bschap Senior Member Joined: 2 Jul 2004 Posts: 12 Location: new york city Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Tue Jan 8, 2008, 6:21am Subject: best $300 grinder for press and drip?
a couple of years ago I was in this forum asking the same question...I ended up buying a rancilio rocky doserless grinder. it seems today that many people swear by their baratza (although I can find negative reviews on both rocky and baratza).
so, other than these two machines, are there any other contenders for the champion coffee grinder for press and drip?
Posted Tue Jan 8, 2008, 6:36am Subject: Re: best $300 grinder for press and drip?
I had a SMP, Rocky and now a Mazzer Super Jolly and anything Rocky and up is great. The benefits of the Mazzer are easy to access grind exit chute rock solid construction and burrs that probably won't be worn out in regular home use (especially with press/drip grinding).
The Mazzers are such nice grinders regardless of brewing method.
JonathanSwan Senior Member Joined: 22 Oct 2007 Posts: 54 Location: Rochester, New York Expertise: Professional
Espresso: Nuova Simonelli Program V,... Grinder: Mazzer Super Jolley
Posted Tue Jan 8, 2008, 12:47pm Subject: Re: best $300 grinder for press and drip?
Rocky's are a great buy in the $300 level. A nice alternative to that grinder in that same level are the Lux grinders under many different manufacturer names such as Nemox and Pasquini. I happen to really like these grinders because they have infinite grind settings. They do a nice job with consistency, and are doserless. Their design is also nice for home use given that some models come with a grounds tray to capture those grinds that may overflow. I agree with everyone else in this thread though, if you're willing... a used Mazzer is a great option. Mazzer is paramount in the home grinder class.
Posted Tue Jan 8, 2008, 6:17pm Subject: Re: best $300 grinder for press and drip?
Rocky's an awfully good grinder, and the Baratza's would be a downgrade. Espresso generally demands a more precise grind than drip/press and Rock is a legit espresso caliber grinder. Is there something wrong with your drip/press coffee that you want to improve? Yes the blades do need to replaced eventually. I'm not sure what the Rocky's blades are rated at, but my guess is that it's several hundred pounds of coffee (I know the Mazzer Mini is rated at 300kg). I've heard some say that you should change your blades far more frequently (e.g., 1/3 as much coffee), but it's hard to imagine that a Rocky is falling apart after only a couple of years of home use.
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