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Topic: A good alternative grinder - (WAS + longevity of burr grinders) (6 msgs / 116 lines)
1) From: Bob Trancho
I've been using my Maestro several times a day since January - though
not for espresso grind.  I think that some of the issues with dust and
(especially) static can be mitigated by regular, thorough cleaning (one
a month or so) with compressed air.  The loose housing for the top burr
probably presents more of a problem for espresso grinds where the burrs
tend to be much closer and the possibility of touching is more likely.
I've thought of "tacking" mine into place with a silicone adhesive that
could be removed at cleaning time.
What would anyone recommend as a replacement for the Maestro for the
vac/french press/drip user who wants longevity and quality construction
with out the doser and other unused features?
Bob Trancho
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2) From: Rick Farris

3) From: Rick Farris
Bob wrote:
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Bob, that is the question of the decade.
I have searched and searched, but other than the grocery-store type grinders
I can't find anything.
I did find one grinder with the "Jericho" logo on the front, but I can't
find anything about it on the web.  It looks like a red KitchenAid stand
mixer, that is, a big motor, with grinding wheels on the front.  It would
seem to be about the right size and quality that we're looking for but I
can't find out who makes them and what they cost.
-- Rick
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4) From: Dan Bollinger
Rick, I've seen these big, red, new grinders on ebay from time to time.
They are Japanese, and I would call them medium-high duty, but I'd think
plenty good for home use.  I have no idea if they do a good job of grinding
espresso because they have flat burrs.   Dan

5) From: jim gundlach
Dan,
    Next time I am in a store that has one of these, I will play with the 
grinder a bit and see how well it does very fine coffee.  I have seen 
descriptions that say there are additional adjustments available but a 
check should tell us if they grind evenly and without powder.
Jim Gundlach
On Tuesday, October 1, 2002, at 07:08 AM, Dan Bollinger wrote:
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6) From: Rick Farris
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I have a perfectly good Mazzer for espresso, Dan, and I've bought coffee at
specialty shops that had the Jericho (back when I thought I was high-gourmet
by buying pre-roasted beans and having them ground for me), and they grind
plenty good for drip.
-- Rick
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