calblacksmith Moderator Joined: 25 Nov 2007 Posts: 5,684 Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A. Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: ECM Veneziano A1 Grinder: Many different commercial Vac Pot: 40s era Silex Drip: Milita, Bunn&Curtis... Roaster: Cast iron pan, gas burner
Posted Fri Jan 27, 2012, 7:37am Subject: Re: Coffee Grinder for home use
I always take Amazon reviews with a hand full of salt. Most of them are from people who don't know what they want or buy something thinking it is one thing and not paying attention that it is something else.
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SeeMySpots Senior Member Joined: 27 Jan 2012 Posts: 2 Location: Phoenix, AZ Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Delonghi Kmix Grinder: Cheap Black & Decker Conical... Drip: Not worth mentioning Roaster: mmmm some day
Posted Fri Jan 27, 2012, 5:33pm Subject: Re: Coffee Grinder for home use
I'm new to the forum, although I have been "stalking coffeegeek.com" since I received my new espresso machine. I love you guys and hope to be as informed some day....
I'm not ready to invest in a grinder yet but I was curious if anyone has a recommendation on a doser. Basically, I'm looking for some time of hopper/doser that I can put my ground espresso into that will then "dump" a set amount directly into my portafilter basket and finally tamp it?
I realize that I am taking a leap of faith here and that I may not even be in the correct forum string. I greatly appreciate any advice you kind coffee lovers can provide me.
Finally, I've noticed that many of you reference Amazon's links so I was curious if you all know about the CoffeeGeek Amazon Affiliate Link (Click Here (www.amazon.com)). I did not know about it until I happened upon the holiday gifts article. =)
Posted Wed Feb 1, 2012, 7:25am Subject: Re: Coffee Grinder for home use
I have a confession to make, I've been having my stuff pre-ground. *GASP!* I even use a Northwest Glass Yama TCA-5D vac pot with it. The dark roast I get tastes pretty darn good to me in it.
But, I'm sure it could be better, I want to get a burr grinder, but I can't bring myself to spend more then 200. I'm in a similar boat as original poster, just smaller budget. I know, you get what you pay for. But still. You think there'd be a machine that doesn't have a ton of bad reviews on Amazon. Even the Baratza Meastro Plus at 129$ has a bunch terrible reviews on Amazon compared to the good reviews. It scares me I'm just throwing a hundred bucks away.
I'm fairly happy with it. I think it's a good value for the money - it's as good or slightly better than a modified Hario Mini Mill, not as good as a Ditting (Duh), but good throughput.
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