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Old 10-16-2008, 12:52 AM   #1
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Default Recommend a Burr grinder

Looking for decent Burr grinder that wont break the bank. New to the Mokapot scene, thanks to Tzaddi.

Read where a Burr is recommended over my old whirlybird. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-16-2008, 05:27 AM   #2
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Looking for decent Burr grinder that wont break the bank. New to the Mokapot scene, thanks to Tzaddi.

Read where a Burr is recommended over my old whirlybird. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Not sure what will break the bank for you? $200-300 on up is where it is at but there are cheaper ones, I want mine to last and not be disposable so I stayed in the better range.
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I used a whirly blade for my mokapot for many years with good results, a burr will give you excellent results.
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Old 10-16-2008, 07:12 AM   #3
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I use a Gaggia MDF grinder and am very satisfied. I paid less than 200 for it.
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I use a Gaggia MDF grinder and am very satisfied. I paid less than 200 for it.
What did you pay $199.99? I have not seen one for less than $206 new.

Used is a good way to get a great grinder cheap and buy new burrs.
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Old 10-16-2008, 12:53 PM   #5
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Looking for decent Burr grinder that wont break the bank. New to the Mokapot scene, thanks to Tzaddi.

Read where a Burr is recommended over my old whirlybird. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Bob,

When I get home this weekend I can tell you about the one I purchased a few months ago.

Here is the low down. I will provide photos as well.

Capresso Infinity Conical Burr Grinder
Commercial Grade, Solid Conical Steel Burrs w/Advanced Cutting Design for High Precision Grinding
$98.99

For maximum aroma and flavor retention nothing beats the Infinity Conical Burr Grinder series. Computer controlled special grinding heads cut the angles and shapes of the steel burrs to within 0.1 mm precision (1/250 of 1 inch). Burrs are produced as matched pairs and are hand-assembled in Switzerland for precise fit. The multiple gear motor produces the slowest grinding action (< 450 rpm) resulting in highest precision grinding from Turkish fine to percolator coarse.
Heavy-duty zinc die-cast housing
Extremely wide range from Turkish fine to coarse for all kinds of coffee preparation
Clearly marked fineness settings: 4 extra fine, fine, regular, & coarse; total of 16 settings
Commercial grade, solid conical steel burrs w/advanced cutting design for high precision grinding
Gear reduction motor grinds slow w/reduced noise & little static build-up
Slowest grinding speed in its class creates less friction & heat build up preserving max aroma & flavor in any grind setting
Safety lock system
Upper conical burr removable for easy cleaning
Tight fitting ground coffee container (holds up to 4 oz. of ground coffee)
See through bean container holds up to 8.8 oz. of beans
Timer can be set to grind from 5 to 60 seconds
Pulse grinding possible
Elegant, timeless and user-friendly design
Cleaning brush and measuring scoop included
Watt/Volt/Hertz: 100W, 120V, 60Hz
UL Listed
Dimensions: 10.8” x 5.4” x 7.7”
Weight: 6.1 lbs.
1 Year Limited Warranty for Household Use
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Old 10-16-2008, 01:10 PM   #6
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Yep this one is outstanding Capresso Infinity Conical Burr Grinder
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Old 10-16-2008, 01:12 PM   #7
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How much $$$?

Also, browse: http://coffeegeek.com/reviews/grinde...ll=&Letter=A#A
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Old 10-16-2008, 02:37 PM   #8
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Thanks guys! I am guessing I should stay away from this one?
http://www.ecost.com/Detail.aspx?edp...avid=155441519
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I love my Capresso, worth the extra $$ in my opinion.
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Old 10-16-2008, 11:16 PM   #10
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I have a Rancilio Rocky that works wonderfully!
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Old 10-17-2008, 06:23 AM   #11
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What did you pay $199.99? I have not seen one for less than $206 new.

Used is a good way to get a great grinder cheap and buy new burrs.
Actually about $160 from WLL refurbished.
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Old 10-17-2008, 08:15 AM   #12
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Default Re: Recommend a Burr grinder

I have like a $50 Krups one that does the job. But I'm sure its nowhere near the $200+ ones. Might upgrade grinder, but I gotta get a scale to weigh beans first
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Old 10-17-2008, 01:34 PM   #13
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Default Re: Recommend a Burr grinder

I'd give another positive review to the Capresso Infinity Conical Burr Grinder. I've only had mine a month or so but am really liking it so far. It struck me as a good compromise between whirly-blade and Rocky kind of money if you're new to the bean and not sure where you're going with it yet.
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Old 10-19-2008, 10:35 AM   #14
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Default Re: Recommend a Burr grinder

I arrived home last night and as promised here are a few photos of the Capresso Infinity Conical Burr Grinder.

It might be interesting for some to be able to see what the heck a conical burr looks like.








And here is a shot of the mocha pot showing why we go to such lengths.

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Default Re: Recommend a Burr grinder

I use a Capresso Infinity as well. I had to develop new static-handling skills, but having done that I'm happy with the Capresso. I'm willing to remain blissfully ignorant of $500 grinders until I have the means to acquire one. In the meantime the Infinity certainly beats the beans out the old whirly blade.
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I use a Capresso Infinity as well. I had to develop new static-handling skills, but having done that I'm happy with the Capresso. I'm willing to remain blissfully ignorant of $500 grinders until I have the means to acquire one. In the meantime the Infinity certainly beats the beans out the old whirly blade.
I understand your reference to static, could you share your technique to overcome this? Thanks.
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I understand your reference to static, could you share your technique to overcome this? Thanks.
It's just a matter of tapping the grounds container at various times to discharge the static. A couple times in the front while grinding (the container tends to vibrate out of place, so this keeps the container in place as well) and then a couple times on each side when the grinding is complete. It's not a complete solution, but it helps keep the mess down a little.
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I understand your reference to static, could you share your technique to overcome this? Thanks.
If you whip a bamboo chopstick inside the grounds reservoir for a second or two that'll usually kill static.
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It's just a matter of tapping the grounds container at various times to discharge the static. A couple times in the front while grinding (the container tends to vibrate out of place, so this keeps the container in place as well) and then a couple times on each side when the grinding is complete. It's not a complete solution, but it helps keep the mess down a little.
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If you whip a bamboo chopstick inside the grounds reservoir for a second or two that'll usually kill static.
Tapping and whipping.

Need I repeat any particular incantation?

thanks for the tips. Sounds like good juju to me.
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Mazzer Mini. You are looking at about $550 to $670, shop around, don't forget ebay.

The Mazzer Jolly is it's big brother, but it probably won't fit under your kitchen cabinets. Conical burr grinders are the ultimate but at 3X the price.
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