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tglodjo
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tglodjo
Joined: 16 Oct 2012
Posts: 209
Location: Jackson, TN
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: La Spaziale Mini Vivaldi II
Grinder: Baratza Vario, Virtuoso
Drip: Wave, V60, Chemex, Clever
Roaster: Behmor 1600
Posted Sat Oct 12, 2013, 4:43am
Subject: Re: Pulling on Mini Vivaldi II, Early Blonding
 

Definitely an occasion to consider another grinder, but no need to spend 1k+ (though I'd love to if I had it!). The Vario is more than sufficient for espresso grind, better than the Mazzer Mini. I'm tossing around getting a Virtuoso, or another Vario so I would have an espresso grinder for decaf the rate times I'd need one.
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qualin
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qualin
Joined: 30 Jun 2012
Posts: 669
Location: Calgary, AB
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Izzo Alex Duetto 3
Grinder: Mazzer Mini Elect. Type A
Vac Pot: Looking to buy
Drip: Manual
Roaster: Considering?
Posted Sat Oct 12, 2013, 2:03pm
Subject: Re: Pulling on Mini Vivaldi II, Early Blonding
 

tglodjo Said:

Definitely an occasion to consider another grinder, but no need to spend 1k+ (though I'd love to if I had it!).

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At first, I honestly thought that spending that kind of cash on a grinder was crazy.. but it took a lot of practical experience before I realized that there is a reason why these cost so much.

I recently had a vacuum cleaner salesman at the door and they wanted $3000 for what is basically a canister, a motor, a fan and a hose. So, I went down to the local vacuum refurb shop and
picked up an older version of the same unit for about 1/5th of that. The best part about vacuum cleaners is that they don't go obsolete. :-)

tglodjo Said:

or another Vario so I would have an espresso grinder for decaf the rate times I'd need one.

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That's not a bad idea. Actually, in some ways, to have two of the same grinder on your counter looks impressive. I wish I had the counter space to do that myself.

 
Garbage In, Garbage Out, for every step of the process. From Beans to grinder, grounds to machine, coffee to cup.
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tglodjo
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tglodjo
Joined: 16 Oct 2012
Posts: 209
Location: Jackson, TN
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: La Spaziale Mini Vivaldi II
Grinder: Baratza Vario, Virtuoso
Drip: Wave, V60, Chemex, Clever
Roaster: Behmor 1600
Posted Sat Oct 12, 2013, 2:35pm
Subject: Re: Pulling on Mini Vivaldi II, Early Blonding
 

qualin, I definitely didn't mean that comment as it's ridiculous to spend 1K+ on a grinder. I simply meant that's not an option for me now. Trust me, I understand the benefits of a $1500 grinder. Can't wait until I can get one! :)

Thanks for the advice!
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alnica
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Joined: 28 Feb 2010
Posts: 84
Location: Nicaragua
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Vivaldi II
Grinder: Baratza Vario, Porlex Mini
Drip: Hario V60
Posted Sun Oct 13, 2013, 8:34pm
Subject: Re: Pulling on Mini Vivaldi II, Early Blonding
 

I guess we are all in agreement here then. Two grinders better than one. Two "expensive" grinders better than two "reasonably-priced" ones. I suppose in my own case I haven't yet fallen sufficiently in love with drip coffee to go beyond an investment of $70 (inclusive of grinder, hario drip thing and papers).... But watch this space, as those Mahlkonig grinders look mighty good :)


(* Yes I know the highlighted terms are very relative.)
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