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JourneyPaige
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Posted Tue Nov 6, 2007, 8:20am
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My boyfriend loves espresso and coffee and has expressed the desire for a new grinder.  He wants a bladeless one.  I have not had luck finding one and hope that someone here can lead me in the right direction!!

What is a good one?  

Thanks!
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Posted Tue Nov 6, 2007, 8:38am
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JourneyPaige Said:

My boyfriend loves espresso and coffee and has expressed the desire for a new grinder.  He wants a bladeless one.  I have not had luck finding one and hope that someone here can lead me in the right direction!!

What is a good one?  

Thanks!

Posted November 6, 2007 link

All true grinders ARE bladeless, because blades cannot grind.  What is your budget, and what will it be used for?  

If you're grinding for drip and press, you might find one in the $100 range that will do pretty well, but if he is planning to make espresso, it would help to double that amount.

So, it will be easier to make recommendations if we know your budget.

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Posted Tue Nov 6, 2007, 10:18am
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Searching for "bladeless" isn't going to get you much.  Try searching for "conical burr" grinders.  I would avoid units listed only as "burr" as they are most likely of the "disc burr" variety.  The disc burrs turn much faster, produce more noise and coffee dust, impart more heat to the beans, and create more static cling than the conicals.  

There are many good conical burr grinders on the market now with prices ranging from around $90 to the moon.  Any would be a huge step up from a blade.
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Posted Wed Nov 7, 2007, 11:11am
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There are lots of flat burr  or "disc burr" grinders that are fantastic.  Mazzers, Macaps. Rossi, Casadio and many others.  These are in an entirely different class from a Mr.  Coffee BMX 3 or a Delonghi Burr grinder or a cheap la pavoni or the like.

 
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Posted Wed Nov 7, 2007, 4:29pm
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fifthgen Said:

There are lots of flat burr  or "disc burr" grinders that are fantastic.  

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Please forgive my earlier post.  fifthgen is right.  I had no idea the Mazzer Mini was a flat burr design.  I just "assumed" that the better machines were all conical, and you know where that gets you.  You can't assume anything based on whether the burr is flat or conical.  You just have to look at overall construction and design.  

Anyway, search for "burr" grinders rather than "bladeless" and you'll get a good start.  Also would help everyone to know your price range and intent.
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