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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:

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    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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    That Cuisinart was the first 'grinder' I owned and wouldn't call it a grinder at all. Just pulverizes with fake junk burrs. You end up with inconsistent particle size, lots of dust and static.
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    Do you have a picture to show the fake junk burrs? How can you see dust and static when it's a closed unit? Grind without the coffee box?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhyCoffee View Post
    Do you have a picture to show the fake junk burrs? How can you see dust and static when it's a closed unit? Grind without the coffee box?
    The ground coffee receptacle is clear plastic and definitely not difficult looking at the coffee as it's blown out of the 'grind' chamber. That will allow you to see the dust/static as the grounds blow/stick to the inside of the receptacle. More power to you if it works for you, but it didn't take me long to box the thing up and return to BB&B, then found a decent grinder.

    Look closely at the burrs and you will see 'nubs' sticking up, which just pulverize the beans at high speed. Honestly this type of 'grinder' is no better than a blade type. For not much more $ something like the Capresso Infinity (or similar conical burr grinder) can be had and are light years ahead of the fake burr units.

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    Last edited by shadow745; 05-23-2019 at 02:31 AM.
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    Thanks for the information! I don't use mine much since I have a Krups EA 9010 and a Jura E8, both bean to coffee. If I knew this, I should have saved the burrs on my E8 last time I replaced it and find a way to mount on this one...

 

 

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