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Topic: Grinder for French Press (8 msgs / 177 lines)
1) From: Aaron Boothe
I am looking to buy a new grinder and I am looking for some input.  I will
be using it mainly for French press, some drip, but never for espresso.  As
much as I would love to buy a Ditting, it is quite out of my price range.  I
am hoping to keep it under $200.  I have used a Bodum Antigua for quite a
while, and while it has been a nice grinder, I want one with a more
consistent grind.
I have been considering the Baratza Maestro Plus or the Virtuoso.
Suggestions anyone?
Aaron B
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2) From: John and Emma
If you don't plan on making espresso than the Maestro Plus is perfect. You
don't need to spend the extra on the Virtuoso. The Maestro Plus works great,
has incredible reviews and will do espresso grind but is best if only done
occasionally.
John

3) From: raymanowen
Virtuoso much better burrs -ro
On Thu, Mar 27, 2008 at 7:15 PM, Aaron Boothe  wrote:
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4) From: raymanowen
"I have used a Bodum Antigua for quite a while, and while it has been a nice
grinder, I want one with a more consistent grind."
Me, too, a brand new one for a few hours until I found a good home for it.
My Solis Maestro grinder was the basis of the repackaged Bodum Antigua and
my Maestro Plus, with its cast zinc base. Sure, there are cosmetic
differences, but the basic mechanisms are unchanged.
Also unchanged is the appearance of the coffee grounds generated from your
fine roasted beans. The grounds will closely resemble the fuzzy dice hanging
over the rear view mirror. They will still extract lightning fast in the
non- detached surface fines and over extract just like the fines that fell
off of the ground coffee particles.
It's in the same mechanical family, but the Baratza Virtuoso has by far the
best burrs. That's all the beans see in any grinder. If you're saddled with
crummy burrs, every particle of coffee ground at any size will be
correspondingly poor.
If you already know how to roast and brew, a few more bucks for the better
burrs will be worth it. You will absolutely notice the difference. At least
as much improvement as the burrs were from the grinders using a little lawn
mower blade.
If any grinder is no good for one brew style, do tell how it's going to fix
itself for any other brew method. Undefined variable. There is no magic-
it's just about the simplest machine.
The simplest grinder rule I would offer is: If you can hold it in one hand
at arm's length, go for it. Wind up and pitch a strike.
You're the umpire- if it's good enough for your coffee, that's your call.
It'll do.
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
On Thu, Mar 27, 2008 at 11:50 PM, John and Emma  wrote:
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5) From: Paul
Aaron, I may get some flack for this, But I highly recommend the Starbucks Barista conical burr grinder. I've had one for 15+ months now and love it! You'll spend way less than #200.00 brand new, and may find one heckuva bargain on ebay, new or used. It makes a consistent coarse grind for my french press, and does a good fine grind for my espresso maker, a Starbucks Barista. Does a great mid grind for my Technivorm drip maker. Don't be too disappointed in me though. I get 90% plus of my beans from SWEET MARIA'S and roast with a BEHMOR.
PAUL CARDER
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6) From: Bob Hazen
Not Aaron here, but >only<  90+%???  Given time, you'll see the errors of 
your ways.  (grin)
Bob

7) From: Bill Goodman
I use the *$ Barista for French press too, modified via upgrade kit 
available at the baratza.com Web site to allow for a larger range of 
adjustment and a slightly coarser grind.  Works fine for me but is still 
not perfect--I get a lot of sediment at the bottom of the cup, and had 
to reduce brewing time from 4 minutes to 3 or 3-and-a-half, as compared 
to a Black and Decker SmartGrind burr grinder I used to own (but which 
also generated a lot of static electricity--grinds everywhere!).
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8) From: miKe mcKoffee
Made for *$ by Solis. Used to be same burr set as Maestro, don't know if
they're now using Virtuoso burrs... 
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