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daschlag
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Posted Tue Mar 1, 2011, 12:17pm
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You're setting yourself up for frustration trying to use a Krups grinder with a non-pressurized portafilter.
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Posted Tue Mar 1, 2011, 1:09pm
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oswell Said:

Oh, I agree and normally would.  But, I happen to have a certain amount of money on hand that I can spend right now, and if I don't use it, it will likely get spent on other less important things like fixing the truck. :)  

And, in a few months it will be easier to justify spending $400 vs $1100+.

Either way, I need to replace both, and for me the least painful way financially is to do the machine first and the grinder second...

-- Mike

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Using the Krups bean crusher with a non-pressurized portafilter will give you worse results than you're getting now.  (Been there! Done that! Took me about a day of that to decide to scrape up some money to order a real grinder.)

Buy a respectable grinder now, put the rest in a certificate of deposit or other withdrawal-restricted interest bearing account so you're not tempted to spend that money on the mundane stuff.  In 3 months, get the machine.

This upgrade path will improve your coffee now and in the future.

Or... ignore the advice, like so many others, and wonder why the new machine just isn't performing.  ;)
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Posted Tue Mar 1, 2011, 1:13pm
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oswell Said:

Oh, I agree and normally would.  But, I happen to have a certain amount of money on hand that I can spend right now, and if I don't use it, it will likely get spent on other less important things like fixing the truck. :)  

And, in a few months it will be easier to justify spending $400 vs $1100+.

Either way, I need to replace both, and for me the least painful way financially is to do the machine first and the grinder second...

-- Mike

Posted March 1, 2011 link

I get it.
Sometimes, you need to make compromises to keep out of the "doghouse".  This sounds like one of those compromises.  Since you have the go ahead for a 4 digit machine purchase, you want to make the  purchase now, while you have the money.

Randy
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Posted Tue Mar 1, 2011, 1:15pm
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wbaguhn Said:

Using the Krups bean crusher with a non-pressurized portafilter will give you worse results than you're getting now.  (Been there! Done that! Took me about a day of that to decide to scrape up some money to order a real grinder.)

Buy a respectable grinder now, put the rest in a certificate of deposit or other withdrawal-restricted interest bearing account so you're not tempted to spend that money on the mundane stuff.  In 3 months, get the machine.

This upgrade path will improve your coffee now and in the future.

Or... ignore the advice, like so many others, and wonder why the new machine just isn't performing.  ;)

Posted March 1, 2011 link

I understand completely.  I was actually considering that I would more likely not use the new machine immediately, though I guess I waste a few months of warranty going that route too.

Either way, I need to update both and will do so... I understand and agree that the grinder is more important, it's just a matter of spending the money in the most efficient manner.  Not sure what that really means yet or how this will play out.

-- Mike
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Posted Tue Mar 1, 2011, 1:21pm
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Posted Tue Mar 1, 2011, 2:20pm
Subject: Re: Dilemma deciding how to spend $1000 ...
 

Pick up a hand grinder to hold you over until you can get a Vario.  I'm not 100% positive, but I think even a cheap Hario Skerton would let you get some drinkable shots out of the new machine.  Better than the old set up at least!  

I should give my skerton a try with the Brewtus next time I am bored.  It got stuck on aeropress duty at work.
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