Posted Fri Feb 24, 2012, 3:36pm Subject: Re: Need grinder recommendation for "mixed coffee user" household
Close to putting in the order for a Preciso but I have a question.
We're also a "mixed coffee user" household. I currently have a Rocky that I use just for espresso or lattes for me most mornings and for my husband and I over the weekend. I also have an inexpensive Bodum Antigua grinder that my husband uses for drip coffee most weekday mornings. For the Rocky, I single dose by weighing the beans. For the Bodum, we use a volume measure of beans that works well for our Technivorm and just turn the timer to full and let it all grind. To say that the Bodum has seen better days is an understatement. And the Rocky is driving me crazy with steps that are too large. Seems like a good time to get a grinder that can do both.
My question is this: because we'll be basically single dosing back to back between drip and espresso, is this going to cause problems with leftover grinds from the two different coffees? My Rocky is a doser model and currently I clean out the chute as thoroughly as I can at the end of each grind. Will the conical burrs cause less of a problem? Any tips or recommendations? Or am I just being overly concerned?
I don't use my Preciso for espresso grinds, but I do go through fine drip grinds and coarse grinds with no problem. The retention of grinds is easily handled. For instance - I make a V60 at a setting of 21 and later in the day when I go to make a press pot I simply run the grinder for 5-10 seconds (this clears out some of the retained grounds), rotate the hopper to my coarse setting (32), run 2-3 grams of coffee through to further clear out any remaining fines, and then I drop my dose in. While you do have to drop a couple purging grams into the grinder, it is well worth it. Ultimately, the Preciso can be easily switched back and forth as long as you run the grinder and purge the burr area with beans when making drastic changes to the settings. Another less scientific way of making sure all the grounds are out is to remove the hopper's top and then place it back on. The air pressure created by placing the hopper's top back on forces air through the burr area and actually does a pretty amazing job at pushing any remaining stragglers out. Honestly, it's a 5-6 second switch between grind settings and I think you would find it to be quite easy!
I thought the Rocky had a stepless mod available for it. Since you already have the grinder, it seems like the more convenient solution would be to mod the Rocky and keep it dedicated for espresso. The Preciso would still support drip, Turkish and/or press if you want to expand your coffee variety a bit more.
Of course, you could also sell (or give away) the Rocky to a new home where the espresso maker is grinder limited...
Posted Sat Feb 25, 2012, 4:13pm Subject: Re: Need grinder recommendation for "mixed coffee user" household
You're right about the stepless mod and I've done a couple mods to it already. I added the Teflon tape around the upper burrs and Velcro on a couple of the doser vanes to clean out the grinds from the doser chamber better. But when I looked at the stepless mod, I just lost all ambition to do it. Plus this way I get down to only one grinder! Big savings in counter space. Big downside is having to teach my husband how to use the new grinder. But a big upside is that I think we'll be able to go back to using the swiss gold filter for our Technivorm - my husband will love that. Too many fines with the bodum - we had to use paper filters. I'm expecting the Preciso to do a great job with the drip grinds.
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