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Posted Fri Mar 7, 2014, 9:04am
Subject: why don't we have a grinder buying guide?
 

So, as the title asks...

...if the machine is merely a device that pumps hot water through a puck...why then, do we have a long sticky about how to choose one, but nothing similar about grinders?

We all adamantly post about how improtant the grinder is, and there are even some great comments from people like Rich, saying how the machine merely showcases the grinder's ability/output quality (or lack there of).  

Far be it from me to be the guy to write it. Sure, I know a little, but I'm not even close to being an expert on grinders.

 
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Posted Fri Mar 7, 2014, 9:46am
Subject: Re: why don't we have a grinder buying guide?
 

There is this, but it might benefit from an update:

Click Here (coffeegeek.com)

I think it's worthwhile to have a sticky to address the essential role of the grinder. There are multiple newbie posts, every day, where new members prioritize the machine over the grinder. The inevitable floodgates then open, and experienced members have to impress upon these people the importance of a grinder in espresso making. Sometimes, I suspect, this even scares some fledgling members away. We've seen this played out a gazillion times.

A grinder sticky would be a good preemptive strike, so to speak.
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Posted Fri Mar 7, 2014, 2:48pm
Subject: Re: why don't we have a grinder buying guide?
 

Because Coffeenoobie put forth the effort to write the one for espresso machines but no one has for grinders.
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Posted Fri Mar 7, 2014, 7:42pm
Subject: Re: why don't we have a grinder buying guide?
 

I agree this would be a great idea. Let's put it out there that anyone feeling inclined to give a good basic rundown on the big picture of grinders, write it up and post it. If a few of us agree that one in particular would fit the bill I would be suprised if Mark wouldn't go along with it. As we all know the grinder is at least as important as the machine, the same reasoning as the machine sticky would hold true.
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Posted Sat Mar 8, 2014, 4:29pm
Subject: Re: why don't we have a grinder buying guide?
 

I would definitely appreciate someone putting in the effort.  I am currently in the market for one, and I have had difficulty identifying the pro and cons of various types.
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Posted Mon Mar 10, 2014, 3:10pm
Subject: Re: why don't we have a grinder buying guide?
 

Guatemalan Said:

I am currently in the market for one, and I have had difficulty identifying the pro and cons of various types.

Posted March 8, 2014 link

Start a new thread in the grinder section so we can help you as an individual.  

In your first post, tells us what you can about:
  • Your price range;
  • The intended purpose(s);
  • What kind of espresso machine you use;
  • Whether you prefer an electric or manual grinder;
  • Whether you're willing to use a manual grinder if the performance/price ratio is strong enough;
  • Whether your willing to trade build quality for performance/price or vice versa;
  • Whether you prefer conical or flat burrs if you have a preference; and
  • Anything else you can think of.

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Posted Mon Mar 10, 2014, 3:29pm
Subject: Re: why don't we have a grinder buying guide?
 

Might want to add size limitations.  Just thinking of the poor soul that buys a Mazzer Major because they want a big flat burr and find that it doesn't come close to fitting under thier cabinets...and just think of those with a K-10 Fresh or Robur.  ;-)
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Posted Mon Mar 10, 2014, 3:43pm
Subject: Re: why don't we have a grinder buying guide?
 

uscfroadie Said:

Might want to add size limitations.

Posted March 10, 2014 link

Good point, Merle.  WE should.  And thanks for volunteering.

Just thinking of the poor soul that buys a Mazzer Major because they want a big flat burr and find that it doesn't come close to fitting under thier cabinets...and just think of those with a K-10 Fresh or Robur.  ;-)

 Or, for that matter, a Ceado E92; a grinder of a size I prefer to think of as "majestic" rather than "ridiculous."

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Posted Fri Mar 14, 2014, 10:34am
Subject: Re: why don't we have a grinder buying guide?
 

Well, I just threw together one for newbies with La Pavonis who need a cheap but effective grinder, since the La Pavoni does not tolerate bad beans or bad grinding:
http://coffeegeek.com/forums/espresso/grinders/662122
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Now all we need is Helen to write her 'grinder upgrade guide' and make it a sticky (hint, hint).
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