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jcfiend
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Posted Mon May 13, 2013, 10:40am
Subject: Best French press grinder
 

Ok, maybe beating a dead horse here, but would like some input from VERY experienced users of grinders that can CONSISTENTLY produce a very coarse grind with VERY FEW fines for french press.  After much testing and adjusting, my Vario has proven incapable.  I will be using it exclusively for espresso.  I need something which can grind much coarser, so please, NO Vario users.  Ditto for other Baratza products unless you've replaced your burr set with Ditting or comparable ( Baratza is a great product, just not for coarse fp).  Open to hand grinders also.  Please, no cheap stuff (Kitchenaid and comparable items).   I've read for days on this wonderful site about this topic.  Would like some distillation from experienced users.  

Parameters: under $400, at least 3 point burr/burr housing stabilization, fairly easy to clean and can produce 50g in under a minute.

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Posted Mon May 13, 2013, 11:09am
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That's a tough challenge for a manual grinder...under $400 and capable of 50g in less than 60 seconds.  It takes me about 45-50 seconds to grind 20g with my Lido, but it otherwise fits the bill (though I've only had the Lido for about 6 months).

 
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jcfiend
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Posted Mon May 13, 2013, 1:05pm
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I'm open - tell me.  I've looked at Zassenhaus and Puegot, but recent reviews state that quality has gone down hill.  And since I would normally serve press pot and drip for guests, I don't want to wear myself out on the grinder.  I'm thinking at least 3 minutes of non-stop grinding for a full drip carafe, based on your info.
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Intrepid510
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Posted Mon May 13, 2013, 1:53pm
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I like my Preciso for press, leaves very little fines. Just get a Virtuoso. It is a Baratza but not sure its going to be beat in your parameters unless you find a used shop grinder.

 
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jbviau
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Posted Mon May 13, 2013, 2:03pm
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^^^ +1. The Virtuoso 586 has Preciso burrs. That or the LIDO if you can handle all the cranking.
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Posted Mon May 13, 2013, 7:22pm
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I can't necessarily recommend something specific. I can tell you that, in general, larger burrs will give you fewer fines at a coarser grind and also give more throughput.  I use a Rancilio Rocky for everything.  It's not the last word in grinders but it's good enough.  If I wanted to upgrade, I'd scour Ebay for used Mazzer SJs.

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Posted Mon May 13, 2013, 7:45pm
Subject: Re: Best French press grinder
 

jcfiend Said:

I'm open - tell me.  I've looked at Zassenhaus and Puegot, but recent reviews state that quality has gone down hill.  And since I would normally serve press pot and drip for guests, I don't want to wear myself out on the grinder.  I'm thinking at least 3 minutes of non-stop grinding for a full drip carafe, based on your info.

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My math says 2 minutes for 50g. But what's one minute?  I have a Skerton with the OE bearing mod for press pot. My plan was to compare it to the Lido, but I just can't seem to not use the Lido...yeah, it's just that good! Though I must admit my experience is skewed as I use an Espro press, rather than a regular FP.

 
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Posted Mon May 13, 2013, 11:07pm
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Maybe craigslist Bunn LPG. You can probably find it under $400...
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oktyone
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Posted Tue May 14, 2013, 7:19am
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If keeping fines out of the cup is absolutely necessary i'd either:

1) Buy a fine mesh sieve, and just sieve out the fines before brewing (You'd be loosing from 10% to 30% of your coffee depending on your grinder)

2) Get an Espro Press: double filtering apparently works pretty good in this brewer, resulting in cleaner cups.

3) Brew in a normal french press and filter the coffee through a drip cone using either paper filters, or cloth/flannel filters for a bit more body..those with larger holes work best as they drip faster and prevent the coffee from cooling too much, preheating your caraffe helps a lot.

All options are considerably cheaper than your 400$ limit

Also worth considering is the Rosco hand grinder, i wouldn't pay nowhere near that  much for a hand grinder, but it's supposed to be amazingly consistent and fast.

The way i see it, fines are not the end of the world, and are actually a characteristic of this brewing method, if brewed correctly they rarely introduce bitterness, they just add more body but mute some delicate/fruitier flavors.
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