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Posted Mon Nov 4, 2013, 4:15pm
Subject: Bunn grinders... how good are they?
 

So  I see a lot of semi-commercial Bunn grinders for sale here and there. Sometimes from closed coffee shops, some from ebay; so anyone have much experience with them? the G-1s 2 or 3s? do they grind well? hold up well?

Any thoughts appreciated.

          regards, mitch
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Posted Mon Nov 4, 2013, 8:03pm
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Got a Bunn LPG-1, and it works wonderfully well. I suspect that it will last me pretty much the rest of my life, considering that I use it to make one, and very occasionally two 8-cup pots a day, and it's designed to grind enough to keep a busy diner in coffee, though I may have to change the burrs somewhere along the line. If you've got the space for one, they're built like a tank, simple to work on, and do a great grind for pourover, drip, and press.
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Posted Tue Nov 5, 2013, 11:08am
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The Bunn G1 is a commercial (all Bunn grinders are commercial) bulk grinder. It is designed for point of service grinding in supermarkets etc. It is heavy, large and well made. It is designed for the abuse the general public can dish out.

That said, it is bulk grinder as above, it is not designed for espresso even though it has a setting for that. If you have the room for it, it will grind for drip coffee for the rest of your life. The burrs are rated for 40,000 pounds of coffee so your chances of wearing them out is slim.

Any Bunn grinder is a good grinder I have a G92 HD and a LPG2, both are great.

 
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Posted Wed Nov 6, 2013, 4:19am
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consensus seems varied.

  1. They seem to be rated below much more expensive models such as the Mahlkoenig Guatemala, which seems to be "the standard."

  2. Something about ditting burrs being superior

  3. Some have argued that Baratza (particularly with steel burr) make comparable grinds.

  4. It's unclear if these are better or worse but they seem comparable at least: Grindmaster bulk grinders, Fuji Royal/Kalita/Jericho bulk grinders, Feima/Tiamo flat burr grinders
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Posted Wed Nov 6, 2013, 5:02am
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I think it is about expectations, a bulk grinder will not properly grind for espresso while they do a very good job on other than espresso grinding. They are designed to chew through coffee quickly, like a pound in thirty seconds or less, to compare them against a home grinder isn't really fair for the home grinder. They are designed for different duty cycles and conditions.

 
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Posted Sat Nov 9, 2013, 8:26pm
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Any opinions on a Bunn G3 vs. a Grindmaster 875?  Is one significantly better than the other?

The burrs look very different.  Will be grinding for pour-over 1lb at a time.

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Posted Sun Nov 10, 2013, 12:54pm
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I have not used the Grandmaster but I suspect that performance is very likely to be comparable, both are big names in the business so I would not expect much if any difference in the quality of the grind.

 
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