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BKSinAZ
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Posted Wed Apr 16, 2014, 7:27pm
Subject: Least expensive conical burr grinder?
 

What would be the least expensive conical burr grinder, but not so inexpensive that quality is thrown away?
Looking for something home use.... or shorter than the commercials.
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Posted Wed Apr 16, 2014, 8:19pm
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Do some research on the Baratza Preciso and the Lelit PL53....you'll have plenty of reading as there have been lots of discussions.

What is your budget?
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Posted Wed Apr 16, 2014, 8:29pm
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+1

What size burrs do you want?  Are you looking only for an electric one or are you also considering manual powered?

...and what are you planning to use it for?  espresso?

are you willing to buy used?  refurbished?

 
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Posted Wed Apr 16, 2014, 8:44pm
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espresso and milk based.
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Posted Wed Apr 16, 2014, 10:37pm
Subject: Re: Least expensive conical burr grinder?
 

ok, that's a start.  what about the other questions?

Orphan Espresso has the Lido 2 in production, due to start shipping next month. The cost is less than $200. I'm 99% sure they're using the same burr set as in the Lido 1, which is 38mm.  They also are still making the Pharos grinder sporadically.  It uses 68mm burrs and sells for $245.  Both of those are manual powered.

 
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Posted Thu Apr 17, 2014, 6:45am
Subject: Re: Least expensive conical burr grinder?
 

A really cheap conical burr grinder - $70 for a refurb - is the Capresso Infinity. The burrs look a lot like the Lido burrs too and a forum search shows how to mod it for stepless and finer grinding as well. Will it have some drawbacks? Probably, but it will grind fine enough for espresso.

EricBNC: capresso-conical-burr-grinder vs lido.jpg
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I chew coffee beans with my teeth while gargling with 195 F water to enjoy coffee. What is this "coffee brewing" device you speak of?
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Posted Thu Apr 17, 2014, 7:03am
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EricBNC Said:

A really cheap conical burr grinder - $70 for a refurb - is the Capresso Infinity. The burrs look a lot like the Lido burrs too and a forum search shows how to mod it for stepless and finer grinding as well. Will it have some drawbacks? Probably, but it will grind fine enough for espresso.

Posted April 17, 2014 link

It won't, had an Infinity, modded stepless as well. Not good for espresso at all, Preciso is far better. Even the Encore is better for coarse. Infinity has poor consistancy, yeh it can grind fine, but that fineness is more fines production/dust which is horrible for espresso, and it has a large amount of retention for such a small grinder. It's passable for coarse, but I'd take an Encore over it any day.

If you want the cheapest espresso capable grinder, Hario Skerton and step-less mod, guarantee it'll be better then a modded Infinity.
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Posted Thu Apr 17, 2014, 7:28am
Subject: Re: Least expensive conical burr grinder?
 

There are a lot of posts and reviews that would point towards a different conclusion about the Infinity...

Here is one example:

Click Here (coffeegeek.com)

 
I chew coffee beans with my teeth while gargling with 195 F water to enjoy coffee. What is this "coffee brewing" device you speak of?
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Posted Thu Apr 17, 2014, 8:06am
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EricBNC Said:

There are a lot of posts and reviews that would point towards a different conclusion about the Infinity...

Here is one example:

Click Here (coffeegeek.com)

Posted April 17, 2014 link

yes, and reading them it's basically all newbs who don't know better when you go through the reviews on it or on forums. I had an Infinity and modded it, got rid of it, useless for espresso.... unless you like channeling poorly extracted/tasting shots as the grind quality isn't consistent, and has commercial grinder retention is a small home user grinder. Friend started with an Infinity too with a Delonghi (who got us started with the same package), then modded it as well when I did as he depressurized his machine, samething, useless for espresso. I mean seriously, the link you posted the user says a Super Jolley, Vario etc are barely better then an Infinity for espresso, LOL. it's ok for a pressurized espresso machine, nothing more. It's like the guy on CF that was telling me I was nutz to get rid of my Infinity b/c he somehow has a magical Infinity that grinds as well as any high end commercial grinder, even sent me emails saying "you and your coffeegeek brethren blah blah blah, I can take my Infinity on a $5k machine and outperform any of you with your setups, it's all about barista quality/knowing how to use your grinder" hahahaha

Guarentee with money on it that a Hario Skerton with step-less mods will outperform an modded Infinity easily on a depressurized entry machine or regular machine.
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Posted Thu Apr 17, 2014, 8:18am
Subject: Re: Least expensive conical burr grinder?
 

EricBNC Said:

There are a lot of posts and reviews that would point towards a different conclusion about the Infinity...

Here is one example:

Click Here (coffeegeek.com)

Posted April 17, 2014 link

Sure. Had one (still have it for french press). If you spend some time calibrating, use the same coffee all the time, and don't mind your shots taking 20 to 50 seconds it's fine. Even modded stepless the adjustment is extremely touchy, a minute adjustments gives big difference on shots. After long suffering I caved in and bought a dedicated espresso grinder I'm happy with.

Good things to say about capresso? Size and consistency as long as you don't let adjustment ring move.
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