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expecting to receive a big bag of puerto rican coffee beans any day now and i don't have a nice grinder. i'm not a daily coffee drinker, so i'd like a good quality burr grinder with a small footprint. i see a melitta with good reviews for under $50 and a cuisinart for under $100. what's the least i can spend for something small, that's easy to clean and will be good for french press or filling a nespresso refillable cup?

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The main reason you would need a (good) burr grinder is to get a precise enough grind for espresso, but even then a lot of other factors including roast and age will affect the quality of the shot. For drip/french press coffee you really don't need a burr grinder. I think the main issue with burrs is cheap machines will wear down quickly and you can't calibrate them finely enough but I don't know how much you care about this.

 

We are heavy espresso drinkers and the Rancilio rocky has held up very well over 6 years now. (Can't say the same for their espresso machine unfortunately.) Footprint seems to be about the same as what you're looking at, but of course it is more expensive. Have you looked at Baratza? I think they produce machines in the price range you're looking at but I would trust them more on quality.

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I think you need a good burr grinder no matter what brew method you're using. The Cuisinarts and Melittas are crap.

 

I'd buy a Baratza grinder - no need for their top of the line unit, but this one can be had for $129 - but look around, maybe you can find it cheaper. We've had a Baratza grinder (used only for drip or french press) for a long time, and it still works fine.

 

Or, you can go manual with this highly rated grinder - Zassenhaus.

 

Like Behemoth, we also have the Rocky/Siliva combo and they have performed perfectly for years - what's up with your Rocky, Behemoth?

 

The bigger question is how are you going to store those beans to maintain their quality? Even freshly roasted beans go stale rather quickly - if you have a food saver, I suggest packing small quantities (8 oz.) and keeping them frozen. Take a bag out the night before you need it.

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i tend toward french press and pour over but also wanted to fill nespresso cups. $300 dollars is way over budget. i also want a metal cup because i don't want to drink cups of hot plastic shards

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@joe: The rocky is still in use, but the silvia's heating element broke down three times in 2 years. We finally gave up on it and upgraded to a Bezzera that has dual heating elements, which we love :-) (Advantages over Silvia are that you don't need to wait for machine to reheat to foam milk, and that there are no hot/cool cycles -- temp is maintained at same level all the time.)

 

FWIW I really disagree about keeping beans in the freezer. Better to vacuum pack and store in a cool dark cabinet, and try to use up as quickly as possible. I've found that the single factor that affects quality the most is to buy beans from a roaster who has high turnover.

 

@splinky: don't have any personal experience with the Bodum, but I would trust Baratza as specialists before I would trust the crowd on much of anything.

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The Baratza is your best bet. It will end up costing you the same as 30 cups of coffee bought at a coffee shop.

i haven't bought 30 cups of coffee in my lifetime. lol

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@joe: The rocky is still in use, but the silvia's engine broke down three times in 2 years. We finally gave up on it and upgraded to a Barazza that has dual heating elements, which we love :-)

 

FWIW I really disagree about keeping beans in the freezer. Better to vacuum pack and store in a cool dark cabinet, and try to use up as quickly as possible. I've found that the single factor that affects quality the most is to buy beans from a roaster who has high turnover.

 

Wow - that sucks on your silvia - sounds like you got a lemon.

 

Plenty of "studies" done on freezer storage vs. non-freezer...most important is vacuum packing and keeping cool and dark.

 

Of course on your last statement.

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We finally gave up on it and upgraded to a Bezzera that has dual heating elements, which we love :-)

 

Those are nice units - totally geeky. The footprint seems bigger than the silvia, and I'd have to sneak it in past my wife.

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The Baratza is your best bet. It will end up costing you the same as 30 cups of coffee bought at a coffee shop.

i haven't bought 30 cups of coffee in my lifetime. lol

 

Are you buying the grinder just for this one bag of coffee? If so, I wouldn't bother. Why not just bring it to a store and use their grinder?

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The Baratza is your best bet. It will end up costing you the same as 30 cups of coffee bought at a coffee shop.

i haven't bought 30 cups of coffee in my lifetime. lol

 

Are you buying the grinder just for this one bag of coffee? If so, I wouldn't bother. Why not just bring it to a store and use their grinder?

 

no, i want to start having fresh ground coffee like a big girl going forward

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The Baratza is your best bet. It will end up costing you the same as 30 cups of coffee bought at a coffee shop.

i haven't bought 30 cups of coffee in my lifetime. lol

 

Are you buying the grinder just for this one bag of coffee? If so, I wouldn't bother. Why not just bring it to a store and use their grinder?

 

Well, it goes stale in about 10 minutes that way.

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