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Old 01-14-2012, 01:16 AM   #1
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So, Dani, the coffee fanatic here, has been making do with a whirlyblade grinder. After reading through the threads here, it's obvious that she needs a burr grinder. Any recommendations? NOT looking to spend a fortune....please be reasonable.
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Old 01-14-2012, 05:47 AM   #2
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I bought the Bodum burr grinder and have liked it so far. Does well for French press or moka pot. Just did a grind for a drip maker yesterday and it worked well too. Something like $80-90 of Amazon. Easy to clean also. Only complaint is that it's a bit noisy, but since it's not running for that long, it's not an issue.
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What's the method you use to brew Scott?
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Old 01-14-2012, 07:28 AM   #4
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I was looking at one that I have seen many people have Purchased. It is sold at bed bath and beyond. It's $50.
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Capresso Infinity Conical Burr grinder is what I use and recommend it to those looking for their first burr grinder. Does a great job and can be had for around $100. Don't expect burr grinders in this price range to do a great job for finer grinds.
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Old 01-14-2012, 10:53 AM   #6
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Thanks for the feedback guys! As to what she uses now, I would assume drip process. I'm not the coffee drinker......I just obsess over things for her.
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Old 01-14-2012, 11:44 AM   #7
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I have one of these cuisinart things and it's been working fine for several years. Not great reviews on Amazon, but I think some of those reviewers have pretty high expectations for a $40 burr grinder. I find that it does not create a perfect grind and would not be great for a high end espresso maker but does great for drip coffee makers on a medium grind. There is a little dust created in the grinding process, so when you french press with it there is some fine dust that gets through the screen and makes a small amount of sludge at the bottom of the cup.
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Old 01-14-2012, 12:18 PM   #8
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Had that exact Cuisinart burr grinder and it smoked.....literally. Filled the kitchen with burnt electrical smoke....not again. Was never happy with the grind; always some "dust" that wasn't the ticket for the French Press. OK for $40.00 if it doesn't set your house on fire, I guess....

Ended up buying a Baratza Virtuoso conical burr mill. Here's some great details and comparisions over at "Sweet Maria's" on the machine. Also, if you check the Baratza web site, they usually have refurbished machines for sale, though they are out now until after the first of the month.

This is one of those things that was bloody expensive.....and damn well worth it every time I use it. It makes perfect ground coffee, as course or fine as you'd like. Never had a problem, sounds like it'll last a long time. I'd buy another one, tomorrow.....
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Old 01-14-2012, 12:55 PM   #9
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Had that exact Cuisinart burr grinder and it smoked.....literally. Filled the kitchen with burnt electrical smoke....not again. Was never happy with the grind; always some "dust" that wasn't the ticket for the French Press. OK for $40.00 if it doesn't set your house on fire, I guess....

No smoke for me, yet... I can think of many ways that I am in more danger of burning my house down than a little electrical appliance (month old christmas tree with 8 strings of lights on it all plugged into the same outlet, for example). The fine dust is an issue with french press, didn't bother me too much, but it is there and I can imagine it would bug many.
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Capresso Infinity Conical Burr grinder is what I use and recommend it to those looking for their first burr grinder. Does a great job and can be had for around $100. Don't expect burr grinders in this price range to do a great job for finer grinds.
I have had this grinder for close to 4 years--it works GREAT!. I paid $65.99 for it, being it is a factory refurbished unit. They are regularly being sold for $89.99 just about every place I check.

It grinds for my Moka Pot very well as well as drip, french press, everything except for espresso--Like Christos said it probably won't do a great job for real fine grinds.
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I picked up a Baratza Maestro for $99 shipped off Amazon, can't find the exact model or price there anymore though.

But it's been working great for the 13 months I've had it. Been pretty negligent too, I've cleaned it maybe 2-3 times.


Found it, this is the exact unit.
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So, Dani, the coffee fanatic here, has been making do with a whirlyblade grinder. After reading through the threads here, it's obvious that she needs a burr grinder. Any recommendations? NOT looking to spend a fortune....please be reasonable.
I am finding that the coffee experience is much like the cigar experience. I started out with a inexpensive burr grinder like some are suggesting. They work OK but...

I moved up to a Rocky grinder. It works so much better and is much more adjustable. It is also much more expensive. I used mine for moka pot and french press brewing for over a year now. I have ground several pounds so far. Then I moved up to an espresso machine.

I bought a Expobar Brewtus IV-R. Now it is obvious that the Rocky is not up to the task of providing consistent enough grinds to get great espresso. So, I ordered a Compak K10 Professional Barista K10, real expensive.

Do you see the trend?

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Old 02-01-2012, 09:56 PM   #13
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I started with the Capresso burr grinder as well. It was relatively inexpensive compared to the other options and I could "test the waters" without going overboard. It was noisy and fairly messy, but got the job done.

I'm thinking of upgrading to a KitchenAid Pro Line Series Burr Coffee Mill. I don't have any experience with it yet, but the reviews appear to be fairly solid.
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Capresso Infinity Conical Burr grinder is what I use and recommend it to those looking for their first burr grinder. Does a great job and can be had for around $100. Don't expect burr grinders in this price range to do a great job for finer grinds.
This is what I use and am very happy with it.
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