Posted Thu Jan 16, 2014, 6:02am 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:
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.
JerDGold Senior Member Joined: 11 Dec 2013 Posts: 142 Location: Chicago, IL Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: La Spaziale Mini Vivaldi II Grinder: Baratza Vario Drip: Chemex
Posted Thu Jan 16, 2014, 8:24am Subject: Re: Help me decide on a grinder...
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.
Posted Thu Jan 16, 2014, 8:35am 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.
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.
I hope for you it is. It went up about a day after i bought my baratza...so mad!
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