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12 years 5 months ago #3088 by Irish
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Hello,

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.

Cheers!

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12 years 5 months ago #3091 by Kevin R
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Hello Ben, and welcome.

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... :)
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12 years 5 months ago #3094 by colin
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Kevin - did you want an Aeropress? Compliments of coffeecrew.com and Aerobie Industries?
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12 years 5 months ago #3098 by Irish
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Thanks for the info Kevin.

The Maestro and Maestro Plus were on my list, but it will depend upon local prices.

I'm willing to spend the cash, but I dunno if my wife is willing to stand idly by and let me spend the cash! haha

I might have to do some serious pampering to distract her.

To be honest, I'd love to find a good hand grinder. From what I've read they are cheaper then going electronic, neater (in my opinion at least) and many reviewers have claimed they grind better.
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12 years 5 months ago #3102 by Kevin R
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Hey Colin -- and yes to the offer of the Aeropress! I've been intrigued by them -- it'd be fun to take one for a test drive. I'm not based in Victoria, though...
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12 years 5 months ago #3103 by Kevin R
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A hand grinder, eh? Now that's way out of my realm of experience. The only ones I've seen look like they belong in an early 20th century kitchen display at the local museum...

As for your wife -- does she drink coffee? If she does, then the promise of many a cup made from first rate, expertly roasted and freshly ground beans should do the trick!
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