered grinder until you can afford a decent or (better) good electric one.

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Posted Mon Oct 21, 2013, 6:53am
Subject: Re: Affordable grinder

many of us consider the baratza vario to be an 'affordable' grinder.
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Posted Mon Oct 21, 2013, 10:32am
Subject: Re: Affordable grinder

(Another +1.. That grinder won't do.  A hario will get you started for that price range (Click Here (www.amazon.de))

Or this modified to stepless with an M8 posilock nut.
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