I spent 4 hours researching grinders and stumbled across this site. Thank god.
I am just getting into coffee beyond the gotta-stay-awake-Im-in-college flavour of drinking. So please forgive any ignorance I show.
Cost: I need a grinder for $200 or less, with the optimal range being $70-150.
Location: I live in Victoria BC and would greatly prefer to purchase locally.
Needs: I like espresso, but am more a fan of just the regular old cup of joe. So I need a good grinder for drip or press coffee.
EDIT: I would prefer a burr grinder. Electronic or manual doesn't matter to me.
Given the cost, location, and needs, can anyone make some recommendations for me?
I have looked into the Barratza models, the cheap stuff the local stores (read londondrugs, walmart, etc) carry, and a whole slew of reviews and recommendations from all over the net. I am sure I know what I want, but I have no clue where to find it! I am new-ish to Victoria and NOT a city person. That and I just don't know where I can buy quality coffee products here.
I grind about a pound of coffee a week, and have enjoyed good results for press through drip with my Baratza Maestro Plus. I think they're slightly beyond your maximum price, though -- they sell for $159 Canadian, I believe. As I've mentioned in a previous post, the Plus isn't up for espresso grinding -- just can't grind finely enough.
I can't vouch for its performance, but the entry-level Maestro would likely fit your needs nicely, and it sells for $109. Colin or another of the folks in Victoria will be able to give you dealer recommendations.
Too bad you're in Victoria... I'm looking to sell my less than year old Plus in favour of a grinder better able to support my growing espresso habit...