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Posted Tue Nov 5, 2013, 12:02pm
Subject: Purchasing a grinder only

Hi all,

I recently posted a thread looking for advice on an espresso machine purchase and received some great feedback. After reading through a number of threads on different coffee forums I have decided, due to my budget, to only purchase a reliable grinder for now to enjoy/learn different ways of brewing other than espresso. Thoughts?

With that being said, I have done some research on grinders and to me it seems like the Baratza Vario is the way to go. My issue with the Baratza line, as shallow as it may seem are aesthetics, I simply do not like the way they look. I also looked at the Lelit pl53 but I read that this machine is primarily used for espresso only.

I am looking for a grinder that can grind beans for a pour over, french press and espresso as I will be purchasing an espresso machine in the next year or so. My budget limit would be around the Vario price range but would love to come in at a lower price tag. Please keep in mind I live in Canada, a Vario here is $469+tax @ idrinkcoffee.com.

Any suggestions or advice are greatly appreciated.

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Posted Tue Nov 5, 2013, 12:29pm
Subject: Re: Purchasing a grinder only

The Vario with steel burrs is one of the better pour over and drip grinders around.  With the ceramic burr set it does an excellent job with espresso also.

If you can get past the "looks" the performance will turn you into a Baratza aficionado.

I've had a Vario-W for a while now and had both the ceramic and steel burrs in it.
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Posted Sun Nov 10, 2013, 8:44am
Subject: Re: Purchasing a grinder only

What's your budget?  

If your willing to spend more money I would recommend a Macap stepless grinder.  I recently converted an old stepped to the stepless model and their grind adjustment type makes it easy to flip from espresso - drip - press. They are also built traditionally so they look great and are built for full commercial so they can take a beating.  PS:  They are built so well that I snapped 3 drill bits trying to mod it.  

The Macap m2m can be found for under $500 if anyone has it in stock but the M4 is better at around $575.  I'd also recommend this so you will never have to upgrade your grinder again.  So far greenbeanery.ca and espressoplanet.com are the only suppliers that have the M4 in stock.

Chriscoffee.com has them shipped to Canada for $615.
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