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jcorde
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Espresso: Gaggia Classic
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Posted Wed Jan 16, 2013, 5:50pm
Subject: 350 budget, what should I buy
 

HI
I am considering buying an electric grinder to replace my old hario mini.  It is going to be used only for espresso, paired to a gaggia classic but thinking of upgrading the machine in the future.  
I have searched and many people are taking about the baratza preciso or the vario, but it doesn't convince me because too many complaints reported.
Other models of grinders include the rancilio rocky, ascaso I steel, pasquini lux, or a mini pro from vanillas.

Please help me make a good decision.

Thanks!

J
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EricBNC
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Posted Wed Jan 16, 2013, 6:04pm
Subject: Re: 350 budget, what should I buy
 

How about the Lelit PL53 Espresso Grinder - conical burr, doserless, and stepless?

Click Here (www.1st-line.com)

 
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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MikeReilly
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Posted Fri Jan 18, 2013, 10:37pm
Subject: Re: 350 budget, what should I buy
 

If you are ok still using a hand grinder but want a better grind quality, the Pharos is a consideration (and the upgrade I'm leaning toward myself)
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spearfish25
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Posted Sun Mar 31, 2013, 12:19pm
Subject: Re: 350 budget, what should I buy
 

You can get a refurbished Baratza Vario for about that price through their website.  Check often as they go quickly.
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emradguy
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Posted Tue Apr 2, 2013, 7:11am
Subject: Re: 350 budget, what should I buy
 

There's a used Macap M4 in the BST forum for $350.  New ones are about $500 (for the black, which is what that one is).  It's a great grinder.  I have two of them.  

Despite the post info (which states the burrs are rated at 500-600# beans) Macap support told me they should be replaced after 400#...still that leaves about 300# life left in them.

 
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Burner0000
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Posted Wed Apr 10, 2013, 6:03am
Subject: Re: 350 budget, what should I buy
 

Used commercial?  

Heres a Macap MXP for $350.  ($700 grinder)
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If your thinking new I would look into Lelit, Baratza and Ascaso grinders. They are within your price range.
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Posted Wed Apr 10, 2013, 9:29am
Subject: Re: 350 budget, what should I buy
 

I'm guessing this has been resolved by now, the OP was Jan 16 and the op has not logged on for a couple weeks. YMMV!

 
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jcorde
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Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013, 6:21pm
Subject: Re: 350 budget, what should I buy
 

Thanks for your help!

I ended buying a Mazzer Mini basically brand new, built in 2010 for $325 shipped.  Right now it has been working like a charm!
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Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013, 7:27pm
Subject: Re: 350 budget, what should I buy
 

jcorde Said:

Thanks for your help!

I ended buying a Mazzer Mini basically brand new, built in 2010 for $325 shipped.  Right now it has been working like a charm!

Posted April 17, 2013 link

Congrats! I wish I could stumble into deals like that!
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