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Topic: A good alternative grinder (6 msgs / 129 lines)
1) From: Irene and Lubos Palounek
"...I did find one grinder with the "Jericho" logo on the front, but I can't
find anything about it on the web..."
have you contacted the Coffee Masters? On theirhttp://www.coffeemasters.com/Public/distprod.htmpage, they list the Jericho
among the "not listed" manufacturers, see below:
"Coffee Masters offers a full line of coffee accessories, supplies and
equipment, ranging from cups and mugs to espresso machines and grinders.
Some of the manufacturers not listed above include: Vita-Mix, Crathco, Bunn,
Jericho, Detecto, Grindmaster, La Pavoni, Toddy, and Zojirushi."
Regards, Lubos
I, too, am searching for a Maestro replacement and thus have a similar
"question of the decade": "What would anyone recommend as a replacement for
the Maestro for the vac/french press/espresso user who wants longevity and
quality construction without the doser?" I want to use it mainly for
espresso and less frequently for vacuum brewer or French Press. I am not
sure whether it is better to keep changing the grind on the (future)
"better" grinder or to keep the better grinder for espresso and the Maestro
for French Press / Vacuum grinding.
So far, we are happy with our about nine months old Maestro. Our daughter
bought it for us from Sweet Maria's as a Christmas gift. We use it every day
at least once. We do not have any "dust" problem; we have a small Shark
hand-held vacuum cleaner next to it and use it to clean the Maestro after
each grinding. Perhaps that helps. But the often mentioned durability
problems scare me.
I am seriously thinking about the Mini MazzerŽ Espresso Grinder and probably
would disable its doser as I pre-weight the coffee for each espresso
Which brings another thought.  I prefer to buy from Tom and Sweet Maria's --
but could not find several products I need (well, want.) A half pound drum
roaster such as the HotTop. Espresso machine in the Isomac Tea class.
Electronic Scale with 0.1g steps. Grinder in the Mini MazzerŽ Espresso
Grinder class.
I know that Sweet Maria's plans to offer the HotTop when it becomes
available in the USA. From reading this list, I got the impression that
there are many people who would buy the other products mentioned above from
Sweet Maria's if they were available.  Perhaps Tom and Sweet Maria's will
consider adding those products, too.
We have bought the roaster, scale, and espresso machine mentioned above; but
are still looking for a grinder that is a "step above the Maestro."
Regards, Lubos
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2) From: Dan Bollinger
I look at S-M first, too.  Now that they have the larger warehouse it's more
likely they'll carry more lines once they get past their moving expenses.
The best thing we can do is drink more coffee and buy more beans!  Dan
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3) From: Rick Farris
Lubos wrote:
The standard answer is a Maestro/Rocky combination, where you remove the
doser from the Rocky.  There is also an Innova espresso grinder available
without a doser, but there are some questions as to its
My budget is reasonably large, so I'm going with the Mazzer/Jericho solution
if I can ever find a Jericho.  Thank you for the pointer to Coffee
Connection, I'm waiting to hear back from them.
-- Rick
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4) From: TFisher511
I would recommend not worrying so much about the doser for espresso, drip or 
any other brewing method. The doser contains the dust ( coffee, chaff, etc.) 
that sooner or later is a part of the static problem we have grinding beans. 
Even though there may not be much from a given grinder, it tends to disperse 
itself over a large area of the kitchen counter.
Just dispense or dose the coffee into a margarine dish, or maybe better yet a 
small stainless steel cup or bowl and pour the coffee into wherever. No mess, 
no fuss and I think much less mess than a doserless grinder that does not 
thoroughly contain the coffee immediately out of the grinder.
That has been my experience.
Terry F
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5) From: Rick Farris
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Terry wrote:
Gee, thanks for the advice, Terry, but to be honest with you it's been so
long since I've had a low-end grinder with a static problem, that  I can
hardly remember back that far.

6) From: TFisher511
If you check the walls of the inside of a Rocky grinder (or probably most 
grinders with dosers) you will find some dust build-up of the chaff from the 
crack in the center of the coffee bean as well as a limited amount of coffee 
dust. If the doser is removed from the Rocky and you just let the dispense 
into a container of some sort that does noes not completely surround the exit 
chute, the dust that did collect inside the doser is the dust that will now 
be dispersed around the kitchen counter.
My comment didn't really refer to cheap grinders, just potential problems 
caused by cheap fixes.
Terry F
rick writes:

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