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Topic: Re[2]: +Grinder For Press (4 msgs / 68 lines)
1) From: Hugh F
I'd rate the much cheaper (in the  UK) conical burr Iberital MC2 grinder level with Rocky on grind quality (but, as you say, not superior). I've used both for espresso and for french press. The MC2 is worm-drive and stepless so it's great for tweaking the grind but very slow in moving from espresso to drip to french press settings. 
I believe that if Iberital made an MC2 with steps for much faster adjustability Rancilio would sell a lot fewer Rockys, especially if those steps were half the size of the Rocky's. 
(I haven't used a Tranquilo but I have used the Macap MC6 - though just for french press - and a Mazzer Mini E for espresso and brewed coffee; I prefer both to the Rocky.)
So far as I know, the cheapest high-end conical burr grinder is the Macap MXK aka MXKR aka MKX aka MKXR (!!) but others may know better. As per reports on the conical Mazzer Kony/Robur, the grinds from an MXK are definitely fluffier than those from a Mini E.
Cheers,
Hugh
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2) From: miKe mcKoffee
Unfortunately all too often uniformed people think $50 "conical burr"
grinders makes them a great grinder because they have "conical burrs", not.
That's really my main point. IIRC the Iberital is the basis or similar to
the new Quick Mill conical burr stepless grinder being offered in US, but
not certain. Early reviews have been mixed but generally favorable.
miKe
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3) From: Angelo
Ok, maybe someone can tell me the advantage of "fluffier" grinds. 
Aren't they going to be compressed to the same density as less fluffy grinds?
A+
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4) From: Brett Mason
"Fluffy" grinds for espresso ensure an even compression and a
consistent puck.  This results in less channeling and a better
infusion of hot water...
I have made a "Fluffer" with a 6" pencil sized dowel, and a long
finishing nail in the end.  I also place a wide funnel into the
portafilter to enable fluffing without losing grounds.  Funnel is a
yogurt cup with the bottom and yogurt removed, cleaned.
Once the beans are fluffed to break up any clumps, the funnel is
removed and an even swipe with the dowel or with the side of the palm,
and wala, you are ready for a perfect tamp (ThorTamp of course)
Hope that helps with at least what I think the reason is...
Brett
On 12/30/06, Angelo  wrote:
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