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DaninMaryland
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Joined: 3 Jan 2013
Posts: 79
Location: US
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: V2 Silvia
Grinder: Vario-W
Posted Tue Feb 26, 2013, 1:55pm
Subject: Re: Newb on the cheap
 

D4F Said:

Baratza.com in the refurb section for Preciso refurb for $239 when available, frequently.  Ahipping about $10 - $12.  Posts come out Thursdays.  That is routinely the best electric grinder buy as it is updated by Baratza.

Posted February 26, 2013 link

thought about that deal, but when i checked the shipping was $16, which pushed it to $255.  you can get brand new for $299 free shipping, so its such a small decrease.  i wish they provided free shipping on their refurbs.

you can get used preciso for about $200 shipped on ebay if you are patient.  i think baratza will still service if you arent original owner
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micvog
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Joined: 25 Oct 2012
Posts: 16
Location: Wisconsin
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: None
Grinder: OE LIDO 1, Bodum Bistro...
Vac Pot: None
Drip: AeroPress, Beehouse, Chemex
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Posted Tue Feb 26, 2013, 2:04pm
Subject: Re: Newb on the cheap
 

Thanks for the replies.  Sounds like the best plan is to stalk Craigslist, Coffeegeek BST and the local thrift stores for a quality espresso maker on the cheap (Gaggia Classic?).

This is the wrong forum, but I was surprised at the response to Alterra coffee.  Is my freshly roasted/ground Alterra and Chemex really that bad?  Maybe I will put the $400 towards the Preciso and some mail order coffee for now.  :)  I do enjoy the "clean" cup from the Chemex (not a French Press person I guess).

emradguy Said:

Aeropress isn't for milk frothing, it's for making a strong coffee concentrate, something similar to what one gets from a Moka pot.

Posted February 26, 2013 link

Oops.  I meant Aerolatte.

scanfield Said:

Why are you only budgeting $400? If it's an hour each way, that's 4-person hours per latte. It seems like it wouldn't take very many saved trips to justify spending two or three times that amount.

Posted February 26, 2013 link

We won't do the drive just to get lattes; we will wait until we are in the area which is maybe once every 4-6 weeks.  But on a lazy Saturday morning I usually crave a good latte.

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emradguy
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emradguy
Joined: 31 Mar 2011
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Location: Houston
Expertise: I live coffee

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Drip: Espro presses; Aeropress
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Posted Tue Feb 26, 2013, 2:25pm
Subject: Re: Newb on the cheap
 

micvog Said:

This is the wrong forum, but I was surprised at the response to Alterra coffee.  Is my freshly roasted/ground Alterra and Chemex really that bad?  

Posted February 26, 2013 link

I have never tried Alterra, so I can't comment on it.  If the beans are good quality and properly roasted, I would imagine you could make very good coffee with that method...especially if you have a good grinder (which you're working on).  Of course, that's not a latte, so until you can get a decent grinder and machine, you won't have lattes unless you drive an hour.

 
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JimOD
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JimOD
Joined: 24 Jun 2012
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Location: Orange, CA
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Saeco Aroma Non Pressurized
Grinder: Baratza Preciso with Esatto
Drip: Bunn NHBX-B
Posted Tue Feb 26, 2013, 5:47pm
Subject: Re: Newb on the cheap
 

D4F Said:

Baratza.com in the refurb section for Preciso refurb for $239 when available, frequently.  Ahipping about $10 - $12.  Posts come out Thursdays.  That is routinely the best electric grinder buy as it is updated by Baratza.

Posted February 26, 2013 link

I have one, it's great, I love it.  However, I believe the life expectancy is still an open issue.

 
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