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someoneelse
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Posted Mon Dec 30, 2013, 1:38pm
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Hi everyone, been reading for a while. First time to post.

Sometime last year I purchased a Mr. Coffee Café Barista.

It is pretty much ... meh.

I have noticed that depending on grind size / type there is a *huge* difference in overall taste, however I've never gotten anywhere near a good shot of espresso from it. This is basically using pre-canned grocery espresso like Ily or regular grind coffee.

So now I'm at the point where I want to purchase a grinder. I'm hoping that the espresso portion of the Cafe barista will do ok for now, and my problem is mainly from pre-ground grocery coffee that is way too course.

From what I've read, I think a Le'lit PL53 perfect fit for me, but I can't find one anywhere. I don't have any need for course grind, it will be a dedicated espresso grinder.
I can't really go over the $300 mark.

I've also contemplated the I-mini.

Would you be looking for a grinder at this point or an actual espresso machine? I did purchase a tamper that fits the porta-filter for it, and it is a 15-bar pump type.
Any suggestions at all in that range?

Thanks,
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Posted Mon Dec 30, 2013, 1:49pm
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I think the I mini or Lelit would be the good fits for your needs and budget.  Both are stepless.  Other options would be a used grinder.  You might get lucky and find a Mazzer super jolly for your max budget at which point I would jump on it asap.  There are other stepped motorized grinders out there but stepless will give you far better taste once you really dial in your espresso shot.  If hand grinding is an option the OE Pharos is the 2nd best you can buy.  

If you r looking for advise on an espresso machine post a thread under espresso machines and fil out the sticky thread questions so we know exactly what your espresso needs are.
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Posted Mon Dec 30, 2013, 1:57pm
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Anyone know of anywhere other than 1st line to look for a Le'Lit? I've looked around the web for a few days and can't seem to find one.
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Posted Mon Dec 30, 2013, 2:09pm
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I live in Canada and this place outside of Toronto carries Lelit grinders and machines. However, it would be cross border shopping for you.

click here www.idrinkcoffee.com/Lelit_Coffee_Grinders_s/129.htm
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Posted Mon Dec 30, 2013, 2:11pm
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canuckcoffeeguy Said:

I live in Canada and this place outside of Toronto carries Lelit grinders and machines. However, it would be cross border shopping for you.

click here www.idrinkcoffee.com/Lelit_Coffee_Grinders_s/129.htm

Posted December 30, 2013 link

The PL53 is available at 1st line in the U.S for $20 cheaper.

Looks like Idrinkcoffee and 1st line are it.
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Posted Tue Dec 31, 2013, 1:41pm
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After using the Lelit PL53 daily for 6 years now(it was supposed to be 'temporary'), I would recommend it as best entry level espresso grinder. ( or an equivalent stepless Trespade burr grinder)
It is really easy to dial in and has been extremely consistent in not requiring day to day adjustments. (I weigh the grind dose) Clump free grind from a doserless is great at any price point.
Minus points are that it is loud like a blender and does not feed glossy/oily beans well, if at all. (This issue may be resolved with the newer hopper. I don't use such oily beans anyway)

The reason I don't recommend Preciso is the burr carrier, while providing for micro adjustment, does not have a rigid burr alignment needed for a consistent espresso grind. (I have used a Virtuoso for espresso grind too... Yes, it is possible, but not recommended) From Baratza, for espresso, it's the Vario.
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Posted Tue Dec 31, 2013, 1:53pm
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someoneelse Said:

..........

Would you be looking for a grinder at this point or an actual espresso machine? .......

Posted December 30, 2013 link

You will need both.
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