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Topic: grinders, these are my options (7 msgs / 237 lines)
1) From: Stephen Carey
Okay, I get it.  I get what the best grinders are.  However, due to 
my monthly medical bills, which, with no bloating, run over $8K a 
month, are not getting lighter in the foreseeable future, with is 
fine.  That's life, I am lucky to be able to afford the meds 
anyway.  So, I am not getting the top of the line for a few 
years.  But, I can move up from my okay whirly bird - I have learned 
how to get a good grind from it.  I can move up to the Maestro Plus 
Mill.  It is $149.  I can spend $99 on a good looking hand grinder 
from Zass.  So, which do I get for the next 3 to 4 years, taking a 
leap of faith that I am here that long, which I think I will 
be.  Ideas?  I trust this group, so what you say I will probably do!
All the best,
Stephen

2) From: Barry Luterman
This one is a toss up that only you can answer. If you are definitely not 
going on to espresso in the foreseeable future, your strength and stamina 
diminish due to your disease and treatment, and you will not need a travel 
grinder then the Maestro Plus is the way to go.

3) From: Rich
Well, if you only grind a very little coffee per day or week then it boils down to the possible desire for 
physical activity and zen.  If you grind a fair quantity of coffee per week, I would go electric as I get 
plenty of exercise and am hand powered almost anything agnostic.
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4) From: miKe mcKoffee
If I was in your shoes I'd likely hit the importer's site, check out the
refurbs and get the best I could afford ranging from $149 to $60 for the
Virtuoso, Maestro Plus or Maestro. With the same caveat Barry mentioned,
non-espresso duties. 
OR I'd hold out a spell and wait for the site that has the Gaggia MDF's
listed new for $129 inc. shipping to get them back in stock and hope the
price doesn't jump up. This would be a more durable grinder than any of the
above though not as ergonomically friendly for non-espresso duties.
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5) From: Stephen Carey
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Those are great ideas.  Espresso isn't a worry at this time, so that 
I can leave behind.
I also don't see it becoming an issue for years.
Thank you for the solid advice.  Trust me, it is appreciated and 
also, please know I am not whining.  I am just trying to figure 
things out in the true nature of things that I live.  I hope that 
kind of makes sense.
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Those are great ideas.  Espresso isn't a worry at this
time, so that I can leave behind.
I also don't see it becoming an issue for years.
Thank you for the solid advice.  Trust me, it is appreciated and
also, please know I am not whining.  I am just trying to figure
things out in the true nature of things that I live.  I hope that
kind of makes sense.
At 01:45 PM 9/6/2007, you wrote:
If I was in your shoes I'd
likely hit the importer's site, check out the
refurbs and get the best I could afford ranging from $149 to $60 for
the
Virtuoso, Maestro Plus or Maestro. With the same caveat Barry
mentioned,
non-espresso duties. 
OR I'd hold out a spell and wait for the site that has the Gaggia
MDF's
listed new for $129 inc. shipping to get them back in stock and hope
the
price doesn't jump up. This would be a more durable grinder than any of
the
above though not as ergonomically friendly for non-espresso
duties.
Pacific Northwest Gathering VI
http://home.comcast.net/~mckona/PNWGVI.htmKona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee

www.mcKonaKoffee.com
URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:
http://www.mckoffee.com/Ultimately 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 Archives
http://themeyers.org/HomeRoast/
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6) From: Larry Johnson
It makes perfect sense. I haven't chimed in on this because I've only ever
had the one grinder - a Solis Maestro (just plain) so I have no comparison
with anything else. Oh, I do have a manual Trosser that I travel with, but
never use at home.
I have been reading these kinds of posts since I got here (to the list) and
I have concluded that the Solis is a good choice if you're not planning to
do espresso. I know *I'm* very happy with the results I get with mine. I
brew mainly French press, but also occasionally do Moka pot, Aero-Press,
pour-over, and even an occasional drip with a Presto Scandinavian ($20 from
K-Mart). The Solis does fine with them all.
If we could trust the Zasses that are on E-Bay to not be the ones with the
reported quality issues, then I would say that would be a good, less
expensive alternative to the Solis. But I've heard the stories and I'm leary
of the used ones now. BTW, arm power isn't necessary; a cordless drill fits
the shaft after you remove the crank handle - zoom zoom.
Good luck deciding.
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7) From: Justin Marquez
I have used a $15 whirly-blade, a $50 Cuisinart Burr grinder and presently
have an SMP.  I brew some similar methods to yours and am also very happy
with the results from the SMP. To be honest, I've had respectable results
from all the grinders, but the whirly was really hard to use for French
Press.  The Cuisinart was pretty messy and fair amount of static cling.
I think maybe the Aeropress is the most forgiving brew method with regard to
the grinder issues. If I could only have one brew method allowed to me, I
would choose the A/P.
Safe Journeys and Sweet Music
Justin Marquez (CYPRESS, TX)
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