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peterkub
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peterkub
Joined: 1 Aug 2011
Posts: 22
Location: Granger, Indiana, USA
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Gaggia Espresso
Grinder: Compak K3 Touch
Posted Thu Jan 16, 2014, 7:02am
Subject: Help me decide on a grinder...
 

Right now my setup consists of PID'd Gaggia Espresso and Capresso Infinity grinder. I recognize grinder as the weakest link but my resources are severely limited. For now my options are:
  1. Cunill Tranquilo
  2. Ascaso I-1
  3. Iberital Challenge
  4. Le'lit PL53

Tranquilo has biggest flat burrs of the bunch, Iberital and Le'lit use the same set of Tre Spade burrs (I think). As you see all are within $300 range and I'd prefer to keep it like this ;) I know there are much better grinders to be had but it'd be at least twice the price. Another option is hunting for used one on ebay.
BTW, somehow despite all the positive feedback I'm not to convinced about Baratza, sorry.

Suggestions, anyone?

Peter
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JerDGold
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Joined: 11 Dec 2013
Posts: 82
Location: Chicago, IL
Expertise: I like coffee

Espresso: Rancilio Silvia
Grinder: Breville...
Drip: Chemex
Posted Thu Jan 16, 2014, 9:24am
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I wish someone would have told me what I'm about to tell you...
The best way to stay on budget is to not buy anything (if you can keep your need for instant gratification in check) until you get a feel for the used market on craigslist, the BST forum here and ebay.  You will be able to find a high end grinder in $300 price range, or even less.  I ended up with a Baratza Vario for 350 shipped off ebay, and then saw something else for a little less that I would have preferred a week later.  I know hindsight is 20/20 but I think if you make a list of your topic say 3-5 picks keep watching for them, you'll get what you want for a great price in no time.
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calblacksmith
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calblacksmith
Joined: 25 Nov 2007
Posts: 7,681
Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A.
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32
Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major
Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
Drip: Msl. Com. brewers
Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Thu Jan 16, 2014, 9:29am
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Have you seen this?

http://coffeegeek.com/forums/members/buysell/655751

 
In real life, my name is
Wayne P.
Anything I post is personal opinion and is only worth as much as anyone else's personal opinion. YMMV!

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peterkub
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peterkub
Joined: 1 Aug 2011
Posts: 22
Location: Granger, Indiana, USA
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Gaggia Espresso
Grinder: Compak K3 Touch
Posted Thu Jan 16, 2014, 9:35am
Subject: Re: Help me decide on a grinder...
 

Thanks, JerDGold. Right now I'm watching eBay and BTS forum, craigslist is sort of out of the picture - South Bend, IN is not a dream area for coffee afficionado :( Over past few months I found a few commercial grinders on craigslist (Jolly like) which didn't work for me because of size and distance to the sellers.

If I don't find anything suitable over next 3-4 weeks I'll be ready to pull the trigger and get one of the above, Capresso while not too bad is not too consistent and very minute adjustment can make a big difference between a good shot and undrinkable. When my SO prefers different coffee than I switching back and forth on grind fineness whilst fast is not accurate.

calblacksmith, yeah saw and it's way too big for me however tempting... There is a lot of this caliber grinders on ebay and if I had the space for it it'd be a no-brainer.
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JerDGold
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Joined: 11 Dec 2013
Posts: 82
Location: Chicago, IL
Expertise: I like coffee

Espresso: Rancilio Silvia
Grinder: Breville...
Drip: Chemex
Posted Thu Jan 16, 2014, 9:38am
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Here's another from awhile back that didn't ever seem to get sold.

"SOLD: FS Compak K3 Touch Doserless Grinder Black"
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peterkub
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Joined: 1 Aug 2011
Posts: 22
Location: Granger, Indiana, USA
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Gaggia Espresso
Grinder: Compak K3 Touch
Posted Thu Jan 16, 2014, 9:41am
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Now, this K3 is interesting... Let's see if it's still for sale.
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JerDGold
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Location: Chicago, IL
Expertise: I like coffee

Espresso: Rancilio Silvia
Grinder: Breville...
Drip: Chemex
Posted Thu Jan 16, 2014, 9:42pm
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I hope for you it is.  It went up about a day after i bought my baratza...so mad!

My first reaction was "Fine, I'll get it...let's start the grinder collection!"
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calblacksmith
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calblacksmith
Joined: 25 Nov 2007
Posts: 7,681
Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A.
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32
Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major
Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
Drip: Msl. Com. brewers
Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Fri Jan 17, 2014, 4:54am
Subject: Re: Help me decide on a grinder...
 

A personal note from me, be careful with eBay, most of the time, you are OK but I have much more confidence in gear for sale here rather than there.

 
In real life, my name is
Wayne P.
Anything I post is personal opinion and is only worth as much as anyone else's personal opinion. YMMV!

Feed the newbs, starve the trolls and above all enjoy what you drink!
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peterkub
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peterkub
Joined: 1 Aug 2011
Posts: 22
Location: Granger, Indiana, USA
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Gaggia Espresso
Grinder: Compak K3 Touch
Posted Fri Jan 17, 2014, 6:06am
Subject: Re: Help me decide on a grinder...
 

calblacksmith Said:

A personal note from me, be careful with eBay, most of the time, you are OK but I have much more confidence in gear for sale here rather than there.

Posted January 17, 2014 link

Agreed given that a lot of ebay sales are by consignment or pawn shops and here you have owners selling stuff they took proper care of. So far I've been lucky with my ebay purchases, but I always check the seller's feedback before I pull the trigger.

calblacksmith Said:

I hope for you it is.  It went up about a day after i bought my baratza...so mad!

Posted January 17, 2014 link

I know the feeling :)
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calblacksmith
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calblacksmith
Joined: 25 Nov 2007
Posts: 7,681
Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A.
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32
Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major
Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
Drip: Msl. Com. brewers
Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Fri Jan 17, 2014, 6:58am
Subject: Re: Help me decide on a grinder...
 

JerDGold Said:

I hope for you it is.  It went up about a day after i bought my baratza...so mad!

My first reaction was "Fine, I'll get it...let's start the grinder collection!"

Posted January 16, 2014 link

Actually, he said it, not me. ;D

 
In real life, my name is
Wayne P.
Anything I post is personal opinion and is only worth as much as anyone else's personal opinion. YMMV!

Feed the newbs, starve the trolls and above all enjoy what you drink!
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