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Burner0000
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Posted Sun Nov 11, 2012, 10:34am
Subject: Looking for a good burr grinder for drip/press
 

I am looking to downgrade from my commercial grinders to something smaller of a footprint in the kitchen.  I brew espresso mainly but occasionally I brew press and pour over/drip. This grinder will not be for espresso. Is there a decent burr grinder out there for drip?

-My budget is $100
-Must be a burr grinder

I am considering the Cuisinart burr grinder, Bodum Bistro or the OE pfp mod with the Skerton hand mill.
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Posted Sun Nov 11, 2012, 11:59am
Subject: Re: Looking for a good burr grinder for drip/press
 

I would love to hear replies on this as well.  I'm looking for a drip/press grinder also.

I've narrowed my search down to two:

Bodum Bistro Burr Grinder
Baratza Encore

They are basically the same price, just few dollars difference.  

Does anyone have thoughts on which grinder is better?  Or is there another grinder which is better for about the same price?
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Burner0000
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Posted Sun Nov 11, 2012, 1:28pm
Subject: Re: Looking for a good burr grinder for drip/press
 

I have also come across the Breville Conical Grinder.  
Click Here

-It's got 10 settings.  One less than my commercial Grindmaster.
-1/2lb yield.
-$90 on Amazon.ca
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Burner0000
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Posted Sun Nov 11, 2012, 2:06pm
Subject: Re: Looking for a good burr grinder for drip/press
 

Here is a video of the Encore from SCG.   Click Here

It looks like it's capable Course (French Press) right down past espresso and into Turkish territory.  It was even fine enough to choke out the Silvia.  I think if one isn't making more than say 3-4 shots at a time the Encore would be a good choice.  40 grind settings.

I have narrowed my search to..

-Baratza Encore
-Hario Skelton w/PFP mod


The encore doesn't have a whole lot of settings if you’re looking mainly for espresso but I am sure you can compensate by messing with your tamp pressure.
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Posted Sun Nov 11, 2012, 2:39pm
Subject: Re: Looking for a good burr grinder for drip/press
 

I won't be doing any espresso, just French Press, Clever Dripper, and auto drip.  

Both the Baratza Encore and Bodum Bistro seem fine for my needs.  I just can't decide which would be best.  People here seem to love Baratza grinders.  Some of the consumer reviews here aren't that great for the encore, but some are.  

SCG also did a review of the Bodum and seemed to think it was pretty good.  I think they believe the Baratza is higher quality.

I have a hand grinder right now and it is just to inconsistent.
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Posted Sun Nov 11, 2012, 6:33pm
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In my experience, go for one of the low end Baratza grinders. They are well designed, reliable, and the customer service from Baratza is second to none. The new Encore certainly sounds interesting, but I have gotten good service from both the Maestro and Maestro Plus if you find a bargain somewhere.
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Posted Sun Nov 11, 2012, 9:34pm
Subject: Re: Looking for a good burr grinder for drip/press
 

Dooglas Said:

In my experience, go for one of the low end Baratza grinders. They are well designed, reliable, and the customer service from Baratza is second to none.

Posted November 11, 2012 link

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Posted Mon Nov 12, 2012, 5:50am
Subject: Re: Looking for a good burr grinder for drip/press
 

I picked up the Bodum Bistro from Amazon in October 2011 when they were only $65.  I primarily use it for manual pour over with great success.  I have had no problems using it with a French Press and even had some success with a pressurized PF Delonghi espresso machine.  The grind is consistent and there is little static in the ground coffee container.

My criticisms would be:

(1) Ground coffee seems to get inside the machine and leak out onto the counter when the grinder is moved.
(2) The glass ground coffee container seems very fragile - the bottom seems really thin - although I have had no problems.
(3) Just this week the power-on light stopped working.

One thing I like about it is that the timer is separate from the grind buttom.  I believe the Baratza uses one mechanism for both.  The timer is dialed in for my desired amount of coffee and pretty much has been "set it and forget it" until I change the type of coffee I am grinding.

All that being said, when it comes time to replace it I will probably try the Encore if only because the Bodum has nearly doubled in price.
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Posted Mon Nov 12, 2012, 6:25am
Subject: Re: Looking for a good burr grinder for drip/press
 

Hmm.  I think The Bistro is too expensive for me.  I am mainly looking for a small footprint and $100 budget.  I can get both the Hario Slim (espresso needs) and the OE modded Skerton (Pour over/Drip/Press) together for $104 including shipping so I guess I will go with that.  I also make my first espresso at the crack of dawn (6:45am-7am) so less sound is also a plus.

If anyone is wondering..

The Slim capacity is 24g of ground coffee which is enough for a triple shot.
The Skerton capacity is 60-75g which is enough for 1L of coffee.
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