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JavaGator
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Posted Tue Oct 9, 2012, 4:45am
Subject: I Need Basic Grinder to Pair with Brazen
 

I am currently using one of those Magic Bullet grinders.  It's an all purpose grinder and while it can grind the beans it creates a very uneven grind.  I only use the Brazen so I don't need a commercial quality grinder for multiple grinds.  What low to mid price grinder ($75 to $125) will produce the most consistent grind for the Brazen?  Looking for simplicity and low maintenance.  Thanks.
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Posted Tue Oct 9, 2012, 5:32am
Subject: Re: I Need Basic Grinder to Pair with Brazen
 

Baratza Encore, Bullet is great for food type stuff but not beans
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Posted Tue Oct 9, 2012, 7:58am
Subject: Re: I Need Basic Grinder to Pair with Brazen
 

Encore would be my firs recommendation as well, but it's just outside your range.  you can also keep an eye out for a refurb on the Baratza website.

No personal experience, but a Capresso Infinity would be a fair consideration and within your range.
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Posted Tue Oct 9, 2012, 8:34am
Subject: Re: I Need Basic Grinder to Pair with Brazen
 

The Bodum Bistro is pretty much on a par with the Infinity, but costs a bit more I think.  But you might consider it for other reasons, although it's getting quite close in price to the Encore.
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Posted Tue Oct 9, 2012, 9:13am
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The encore looks good. I was looking for a grinder that I could just place the gold
filter under to fill and not use a separate container. Is that practical or too messy?
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Posted Tue Oct 9, 2012, 9:39am
Subject: Re: I Need Basic Grinder to Pair with Brazen
 

JavaGator Said:

The encore looks good. I was looking for a grinder that I could just place the gold
filter under to fill and not use a separate container. Is that practical or too messy?

Posted October 9, 2012 link

Off the top of my head I can't think of a non-commercial grinder that will do that.  But FWIW, it's not really a big issue; just dump the bin into the basket.  Probably be a little cleaner with the bin as well.
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Posted Tue Oct 9, 2012, 10:30am
Subject: Re: I Need Basic Grinder to Pair with Brazen
 

If you aren't grinding huge amounts, you might consider a hand grinder as well.  One of the Japanese grinders with ceramic burrs would probably do fine.  (Kyocera, Porlex, Hario Skerton ... check out orphanespresso.com for instance.)  Figure 30-60 seconds of grinding for one pot.
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Posted Tue Oct 9, 2012, 12:57pm
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kschendel Said:

If you aren't grinding huge amounts, you might consider a hand grinder as well.  One of the Japanese grinders with ceramic burrs would probably do fine.  (Kyocera, Porlex, Hario Skerton ... check out orphanespresso.com for instance.)  Figure 30-60 seconds of grinding for one pot.

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...this is not true.  

grinding 56gram batches in the Skerton...was hell.  i would get tired and have to take at least 2-3 breaks.  Try several minutes, not 30-60 seconds.

i just picked up a motorized grinder because i could not stand using the skerton for the brazen any longer.
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Posted Tue Oct 9, 2012, 12:59pm
Subject: Re: I Need Basic Grinder to Pair with Brazen
 

Hi Jim,

I have a Bartza Virtuoso grinder listed in the Buy / Sell Forum for $125 plus $20 shipping… I might have the original box to go with it… I'll have to look in the attic….

I've used the grinder regularly for about 3 years and it still works fine…. I purchased an upgraded grinder when I purchased the Brazen, but I would have no problem using the Baratza with it...

Shipping probably shouldn't really cost more than $15 but I'll ship for $135 total if you're interested….

I have posted a photo of the grinder in the listing… The listing is under the ID of garyhow...

804-512-1130
Gary Howerton
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Posted Tue Oct 9, 2012, 3:50pm
Subject: Re: I Need Basic Grinder to Pair with Brazen
 

frank828 Said:

grinding 56gram batches in the Skerton...was hell.  i would get tired and have to take at least 2-3 breaks.  Try several minutes, not 30-60 seconds.

i just picked up a motorized grinder because i could not stand using the skerton for the brazen any longer.

Posted October 9, 2012 link

I've tightened a drill onto my Skerton a number of times for larger batches. Not necessarily a practical solution, but a solution nonetheless ;)

But yes, otherwise +1 on getting something motorized.

 
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