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Coffee Grinders: Models, Sources, Maintenance/Hygiene

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The "match" idea is important, so it would be helpful if you told us what sort of espresso machine you're going to be running the ground beans through.  I don't necessarily agree that the beans are all that important a variable that we need to know it, as they're so vulnerable to change by humidity, roast level, etc. that knowing you get your beans from Peets or Black Cat or wherever  really won't help.  Do note that I find I need to crank the grind much tighter in my Ascaso when it is humid out and the beans are more than a week old than I would in the winter when it is dryer out.  Lots of environmental variables are going to mess with your grind settings...  I have a suspicion that ambient barometric pressure has an effect too, but haven't bothered to gather data to substantiate that hunch.

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yes, sorry for not specifying my budget. I did not really set it exactly, however I am willing to spend 150-250$ on it. I want to brew mainly espresso, meybe sometimes some other kinds. You reccomended Baratza Virtuoso and Ascasso. Virtuoso is I guess more famous than Ascasso (I was looking at I-2 version). I-2 seems to be around 270$, which is above my budget, but it seems quite good. I even found a review of Ascasso (proved out to be quite hard thing to do - everyone reviews Baratza Virtuoso, but Ascasso not so much). I will probably look over Ascaso I-2. Its design looks ok though (pictures on google). Virtuoso is great, however somehow I prefer Italian companies... Meybe I am just weird about that, I think it is probably more durable. Also designs seem both quite good and they are in same quality class (I think).

There was another reccomendation of Encore - even when I was doing my research it seemed great, but I prefered next generation grinders - like Virtuoso and similar.

Anyway, thank you for your reccomendations, if anyone has any other reccomendation, please feel free to comment.

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I think we spent about $100  a Capresso Infinity Conical Burr Grinder maybe 7-8 years ago? Other than the noise (they are loud but I do not care)


the thing was worth every penny ..works like a dream and I have no complaints with the grind it is perfect 

espresso, drip, press whatever it is all good 

(I am a super picky coffee drinker and have been roasting thanks to friends on this board for about 7 years now) 

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if that suits you, that's what counts.


sort of a blade grinder on Steroids.


after all, Its a Personal Beverage !

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