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Old 02-05-2011, 04:51 AM   #11
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It really depends on what you're hoping to get out of a coffee grinder. If you need to have variable grades of "fine-ness" to your grind....for instance, superfine grind for espresso, a courser grind for every-day automatic drip coffee maker use and an in-between semi-fine grind for your French Press....then yes, you'll probably need one of the more expensive machines so that you can be sure you are investing in a worthwhile brand that will last a reasonably long time for you.

If on the other hand you only need to mash up coffee beans for a fresh brew from your automatic drip coffee maker, then you'll probably do just fine with a much simpler, much much cheaper one. I bought this one when I was working in in the Middle East (it's 220v):

Amazon.com: Saachi Stainless Steel Coffee / Dry Spice Grinder. A Very Popular Model For All Your Grinding Needs. Model SA-1440: Kitchen & Dining

It's just a super basic grinder with one course setting, cost me $20 plus shipping. I've taken it from Iraq to Kuwait to the Philippines and we use it daily, sometimes twice. I've had it for 2 years and it runs like a beast.

Braun makes a number of simple grinders that are similar design and well-rated, a respectable brand, and in the same price range. If all you need is a basic grind for basic brew then I think you'd do just fine with one of those.

FWIW, my husband swears my coffee tastes better than Starbucks.....so I don't think the relative courseness of my grind is holding me back at all.
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Old 01-31-2012, 04:07 PM   #12
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I personally use a Zassenhaus 161 and I love it. It can adjust to a whole range of coffee grinds and you have complete control. The grind is controlled by turning a knob that raises or lowers the bottom grinding piece. I think I bought mine for $75+shipping. I will admit I don't make a lot of coffee (only 2 cups) but it doesn't take long at all to grind out enough coffee for 2 cups.

If you make a lot of coffee then it may be worth it to you to buy an electric grinder. From what I gathered doing extensive research before I bought my grinder was that good electric conical burr gringers start at $200 and go up from there. It could be a different now, but I saw a lot more complaints from grinders in the <$150 range than I did from more expensive ones.

I like grinding my coffee by hand with my mill when I am making it. For me it just adds something to the whole experience. It makes coffee seem more special.

Of course I have been told I am a bit odd...
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Old 01-31-2012, 04:30 PM   #13
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I personally use a Zassenhaus 161 and I love it. It can adjust to a whole range of coffee grinds and you have complete control. The grind is controlled by turning a knob that raises or lowers the bottom grinding piece. I think I bought mine for $75+shipping. I will admit I don't make a lot of coffee (only 2 cups) but it doesn't take long at all to grind out enough coffee for 2 cups.

If you make a lot of coffee then it may be worth it to you to buy an electric grinder. From what I gathered doing extensive research before I bought my grinder was that good electric conical burr gringers start at $200 and go up from there. It could be a different now, but I saw a lot more complaints from grinders in the <$150 range than I did from more expensive ones.

I like grinding my coffee by hand with my mill when I am making it. For me it just adds something to the whole experience. It makes coffee seem more special.

Of course I have been told I am a bit odd...
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Old 01-31-2012, 07:31 PM   #14
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I like grinding my coffee by hand with my mill when I am making it. For me it just adds something to the whole experience. It makes coffee seem more special.

Of course I have been told I am a bit odd...
I do not grind my coffee by hand, but I totally hear what you are saying. Doing things by hand often does add that extra special something.

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Old 01-31-2012, 09:08 PM   #15
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Old 01-31-2012, 10:39 PM   #16
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I like grinding my coffee by hand with my mill when I am making it. For me it just adds something to the whole experience. It makes coffee seem more special.

Of course I have been told I am a bit odd...
I actually bought a hand conical grinder, and it worked great, but was very difficult to use. It took quite awhile to grind enough beans, and it wasn't mounted on anything so you had to try to hold onto the grinder while turning the handle. Very awkward. It was actually intended for camping. I returned it. For camping I always just pre-grind my beans
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Old 02-02-2012, 08:17 PM   #17
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I love my Krups... it's inexpensive and it works great. Krups 203-42 Electric Coffee and Spice Grinder
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Old 02-03-2012, 03:26 PM   #18
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I love my Krups... it's inexpensive and it works great.
I have that exact electric grinder. I don't really use it, but I keep it around for spice grinding. I don't want to use my Zassenhaus to grind spices and then have to give it a really thorough cleaning before I could grind coffee in it again. It would work really great as a spice grinder though.
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Old 02-03-2012, 10:49 PM   #19
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KA A-9, original, $8 used. A tad noisy, but just a tad, and a real workhorse. Very adjustable grind, steel burrs, made before I was born and will probably outlast me. Repairable, not made to be thrown away. I can buy replacement brushes for the motor at the local auto parts store, and the burrs for the re-incarnation of the A-9 will fit, as will the glass and lid should I get careless.
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Old 02-04-2012, 12:36 PM   #20
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KA A-9, original, $8 used. A tad noisy, but just a tad, and a real workhorse. Very adjustable grind, steel burrs, made before I was born and will probably outlast me. Repairable, not made to be thrown away. I can buy replacement brushes for the motor at the local auto parts store, and the burrs for the re-incarnation of the A-9 will fit, as will the glass and lid should I get careless.
Wait, are you selling this? Or are you saying you bought it for $8?
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