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SpaceTime
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Posted Wed Dec 18, 2013, 10:16am
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brianl Said:

I had the capresso infinity. Nevermind that it's incredibly inconsistent. The reason I returned it after 3 days was the grind retention. I had to spend like 5 minutes after every grind sweeping it out.

Posted December 18, 2013 link

It appears we are doing our part to make the case that <$100 for drip / press is just not acceptable!!  Lol... don't forget, many of us who spend hundreds and thousands of dollars on coffee gear ARE the minority, for most springing for an Infinity is a buying spree!  

But it does beg the question - to stay in line with the OP's budget - what then would you recommend for <$100 for drip / FP?  Or are we back to "we have to spend $300 or bust?"  ;-)
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Posted Wed Dec 18, 2013, 10:57am
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I'm not sure of the price, but I'd suggest looking on Baratza's site for a refurbished Encore.

 
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SpaceTime
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Posted Wed Dec 18, 2013, 12:05pm
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I think the Encore and Infinity are in the same class - and an Encore for 50% more is not getting you anything for the additional price.  YMMV.

Even a refurbished for less will be more than an Infinity.
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Posted Wed Dec 18, 2013, 12:22pm
Subject: Re: Choosing a grinder for F. Press, drip, Chem (Not for espresso)
 

Didn't like the Infinity for coarse either, inconsistent, large grinds retention, and poor fines control (sucks for press). Two people I know that had them, had the same issues too. In that class/price range, the Baratza Encore is way better for coarse.... your getting a better burr set, tighter tolerances, very little grinds retention and much much better fines control (though the Preciso burr set in the Virtuoso is insanely awesome for coarse but that's out of the OP budget)

Infinity is still a hell of a lot better than a blade grinder though lol
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Posted Wed Dec 18, 2013, 6:59pm
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calblacksmith Said:

https://www.baratza.com/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?search=action&category=RFRB

Sorry, I don't know why the last link did not link. a copy paste should work but ????

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The system has trouble with https:// links - change it to http:// and it will work.

 
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Posted Thu Dec 19, 2013, 8:32am
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SpaceTime Said:

It appears we are doing our part to make the case that <$100 for drip / press is just not acceptable!!  Lol... don't forget, many of us who spend hundreds and thousands of dollars on coffee gear ARE the minority, for most springing for an Infinity is a buying spree!  

But it does beg the question - to stay in line with the OP's budget - what then would you recommend for <$100 for drip / FP?  Or are we back to "we have to spend $300 or bust?"  ;-)

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Hario Skerton with OE Mod.

$300 or bust is for espresso ;). The virtuoso I recommend can be had for 200$ if you look good enough.
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Posted Thu Dec 19, 2013, 9:48am
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brianl Said:

Hario Skerton with OE Mod.

$300 or bust is for espresso ;). The virtuoso I recommend can be had for 200$ if you look good enough.

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Convert the Skerton to stepless and you have yourself a full range grinder for under $100. Replace the clear plastic washer with a metal one and the op M6 lock holding the arm in place with an M6 acorn nut you can use a low RPM drill to make life easier.  I have owned mine for over a year and it still works like new. Once the burrs go dull you can disassemble and throw into a new one for $40.
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