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file recommended burr grinder for French press ??

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12 years 6 months ago #3428 by expatCanuck
Greetings -

Looking for a burr grinder for French press and drip.

I'd love to spend less than $200, but I don't want to spend even a dime on a toy.

Used is fine, but I'm concerned about those nasty flavored beans. That would, of course, render a machine unusable.

Looking for a cost-effective tool that will allow me to reliably grind coarse enough for French press, adequately fine for drip, and not make me curse about static.

We don't make espresso.

Recommendations welcome.

Thanks kindly.

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12 years 5 months ago #3438 by colin
Simple: The Bodum Antigua from Bodum U.S.A. -
This is the perfect grinder for drip, french and espresso and does it all for $129.

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12 years 3 months ago #3662 by PittCoffeeCrew
Replied by PittCoffeeCrew on topic Re:recommended burr grinder for French press ??
If you haven't already sourced one, troll craigslist and eBay for a used Baratza Virtuoso. I will put mine up (owned for less than 5 months) in another month or two when I can find a production Vario (new from Baratza).

In Vancouver, Virtuosos sell new for ~$210; I will ask $150. I brush the burrs daily, use the Grindz cleaner once a month and keep 'er squeaky clean. No problems to report, other than it is not the most ideal choice for espresso. If I could convince my wife to allow 2 grinders on the counter, I'd keep the Virtuoso for press, Chemex, Aeropress and vacuum and get a dedicated espresso grinder (stepless). As I can't, I am simply upgrading to another multi-use, easy to dial in machine.

Good luck. Coffee, like life, can be challenging, but damn fun and oh-so-good when you get it right!

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