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Topic: Wanted: homeless burr grinder (31 msgs / 693 lines)
1) From: Dan Mouer
Okay, folks, I need to--stress NEED to--get a devent burr grinder. Problem 
is I'm C-H-E-A-P. What's more, my wife is even cheaper! So, I'm on the 
lookout for a used burr grinder looking for a good home at reasonable--no, 
make that c-h-e-a-p cost. Anyone out there moving up and needing space on 
the counter top?
Dan M

2) From: Brett Mason
So I am trying to figure out, are you in tough times like the folks who have
lost jobs, or bouncing from apt. to apt., or are you choosy?
For example, when's the last time you went to a restaurant?  Do you drive an
old used car like me, or do you make payments on a car?
Where do you live?  (region only if you wish)
Have you hunted through the thrift stores in your area?
Are you griding for drip, or for espresso?
Hey, Espresso?  I thought you were cheap?
Brett
On 5/19/07, Dan Mouer  wrote:
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Cheers,
Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com

3) From: Aaron
There's always freecycle too .. plenty of cheap people there willing to 
swap / give away stuff too.
I have a whirlybird grinder I can send your way if you are interested.  
Postage should only be a few bucks at most.
Aaron

4) From: Floyd Lozano
He said cheap, not poor ;)
my advice would be to work the thrift shops or craigslist.  spend time, save
money.
-F
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5) From: miKe mcKoffee
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Don't be too quick to judge. While he said "cheap" he also said "need" which
means he may have used the word cheap to imply poor but was too ashamed to
admit it. I can understand this since a couple years ago went from the top
2% US household income bracket to working poor. Hell just finished the
bankruptcy process myself, something I swore would never do. I really now
understand "why" the bankruptcy process is there to get a fresh start.
Unfortunately I've already given away my three lower end burr grinders from
past upgrades when had disposable income and have none left to give. Even
sold my Mazzer Super Jolly and just kept Rocky, couldn't justify the luxury
of both and Rocky was better suited as the "only" grinder.
 
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From: homeroast-admin
[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Floyd Lozano
Sent: Saturday, May 19, 2007 8:07 AM
To: homeroast
Subject: Re: +Wanted: homeless burr grinder
He said cheap, not poor ;)
 
my advice would be to work the thrift shops or craigslist.  spend time, save
money.
-F
On 5/19/07, Brett Mason  wrote: 
So I am trying to figure out, are you in tough times like the folks who have
lost jobs, or bouncing from apt. to apt., or are you choosy? 

6) From: miKe mcKoffee
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OTOH if he really meant he and his wife are C-H-E-A-P, as he typed it, not
poor, and CAN afford to buy a decent grinder I have no sympathy. If you can
afford it, pay for a damn grinder and help others make a living building and
distributing 'em. If you can afford to pay to play don't snivel.
 
miKe  
From: homeroast-admin
[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of miKe mcKoffee
Sent: Saturday, May 19, 2007 8:58 AM
To: homeroast
Subject: RE: +Wanted: homeless burr grinder
Don't be too quick to judge. While he said "cheap" he also said "need" which
means he may have used the word cheap to imply poor but was too ashamed to
admit it. I can understand this since a couple years ago went from the top
2% US household income bracket to working poor. Hell just finished the
bankruptcy process myself, something I swore would never do. I really now
understand "why" the bankruptcy process is there to get a fresh start.
Unfortunately I've already given away my three lower end burr grinders from
past upgrades when had disposable income and have none left to give. Even
sold my Mazzer Super Jolly and just kept Rocky, couldn't justify the luxury
of both and Rocky was better suited as the "only" grinder.
 
Pacific Northwest Gathering Vhttp://home.comcast.net/~mckona/PNWGV.htmKona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htmUltimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must
first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment
found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before.
Sweet Maria's List - Searchable Archiveshttp://themeyers.org/HomeRoast/ 
From: homeroast-admin
[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Floyd Lozano
Sent: Saturday, May 19, 2007 8:07 AM
To: homeroast
Subject: Re: +Wanted: homeless burr grinder
He said cheap, not poor ;)
 
my advice would be to work the thrift shops or craigslist.  spend time, save
money.
-F
On 5/19/07, Brett Mason  wrote: 
So I am trying to figure out, are you in tough times like the folks who have
lost jobs, or bouncing from apt. to apt., or are you choosy? 

7) From: Brett Mason
OK Dan, considering your description, you need to look in the phone book for
a local outreach mission.
They open their doors late, for anybody.
They have free coffee in the morning.
Don't ever say this list didn't help you!
Brett
On 5/19/07, miKe mcKoffee  wrote:
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Cheers,
Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com

8) From:
Dan my lad:
what brand do you have in mind, what used grinder do you want?
Build a roaster, join the homeroasters.org contest and win a 100 bucks toward your goal.
talk to me.
ginny
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9) From:
Brett,
your bad, I was a bit nicer to Dan the grindman!
ginny
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10) From: raymanowen
Poor?
A rotary lawn mower with a dull blade is Poor. Funny how the engine is so
much more powerful with a sharp blade, and the lawn/ dandelions are so
smooth and even cut.
If the leading edge in the whirly blade grinder is rounded and smooth, it is
in poor shape. You can sharpen it with a file, and you could get a second
blade to play with: have a welder/ metal fabricator hard face the leading
edges with Stellite that you can grind to crisp edges that will last for a
while.
You do have a Metal Fab friend, don't you?
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
Cheap? Maybe not

11) From: Ross
Dan,
There are lots of ways to waste money being cheap,  paying to ship 20lb of 
junk and then drinking less than perfect coffee for five years until you end 
up replacing it is one of them.   Think about it, if you want great coffee 
you need a great grinder, if someone is still alive why would they sell a 
"great" grinder?
You might as well work a little overtime pony up and get a new Rocky or 
equivalent and never have to get another, unless you try to save 2 more 
bucks and get one on ebay that's broken, rusted or missing parts.
Regards,
Ross

12) From: Ross
Dan,
I had to laugh, while I was answering your post everyone else did too.  We 
definitely are an unmerciful bunch when it comes to grinders.   Don't ever 
hold a gun to my wife and demand I hand over my Rocky.
Ross

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no, just hold a gun to your own wife until she buys you a new mini mazer!
g
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14) From: Dan Mouer
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My oh my you're a nosy one, Brett. But, here goes: My everyda driver car =
is a 1972 VW Super Beetle and it desparately needs some new body parts =
and a paint job. I cook all our meals, three a day, with the exception =
of one or two lunches which my wife and I enjoy out on our way to and =
from the farm where we stash our horses (why do you think I'm cheap??). =
Our typical lunch is a 2-piece chicken snack at the local country corner =
Mom and Pop.
I live in Virginia
I'm always hunting through thrift stores! My house is furnished from =
thrift stores, yard sales, and "alley shopping."
I grind for espresso, drip and French press.
Dan

15) From: Dan Mouer
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Ah... I forgot about Craigslist. Good idea!

16) From: Dan Mouer
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I love this. Only here on Sweet Maria's homeroast list could a fishing =
expedition for a used coffee grinder turn immediately into a bit of =
social research.
Dan

17) From: Slinkster
If it's any consolation I read "cheap" as "frugal".  Pity that so few 
people understand the difference these days...
ObCoffee: Just finished a "lick out the cup" Liquid Amber shot, now 
considering if I should make a presspot using Mysore Nuggets (FC, 6 days 
rest) or the Java Pancoer (City+, 8 days) or pull another shot of Liquid 
Amber...
Dan Mouer wrote:
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18) From: Dan Mouer
No worries, Ross. I've managed to survive on this list for several months 
now. Which indicates to mde that:
I have thick skin.
I am ready to laugh at absurdity on a moment's notice.
There is probably something seriously wrong with me for hanging around this 
bunch of maniacs!
:-}
Dan

19) From: Brett Mason
Hey Dan,
Thanks for filling us in!  some one said we are an unmerciful binch - true,
but we love welcoming folks, so GLAD YOU'RE HERE!
Brett
On 5/20/07, Dan Mouer  wrote:
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Cheers,
Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com

20) From: Ross
Slinkster,
Your point illustrates the problem. When it comes to grinders the 
distinction is blurred, try to be frugal end up going cheap and regretting 
it.
Ross

21) From: Randall Nortman
On the Craigslist in my area (Raleigh/Durham, NC), I have seen
commercial Mazzer grinders and the like come up at great prices,
presumably from failed cafe ventures.  Of course "great prices" for
commercial grinders of that caliber still means $100+, and you can bet
that most of them will need new burrs.  I have not yet jumped on any
of those, as I'm quite happy with my Virtuoso at the moment, and I
don't make espresso at home (yet).
On Sun, May 20, 2007 at 10:26:26AM -0400, Dan Mouer wrote:
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22) From: Slinkster
Yes, that's quite true.  On the frugal front I found an antique KA burr 
grinder at the thrift shop for $2.  KA sold me a new set of burrs, I had 
my EE husband rewire it for safety.  Total investment was less than $20 
if I don't factor in my husband's Professional Engineer Rate and it's 
perfect for french press grinding.
Not-so-frugally I bought a huge Gaggia thing off of Ebay a couple of 
years ago (sorry to whomever I offered to sell that to, I had to be out 
of town for a while and when I got back my husband had sold it to a 
buddy of his for pittance) thinking I'd overhaul it.  Three years later 
all I had managed to do was replace the burrs and strip the thing for 
cleaning.   In the meantime I bought a Rocky and a Silvia to keep it 
company...
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23) From: Larry Dorman
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Check...
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Check...
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Check...
Yep.. you're certifiably one of us... :)
LarryD

24) From: raymanowen
I was really impressed with the design of the Solis Maestro grinder from the
thrift store for $0.99,  but it had been dropped and the gear motor had the
mounting ears broken off. Rather than spend on any more than the hopper,
cover and bin parts, I decided to just get a new SMP.
By the time I was nearing $200 on the light duty grinder and got nothing but
platitudes from the customer service Automaton, I decided the roasted coffee
beans deserve only the best treatment. If I couldn't afford some critical
part of the brewing process, I was determined to stop pretending to be some
sort of aficionado, wasting superior SM beans.
Kyle Anderson, Pres. of Baratza, is a prince. He really came through on the
SNAFU of the burrs. Virtuoso burrs work just great for any conceivable use
to which one might put it.
With a heads-up from miKe, I got a Mazzer Major. It's not about to break,
and it's adjustable from talc to gravel. Whatever particulate size you dial,
you don't get an assortment of particulate sizes. Resettability is right on,
so all the grinders dedicated to a specific grind are the Mazzer's laughin'
tree.
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
Got Grinder?

25) From: Dan Mouer
Ah yes, the Liquid Amber... Tom hit a homerun with that one!
Dan
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26) From: Dan Mouer
 Hah! I just checked here in Richmond and there's a guy selling a Bunn 
Commercial grinder he used for one month in his--you guessed it--now failed 
cafe. It might be worth the $300, but I'm STILL cheap.  :-}
Dan

27) From: Ross
Dan,
If you need to grind 3 lb every minute it will be a great buy.
Ross

28) From: PecanJim
When you consider that a set of new burrs alone for this grinder are about
$180, passing up this buy is foolishly cheap.  If you are buying the
greens and home roasting for the quality you are throwing away at least a
third of the quality by not having a good grinder.  If I did not already
have a Mazzer Major I would jump on this since I am going to be in that
neighborhood in a couple of weeks.
      Pecan Jim
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29) From: Dan Mouer
That would probably be excessive for even MY coffee-intake needs. And it 
would definitely exceed my current roasting capacities. Of course, I'm 
currently looking into converting an old Bessemer blast furnace into a home 
roasting unit...
Dan

30) From: Jason Brooks
PecanJim,
    Where 'bouts?  I'm hour west of Richmond.
jason
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jbrookshttp://javajeb.wordpress.com

31) From: jim gundlach
Jason,
      I'll be visiting my daughter in Hampton.
      Pecan Jim
On May 22, 2007, at 10:46 AM, Jason Brooks wrote:
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