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CheapBastid
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Posted Fri Feb 15, 2013, 2:18pm
Subject: Re: Everything grinder?
 

The Cuisinart DBM-8 tends to clump the oily fines in a bunch on the front wall of the container.  I wonder, does the Infinity act similarly?
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MikeReilly
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Posted Tue Feb 19, 2013, 10:20am
Subject: Re: Everything grinder?
 

I've used a Mazzer mini as an 'everything' grinder.  Some claim it's hard to get back to the right espresso setting from drip or press, but I have no issues with it.  My only problem with it is that it produces too many fines for press (I don't find it affects the flavour much, just end up with too many fines in the cup).  I would expect the SJ and Major to be similar in operation in this regard, but faster and better espresso.
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Jmanespresso
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Posted Wed Feb 20, 2013, 9:04pm
Subject: Re: Everything grinder?
 

The Cuisinart DBM-8  is not a real burr grinder.  Its a consumer toy.  It has things that LOOK like burrs, but aren't actually burrs, rather, round disks with two raised nubs that smash the beans.

Its a toy.  Worthless.  I know, I owned one.  Its best suited for pairing up with a steam toy espresso machine.  Funny enough, they're usually on the same shelf at the department stores...


The Capresso infinity is a capable grinder, using the conical burr set seen in so many entry level grinders.  Is it good for espresso?  Not really.  I would never suggest buying on for espresso use.  For brewed coffee, sure, by all means, check it out.

 
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CheapBastid
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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:25am
Subject: Re: Everything grinder?
 

Jmanespresso Said:

The Cuisinart DBM-8  is... a toy.  Worthless.  

The Capresso infinity is a capable grinder

Posted February 20, 2013 link

So, it's worth the upgrade?  I just don't want to step up to the Capresso if I could step up to something else in the around $100 range that would be a better choice.

I'm leaning towards the OE Lido.
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Jmanespresso
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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013, 7:34am
Subject: Re: Everything grinder?
 

Anything will be a huge upgrade from the Cuisinart.

Comparing the Capresso infinity to the OE Lido...  Well, I think(THINK)the Lido has the slight edge in grind quality and stepless adjustment, but its a hand grinder, not electric.  Im not too familiar with the OE Lido, forgive me.

But ANYTHING that is a real burr grinder will be leaps and bounds better then the Cuisinart.

 
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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:00am
Subject: Re: Everything grinder?
 

The Lido is waaaay better than the Capresso Infinity...in my opinion...although not everyone agrees it is good for espresso (see third link below, first post).  Of course, I use it only for AP and Espro press.  I've yet to try it for espresso, but someone on HB who has the Macap M4 says he finds them comparable. Lido uses a 38mm conical burr set.

read this:  http://www.home-barista.com/grinders/owner-experience-with-lido-manual-coffee-grinder-by-orphan-espresso-t20869.html

this: Click Here (www.home-barista.com)  (Dave Stephens Roadshow review)

and this: Click Here (www.home-barista.com) (hand grinder showdown)

 
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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:37am
Subject: Re: Everything grinder?
 

Thanks for those links.  I really liked the showdown and the critical take on the Lido.

Part of my interest in upgrading my grinder is to future-proof myself from having to do this all again soon.  Seeing that the Lido really isn't going to shine as an espresso grinder makes me think that I'm better off with Capresso or the Hairo PFP mod as a transitional step.
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Posted Mon Feb 25, 2013, 6:51am
Subject: Re: Everything grinder?
 

another good way to go is to get a reasonable and quality grinder for use OTHER than espresso, such as the Encore or the Virtuoso  then when the time comes add a quality espresso grinder. You will have two grinders on the counter but you will also not have the mucking about with changing grind from one to the other either. YMMV!
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