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  1. #1
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    New grinder recomendation

    I need some recommendations for a new grinder. First, I currently have a 6 year-old Krups GVX burr grinder. Dang thing won't die! My issue with it is I get too much dust and fine grindings when I set it for medium to coarse grinds.

    Here are my needs for a new grinder:

    I will only be grinding for a Chemex pot and French press. No espresso.

    Size. It needs to be on the small size as our kitchen is small with limited counter space. I have to put it up after each use. The Capresso Infinity would seem a good fit for my space limitation.

    I usually grind only once a day. Never more than two times. I only grind enough for 3-5 cups each grinding.

    I want quality grinder but costs should be reasonable for my limited use.

    I'm leaning to a manual grinder like a Zassenhaus but have no experience with one so I'd really like thoughts on using one daily.

    EDIT TO ADD: Does anyone have any experience with these manual grinders?

    http://texascoffeegrinders.com/

    They look cool but I don't get a good feeling about their quality.
    Last edited by janry; 12-20-2013 at 08:43 AM.

  2. #2
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    The Baratza Encore is a versatile grinder that won't break the bank. Good luck on your search!

    Monte

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    I would second the recommendation for the Baratza Encore... They are a great product, I even sell them in my shop... I've had my Baratza at home for 4 years now and it grinds just as good as it did when I bought it USED!...

    I have heard good reviews about the Capresso Infinity, but I've never actually used one...
    Do not buy the Cuisinart Supreme... It's super static-y...

    If you're worried about size constraints and want to go manual I would recommend looking at one of the following options:

    Hario Skerton
    Hario Mini mill
    Porlex JP-30
    Porlex Mini

    I've tinkered with all of them and they do a great job... However, the issue I have found with hand grinders is that you don't have a completely consistent crank rate and this can lead to a wider variance of particle size than you will see in a motorized grinder such as the Encore...

    I have a grinder similar to the ones in the Texas Coffee Grinders link, and while they are pretty, the one I have doesn't perform well enough for me to use... But I have no experience with ones specifically from Texas Coffee Grinder Company so this is just stylistic speculation...

    Good luck in your shopping around!

    Cheers!
    Chris Zimmerman
    Co-Owner/Operator Ellipsis Coffeehouse
    Chicago IL

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    Thanks guys. The Encore is on my list to consider. After watching some videos with various hand grinders, I've decided I don't want to fool with one for daily use.

    I just found and watched this video of a comparison test that includes the Encore and the Infinity with a coarse grind.

    Compare: Entry Level Grinders - YouTube

    I'd love to test the two of them with my favorite coffee and the Chemex.

  5. #5
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    My final decision was based upon price but for a grinder that was high on my radar. I got a Breville Smart Grinder for $110 + $5 for S&H. Reconditioned but I've had good luck with reconditioned items from Woot in the past.

    Breville the Smart Grinder
    Last edited by janry; 12-28-2013 at 02:48 AM.

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    Do a Google search for Cutlery and More CG-100 it is on clearance for $15, normally $50, Mine has been working well for three months now, I beleive it meets all your needs.

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    I just got a Capresso Infinity and it seems pretty good do far, since I didn't have the cash to do a big investment in a grinder.

 

 

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