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nicholasr
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Posted Mon Mar 31, 2014, 1:00pm
Subject: Grinder for auto drip machine
 

Throwing this out to the forums in hope for a bit of assistance in picking a new grinder.  I have very little experience in drip coffee, or what level grinder is suitable or necessary (without being overkill) for filter drip grinding *only*.   I already own a Mini Mazzer electronic for my Quick Mill Ventrano, so I don't ever expect to need to use this grinder for espresso.  I might occasionally use it for grinding french press for camping or something, but its a really secondary use, and it doesn't need to be ideal for that.

This is for occasional usage at a second home, that will also see other guests possibly using it.  It will be paired with a Bonavita BV1800.  I'm hoping for a < $200 grinder and it just seems like there is a lot of junk out there.  The Baratza grinders caught my eye, but the Encore seemed plasticy and slow, and the virtuoso perhaps a bit more than I want to spend.

Any other ideas in this realm of real world price point coffee grinders?
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Posted Mon Mar 31, 2014, 1:20pm
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Welcome to the board.

Pretty much any electric grinder at $150 and up will do drip fine. The Encore, Maestro, Maestro plus, Solis 166 (Starbucks Barista) etc will do drip pretty well. Mostly, it is looks and feel  in the $150 to $250 range that will guide you to a decision.

Here too, like espresso, it is grinder first and better grinders do a better job. It is a different kind of grind from espresso but quality counts too. The drip market is much larger than the espresso market so there are more choices at "reasonable" cost to choose from.

The smaller home sized grinders will have more problems with static, noise and speed but they can do a good enough job. The other end of the scale is that you can go nuts here too, I have both a Bunn G9 and a LPG 2 as well as a N.S. MCD 65, all 3 grinders are north of $750 new though I did get great deals on them and did not pay near that much for them.

Good equipment shows up on Craigs list all the time and it is where I picked up the G9 along with a Curtis plumb in air pot brewer and 3 air pots for the large sum of $175.

The down side of this equipment though is the large size, they are NOT home counter friendly, well the LPG is but the G9 is down right HUGE next to anything else on the home countertop.

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nicholasr
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Posted Mon Mar 31, 2014, 2:48pm
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Thanks for the response, and the welcome.

I'm thinking that a huge commercial bunn grinder may not pass by my home's executive branch and kitchen design team.

A question, which you (or someone else) may or may not know.  In terms of cleanliness, taking the Baratza's as an example of inexpensive conical burr grinders, would the machine that is twice as fast (Virtuoso) have more or less static than a slower machine with the same burr size (Encore)?
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Posted Mon Mar 31, 2014, 3:40pm
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The auto drip grind is "medium," which -- for a lot of reasons -- is about as easy as it gets for a grinder to get appropriate particle size distribution and particle shape.  Nearly any burr grinder anything can do a good job.

Still, you might as well get something with a few features and which has a wider range than just drip, as well as some styling and a few features.

The Breville Smart fits the bill, is slightly less expensive than the Virtuoso, can be found even cheaper still with the ubiquitous BB&B discount, has a hopper which can be locked airtight for bean storage, is an accurate doser (using a timer), and does a good job through the entire brew grind range from medium fine to fairly coarse.  

We used ours for all of non-espresso grinding for three years and were very happy with it.

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