Posted Fri Mar 30, 2012, 3:30pm Subject: **SOLD**: New-in-the-box Compak K8 Fresh Polished Aluminum w/ both hoppers
I mentioned this grinder in an thread in the Espresso Grinders forum. About a month ago I ordered an open box K8 Fresh. UPS broke it. Chris Coffee send me a new one as a replacement. In the mean time I purchased one of the Ninos that was on eBay. The Nino is up and running, and I just got the OK from CC to keep the replacement K8 Fresh. I no longer need this grinder, so I can either return it to CC as a buyer's remorse, or pass the deal along to someone here, which is what I am trying to do. I paid $1279 for this. It is new new new. I have taken it out of the box once to confirm that it works, and it works.
If you are in the LA area and can pick this up, I think that $1279 is a really good deal. The full price new is $1545.46. Your total savings would be $266.46, or more like $200 if you want me to ship it to you via FedEx. There really aren't a whole lot of deal to be had on these other than open box. This has a full warranty etc. I really don't want to have to return this...UPS has put me and my contact at CC through a lot of crap for almost a month...so I would like find this a home.
If you think that this wasn't deal and that I should just send it back, please tell me so...I need to get this out of my house, I have had three titan grinder sized boxes sitting around my house for almost a month.
UPDATE: Price reduced to $1200, $1275 Shipped
Listing Details Asking / Suggested Price: 1279 $1200 Seller Name: Russel Philip Seller Location: Los Angeles Sale Type: For Sale
Posted Fri Mar 30, 2012, 9:51pm Subject: Re: FS: New-in-the-box Compak K8 Fresh Polished Aluminum w/ both hoppers, $1279
Just an plug and an update. At $1279, this is very close to the price of a ProM Espresso for a grinder that is a lot more robust and a whole lot sexier. It is a very manageable height using the short hopper, and the big fat worm gear knob is very nice. Had I the extra space and an extra $1300, I would happily keep it. More info here: Click Here (www.chriscoffee.com)
I am very tired of having a house filled with big grinders in big boxes, so on Monday I will be returning this to CC.
Posted Sat Mar 31, 2012, 6:35am Subject: Re: FS: New-in-the-box Compak K8 Fresh Polished Aluminum w/ both hoppers, $1279
Is there any known information that Chris plans on dropping the price? Because Chris doesn't sell it for $1279, he sells it for $1545.46 with both hoppers. As Russel said, that's $200 less and this is new in the box. If the warranty transfers to the new owner, this sounds like a fine deal to me. I'd spring for it if I was in the market for a K8 Fresh.
Posted Sat Mar 31, 2012, 11:40am Subject: Re: FS: New-in-the-box Compak K8 Fresh Polished Aluminum w/ both hoppers, $1279
The original was a buyer's remorse...that one experienced a UPS "sorting error" and is sitting broken in its box in my living room waiting for UPS to decide that they need to pick it up. CC sent me a new one as a replacement (and quite quickly, +1 for CC). I don't know what will happen to the new one once it goes back to them, which is why I wanted to see if anyone was interested in this now at the price I paid.
Posted Sun Apr 1, 2012, 10:41am Subject: Re: FS: New-in-the-box Compak K8 Fresh Polished Aluminum w/ both hoppers, $1279
To be honest, I think that the K8 Fresh (or timer controlled large flat burrs in general) is a better grinder choice for low to moderate home use than the grind on demand conicals such as the K10 Fresh. The timed conicals rely on pressure from the beans in the hopper to maintain dose consistency. The only one that doesn't, AFAIK, is the Rober-E with the auger. This doesn't matter if you're a cafe or a high volume home user, but any less and you have to work really hard to keep a hopper full (well, 1/2 full) of beans fresh. The large flat burrs feed beans using centripetal force instead of gravity/pressure. In my experience this results in more consistant dosing when the hopper gets low (I have been testing this using a MD-85 on a GraLab). Owning a Super Caimano has made me more aware of the differences between commercial and domestic usage patterns. My Nino requires at least 200g of beans to maintain dose consistency, which really means that I need to keep 300g+ in the hopper at any time. This works for me as I use around 100g a day, spread of 3 or 4 sessions.
In short, is you grind 100g+ a day in one or maybe two sessions, a K10 Fresh is great. If not, I think a K8 Fresh is a better choice. If you are really hard up for some 68mm conical goodness that accommodates low volume, single dose a K10 or buy a Pharos.
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