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jbrady3324
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Posted Sun Feb 24, 2013, 10:43am
Subject: $100-$200 grinder for my espresso and coffee set up
 

My set up is as follows

Gaggia Classic Espresso Machine
La Spaziale Grinder (m5 version I believe) - http://www.cafedumonde.co.uk/grinders/top.html or Click Here (www.amazon.com)

I absolutely love the grinder for grinding, however it is hard to clean the inside, big and it is a tad messy. So I would like to down-size to something smaller that is also easier to clean so I can use it for espresso and coffee beans. Or possibly, it might be best to keep this grinder for espresso only?

I am about to purchase the Bonavita BV1800TH 8-cup coffee maker
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Espresso: Duetto II; Twist v2
Grinder: M Major, Macap M4 x2, VDD...
Drip: Espro presses; Aeropress
Roaster: H-B "List of Favorites"
Posted Sun Feb 24, 2013, 11:13am
Subject: Re: $100-$200 grinder for my espresso and coffee set up
 

jbrady3324 Said:

My set up is as follows

Gaggia Classic Espresso Machine
La Spaziale Grinder (m5 version I believe) - http://www.cafedumonde.co.uk/grinders/top.html or Click Here (www.amazon.com)

I absolutely love the grinder for grinding, however it is hard to clean the inside, big and it is a tad messy. So I would like to down-size to something smaller that is also easier to clean so I can use it for espresso and coffee beans. Or possibly, it might be best to keep this grinder for espresso only?

I am about to purchase the Bonavita BV1800TH 8-cup coffee maker

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that is a Macap grinder. I'm not sure of the model, but it ought to be on a sticker on the bottom of the machine. You are not going to find anything close to that for your proposed budget, in terms of espresso grind quality.  I think your idea to keep it for espresso only and get something else for other brew methods is a good one.

regarding beans (as I've highlighted in bold) - there's no such thing as espresso beans.  Some roasters use the term espresso roast, but none that I would ever buy from.  Most commercially available espresso roasts are over-charred ashen flavored beans that your typical coffee geek would avoid at all costs. Most CG forum participants tend to stick to full city or full city plus roast for espresso, or even lighter.  Something billed as an espresso blend would be merely a mix of several varietals intended to bring a balanced yet complex cup when extracted via an espresso machine.

 
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Posted Sun Feb 24, 2013, 11:58am
Subject: Re: $100-$200 grinder for my espresso and coffee set up
 

emradguy Said:

that is a Macap grinder. I'm not sure of the model, but it ought to be on a sticker on the bottom of the machine. You are not going to find anything close to that for your proposed budget, in terms of espresso grind quality.  I think your idea to keep it for espresso only and get something else for other brew methods is a good one.

regarding beans (as I've highlighted in bold) - there's no such thing as espresso beans.  Some roasters use the term espresso roast, but none that I would ever buy from.  Most commercially available espresso roasts are over-charred ashen flavored beans that your typical coffee geek would avoid at all costs. Most CG forum participants tend to stick to full city or full city plus roast for espresso, or even lighter.  Something billed as an espresso blend would be merely a mix of several varietals intended to bring a balanced yet complex cup when extracted via an espresso machine.

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Thanks for the info. I think I will stick with the Madcap grinder for espresso and purchase a smaller burr grinder for the Bonavita. Any suggestions for a grinder that will compliment the Bonavita?
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Espresso: Duetto II; Twist v2
Grinder: M Major, Macap M4 x2, VDD...
Drip: Espro presses; Aeropress
Roaster: H-B "List of Favorites"
Posted Sun Feb 24, 2013, 4:00pm
Subject: Re: $100-$200 grinder for my espresso and coffee set up
 

I'm not the best guy to answer this one, unless you'd consider a hand grinder.  I pretty much used completely inadequate grinders until I got into espresso, which led me into the realm of grinders that are excellent for espresso, but not so much for press.  I honestly haven't made drip coffee for several years now, and the last few times it was for my Mom when she came to visit. It's been more than a decade since I made drip for myself.  I have a Solis 166 (Starbuck's barista) grinder that I really don't like for anything (I should probably give it to someone who thinks their whirlybird bean hacker is a grinder).  The hand grinders I have are a Hario Skerton, which I intend to mod for press (so I haven't used it yet - and will probably give that away too eventually), and an OE Lido.  I love the Lido for presses (Aeropress, Espro press and regular ol' French).  I would expect it to do very well for the Bonavita drip too, but it's $165 before shipping and you'd have to want to do the manual grind thing.  I grind single serve occasionally at work, so it's not a big deal to me to use the Lido.  It takes me almost a full minute to do a single serve press at a dose of about 20-22g.  If you prefer electric, you might want to consider a Baratza Encore or Virtuoso (but I haven't used either one).  Hopefully, you'll get some more replies, but you might have better luck with a new thread dedicated to grinding for the Bonavita?

 
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