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fotogrrl
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Joined: 29 Jan 2012
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Location: Texas
Expertise: I like coffee

Espresso: stovetop
Grinder: Baratza Virtuoso
Vac Pot: Frieling
Posted Sun Jan 29, 2012, 2:26pm
Subject: Best grinder for all types of coffee?
 

Hello-

I'm new to coffeegeek. I'm sorry if this has been answered many times before (I searched but did not find an answer), but what is the best grinder for grinding coffee beans for both espresso and french press? I have a Baratza Virtuoso but I can't seem to get a uniform coarse grind for my french press with it. Any thoughts?

Thanks!
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NobbyR
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Location: Germany
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Poccino Opus One, Ariete
Grinder: Eureka Mignon Istantaneo
Vac Pot: N/A
Drip: Melitta Linea Unica de Luxe
Roaster: N/A
Posted Sun Jan 29, 2012, 3:07pm
Subject: Re: Best grinder for all types of coffee?
 

The steps of the Virtuoso are too wide to get the optimal setting for espresso sometimes. If you need to switch between different settings regularly, you might want to take a look at the Baratza Vario, for example. With its macro and micro dial it has more than 200 settings, which renders ist virtually stepless, and its relatively easy to re-find a specific grind setting, e.g. for espresso and French press.

 
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jbviau
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Grinder: Preciso / LIDOs
Drip: Trifecta MB / Eva Solo...
Posted Sun Jan 29, 2012, 5:27pm
Subject: Re: Best grinder for all types of coffee?
 

...or the Preciso, if you're on a budget. Mine does great for both. If your Virtuoso is new (made post-Dec. 2011), it might already have Preciso burrs, and in that case something's wrong if your coarser grinds are uneven.
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fotogrrl
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Expertise: I like coffee

Espresso: stovetop
Grinder: Baratza Virtuoso
Vac Pot: Frieling
Posted Sun Jan 29, 2012, 6:44pm
Subject: Re: Best grinder for all types of coffee?
 

Thank you, NobbyR and jbviau both, for your thoughts. I am a bit on a budget, so perhaps will save up for the Preciso.  I just checked on Amazon and saw that the Virtuoso Preciso is $299. Ouch.
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NobbyR
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Posted Sun Jan 29, 2012, 10:50pm
Subject: Re: Best grinder for all types of coffee?
 

Sorry, I sort of fortgot one step in the line of possible Baratza grinders. The Preciso will work, too. It's worth saving your money.

 
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Posted Mon Jan 30, 2012, 1:03pm
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EricBNC
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Joined: 22 Jun 2010
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Location: North Carolina
Expertise: Just starting

Espresso: QM Silvano, LP Stradivarius,...
Grinder: K30, Major, Preciso, Pharos,...
Vac Pot: Sunbeam C30, Bodum Santos...
Drip: Bonavita BV-1800,...
Roaster: Behmor, Melitta, Fresh...
Posted Mon Jan 30, 2012, 3:53pm
Subject: Re: Best grinder for all types of coffee?
 

fotogrrl Said:

Hello-

I'm new to coffeegeek. I'm sorry if this has been answered many times before (I searched but did not find an answer), but what is the best grinder for grinding coffee beans for both espresso and french press? I have a Baratza Virtuoso but I can't seem to get a uniform coarse grind for my french press with it. Any thoughts?

Thanks!

Posted January 29, 2012 link

For $90 (what is your budget?) the Krups Conical Burr Grinder reviewed here on CG can grind for espresso and press.

 
I chew coffee beans with my teeth while gargling with 195 F water to enjoy coffee. What is this "coffee brewing" device you speak of?
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fotogrrl
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Joined: 29 Jan 2012
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Expertise: I like coffee

Espresso: stovetop
Grinder: Baratza Virtuoso
Vac Pot: Frieling
Posted Mon Jan 30, 2012, 5:21pm
Subject: Re: Best grinder for all types of coffee?
 

Thank you, Netphilsopher,

I've checked out the Bodum but need to do more research on coffeegeek. So far it's sounding possible...

Hello, EricBNC-

Well, I'm now a graduate student. Need I say more? I would like to stay at $100 or less, if possible, with good quality and the ability to grind properly to make a good espresso (though I don't have a nice espresso machine, yet, either) as well as a consistent coarse grind for the french press. Perhaps it's an impossible dream. I looked at the photo of the coarse grind you included in your review for the Krups Conical Burr grinder and the grounds didn't look as coarse or consistent as I would think they should be for french press, but again, I'm very much not as knowledgeable as you all are so please bear with me. I asked the guy who roasts my favorite coffee here in town to grind a couple of Tbsp in his commercial grinder for me to use as an example as I grind my own for french press. Perhaps that's a standard too high for me to reach with any non-commercial grinder?

I appreciate all of these good suggestions and I will peruse the forums/reviews more to help me in my quest. Thank you!
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JtothaR
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Espresso: Modded Oscar
Grinder: K10, Lusso, GM 875
Drip: Pour-Over, FP, Toddy
Roaster: Agapao, Metropolis, CC
Posted Mon Jan 30, 2012, 5:44pm
Subject: Re: Best grinder for all types of coffee?
 

fotogrrl Said:

Thank you, Netphilsopher,

I've checked out the Bodum but need to do more research on coffeegeek. So far it's sounding possible...

Hello, EricBNC-

Well, I'm now a graduate student. Need I say more? I would like to stay at $100 or less, if possible, with good quality and the ability to grind properly to make a good espresso (though I don't have a nice espresso machine, yet, either) as well as a consistent coarse grind for the french press. Perhaps it's an impossible dream. I looked at the photo of the coarse grind you included in your review for the Krups Conical Burr grinder and the grounds didn't look as coarse or consistent as I would think they should be for french press, but again, I'm very much not as knowledgeable as you all are so please bear with me. I asked the guy who roasts my favorite coffee here in town to grind a couple of Tbsp in his commercial grinder for me to use as an example as I grind my own for french press. Perhaps that's a standard too high for me to reach with any non-commercial grinder?

I appreciate all of these good suggestions and I will peruse the forums/reviews more to help me in my quest. Thank you!

Posted January 30, 2012 link

Unless you want to get a Non-electric Hand Grinder, the only option in your price range is the Krups that Eric mentioned.

My true recommendation for a Press/espresso multi purpose Grinder would be a Vario($460) Or a Preciso($299) But these exceed your budget.

Good Luck,
-James

 
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EricBNC
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EricBNC
Joined: 22 Jun 2010
Posts: 1,869
Location: North Carolina
Expertise: Just starting

Espresso: QM Silvano, LP Stradivarius,...
Grinder: K30, Major, Preciso, Pharos,...
Vac Pot: Sunbeam C30, Bodum Santos...
Drip: Bonavita BV-1800,...
Roaster: Behmor, Melitta, Fresh...
Posted Mon Jan 30, 2012, 6:58pm
Subject: Re: Best grinder for all types of coffee?
 

fotogrrl Said:

Hello, EricBNC-

Well, I'm now a graduate student. Need I say more? I would like to stay at $100 or less, if possible, with good quality and the ability to grind properly to make a good espresso (though I don't have a nice espresso machine, yet, either) as well as a consistent coarse grind for the french press. Perhaps it's an impossible dream. I looked at the photo of the coarse grind you included in your review for the Krups Conical Burr grinder and the grounds didn't look as coarse or consistent as I would think they should be for french press, but again, I'm very much not as knowledgeable as you all are so please bear with me. I asked the guy who roasts my favorite coffee here in town to grind a couple of Tbsp in his commercial grinder for me to use as an example as I grind my own for french press. Perhaps that's a standard too high for me to reach with any non-commercial grinder?

I appreciate all of these good suggestions and I will peruse the forums/reviews more to help me in my quest. Thank you!

Posted January 30, 2012 link

Hello back - the espresso part of your request is the difficult grind - the Krups can actually grind espresso fine which isn't common for $100 or less.  The best all purpose grinder I have for French press is the Preciso, but that grinder is $300.  It is not three times better than the Krups, but it is a bit more consistent and retains less grinds at the finest settings - not sure it is as durable as the Krups though.

For espresso a dedicated grinder works best in the long run so buying the best you can afford for press and then later buying the best you can afford for espresso will give a lot of satisfaction.

 
I chew coffee beans with my teeth while gargling with 195 F water to enjoy coffee. What is this "coffee brewing" device you speak of?
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