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    Should I replace my grinder? If so manual or electric?

    I'm wondering if I should upgrade my grinder. I like to make pour over and French press coffee. I don't expect to do espresso.

    My existing grinder is a hand cranked box style that was given to me. Bottom is printed with "Made in West Germany". Otherwise looks on the cheaper side... it's wood, but has floral decals for design. Also lots beans get stuck between box and top metal funnel part, so maybe not that well designed. Last complaint is to change grind size you need to reach up through box drawer, hard to see.

    The internals look like this:

    Should I replace my grinder? If so manual or electric?-grinder.jpg

    But my big reason for wanting to replace is that everything I read about coffee says "get better grinder!".

    Assuming my grinder can be improved upon... The grinder that I see most recommended for people like me is the Baratza Encore. That's probably the top end of what I want to get price wise, but I'm not sure that I really want/need an electric grinder, I just grind small amounts and kinda like the manual grind process. I think maybe I can get a better manual grinder for the same or less money than the Baratza? I see lots of comparisons online, but not many comparing electric vrs manual grinders for quality.

    My question: What's a recommended manual grinder that's equivalent or better then the Baratza Encore for similar or less price? Again I want it for pour over and French press, not espresso. I don't need it to be portable. The grinders that I've found myself are:

    - Hario Ceramic Coffee Mill - Skerton Pro
    - Zassenhaus Brasilia Coffee Mill
    - Handground Precision Manual Coffee Grinder

    Other suggestions? Tell me what to get!

    Thanks,
    Jesse

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    Unless you enjoy manual work, a Cuisinart DBM-8 works just fine. You can get it for less than $40.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhyCoffee View Post
    Unless you enjoy manual work, a Cuisinart DBM-8 works just fine. You can get it for less than $40.
    I don't mind the manual work, but don't have to have it either. I am mostly just interested in following the "get a better grinder" advice I see everywhere.

    Would you say that the "Cuisinart DBM-8" is noticeably better then my existing manual grinder?

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    It will do the same job with much less effort for sure.
    I only use mine for Vietnamese coffee or French press something. Most of the time I use bean-to-coffee kind of machines.

 

 

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