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Old 07-27-2020, 02:28 PM
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You know, that's a good point. Burrs do wear out, after all.

Personally, I just can't be arsed with spending extra money on it, even though new burrs are quite cheap.

Then again, I should still have a ways to go before needing new burrs. Recommended replacement is 500-1000 pounds of coffee beans processed; I'm at maybe 360 pounds (and that's being generous).
Burrs are one thing.. the other moving parts can wear too and create wobble.

I had some hand grinders.. the burrs never really had any noticeable wear but the other parts wore like crazy and messed everything up.

I give people a hard time here for megabucks level coffee gear but I think the big electric grinders people tend to have here are probably better choices... you go over to reddit and there's like a religion espousing the holy word of cheap hand grinders. The electric ones seem to almost always be an inherently more stable design with less chance the burrs move in and out of alignment.

Easy to forget people produce massive torque and not on-axis compared to an electric motor producing lower torque at way higher RPM... same problem as bottom brackets.
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Old 07-27-2020, 07:16 PM
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Yeah I need to get a real grinder too. Too bad they’re so expensive lol.

They don't have to be expensive to get a great grind. I use the Hario Skerton grinder it works great, only cost $35; the other great option is the Silva Manual Coffee Grinder Hand Coffee Bean Grinder, only cost $30; both of these use Ceramic Burrs, both get high reviews across the internet, both will do what only a very few grinders will do and that is Turkish grind.

Fancy grinders are really nice, sure, but will you taste the difference between a $35 grinder and a $350 grinder? I highly doubt it, it's a lot like people claiming a tire they use on the bike is extremely fast, it's all BS and in their heads; people spend a lot of money on something think they got the best and all others are fails when that simply is not the case in some cases. Now if you have some sort of high-end designer kitchen, and you need to keep that presentation, then maybe you need a very expensive grinder to display.
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Old 07-27-2020, 08:08 PM
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Who knew picking a coffee grinder could be so difficult?

so far this seems like the best deal:

https://www.amazon.com/Baratza-Sette...89236013&psc=1
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Old 07-30-2020, 07:25 PM
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There are many blind taste tests that show a grinder can make a big difference, particularly for espresso.

The Sette seems to get top reviews for a lesser-expensive grinder. The only common complaint is that it's noisy. Moving up from there, the Niche Zero gets top marks, and that's about the limit of what you need to spend for home espresso. Beyond that and it's about grinder longevity or bragging rights rather than taste.
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Old 07-30-2020, 08:18 PM
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There are many blind taste tests that show a grinder can make a big difference, particularly for espresso.

The Sette seems to get top reviews for a lesser-expensive grinder. The only common complaint is that it's noisy. Moving up from there, the Niche Zero gets top marks, and that's about the limit of what you need to spend for home espresso. Beyond that and it's about grinder longevity or bragging rights rather than taste.
Baratza was selling refurbished varios for $300 so I bought one. And a hand grinder to mess with because I’ve decided to take my aeropress to work.
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Old 07-30-2020, 08:39 PM
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People I trust rave about the ultra grinder. A coffee shop in Austin is starting to sell them in the us:

https://levercraftcoffee.com/collect...-ultra-grinder
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Old 07-30-2020, 09:45 PM
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People I trust rave about the ultra grinder. A coffee shop in Austin is starting to sell them in the us:

https://levercraftcoffee.com/collect...-ultra-grinder
Seems like a bargain at a mere $2200
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Old 07-30-2020, 10:25 PM
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I've got a www.decentespresso.com de1plus and a niche zero grinder. I'm REALLY happy with that combo, tho it's as far from a lever machine as you can get.
I'm close to pulling the trigger on a Niche Zero. How do you like it? I really like the aesthetic and I already load my grinder one dose at a time.
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Old 08-03-2020, 06:11 PM
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Brought home this lever at a very good price today. Seals replaced less than a year ago. Owner demonstrated pulling shots, steaming milk, and making lattae art (on the back deck with proper distancing protocols ). He kept the tamper though so I need to get a 51.5mm tamper (need) and a bottomless portafilter (want) before I start pulling the lever.

So soon, very soon, I shall pull the lever!






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Old 08-03-2020, 07:25 PM
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Nice pickup!
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Old 08-03-2020, 08:24 PM
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And I thought I was drinking the good stuff with my Clooney sponsored Nespresso machine. That machine just looks tasty!

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Old 08-03-2020, 09:40 PM
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Gorgeous!

I'm currently trying to make the most out of a Rok GC. Seems like I need a better grinder to go with it for now...
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Old 08-03-2020, 09:52 PM
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He kept the tamper though so I need to get a 51.5mm tamper (need)
https://www.etsy.com/shop/Mussatampe...g_id=567977549
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Old 08-03-2020, 10:20 PM
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Oh man, you are going to get me in trouble!!!






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Gonna pretend I didn’t see this. Mine is in the mail still and I don’t know what it needs yet.
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