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Posted Sun Jun 24, 2012, 8:40pm
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Acumen Said:

Should I maybe try and track down a Lehnartz for now? I see they sell on Ebay regularly in the sub $30 range.

Posted June 24, 2012 link

I use a Brass Lehnartz Turkish mill - this style is very different than the wooden box mills. I wish these were common but they are not. Among similar brass mills the performance varies quite a bit - 50 to 70 years is a long time and these burrs are good for maybe 300 - 500 lb is my guess. At 5 lb a month these old mills would be shot in 3 years considering original wear or maybe a bit more than 5 years provided you could find one that has never been used...

OE Pharos if you are 100% positive about espresso sooner rather than later - Lido (it's more than capable for espresso) if if pour over is the current desire and espresso is a down the road maybe - best of both worlds is to end up with one of each...

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Posted Sun Jun 24, 2012, 8:45pm
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I can say for the money the Hario Slim is really good, love it. Great for espresso, sorta experimented for drip but still playing around with the settings as I don't really drink drip much, except for right now waiting for my new espresso machine to come in. There's a few mods you can do to it, big thread on here, that seem to help more for coarser grinds. It's just my gf and I really right now so it's not much work if we want shots randomly, if you had others over or grinding larger amounts of grams, then yeh it may get old a little quick lol.
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Posted Sun Jun 24, 2012, 10:30pm
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Acumen Said:

So I decided to starting working on my coffee skills, and of course am starting with a grinder. I have done a lot of research and am still stuck on picking one. My daily brew has been store bought espresso grind, out of a stove top Bialetti, or more often a cheap drip machine, and I am happy drinking that. I have done some experimenting with pour overs and fresh roasted beans, but it just doesn't work well with my blade grinder, to the point where I prefer the cheap store espresso.

It may be some time before I can get a real espresso machine. In the meantime I would like to be able to at least make a good pour-over and Bialetti cup. As I understand it, the Mini Mill Slim is the least expensive, passable grinder, but would need to be upgraded when getting a machine. Something like the LIDO if I would be able to use it down the line for real espresso as well would be great, but I haven't found much about it being used in this way. I guess it is too new. The PHAROS is more then I would like to spend now, but would be a good upgrade option from the Hario if I don't get the LIDO

If I would need to upgrade again anyway, I would rather save the $ if I can get away with the Mini Mill for now. If the LIDO will perform well for all, I would rather get the higher quality now. I only mention hand grinders because I figure you get the same burr at half the price so for a budget it is going to be the best option.

Thoughts?

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For pour-over/drip, IMO a hand grinder such as a Lido is VASTLY superior to a mini mill...any mini-mill.
That said, a Baratza Encore would be a fine solution for the present, and a good spare drip grinder in the future should you get the Lido.
The Pharos can do all grinds, but Ibelieve it was made to be the ultimate manual espresso grinder.

 
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Posted Mon Jun 25, 2012, 6:00am
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Alright, I think I am going to go with the LIDO. The reality is I drink drip every day, and so I should maximize my drip experience. Since it will be able to handle espresso as well, it will enable me to start looking for and using a machine. Then I can add the PHAROS or an electric as budget allows, if I am tired of hand grinding, or when I am looking for shot improvement down the line. The LIDO is also just a very appealing object in general. I have a thing for over-engineered simplicity. I will also keep my eyes open for any and all brass Lehnartz.
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Posted Mon Jun 25, 2012, 8:21am
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Welcome (almost) to the LIDO club then! Hope the wait isn't too long.
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Posted Mon Jun 25, 2012, 8:54am
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jbviau Said:

Welcome (almost) to the LIDO club then! Hope the wait isn't too long.

Posted June 25, 2012 link

+1 ... excellent choice. I use mine daily. I also have the Pharos and I can honestly say, they are two of the best quality grinders I have ever owned ... absolutely no regrets! Enjoy, and good brewing!!

 
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Posted Sat Jul 14, 2012, 10:26am
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Hey, I wanted to update everybody. My LIDO arrived this morning, and it makes a d*mn good cup of coffee. I couldn't be happier. I can't wait to start experimenting now that I have a source of local fresh roasted beans and a quality grinder. Looking at the finer end of the grinds it can do, I think I will have no problem venturing into espresso, while having ultimate drip.

Thank you all for your help.
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Posted Sat Jul 14, 2012, 2:04pm
Subject: Re: On a budget - Hario Mini Mill Slim now vs OE LIDO now
 

Acumen Said:

Hey, I wanted to update everybody. My LIDO arrived this morning, and it makes a d*mn good cup of coffee. I couldn't be happier. I can't wait to start experimenting now that I have a source of local fresh roasted beans and a quality grinder. Looking at the finer end of the grinds it can do, I think I will have no problem venturing into espresso, while having ultimate drip.

Thank you all for your help.

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Congrats on your new grinder! I use a Virtuoso at home and my LIDO goes everywhere else with me, although it spends most of its time in office. It's a top notch grinder. Enjoy it!
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