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Ceridan
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Ceridan
Joined: 10 Dec 2012
Posts: 35
Location: Prague
Expertise: I like coffee

Espresso: Gaggia Classic
Grinder: Hario Slim
Posted Thu Oct 17, 2013, 12:50pm
Subject: A grinder to pair with Gaggia Classic
 

Hi!

I'm considering a grinder to pair with my Gaggia Classic for home use (replacing the current manual one). I'm asking for your advices, thanks.

- I need it for an occasional home use (like 2-3 espressos per day) while often switching coffee, this I'd like just to to put in the needed amount of coffee and grind directly into portafilter. So minimum residual coffee shoudl remain in the grinder (heard Gaggia MDF has a problem with this).
- Shoudl occupy as little space as possible.
- Metal is a plus over plastic.
- Price something like 250 $.
- And should be available in Czechia.

So for I consider these models:

Gaggia MDF
+ A classic
- Plastic
- For me useseless grinded coffee container

Severin
- Unknown brand
- Plastic
+ Price

Graef CM 80
+ Alluminium
+ Possible to grind directly into portafilter
- Not much known brand

Graef CM 70
(Nearly the same as CM80, only plastic.)
- Plastic
+ Price
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NobbyR
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NobbyR
Joined: 10 Jul 2011
Posts: 2,044
Location: Germany
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Poccino Opus One, Ariete
Grinder: Eureka Mignon Istantaneo
Vac Pot: N/A
Drip: Melitta Linea Unica de Luxe
Roaster: N/A
Posted Fri Oct 18, 2013, 1:54am
Subject: Re: A grinder to pair with Gaggia Classic
 

The Gaggia MDF is a stepped grinder with its steps being too wide for dialing in correctly. There's a mod available, though, that needs some do-it-yourself handiness. Personally, I don't like dosers, but that's a personal preference.

I do not know the Severin KM 3873 personally, it's not widely used in the espresso comunity, but judging from the pictures it probably is a another stepped grinder, and having only 10 steps it would be close to impossible to adjust properly.

In Germany, the Graefs are pretty popular entry level, conical coffee grinders, that work pretty well for espresso. However, they also have a stepped grinding gear, albeit with more settings than the Severin, but with all its drawbacks and sometimes need to be recalibrated ex factory (by putting in extra spacers, i.e. shims), that need to be ordered seperately from the manufacturer. There's a follow-up model, the CM 800, that I would prefer. As far as I know it doesn't have the calibration issue.

Having said all that, I'd like to propose some alternatives: the Ascaso i-Steel Mini i-2, which is a stepless conical grinder with a stainless steel body, the Iberital Challenge, which has an aluminium and plastic body and a stepless conical grinding gear, and the Demoka M203, which is a stepless flat burr with also a stainless steel body. IMHO all of those grinders are better than the ones you mentioned.

 
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Ceridan
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Ceridan
Joined: 10 Dec 2012
Posts: 35
Location: Prague
Expertise: I like coffee

Espresso: Gaggia Classic
Grinder: Hario Slim
Posted Fri Oct 18, 2013, 3:18pm
Subject: Re: A grinder to pair with Gaggia Classic
 

Thanks for the answer. From the grinders you recommend it seems only Iberital Challenge can be bought in Czechia - and also CM 800, but I understand you recommend Iberital Challenge? (Which frankly doesn't look much, but WTH.)
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NobbyR
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NobbyR
Joined: 10 Jul 2011
Posts: 2,044
Location: Germany
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Poccino Opus One, Ariete
Grinder: Eureka Mignon Istantaneo
Vac Pot: N/A
Drip: Melitta Linea Unica de Luxe
Roaster: N/A
Posted Sun Oct 20, 2013, 4:10am
Subject: Re: A grinder to pair with Gaggia Classic
 

It's just that you'll always fare better with a step less grinder.

 
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brianl
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Joined: 1 Dec 2012
Posts: 469
Location: Chicago IL
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Quick Mill Vetrano DB
Grinder: Baratza Vario
Drip: chemex
Roaster: Behmor 1600
Posted Mon Oct 21, 2013, 6:50am
Subject: Re: A grinder to pair with Gaggia Classic
 

I use a Baratza Vario with success.
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