Good Guatemala's are some of my favorites, and they are some of the
easiest to nail the exact roast you want... and I just realized I
have none in my stash (and I just ordered)...
Regarding the grinder, the nearly universal recommendation is to get
the best grinder you can afford. Really cheap burr grinders tend to
be marginally better than the whirly-blades. If the burrs have any
kind of slop in them, it will produce fines, which gives the same
problem as the whirly-blade.
The minimum grinder I'd recommend is the Maestro (available from SM).
Buying a better grinder now will save money in the long run, since you
WILL end up wanting a better one later on (despite what you may think
now). If you have a tolerance for big stuff on your counter, the best
option is to troll ebay and craigslist for used commercial grinders.
Often the price of a used commercial unit + new burrs can work out to
be less than an average "home" grinder. There are a few list members
with some special thrift-store-mojo that have found commercial
grinders for around $25...but I think this takes some special talent
that I lack.
I used to think that the grinder was only really critical for
espresso, until I did my last upgrade (a Macap M4). I now notice a
difference in my drip coffee as well (less bitterness, since there are
fewer fines to cause overextraction).
On Tue, Jul 15, 2008 at 11:35 AM, Robert Flanery
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