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Vivaldi
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Location: Minnesota
Expertise: Pro Roaster

Espresso: Spaziale Vivaldi II
Grinder: Mazzer Super Jolly
Drip: Technivorm
Roaster: Hottop
Posted Thu Apr 14, 2011, 8:08am
Subject: Best Grinder for Drip Coffee?
 

I'm using a Mazzer Mini to grind coffee for our Technivorm.  I've read that espresso grinders may not be ideal for drip.  Any suggestions/recommendations?
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jliedeka
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Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Expertise: I live coffee

Grinder: Rocky Stainless
Drip: Technivorm, Chemex,...
Roaster: Behmor, heat gun
Posted Thu Apr 14, 2011, 8:15am
Subject: Re: Best Grinder for Drip Coffee?
 

I disagree.  Espresso grinders tend to have larger burrs giving a more even grind.  While that is less critical for drip, especially if you use paper filters, it does help for the most even extraction.

I've been using my Rocky for drip for years.

    Jim

 
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JPDyson
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Expertise: I love coffee

Grinder: Virtuoso
Vac Pot: Yama tc5
Drip: V60, Bonmac, Chemex
Roaster: Behmor, Poppery II
Posted Thu Apr 14, 2011, 8:24am
Subject: Re: Best Grinder for Drip Coffee?
 

I can't imagine the Mazzer being insufficient. However, if for some reason you wanted a separate one, by far the best deal going (to me) is the Baratza/Starbucks Barista Refurb for $80.

 
--Josh
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AaronMiller
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Posted Thu Apr 14, 2011, 11:28am
Subject: Re: Best Grinder for Drip Coffee?
 

Bunn LPG Low Profile Portion Control Grinder
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JPDyson
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Posted Thu Apr 14, 2011, 12:05pm
Subject: Re: Best Grinder for Drip Coffee?
 

AaronMiller Said:

Bunn LPG Low Profile Portion Control Grinder

Posted April 14, 2011 link

Slightly overkill, perhaps.

 
--Josh
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Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A.
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Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32
Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major
Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
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Posted Thu Apr 14, 2011, 12:17pm
Subject: Re: Best Grinder for Drip Coffee?
 

It sort of depends on your price range. I have a Solis 166 that does a great job but not as good as my NS MCD65. The Solis is much smaller and only cost 1/6 or less than the NS. My SJs are only for espresso as I find dialing them in for espresso after grinding for other brewing methods is tiresome. There is no reason the Mazzer should not do well but then there are those who say that, on average, espresso grinders do not perform as well for drip or press as they do for espresso. It comes down to burr design and the size of the coffee ground that you are looking for.

 
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gime2much
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Posted Thu Apr 14, 2011, 12:37pm
Subject: Re: Best Grinder for Drip Coffee?
 

AaronMiller Said:

Bunn LPG Low Profile Portion Control Grinder

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Yep, the one I have will beat the pants off my Macap and Zip espresso grinders for drip. Might want to look at what Mark Prince has to say about the new Preciso. Mine is due to arrive on Tuesday.


JPDyson Said:

Slightly overkill, perhaps.

Posted April 14, 2011 link


Isn't everything we do here with coffee overkill?

 
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Posted Thu Apr 14, 2011, 6:52pm
Subject: Re: Best Grinder for Drip Coffee?
 

gime2much Said:

Isn't everything we do here with coffee overkill?

Posted April 14, 2011 link

Overkill?

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jkoll42
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Drip: Technivorm, Chemex
Roaster: Honey Badger 1K, HG/BM
Posted Thu Apr 14, 2011, 7:08pm
Subject: Re: Best Grinder for Drip Coffee?
 

I adore my overkill LGP and it has produced the most amazing cups.   Of course it depends on your budget - or in my case your luck on craigslist!
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JPDyson
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Roaster: Behmor, Poppery II
Posted Fri Apr 15, 2011, 6:06am
Subject: Re: Best Grinder for Drip Coffee?
 

Yeah, yeah - I'm getting that impression. Still, I think you can get CRAZY good results with a far more reasonable grinder, and that for auto-drip coffee, a $600+ grinder is the definition of diminishing returns. Spend a hundo and get to brewing.

 
--Josh
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