CMIN Senior Member Joined: 14 Jun 2012 Posts: 1,612 Location: South FL Expertise: I like coffee
Espresso: CC1 Grinder: Baratza
Posted Fri Dec 20, 2013, 7:54am Subject: Re: Looking for a budget espresso grinder
I'll also add though you want 1 grinder to do it all, the Baratza Preciso and Vario can, however their best left for a single purpose (either espresso or drip/coarse use). Switching back and forth can cause extra wear and tear which will throw off your settings that worked before, and in the case of the Preciso you'll put a ton of wear on the adjustment ring and have to replace it frequently. So yeh their capable, but not recommended to use like that.
Also depends on what machine your getting, if your getting a cheap entry level pressurized portafilter machine then your best off getting something like the Encore which can handle a pressurized machine and b/c it's only large macro steps you can switch back and for between that machine, drip, press etc no prob. If your getting a normal real espresso machine, your going to need an espresso capable grinder period, minimum of about $300 to start and up from there. And for your drip and press needs, there's a number of hand grinders that could handle those needs like the Lido or a modded Skerton etc.
dwRK Senior Member Joined: 14 Sep 2013 Posts: 92 Location: Houston Expertise: Just starting
Posted Fri Dec 20, 2013, 4:33pm Subject: Re: Looking for a budget espresso grinder
like others have mentioned...$150 is very difficult...possible but takes lots of time, patience and good luck, and still will not give your the versatility you desire...
for the price, just to give you an example, i decided to go cheapest of the cheap just to see how low i can go...i wanted 63-65mm burrs...after about 6 months on ebay and others, finally got a "nuova ricambi" branded bregant dsq for $20 + $70 2-day air (seller did ship by air i didn't question why on earth...). it needs a new bearing and legs, throwing in a new set of burrs...total out of pocket about $150. since i fixed it up myself...no additional "cost" to me...it could have been $100 if ships by land...and theoretically $50 left over for a consumer burr grinder for drips.
anything around your price range will need work...if you're unlucky can cost a lot more than you bargain for.
Yes, if electricity is a requirement. The LIDO is one heck of a coarse grinder for $150, and the Pharos is unmatched in quality / price for $250. You would have to spend $1500 to get 68mm conical burrs and comparable grind quality, and results in the cup.
Doug Garrott really created a quandary at OE when he created grinders that competed with electric grinders that are 2x - 5x the cost. I like Doug LOL.
I love my LIDO and Pharos - if budget is your limiter, pull the plug...
xmalachi Senior Member Joined: 18 Dec 2013 Posts: 3 Location: St. Louis Expertise: Just starting
Posted Thu Dec 26, 2013, 9:02am Subject: Re: Looking for a budget espresso grinder
Wow, I guess I had no idea that I was so far off on a budget for a grinder. Initial searches have shown how expensive grinders can really get. I guess I will settle with getting a grinder for FP and drip for now then look for a hand grinder in the future for espresso. I appreciate the responses here and will definitely reference this in the future when I have the budget for a hand grinder. From what I can tell, it might be beneficial for me to run separate grinders anyways as to avoid the wear and tear. I guess I wasn't really aware of the vast difference between a grinder for FP and one for espresso. I'm still quite new to this world so forgive me for my ignorance! I appreciate you guys giving me great suggestions though. I think with my current budget I am going to go with a Baratza Encore based on reviews I've read and praise for their customer service. Again, thanks for the information guys. I've still got a long way to go!
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