emradguy Senior Member Joined: 31 Mar 2011 Posts: 3,684 Location: Houston Expertise: I live coffee
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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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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.
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.
uscfroadie Senior Member Joined: 2 Aug 2008 Posts: 466 Location: San Antonio Expertise: I live coffee
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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. ;-)
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."
Buckley Senior Member Joined: 25 Jan 2011 Posts: 423 Location: Internet Expertise: I love coffee
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 B Now all we need is Helen to write her 'grinder upgrade guide' and make it a sticky (hint, hint).
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