calblacksmith Moderator Joined: 25 Nov 2007 Posts: 6,827 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 Mar 29, 2013, 1:04pm Subject: Re: V60 / Bonmac Only Grinder
In any brewing method, a good grinder is required, the better the grinder the better off you will be, give or take. EG, for drip coffee, I doubt that there will be much difference between a $1000 grinder and a $1300 grinder but either will be vastly better than a $75 grinder.
I use a V60 or aeropress every day, I use a bulk grinder commonly seen in supermarkets, a large red box with a large chrome knob on the front with a lid on the top that closes and it can grind a pound of coffee in seconds, hey I got a good deal on it.
I find that when traveling, I take my Solis 166, a few years ago, it was renamed to Starbucks Barista when they started carrying them. A quality grinder for pour over, aero press and french press etc would start at the Encore level and I would look up from there.
There really isn't much difference flat or conical, in espresso, there is a difference in taste profile but not any in the quality of the grind that I can detect with equal quality grinders. YMMV.
I have a mental block on Breville, I feel that nearly all their products are very ........ inexpensively made, along with all the drawbacks that goes with that.
If you want a quality grinder for non espresso use and you want it to last and not be out grown for a while, it is hard to beat the Virtuoso from Baratza esp when you get a referb. YMMV
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zackz Senior Member Joined: 17 Jan 2013 Posts: 7 Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Saeco Via Veneto Grinder: Capresso Infinity, Nemox Lux Drip: Beehouse Roaster: Poppery I
Posted Fri Mar 29, 2013, 6:09pm Subject: Re: V60 / Bonmac Only Grinder
Coming from manual grinders and a wimpy Braun burr grinder, I can say I'm very impressed with my Capresso Infinity. With a Bed Bath and Beyond coupon, it's an excellent deal, perhaps the only sufficient burr grinder at that price. It's very easy to clean; I can't compare to Baratzas, but you only have to take the hopper off with a 1/4 turn, then lift the outer burr out. I can't see any wobble or loose tolerances in the burr carrier. The bummer is that Capresso does not stock or resell as many replacement parts as Baratza, so it is still a disposable grinder. My uncle burnt one out when a stone entered the burrs.
Now if I weren't so cheap, I would have passed right over the Encore and gone for the newest Virtuoso rev. 586 or "V2".
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