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gibson00
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Posted Sat May 10, 2014, 11:40am
Subject: Compak K3 V2 - Best for $550 budget??
 

Here in Canada, looks like I can get this grinder for a little under $550.
Thats pretty much max for my budget.  Is there anything else I should be looking at?
OK, editing my original post....maybe being too quick to dismiss the Vario grinder.  Just worried about the quality of build......  
Thx!!!
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sharky
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Posted Mon May 12, 2014, 7:44am
Subject: Re: Compak K3 V2 - Best for $550 budget??
 

I own the K3 grinder and for the money, it is an excellent grinder!  It looks great, is well made, is not huge, has minimal grind retention, and most importantly, it produces great espresso!  The tiny Baratza's are too tiny and offer a cheap, plastic build for me!  YOMV!  As well, the issues I have with the next 'significant' level 'better in the cup' grinders are that they are 'massive.'  Even with small bean hoppers, many of them will not fit under a standard 18" cupboard.  They also cost atleast $500 or more . . . .  So for me, and for the money, the K3 is one of the best built grinders . . .
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MikeReilly
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Posted Mon May 12, 2014, 8:05am
Subject: Re: Compak K3 V2 - Best for $550 budget??
 

The K3 and Mazzer Mini are very similar grinders in many ways.  Built like tanks to last forever.  The Baratza grinders lack that tank like build quality but have better espresso grind quality.  The Pharos (if still available) is the cheapest, great build quality, best espresso grind quality, but lacks a motor.  Unfortunately, everything is a compromise and you have to decide what's important to you.  For espresso I vastly prefer my Pharos to my Mazzer Mini.  I do slightly prefer my Rossi CC45 (similar to RR45) over the mini and they can often be had for a song on the used market.
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Posted Mon May 12, 2014, 9:32am
Subject: Re: Compak K3 V2 - Best for $550 budget??
 

Anyone considering the K3 should read this review article on Home Barista...

http://www.home-barista.com/espresso-grinder-reviews.html

It compares the top 5 grinders in this class, each of which are a good choice.



MikeReilly Said:

The K3 and Mazzer Mini are very similar grinders in many ways.  Built like tanks to last forever.  The Baratza grinders lack that tank like build quality but have better espresso grind quality.  The Pharos (if still available) is the cheapest, great build quality, best espresso grind quality, but lacks a motor.  Unfortunately, everything is a compromise and you have to decide what's important to you.  For espresso I vastly prefer my Pharos to my Mazzer Mini.  I do slightly prefer my Rossi CC45 (similar to RR45) over the mini and they can often be had for a song on the used market.

Posted May 12, 2014 link

Pharos is still available, but sporadically. Doug and Barb are highly focused on the Lido 2 (due to ship soon to the people who pre-ordered) and some other new ventures they're working on.  However, they have the parts for the Pharos grinder and list them available in the checkout cart after they've assembled a batch. (yeah, you have to go through the process of registering, then adding the grinder to your cart before you find out if they're in stock or not)  They had a batch available about a month ago, and I don't know how often they get around to assembling more.  Don't bother emailing, they're too busy to tell you...just keep looking, or do what I did...watch the threads discussing them and see when someone says, "hey, I found one" - then go to their site and hope you can buy one too.

 
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Always remember the most important thing is what ends up in your cup!
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lockman
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Posted Mon May 12, 2014, 9:50am
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I had the La Cimbali Max for awhile and it had an excellent grind. I have seen them used in the $500 range.
Sorta ruined my vacuum cleaning out the doser after each use. Amazing how much oil is in those little beans.
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