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Posted Tue Mar 18, 2014, 8:57pm
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I have come across an hybrid grinder - DRM and it got me thinking; why are there not a lot of these? Save for the Versalab M3 and the DRM/Cimbali Hybrid. Is there an advantage to this configuration? Also, being of this configuration, does it create or expose hidden characteristics in coffees?
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Posted Wed Mar 19, 2014, 6:46am
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bongani Said:

I have come across an hybrid grinder - DRM and it got me thinking; why are there not a lot of these? Save for the Versalab M3 and the DRM/Cimbali Hybrid. Is there an advantage to this configuration? Also, being of this configuration, does it create or expose hidden characteristics in coffees?

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Well it's another feature to use when marketing their products
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Posted Thu Mar 20, 2014, 4:38pm
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Hybrids are set up so that the conical burrs break up the beans into small enough grinds that the flat burrs can handle them quickly, without adding a lot of heat, and without a lot of wear.

Does the design work?   "Yes," to the extent that hybrids are over achievers for size and price.  But also "no," in the sense that while hybrids perform well at their price levels none are in the same class as the real Titans -- big flat or big conical.  

Burrs and "in the cup" performance aside, both the Versalab and Max have some serious use issues.  

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Posted Fri Mar 21, 2014, 1:20am
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boar_d_laze Said:

Does the design work?   "Yes," to the extent that hybrids are over achievers for size and price.  But also "no," in the sense that while hybrids perform well at their price levels none are in the same class as the real Titans -- big flat or big conical.  

Rich

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I checked the Titan Grinder Project site and have to admit, it's time to make an addition to my grinders - Nuova Simonelli Grinta and Mazzer Mini. I will be making a jump and a Cimbali Junior is on the cards. I have noted it's direct drive with 64mm flat burrs, would that degrade the quality of the coffee regarding heat transfer? I will be making a maximum 8 shots daily.
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