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Topic: Need Grinder Recommendation (9 msgs / 191 lines)
1) From: Denise Brennan
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I'm well into roasting now with an RK drum and motor assembly, and last
Saturday had a remarkably successful day at our local Farmer's Market
selling my fresh roasted coffee. I've got a bit of a niche here, it seems,
offering mostly organic coffee.
Not only do I need a new grinder for home, but it needs to be something I
can take to the Market with me (or grind several bags before I leave for
Market) as some folks want to buy fresh roasted coffee and (argh!) have it
ground because they have no grinder at home. Ultimately I hope to convert
them all to grinder owners, of course, but in the meanwhile I'd like to make
these sales. I was thinking that a mid range grinder like the Solis might
work, but I really need something with an 8oz hopper....and THEN a guy came
along and wants me to be able to grind coffee that he drinks Turkish.
So....that means quite a range of grinds is required.
I've been looking at the Lux Aroma's on Ebay. I'm not trying to be cheap
here, but would like to spend less than $200 if possible. Any suggestions
would be helpful.
Thanks in advance!
Denise B. in Port Angeles, WA

2) From: miKe mcKoffee
Unfortunately wanting to spend less than $200 for a grinder for full range
from Turkish to French Press, for home AND retail is being cheap and foolish
IMO. Sure, a Solis Maestro would work for a few months, doing the job
slowly. Grind a few Turkish batches and the burrs will be shot and you'll be
buying another whole grinder. Spend the bucks not, once, or spend over and
over and over ultimately spending the big bucks after already having spent
more that on multiple sub-standard purchases. Bean there done that in my
grinder journey to Rocky. From old worn out Braun burr, to Capresso Burr for
a couple days then orderd the Solis Mulino, less than a year later to Solis
Maestro and less than a year later to finally Rocky...
If you can find a decent commerical grinder like a Mazzer etc. on eBay for
$200 then that would be a good way to go. Be prepared to spend additional on
it needed new burr set and researched the cost before hand so you know what
to expect....
Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
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3) From: H Hurd
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Denise,
I have owned a Solis Maestro for about a year.  Use it only
for vac pot & pour over grind and for only two coffee drinkers.
I think will be inadequate for your needs.. Mine is still doing
a good job but the base mount broke when I turned it 
upside down to clean it.  Save up for at least a 
Rancilio Rocky or better yet a Mazzer mini.
Good Luck
Holly

4) From: Pecan Jim Gundlach
On Apr 8, 2004, at 1:08 AM, miKe mcKoffee wrote:
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None of the Mazzers sold on eBay have gone for less than $300 recently. 
  However, about a fourth of the Bunn and Grindmaster commercial 
grinders have gone for between $150 and $200.  They are the kind of 
grinder people are used to seeing in the store with the grind your own 
coffee so your customers would probably approve.  I don't know if they 
will do Turkish, you might really direct the Turkish customer toward 
getting their own manual grinder, although a cheap blade grinder can do 
decent Turkish for less.  With one of the commercial grinders you might 
want to secure it to a hand truck or table on wheels for moving around.
Jim Gundlach

5) From: Oaxaca Charlie
--- Pecan Jim Gundlach  wrote:
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  I agree with Jim %100. You need a grinder that can do a lb. in
less than a minute, and won't wear out grinding lb. after lb. I
found a great deal on a used Grindmaster. Real espresso fanatic
customers will have a good grinder at home and buy whole bean.
BTW, I've always thought that a bbq roaster with an RK drum or
something similar would be a big hit at the right farmers'
market. Really draw an exited crowd and sell a LOT of coffee.
People go nuts over coffee right out of the roaster.
  Charlie
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6) From: Ben Treichel
Denise Brennan wrote:
Rocky's, mazzers, etc will be too slow. You need a grindmaster, or bunn, 
etc.
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7) From: Gene Smith
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Does anybody have any experience with this grinder?  Looks rather nice, but
I'm curious if it's got more than looks:http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item#93433150Gene Smith
riding the wild learning curve, in Houston

8) From: Jim Schulman
On 8 Apr 2004 at 9:14, Gene Smith wrote:
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Hi Gene,
It's a well bult, resin mounted, burr grinder using the same 
burr set as the Iberital/Innova conical, Pavoni, and Isomac 
grinders. It's been around a long time, but doesn't have a 
steady US importer. It's like the Iberital/Innova version, and 
slightly better than the Pavoni or Isomac versions, since it has 
a 150 watt motor and stepless adjuster. Prices range from $150 
to $200. 
Grind quality is excellent, as good as any commercial grinder, 
but it's slow and noisy. Also, it's a pure espresso grinder, 
since adjusting it for other grinds is a PITA. So, if you can 
live with the short comings, it's good quality for the price.
Jim

9) From: Jim Schulman
On 8 Apr 2004 at 9:14, Gene Smith wrote:
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Hi Gene,
It's a well bult, resin mounted, burr grinder using the same 
burr set as the Iberital/Innova conical, Pavoni, and Isomac 
grinders. It's been around a long time, but doesn't have a 
steady US importer. It's like the Iberital/Innova version, and 
slightly better than the Pavoni or Isomac versions, since it has 
a 150 watt motor and stepless adjuster. Prices range from $150 
to $200. 
Grind quality is excellent, as good as any commercial grinder, 
but it's slow and noisy. Also, it's a pure espresso grinder, 
since adjusting it for other grinds is a PITA. So, if you can 
live with the short comings, it's good quality for the price.
Jim


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