Best burr coffee grinders according to redditors

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u/j1mdan1els · 29 pointsr/Coffee

Bottom line is: not really.

Even the moderately good super-automatics start at 4 times the top of your budget ... and they come with plenty of problems of their own which will mean you're going to end up being disappointed in them.

In your budget, you can get yourself a decent hand grinder; a moka pot and a milk frother ... team those up with some decent fresh roast beans and you can get yourself a very acceptable cappuccino. If you spend just a little more and get an electric burr grinder, then you're going to find it a lot easier and faster to grind your beans and you'll use the moka pot more.

For what you're saying, I'd recommend going with: an Encore; a bialetti; and, matching milk frother. All those links are pulled straight from Amazon, but by all means shop around and you might get it down to your budget. As it is, that comes to around $200 - most of which is the grinder. Once you have that grinder, though, you open up a whole world of good coffee in the home.

Edit for link

u/AcerRubrum · 19 pointsr/canada

Thanks! It's all lower-mid tier stuff but the best bang for the buck imo.

Espresso machine

Grinder (not the best, be warned)

French press

u/BlondeFlowers · 19 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Jesus, you guys are the best!!! THANK YOU!!! I'm getting this one. I've been doing it wrong for too long. Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder, Black

u/70mmArabica · 19 pointsr/Coffee

Baratza Encore ~$130 new. Check Baratza refurbished website from time to time

The Encore isn't the best but is a good starting electric burr grinder

Edit: links

u/craywolf · 16 pointsr/DepthHub

Not only that but, despite this incredibly long and detailed explanation, making your coffee better is really easy. Any one of these changes will make an improvement. Do all of them and you might never bother going out for coffee again.

  1. Use whole bean coffee and grind it yourself. A good grinder doesn't have to be expensive.
  2. Get a good drip maker. Cheap ones don't always hit the right temperature. I've had this one for years, and it gives me a great pot of coffee even from grocery store beans.
  3. Make sure you're using the correct amount of coffee. A coffee scoop is 2 tablespoons. Use one scoop per cup. If you like your coffee bold (like I do), use one slightly rounded scoop per cup, and if you're making more than 6 cups, toss in one more.
  4. If your tap water tastes funky, so will the coffee you make with it. Run it through a brita filter or something first.
  5. This sounds snobby but bear with me - buy your coffee from a local roaster. It's really not much more expensive. Dunkin Donuts wants $9/lb, my local roaster has some varieties for $10-11/lb. It will be fresher and taste better.

    For 1 and 2, I'll admit that buying $110 in equipment just for your coffee is a lot, but both the drip maker and the grinder will last you for years and years and will give you better coffee the whole time. If it saves you from buying just one cup of coffee per week, it pays itself off in a year.

    The others cost very little, and will make an improvement immediately.
u/svenskt · 14 pointsr/Coffee

This question comes up all the time. You really can't get a proper espresso machine, and moreso a proper espresso setup (grinder) for under 200 dollars. I'll give you some easy and horrific recommendations though because it seems that's what you're looking for.

I highly recommend the mypressi. If that's not your thing then look up an espresso machine on amazon and choose it based on price, rating, how it looks. It's not going to make real espresso, but whatever. As for your grinder, I recommend anything cheap which will grind fine grounds. This might work.

This all goes against how I view and see espresso, but oh well. This may work for you.

u/pkulak · 14 pointsr/Coffee
u/BigBennP · 13 pointsr/DIY

He has an espresso machine, can't read the model name, it might be this capresso model, but it looks standard enough.

he has a vacuum coffee maker, looks kinda like this

Then he has an electric coffee grinder that's pretty good sized. it's not exactly this model, but it's close enough. Edit: it may be this Capresso model grinder as well

I personally think his coffee mugs are way too small, but I drink coffee by the 20oz thermos mug. I might have a small addiction.

Then I'm seeing Angostura Bitters, Milagro anejo tequilia, sailor jerry rum, pre-made simple syrup, and a couple bottles I can't see.

u/Jordan33 · 12 pointsr/Coffee


>Capresso Infinity - $89
>Hario Mini Mill Slim - $30 - If you don't mind hand-grinding your beans

Coffee Maker

>Aeropress - $23 - Balanced flavour, easy cleanup
>Hario v60 - $19 - If you enjoy the process of preparing your coffee, and enjoy a brighter (more acidity) cup of coffee.
>A french press - $20 and up - If you want to make more coffee at a time than the Aeropress, don't mind a "thicker" (more coffee particulate and oils in the cup) coffee, and are not opposed to having a little bit more clean-up.

You'll need a kettle for any of these brew methods; a programmable/temperature controlled kettle like this one ($95) is ideal for manual brew methods, but any kettle (and a thermometer if you'd like to get fussy) will do just fine.

Personally I would get the Capresso and the Aeropress if I were you. It's a very balanced and forgiving brew method that can make coffee a few different ways (eg. paper filter for a "brighter" cup, metal for a thicker one). Set aside the rest of your budget and find a good coffee roaster near you!

u/fjwright · 12 pointsr/Coffee

I wrote an answer to a similar question yesterday. Here's a version edited for you, hope this helps.


Cheapest possible way to get into it is a whirly blade grinder and a french press. No filters needed, just fresh ground coffee made rather quickly and easily. This was my first ever coffee set up, and really got me into drinking better coffee. Buying locally from a reputable roaster will be the best option for quality beans for a good price, and you seem to know that already.

The other option, is to buy nice or buy twice. After using the above set up for a few months I was hooked and decided to upgrade everything. So I will send you some options for the most cost effective way to make specialty level coffee. For this I would look at a nicer grinder and a pour over set up. While hand grinders are great, almost everyone upgrades to an electric one. The linked options there are my favorite for the money. The electric model from baratza can be found refurbished on their website from time to time for additional savings.

The next thing you'll need is a pour over and a kettle to pour with. I recommend a Chemex here as they are good for serving one to three cups comfortably. I recommended a glass handle chemex because they are beautiful, but wood necked models are a little cheaper. I would get the white square filters with it as they impart less papery flavor. As for a kettle you have a ton of options. I am going to link a budget electric kettle as I find the stovetop models to be more of a hassle. The additional cost for an electric kettle is pretty marginal.

Hope this is helpful! Happy brewing and welcome to the fam!

u/jja619 · 12 pointsr/Coffee

The Encore by Baratza.

u/Fruehling4 · 11 pointsr/udub

Many grocery stores have an industrial grinder in the coffee section.

Or just buy one. Coffee is so much better fresh ground.

u/traveler19395 · 10 pointsr/Coffee

Considering what you've described I'm surprised you're considering a hand grinder. A $99 refurbished Baratza Encore (or a new one) is a great price to performance value.

u/drswnemo · 10 pointsr/Coffee

Hario Skerton: Baseline manual grinder

Baratza Encore: Baseline electric grinder

Hario v60

Kalita Wave

Clever Dripper

Pick a grinder, pick one of the pourover methods (or get a French Press) and filters, and you're set. You can get a gooseneck kettle if you want for a better pour.

u/Kmlindem · 10 pointsr/ColumbiYEAH

Probably the gourmet shop in five points will have a baratza burr grinder. This is the one I have and it is 👍👍

u/MyCatsNameIsBernie · 9 pointsr/Coffee

If you can stretch your budget, Capresso Infinity isn't too bad, and comes with Prime shipping.

u/beertastic · 9 pointsr/pics


I've had this one for 4 years and I love it. Cheaper than the Baratza Encore. I'm no coffee expert, but it's miles improved over the previous budget grinder I had before.

u/mike808 · 9 pointsr/Coffee

I know this one is out of your price range. But after looking at the wiki for this sub, I purchased this grinder a year ago and have absolutely no regrets. If you love coffee and want a machine that does a good job while been seemingly durable, I would honestly consider upping that budget of yours

Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder, Black

u/trantula_77 · 9 pointsr/Coffee

I have used this Breville Grinder for about 3 years. It is amazing, consistent, and makes grinds that are too fine for my espresso machine. It is easy to take apart and clean and holds a lot of coffee. Doesn't have a fancy name but its got it where it counts. It comes in just below your limit at $199!

u/mbxtr · 9 pointsr/Coffee

My two main suggestions for you.

Grinder: Baratza Virtuoso

Kettle: Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Pour-over Kettle

I own both and really enjoy them. Not only are they great at their respective functions, but they’re nice to look at.

u/mlochr · 8 pointsr/Coffee

When buying new gear like this, I often find it worthwhile to buy the good stuff from the beginning. It'll cost more upfront, but in the long run you save money by not sinking it into gear that you're just going to upgrade away from. I know you're looking for a starter kit, so I'll outline some entry level stuff and then some recommended upgrades.

For a burr grinder, a decent entry level manual grinder is the Hario Skerton. One complaint with this is inconsistent coarse grind size, which is what you'll be using with a French Press. Orphan Espresso makes an upgrade kit that fixes this problem, but personally I feel that if you're going to spend $40 on the Skerton and $15 on the upgrade kit, you should just spend a few more bucks and get something like the Capresso Infinity. This grinder is going to be way more convenient, versatile, and consistent than the hand grinder. For one last option, there's the Baratza Encore. This is probably the best grinder you'd want for French Press, because anything better / more expensive would just be overkill as they're primarily aimed at espresso.

The Press itself isn't too important. Bodum is usually the recommended brand.

You'll also need a way to heat water. You could go with a stovetop kettle, but I think electric kettles are more convenient, and are roughly the same price anyway. You can get a pretty standard one for less than $25. But getting a gooseneck kettle is going to help control your pour better and ensure the coffee grounds are completely saturated. If you don't want to worry about getting the perfect temperature for brewing, a variable temperature kettle will take care of it for you.

Other than that, you might want a kitchen scale to get the right coffee-to-water ratio, and a thermometer to check your water temperature.

u/ChurchOfPainal · 8 pointsr/Coffee

I'd go pour-over. I feel like it's a good place to start because the more expensive things that you need are useful to have in general, but you can also get away with skimping on. Variable temp kettle, accurate scale, burr grinder. You could spend $5 on an instant-read thermometer, and go with the "let the water boil and then sit for 30 seconds" route instead of getting an electric kettle with temp settings, and you COULD buy local coffee in small bags that has been ground right when you buy it (though personally I'd rather buy a burr grinder than buy coffee every couple days). A bee house dripper and filters are like $30 and totally sufficient if you only want to make one cup at a time. Then you can upgrade as you go with kettles, grinders, different pour-over brewers, etc. Although you'd probably want at least a cheap gooseneck kettle.

This is what I'd get. Granted, slightly over $150.

Electric kettle with temp setting

Burr Grinder

Pour-over brewer



u/AmNotLost · 8 pointsr/Coffee

My opinion, for the cost:

Jennings scale
Plastic v60 02 and filters
Encore grinder
I have the Fino kettle but I'm sure the hario is fine
I have a flow restrictor from here
Plus your phone (to time), favorite mug and a notebook to keep notes.

u/Robocob0 · 8 pointsr/rawdenim

Can i be a hater for a second. You're better off asking for an independent grinder like this baratza and this drip machine if you're set on a top quality drip

the SCAA has a list of approved drip machines theyre going to be the best of the best for what you need. The biggest issues with most drip machines is evenness of the brew and temperature variability. Unfortunately im not aware of any good all in one solutions but i can whole hardheartedly recommend the baratza and the brewer can be open season

u/BeguiledAardvark · 8 pointsr/personalfinance

Since I too recently came to be a fervent fan of the Aeropress I knew I needed to get a burr grinder. Now, I'm sure $100-$200 is going to get you something pretty nice, but if you're looking to keep your budget in check I actually went with the KRUPS GX5000 for only $30. I'm new to grinding my own beans but this one does a fine job, for me at least.

Congratulations on finding it in yourself to make a sound financial change - I, as many others here apparently, wish you well and hope your Aeropress helps you on that journey!

u/[deleted] · 7 pointsr/Coffee

I always recommend upgrading the grinder first if you're using a whirly-blade. With a decent grind, you can make excellent coffee with nearly any brewing method, but you're not going to get a decent grind from a blade. I have a Capresso Infinity that I'm pretty fond of. It's not the best burr grinder you could possibly get, but it does a great job for the price.

u/dreiter · 7 pointsr/Coffee

>My budget is to stay between the $30-$50 range....NOT looking for a hand grinder though!

Sorry to say but that's an impossible ask. The cheapest automatic burr grinder is the Capresso Infinity which can sometimes be found for ~$70, otherwise you are stepping up to a refurbished Baratza Encore for $100 or a new one for $140.

u/mrockey19 · 7 pointsr/Coffee

Hey there. I'll give you a little summary of what I think most people on here will tell you in response to your questions.

Books: Blue Bottle ,Coffee Comprehensive and Uncommon Grounds are all good books to cover most of coffee and its processes.

This Capresso Infinity is considered a pretty decent burr grinder for the price. It will not do espresso but will be good enough for most other coffee brewing methods.

Getting a set up that is acceptable for "real" espresso is kind of expensive. A Gaggia classic is considered the bare minimum espresso machine for a "real" espresso. A Baratza Virtuoso is considered bare minimum for a decent espresso grinder. Now, you can (and many people do) find these items used, which obviously reduces the cost greatly. But depending on your area, finding these items up on craigslist or similar sites can be pretty rare.

I'm not from Rhode Island, but googling local roasters will provide some results. As for online ordering, tonx, blue bottle and stumptown are favorites around here for their price and quality. Beans are broken down on what region they came from, how they were processed and how dark they are roasted. Each region has different flavor profiles in their beans. African beans are known for being more fruity than other beans, for example. A little warning, most people on this subreddit believe Starbuck's espresso roast coffee to be too dark. However, many of Starbuck's light/Medium roast coffees have been reviewed as pretty decent. Most websites that sell the beans will list a flavor profile of the beans. The basic saying on this subreddit is that if you have crappy beans, no matter what, your coffee will be crappy. If you are going to overspend anywhere in the process, overspend on quality beans.

The espresso machines that you will be using at starbucks are machines that will basically produce espresso at the push of a button. They will grind, tamp and extract the espresso without any input from you. You should just know right off the bat that there is a whole other world to espresso making that is the exact opposite, with people grinding the beans to the right size, tamping by hand, and extracting shots with a lever that controls pressure. Neither way is right or wrong, you should just know that there are many different types of espresso machines and baristas.

I'll share a little bit of advise, take from it what you will. I was an ambitious college student coffee drinker just like you. I asked for a Breville espresso machine as my first real coffee making device (even before a grinder, how silly of me). I just wanted an espresso machine because that was all I was getting from these coffee shops. Since then I've gotten a nice grinder, a melitta pour over, french press, gooseneck kettle, aeropress, V60, moka pot, and chemex. I'm ashamed to admit that I haven't turned on my espresso machine in over a year. There is so much more to coffee than espresso. There are so many methods to brew coffee that are cheaper, more complex and more interesting. If I had a chance to do it all over again, I'd buy the burr grinder I linked, and an Aeropress or any french press (Starbucks sells some pretty nice ones. You could get one with an employee discount) and just learn to love coffee on its own, without frothed milk and flavorings.

There is a ton of info on this subreddit if you stick around for awhile. Questions like yours are posted all the time and answered by very knowledgable people. Your enthusiasm for coffee is extremely exciting to see. Please don't let any of my advise subtract from your enthusiasm. Everyone takes a different path while exploring coffee. That's part of the excitement. You will learn a lot at Starbucks and you will learn a lot if you stay here. Enjoy your stay.

u/reissigree · 7 pointsr/gainit

I use a coffee bean grinder which conveniently holds exactly one cup of oats. Such a difference..

u/ajfirecracker · 7 pointsr/Coffee

Gaggia Classic - $400 - One of the classic and best cheap espresso machines. Consider trying to find a refurbished or used unit to save money.

You might pair this with:

Baratza Preciso Eletric Grinder - $300 - A reasonable-quality grinder which loosely matches the Classic in budget.

u/UncleTouchUBad · 7 pointsr/Coffee

The Bodum Bistro one is really solid for a good price.

u/kayla_mincerepublic · 7 pointsr/coldbrew

I make large batches of cold brew once a month (almost 5 gallons) to fit into my kegerator and the process is really simple. For what it's worth, my coffee breaks down to about $1 a day for a large Nitro Cold Brew coffee on tap (which sells around me for nearly $4-5 a cup) and I get a lot more coffee, plus very high quality. You could get this price even lower without the kegerator because I included the price for nitro and I also use relatively expensive beans.

Here are the basic tools I would recommend:


  • brewing bucket or jar
  • coffee grinder
  • something to filter the coffee
  • beans of choice (use whatever you like)


    Depending on how much coffee you're looking to make, you can use a different sized vessel. For example, I use a 5 gallon bucket for my keg, whereas if you don't need that much cold brew at once, you can use something like a large mason jar or a smaller sized bucket (say 1 or 2 gallon bucket). I'll definitely recommend you get a bucket with a spout. This makes it very easy to dispense your cold brew.


    As for a coffee grinder, buy what you can afford, there are plenty of options on the market. Obviously you're going to have a better grind if you invest a little more but if you can't, at the end of the day, it's not really going to break you. If you're doing large batches, I'd recommend buying an electric grinder. I use a Bodum Bistro Grinder which is less than $90 and works great. You could use a handheld grinder if you wanted to save more money, obviously it's just more work.


    To filter the coffee, I use a fine mesh food grade bag (they sell these for things like almond milk) and sit that on top of a mesh strainer that sits on top of my bucket. You don't need the mesh strainer part, it just makes it easier for us since we have more coffee. You might want to strain your cold brew before you pour it but to be honest, I don't always and I don't have much problem. You can always double bag your beans to remove some of this too. Most of it settles on the bottom of the bucket underneath the spout anyway, so you just throw away that part.


    Get whatever beans you like. I buy mine in bulk from a local coffee shop. I'd suggest doing a coarse grind and using a 2:1 water to coffee ratio until you figure out your particular preference. That would be to drink it straight out of the gallon. If you want to do more of a coffee concentrate, use more coffee and less water and then add water/milk/cream or whatever when you're preparing your cup.


    I hope that helps. Enjoy!
u/crowcawer · 6 pointsr/Coffee

Capresso has the infinity 565 on amazon for 122.

Although it has been noted to have greater retention than its counterpart.

u/_FormerFarmer · 6 pointsr/Coffee

Agree with u/magicrice that a good hand grinder will be your best quiet option. The ones mentioned all are much faster than your Hario to grind a dose for an Aeropress - under a minute easily.

But to add to your list, the Capresso Infinity is similar in burrs to the Bodum you mentioned, and is pretty quiet for an electric. Haven't compared them side-to-side, but I bet there's a YouTube video out there somewhere.

u/SnarkDolphin · 6 pointsr/Coffee

Well here's the thing about coffee, it's finicky stuff. Much moreso than most Americans would give it credit for. Automatic machines like you have can deliver quality coffee, but unless the one you have cost $200 or more, it won't really be up to the task of making cafe quality coffee. If you want coffee of the same quality (or even better) you'd find at a cafe, you're going to have to know a couple things. Don't worry, I'll tl;dr this with a few specifics at the end, but right now I'm going to go over the things that affect how coffee tastes:

Bean quality: probably the most esoteric and taste-dependent part of coffee, it's not much worth getting into grading, processing, etc, just suffice it to say that folger's is definitely not using top-rate beans and they're mixing robusta (high caffeine, very bitter) in with arabica (moderate caffeine, much better flavor), whereas a decent coffee shop is using 100% arabica

Freshness: Coffee goes stale quick and the flavors dull within about three weeks, a month tops after roasting. Those mass market beans are months old by the time you get them off the shelf. The good news is that there's almost definitely a roaster near you who sells decent beans that are nice and fresh roasted. The bad news is that the cheapest decent coffee you'll find is ~$10/lb most places.

Grind: piggybacking on my last point, coffee, even when sealed in those cans, goes stale VERY fast after being ground (like, within an hour), so buy whole bean and grind it yourself right before brewing

Grind consistency: if the grind isn't uniform, the coffee won't extract evenly and will taste off. The normal blade grinders you think of when you think "coffee grinder" won't work, you'll need a burr grinder, whether hand crank or electric. Doesn't have to be fancy but it does have to be a burr grinder

Brew ratio: coffee will optimally be brewed (for most methods) with 16 or 17g of water (a fat tablespoon) for each gram of coffee. You can guestimate it but digital kitchen scales that read in grams can be had for dirt cheap on amazon. IME people who don't know about brewing coffee tend to use way too little coffee for the amount they brew. This extracts too much from the grounds and makes it watery and bitter

Brew time: each method has its own ideal brew time but for most, like pourover or french press, ~4 minutes is optimal

Water temperature: Coffee should ideally be brewed between 195-205Fthis is where the vast majority of home drip machines fail, the reason that /r/coffee approved drip machines start off at like $200 is that they have big, heavy copper heaters that can reach ideal brew temp, most drip machines have crummy weak heating coils that end up brewing at lower temperatures and making the coffee taste flat and sour.


I know this seems overwhelming, so I'll give you a nice, easy starter kit and instructions how to use it to get you started. And I know you said your bank account was getting crushed, so I'll make this nice and wallet-friendly

For a grinder, go with either this manual one which has the advantage of being really cheap and producing decent grinds, but will take some effort to grind your coffee (2-3 minutes) and setting the grind size can be a pain, or if you want to spend a little bit more and get an electric, go for this one, it's not the greatest in the world but for a starting point it works ok and it's darn cheap.

You can either keep brewing with your auto drip or, if you're still not satisfied, get a french press. They're crazy easy to use (weigh coffee, put in press. Place press on scale and tare. Pour in water. wait four minutes. drink), and they can be had for damn cheap

Then find someone who roasts coffee near you, get some beans, and enjoy!

Anyway sorry to bombard you with the wall of text but coffee's a complicated thing and we're hobbyists (and snobs) around here. Hope that helps! Feel free to ask more questions

EDIT: forgot to add in Todd Carmichael's awesome instruction video for the french press.

u/pig_is_pigs · 6 pointsr/Coffee

Looks like one of Mr. Coffee's models, but rebranded. I've taken this thing apart before - it's a false burr grinder, and should be avoided. If you're tight on cash, give one of the Hario or Porlex hand grinders a shot.

u/KrimsonKing · 6 pointsr/espresso

What a steal! I got mine for $250 and considered it a good deal.

  1. Nice start with the descaling.

  2. Now I'm going to tell you to spend money. I just outfitted a Silvia myself so everything linked should be available and compatible.

  • You need a good grinder. I bought the Breville smart grinder pro because I couldn't afford anything nicer. It works well, but there is a large gap between grind settings (~6-7ml difference when brewing for 30s) and the grinds do come out a little clumped.

  • Clean your machine. I bought a blind basked and Cafiza cleaning tablets which work well.

  • a bottomless protafilter has helped me get my technique down.

  • Get good fresh coffee to practice. You can't dial in with an old bag of supermarket coffee. Go to a coffee shop you like and get a shot and buy some beans. Then go home and dial in until your shot tastes like the one at the shop.

  • Steaming milk with Mrs. Silvia takes some practice. Buy and extra gallon and practice. You will get the hang of it after a few tries.

  1. what /u/tricross mentioned

    links to the things mentioned
u/ComicDebris · 5 pointsr/Coffee

I have this Capresso model, and it's working fine for me so far. I use fine for Aeropress and coarse for French press, how it compares to other models.

It's easy to clean. I got mine from a local coffee joint and I think it was less expensive than Amazon.

For a few more bucks you can get one with an all metal outer case.

u/Gixug · 5 pointsr/food

Before I start, I should warn you that discovering good coffee can be expensive. It's also a bit time consuming. If you're in it for convenience, stick with the beans you're drinking now.

Freshness of coffee is highly dependent on two things: the time since roasting and the time since grinding. The best thing you can do is find a good local coffee roaster and get whole beans from them. Then get a good burr grinder (I love my Capresso Infinity Grinder) and grind it yourself immediately before brewing. Getting the coffee locally is good because you'll get to know the roaster and they'll almost always print the roasting date on the bag. Grinding it yourself ensures that the flavor stays locked in the beans until you're ready to drink your cup.

If you don't have any local coffee roasters, you can try your luck with some decent coffee from Amazon. Cafe Altura Sumatran is pretty good, although they don't put the roasting date on their bags, so you'll have no idea how fresh it is. Some of the best coffee I've ever ordered online was from The Birds and The Beans.

If you're just starting out, then I recommend getting a french press or an aeropress. You can even use them to make pseudo-lattes. (Obviously, to make a real latte, you'd need an espresso machine. But those get really expensive, really fast for anything decent.)

Hope that helps. :)

u/InfiniteZr0 · 5 pointsr/Coffee

I'm an entry novice to coffee and did a lot of research on grinders.
I found this grinder
From what I gathered, it does the job for everything but espresso.
Apparently it doesn't get a fine enough or consistent enough for espresso

u/kakanczu · 5 pointsr/Coffee

If looking for electric, the most commonly recommended are:

Capresso, $90

Bodum (Red, $90)

Baratza Encore, $130

The Baratza will be the most recommended and if you look around you might be able to find it for closer to $100. Otherwise the Capresso is probably the best bet.

u/lemisanthrope · 5 pointsr/Coffee

You need to know that your coffee is about to get a lot tastier. Also siltier. The silt puts some people off, but I love it--just decant carefully. Also, after the four minutes of steeping, press the plunger and get the coffee off of the grind immediately. Transfer it into a thermos or your cup, don't let it keep sitting there on the beans in the press.

But I will say: DO NOT get a french press without also investing in a decent burr grinder and buying fresh, quality beans from a good roaster (or learn to roast at home). I would recommend this one as a quality grinder at a good price. Set your grind to course, and don't grind until your water is near boiling. Your grinder is your most important piece of equipment for world-class coffee brewing; it is not the piece you want to skimp on.

I have had some truly transcendent cups of coffee...and blown the minds of friends who had never had french press before. Happy mornings!

I love my Bodum Brazil press.

u/derkasan · 5 pointsr/Coffee

I used to have one of these before upgrading to the Vario. It can't be beat in its price range - $45 on Amazon for a used one right now from Good Buy Products.

u/cbeeman15 · 5 pointsr/Coffee

If you can spend a little more, try to get a burr grinder, it will make a huge difference, I got my first on used for $50, but I've seen them as low as $30. For the price I'd say either this or this these will be good enough unless you want to try espresso.

You can also get goodish beans at a grocery store. I recomend Peet's. Or you can order very good beans online from companies like stumptown, verve, or counterculture coffee.

Your next upgrade should probably be an aeropress, but if you've been on /r/coffee for more than 5 minutes you know that.

u/roastearlyroastoften · 5 pointsr/Coffee

I don't know anything about that hand grinder, sorry. I just find it to be a pain in the ass to hand grind 48g for my wife and I every morning so electric all the way. Hario has some good hand grinders.

I like the Baratza because of the versatility, even grind size, ease of maintenance, and it's well built. For me, it's the perfect "foot in the door" to higher quality grinders. However, yes, you pay for it! You can go cheaper for example but you're going to get real crappy burrs (I think those are plastic...) and something that breaks if you look at it.

Moral of the story good sir or madame is this. Cheaper grinder:

  • Low quality or poorly milled burrs
  • Burrs wear down quicker
  • Maintenance/wear/breaking issues (motor especially, plastic gears, etc)
  • Uneven grind size
  • High fines/particulates
u/richdoghouse · 5 pointsr/halifax

I just replaced my grinder and was figuring out what to do with the old one (still works fine, but it’s loud and not the best grinder on the market).

Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill

If you’re interested let me know. I’m in Fall River but will be in Dartmouth several times this week and could drop it off somewhere.

u/Aggort · 5 pointsr/Coffee

Since everyone else has covered the basics and the detailed know how, I will suggest this.

Don't be discouraged if you try something you do not like.

Whole bean and anything not in a can is going to be far superior.

If you want to get serious, get yourself a decent grinder. I have This.

As for a coffee maker use This.

It is simply the best. I have a coffee pot for when I have company, but the Aeropress makes the best cup of coffee I have ever tasted! It is just like a french press and is simply exceptional.

If you visit a coffee shop and they do not roast their own coffee or bring in fresh roasted coffee from somewhere local, leave.

u/hamish5178 · 5 pointsr/Coffee

You need a grinder as well, the grinder is more important than your machine. The closest acceptable set-up for your budget IMO would be a Baratza Preciso and a Gaggia Classic (a fantastic machine once you get a Silvia steam wand which is not hard to install at all).

The Silvia is a great machine but it isn't worth almost twice what the Gaggia costs, unless you have lots of money laying around, in which case you should probably still get the Gaggia and just get a nicer grinder.

u/Wylde_Guitarist · 5 pointsr/Coffee

Check out the Bodum Bistro. I've had mine for about 3 years and it's a great grinder for under $100. I've got a French Press, Aeropress, and Chemex that I can get an amazing cup of coffee from any of them once you dial it in.

u/OracleAndroid · 5 pointsr/Coffee

If you don't want to break the bank, the Bodum Bistro is a very nice grinder. I brew using mostly the same methods, and have no problems with consistency or size.

I use the Able Fine disk with my Aeropress and was able to dial in a perfect grind size easily.

EDIT: Link

u/gewver · 5 pointsr/Coffee

Better idea. Half the price and much better reviewed.

OR for the same price. Their refurbs are awesome. And that grinder will last you forever.

Most people aren't going to have a recommendation on it. It's an uncommon grinder for this forum

u/knowsguy · 5 pointsr/Coffee

The Bodum burr grinder has served me well for years, averaging 2-3 pots a day. I replaced my Baratza with one, intending to upgrade later, but it works well enough that I'm satisfied.

It's well under $100 when on sale.

u/globex_co · 5 pointsr/Coffee

How serious are you about your coffee? Or would you like to be?

For what it's worth, I had one of these for 3 years+ and it served me well. You can get this / comparable models for under $100 though. I think I paid $80 for mine, I forget but the Amazon price bot will reply to my post and show the all-time low ;)

u/bilbravo · 5 pointsr/Coffee

I have a Bodum Bistro burr grinder and really think it does a great job for $70. There is another Bodum grinder here that people dislike, but in general this one gets favorable reviews most everwhere I've looked.

If you want to make a single, easy cup of coffee at home you may look into getting an Aeropress. It is fairly easy to make a good cup of coffee for most anyone using one of these things.

I have no experience with the Ninja coffee bar (but I love my Ninja blender). I would recommend looking for a local coffee shop that maybe roasts their own coffee. It isn't guaranteed to be good coffee, but it will be a good place to start because they will likely have many different choices and you'll be supporting a local roaster. They will probably offer to grind it for you and ask what type of method you are using (pour over, drip, french press, etc) until you get a grinder.

u/chiruu · 5 pointsr/Coffee

I would say that the grinder is one of the most important part in brewing a good coffee because a good grinder ensures that you have the same grind size, which means that you have an even extraction. If you buy the beans pre-ground, the beans usually oxidizes and loses some of it smell and taste. I would say that I has a lot of effect in the taste and the smell.

Grinder option:
When you say "cheap" how cheap is cheap? If you want to use a manual grinder, I would recommend a Hario Skerton

If you want an electronic grinder, you can buy a Baratza Encore

u/user_1729 · 5 pointsr/Coffee

My favorite thing about coffee as a "hobby" is that, like some have said, it's a hobby that isn't just a waste of money. Fresh beans are a huge 1st step, they really just have tons of flavors that change almost as you work through the bag, and sometimes I feel like the first sip of a french press is different than the middle, etc. For me the different methods I use just work better for different beans, I'm still figuring that out myself. I prefer to french press african beans, pour over on more typically "harsh" beans, and I'm still dialing in aeropress, but I feel like it takes a lot out of the coffee so it seems to work best if I'm like "hmm I'm not sure I like this bean", aeropress... oh nevermind it's great.

You could buy:

Good grinder ~$140

Scale $15

Kettle $25

And three interesting and different types of brewers:

Aeropress ~$30

V60 ~$20

French Press ~$20

That's all the gear for now, you're SET until you become a crazy coffee nut, but for me 90% of the coffee I make is in one of those 3 methods. I have a moka pot, and they're cool too. But that's $250 for gear, and you could probably save a bit with different grinder options but plan to drop the biggest amount of that.

Add in $20 for some high quality beans (S&W is great and their reddit discount is on this page somewhere) and you're around $270 to be brewing great coffee a few different ways. Now you have 4+ different coffees, 3 ways to make it, and the equipment to make sure you're doing it "right".

Okay that's a lot and I hate this "if you buy a cup of coffee a day" crap, but let's just say you drink work swill most of the time, but get a cup of coffee out 3x a week. At $3/cup maybe you tip a quarter each time, you pay off this stuff in 6 months and these things pretty much last forever.

The point is, yes, some of the costs of entry (specifically the grinder) can be a little daunting, and sometimes we get carried away, but overall, the cost of making great coffee at home is significantly less than going out. You're actually getting BETTER coffee too, trying different ways to make it, and enjoying yourself. Wow, okay rambling there. Good luck!

u/kneeod · 5 pointsr/Coffee

For your budget, I'd say either the [Baratza Virtuoso] ( if you can spring for the little bit extra, and if not the [Encore] ( is a very close alternative.

I'd also check Baratza's website for refurbished models as well.

u/kcrunner · 4 pointsr/rawdenim

TLDR buy this. It's what I use and it's amazeballs for the price.

u/greggers89 · 4 pointsr/Coffee

The Capresso Infinity is the only one worth buying under $100. If you don't want that, try to buy in half pound bags from a local roaster that will grind the coffee for you.

u/ricecracker420 · 4 pointsr/financialindependence

I can help you with this:

Best decently priced entry level semi-automatic espresso machine to get

Best entry level grinder

Get your beans from trader joe's (seriously cheap, but seriously good coffee, you'll find out that starbucks uses over-roasted beans)

I like mine with 2 oz espresso and 10 oz of foamed milk and half a tablespoon of sugar

I basically lived at starbucks for 3 years while studying 12 hours a day 5 days a week, this is the cheaper, tastier and faster version

u/swroasting · 4 pointsr/Coffee

There's a sub for that... /r/roasting

You are correct, the better electric burr grinders are just a bit smaller than a blender and start around the Capresso Infinity for $80 and proceed skyward from there. I thought you might enjoy giggling at our 110 lb, 220V, 3-phase Mahlkonig which can grind 6lbs per minute. For scale, that's a full pound of coffee sitting in front of it.

u/painfulmanet · 4 pointsr/Coffee

Well, you really should not buy this grinder:

The bouldering is absurd and the fines are ridiculous. I have to grind my beans like four times over to get anything even vaguely reminiscent of a consistent grind, it's loud, ugh. I'm not even making espresso, just pour overs...sigh. Terrible grinder.

I'm going to replace it with the Hario Skerton/Skeleton, I think. I read good things about it somewhere...

u/v3rtex · 4 pointsr/Coffee

Whatever you do, don't get this:


It's too inconsistent if you're picky like me. Well, for drip it probably wouldn't be bad cause the filter will catch everything. All other applications you won't get a uniform size. Also the plastic container that catches the grounds is just a magnet for the grounds.

u/Wannabkate · 4 pointsr/trees

Grinds coffee to an exact size. So I can have the right grind for the brew method I want to use. Aka French press, espresso, cold brew, etc

u/GRIFTY_P · 4 pointsr/Coffee

a one time investment will improve the taste of your morning coffee for the rest of your life. i'm not trying to be pushy, but freshly grinding your beans is by far the most important thing to improving your coffee flavor. by far!

u/sherkaner · 4 pointsr/funny

The swiss method is no joke either. I decided to kick caffeine (which has turned out to be an amazingly good decision), but still really missed the taste of coffee. The swiss method decaf, although expensive and hard to find, is the only stuff that I can enjoy. Some good beans, a decent burr grinder, and a single cup gold foil filter and I am once again a person that doesn't hate life.

u/thebritisharecome · 4 pointsr/shittykickstarters
  1. I feel like you're just grasping at straws with this one

  2. Coffee makers aren't heavy let alone a "single shot" coffee maker

  3. -

  4. He might be over glorifying the fact that he asked friends to help him? It's not uncommon. He's an engineer i'm sure he can get a lot of free help / cheap help / for beer help if he needs it

  5. It brews an entire jug of coffee! not a single shot like this product and looking at the dimensions it isn't much smaller!

    6 / 7) I really don't see how this would be impossible. There is plenty of space in this device based on proportions in the videos and dimensions shown. It's just a tiny bit smaller than the one you presented but delivers a single cup not an entire pot.

    this Tiny thing can grind enough coffee for an 8 cup french press.

  6. As he said in his video... the plastic parts are 3D printed in his basement. But even then I wouldn't say the design really changes at all throughout either video or the kickstarter campaign
u/afsdjkll · 4 pointsr/Coffee

Bodum Burr grinder is ~55 cheaper - currently $75 which is a good price. I've used one with a bonavita for years with good results - others on this sub have said favorable things about it as well.

u/THANAT0PS1S · 4 pointsr/Coffee

Bodum Bistro Burr Grinder-~$170-This thing works like a champ and seems to always produce even grounds at any fineness (of which it has many options to choose from). It's very easy to clean. I have been using it for two years and have had no problems with it whatsoever. Its basket is glass, therefore there is no static cling with the grounds.

The only real complaint that I have heard is it may not grind quite fine enough to produce great espresso, but, as I do not make espresso, this has never come up for me, and I cannot speak to its performance in this area.

The best thing about this grinder is its relatively cheap price-point (some places list it at $120) compared to other burr grinders of the same quality.

u/ginzasamba · 4 pointsr/Coffee

If you're willing to sit at the top end of your budget, you might just fall in love with this Bodum piece.


This is the best grinder I've ever used at home, and using the machine itself is simple. You can easily adjust the fineness of your grind (it adjusts the grind size for our French press and Moka pot beautifully) and serving amount so you aren't over-extracting or wasting your beans.

u/Fresh-Teatox · 4 pointsr/Coffee

I have a Bodum. It's pretty decent but I'm far from an expert on the subject but it should give you an option.

u/pdoherty926 · 4 pointsr/Coffee

Yeah, you're probably right.

Any recommendations (I do mostly drip and Aeropress)? I'm considering the Baratza Virtuoso.

u/cwillzz · 4 pointsr/Coffee
  1. You should get a gooseneck kettle. I prefer them to not have hotplate attached (just use stovetop) and to have a built-in thermometer so you can be versatile with what you use it for. Small spouts are much better than larger spouts to control flow, however this may be hard to find when looking. Unfortunately, the one I bought is no longer up for sale on amazon, however this one is very similar:
  2. Just a regular food scale should do. This one works and is popular in the coffee community. It's also super cheap. Only problem is that it is battery run and turns off without activity for a minute or so. I use it daily.
  3. This is by-far the hardest part. You must get a burr grinder. It's the only way to maintain consistent grinds. You can buy a cheap one for around 30-40$ that do pretty well for a pour over grind but not well for really anything else. The upper end of the cheaper burr grinders would be the baratza encore (, but i probably wouldn't drop the money unless you've got an experienced taste. Honestly, i've made better pour overs with a low budget burr than with a mahlkonig ek43.

    I do have another recommendation. IMO, pour overs are the absolute best way to brew coffee, as they extract flavor the best. For this reason, you want to optimize your setup for better results. You're already doing this by buying a scale, good kettle, and grinder for home. What I would also do is buy a paper filter based system. They are often cheaper or the same price than what you're considering buying. I use this V60 at home ( and it produces amazing results. Additionally, filters are cheap and probably impact the environment equally to stainless steel filters (due to dumping grounds and excess water use), even though this is usually a big appeal for the permanent filters. Paper is significantly better for taste than the steel filters IMO.

    Buying good beans is also very important. I hate to use price as a reference point, but most high quality specialty beans are going to be around 15-20 for 8 to 12 oz bags. Stick with single origin light roasts. Look locally or online and build a sense for the flavor based on region and processing.


    Feel free to ask any questions!
u/kellyjosephprice · 4 pointsr/Coffee

You probably want to spend the majority of that on a grinder. Quick google That's about the minimum, in terms of quality of the grinder, that I would recommend.

u/dannoffs1 · 3 pointsr/Coffee

You seem to be new here, so I'll help.

If you only have a blade grinder and want minimal investiment, go with a pourover like a hario

If you have a burr grinder pick up a french press(and a hario pourover if you so desire), the bodum presses are great, they have them at target, hell the one from ikea is decent.

If you don't have a grinder, get a grinder. I have the hario mini mill and love it. If you want a decent starter electric burr grinder the capresso infinity is a decent starting point.

u/gbeier · 3 pointsr/Coffee

For making single serve coffee that's not crap in that price range, I'd consider one of the following grinders (Ordered according to my preference... the first is my favorite):

u/svideo · 3 pointsr/grandrapids

I'd recommend adding a decent burr grinder to your collection and you'll have everything required for first-rate coffee at home. It's not intuitively obvious, but the grinder might be the single most influential bit of coffee gear you buy. You'll never get a solid, consistent brew if your grinder cannot produce a consistent grind.

I've purchased 2 of these Capresso burr grinders to give to family and they work great, super easy to use (helpful for my mother-in-law), and are generally quiet, reliable, and consistent.

u/berwyn_urine · 3 pointsr/rawdenim

Duuude. Do it. For $120 you get perfectly ground coffee (of easily adjustable coarseness) in about 20 seconds. Such a game changer.

I've heard good things about this Caspresso and Bodum as well if you want to save a few bucks.

u/thatmarlerguy · 3 pointsr/exmormon

Second the coffee grinder. We use this "burr" grinder from amazon

French press is good coffee, but for everyday use we're still using a cheap 5 cup automatic coffee machine we got for like $15 from Wal mart.

You'll find you can enjoy
A: making the coffee -- so you'll get into all the different ways to brew and grind coffee and have fun with that
B: adding to the coffee -- so you enjoy adding chocolate or spices or rum or making your own flavors up
C: not making coffee at all and you stop by Mcdonalds to grab a $1 caffine fix

or any combination.

u/remedios624 · 3 pointsr/Coffee

Grinder and uniform grounds is crucial, burr grinders are known to be the best. I use a capresso $100 burr grinder and has been a powerhouse these past few years (I'll link it below). I recommend paying the premium as well, they offer a $45 burr grinder, however, you get what you pay for. The motor is much weaker and much less consistent grinds.
Also try making the grind closer to coarse rather than medium, French press typically allows more residuals through the filter than any other method, so I would bet it's a contributed to the bitterness.

Capresso 560.01 Infinity Burr Grinder, Black

Edit: also opt for medium roasts rather than dark more often than not. French press brings out lots of flavors and dark roasts are often over-roasted and losing many of the flavors. Bonus fun fact and reason to go lighter: the lighter the roast, the more caffeine. The longer the bean is roasted, the more caffeine is lost because in the process.u

u/sleepbot · 3 pointsr/Coffee

I'd forgo the steel filter, at least for the time being - paper filters produce great coffee and are dirt cheap. I'd put the money you save either toward a scale or an electric grinder. I use a Capresso Infinity grinder, which is about $93 on Amazon at the moment and an American Weigh Scales digital pocket scale, which is about $20 on Amazon.

u/0x6d1e · 3 pointsr/Coffee

For the French Press, just don't be cheap. You want something made of borosilicate glass and easy to clean. Bodum is probably the most common, and is perfectly fine.

As for grinders... that gets deep really quickly—just look at the wiki and sidebar links. If you want to make great coffee of any kind, you'll want the nicest grinder you can afford.

If you just need something adequate for press, drip, and pourover coffees, you could do worse than the Capresso Infinity. Whatever you do, make sure it's a quality burr grinder, and not one of those with the whirling blade. Those blade ones are horrid.

u/_endimion · 3 pointsr/Coffee

Cool! I really wouldn't want to do this though. I have a shitty spice grinder that I use for coffee and that will do until I can afford a ~fancy~ burr grinder.

probs going to get something like this

what did you get, OP?

u/conrthomas · 3 pointsr/Coffee
u/teemark · 3 pointsr/randomactsofcoffee

Not sure of your definition of 'cheap'. This is relatively cheap in the world of burr grinders. It's the one I've been using for the last couple years. Cleaning it can be a pain, but it does a decent job for under $50.

u/whatofit · 3 pointsr/malelivingspace

I have an electric burr grinder like this:

And a kettle like this:

My morning routine is literally pressing 2 buttons and waiting. Kettle for a bit, then prep the french press, then press the grinder right when the kettle starts looking ready to go. In go the grounds, in goes the boiling water, and then I mix and wait. I mix it with a bar spoon like this:

For the beans themselves, I used to let them make a mess of the cabinet above, but now I store them in a canister next to the grinder. Michael's has some nice glass canisters if you're into that.

u/somebody_said_fire · 3 pointsr/costa_rica

Café de Altura is my go to. Probably not going to find it in every grocery store, but I have good luck at the pulperías near me. The grind is too fine for a French press, so I grind it myself. I use an automatic grinder, that I bought from Amazon.

u/BralonMando · 3 pointsr/Coffee

Congratulations on becoming a free thinker and embracing everything that life has to offer! Never stop questioning everything! It's all about the beans, it's basically impossible to make good coffee without using freshly ground and good quality beans that have been recently roasted (i.e. not sat on a shelf for months).

You will need 3 things to start making good coffee.

  1. A decent grinder, nothing fancy needed if you're just going to use a french press, but try and avoid ones that use blades, and go for a nice burr grinder, like this one.
  2. a French press
  3. Some nice beans, have a look online for a local roaster in your area and give them your support/love/money!.

    That's pretty much it, just coarsely grind the coffee, put it in the press with water just slightly off the boil, wait a few mins depending on how strong you like it, press down and serve delicious coffee!
u/weimarunner · 3 pointsr/artc

This guy. It was a christmas present and I've never been able to justify buying something better when the one I have still works. I need to get back into french press; my sister and her husband only use that and it's always a nice change. I have a moka pot that I just can't figure out, but I keep trying!

u/iama-canadian-ehma · 3 pointsr/Coffee

It depends a lot on your grounds, some would say even more than your method of extraction. Your French press technique is solid though. You're being very smart by getting coarsely-ground instead of normal drip grind, but the individual flavour notes of coffee beans deteriorate massively within a very short time of being ground. They won't be completely eliminated, but you'll get more of a "generic good coffee" flavour than anything specific like "orange zest, red cherry and cranberry".

However, you can't just use a blade grinder and expect a good cup. I found that out very quickly after getting a grinder with a variable grind. What I have is pretty close to bottom of the pack as coffee gear goes but this big guy is what a lot of people on here started with and it's serving me very well. Whatever you get, though, it's mandatory that it has as consistent of a grind as you can afford. If you don't want to shell out for a decent grinder then keep buying good-quality coarsely ground beans like you already have because I can guarantee that slightly stale beans are much better than beans that are inconsistently ground.

The reason consistency is needed when you're freshly grinding beans at home is mainly for, again, flavour. As I understand it if one ground is bigger than another ground, then the two individual grounds will extract at different rates. This leads to the bigger pieces being underextracted (underextracted coffee is often acidic and unpleasant) and the smaller ones being overextracted (adding bitterness, generally). Not only does this make the end brew very inconsistent the finer bits of grounds (particulates) will clog up the filter in your press or pourover cup.

u/rndmvar · 3 pointsr/Coffee

Five easy steps to a good cup.

  1. Buy only medium or lighter roast WHOLE bean coffee.
    1a. Smell the bag through the pin hole vent before purchase. Bitter coffee will smell bitter or burnt.
  2. Freeze the whole bean coffee in its container.
    2a. It slows the bittering process caused by exposure of the oils to oxygen.
  3. Grind it at home in a BURR MILL grinder.
    3a. Let the beans reach room temperature before grinding, or the grinder will clog (condensation + grinds = paste).
    3b. Only grind enough for one brew at a time.
    3c. Stay clear of CHOPPERS, as they don't increase the surface area of the coffee as much as a BURR MILL does.
  4. Brew using your preferred method.
    4a. Even drip coffee is far better with these steps.
  5. Enjoy.
u/AutumnElayne · 3 pointsr/Coffee

<--- Barista here! I second the Moka suggestion. Unless you have thousands to shell out on a shop quality espresso machine, this is the next best thing. A good grinder is key, and burr grinders are best. This is mine. Also, steaming wands on cheaper machines never work very well and are horrible to clean. All you really need to get that nice foam easily is one of these nifty milk frothers.

Most retail coffee "machines" aren't built to last and make mediocre drinks. Low-tech almost always produces a superior tasting beverage. I have a Chemex(for normal coffee), a french press(for stronger coffee), a Toddy(for iced coffee) and a Moka(for espresso).

Also, if you can, seek out a roaster that is local to your mother. They will direct you to their best beans for espresso, and it will most likely be very fresh. All the roasters I have worked with are always happy to help customers troubleshoot and tweak to their tastes as well. It's a really worthwhile relationship for a coffee enthusiast.

So, Moka, burr grinder, frother wand, a pound of beans, and you're set. She'll love it. If you have some extra cash, and she likes normal coffee, throw in that Chemex. 10 times better than an auto-drip, and uses less beans as well. :)

u/unicorntoaster7 · 3 pointsr/Coffee

This is the one I use. If you get a little hand vacuum you can just suck the excess grounds out of the shoot between uses and be good to go c:

u/FranzJosephWannabe · 3 pointsr/Coffee

Ok, so if you want a consistent grind that you can dial in accurately, you're going to want a burr grinder. Really any should be sufficient for a moka pot, because the only problems might be on the extremes of the grind size. Stay away from those whirly-blade spice grinder type of grinders.

For your low-price options, you're going to be looking more at hand grinders. They're perfectly fine (and some think they actually give a more consistent grind than the electric counterparts), they just take a little more work. A good one at a low price point would be the Hario Skerton mill ($31.58).

If you have a bit more to throw around, you might want to try an electric grinder. Some of the better ones in the middle price point are the Bodum Bistro ($140, though you can sometimes find them on a good sale). Or, you could go with the Baratza Encore ($130).

If you're looking for something more than that, I'm probably not the one to ask. But, if you're just doing moka pot coffee, those should do just fine.

Others are more than welcome to weigh in here, though!

u/drb00b · 3 pointsr/Coffee

I almost missed it! I've got a few upgrade from my last post! Here is my gear.

From left to right:

u/fermion72 · 3 pointsr/Coffee

I agree that you need a decent grinder. In other threads, I've suggested the Bodum Bistro Burr Grinder.

Do you know how you want to brew your coffee? I think everyone should have a French Press, and you can get a good one for ~$25 or less. If you think you won't want to wait for 4 minutes for the French Press (or you don't want to clean it, which adds a bit of time), go for an Aeropress, which makes great coffee fast and 1-cup at a time and cleans itself. I'd avoid a drip machine with the other good options. You'll also need a teapot or electric boiler to heat the water, although I suppose you could use the microwave (or just a pot) if you were in a pinch.

u/complicatedbear · 3 pointsr/Coffee

Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder has served me well for pour overs and French press. It can do fine espresso grinds for your average consumer espresso machines, but cannot grind fine enough for those prosumer machines.

u/Meitachi · 3 pointsr/Coffee

I also exclusively use the French Press. Since it's a relatively simple brew method that requires the use of just coarse grinds--as opposed to very fine grinds like as used for espresso shots--you won't need a high precision machine, which is good news for your budget. I personally use the Bodum Bistro. It's a very straightforward burr grinder that does great coarse to medium grinds. To be honest, it's a bit lacking on espresso size fine grinds, but then again that's in comparison to a $300 grinder so it's not at all an issue for Press-only users. It's loud like all electric grinders are, but at least it's a lower pitched kind of loud as opposed to the high pitched whine one other brands. I really also like the glass bottle the grinds fall into. I bought a store display model and I've had no problems with it for over a year now.

u/stabbyfrogs · 3 pointsr/Coffee

I'm also going to recommend you upgrade your grinder, and then revisit what you already have.

I have personally used a Bodum bistro grinder, and I enjoyed that. My wife bought one that had issues, and Bodum sent us a second grinder at no charge:

A lot of people will recommend Baratza, and for good reason. They have excellent customer service, and they make really good grinders (up to a point).

u/emacna1 · 3 pointsr/Coffee

I just recently got this burr ginder: Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder ($119.95).

It's pretty pricey, but it's a step up from my blade grinder. Really everyone here is going to advise against a blade grinder.

u/adamjackson1984 · 3 pointsr/Coffee

Totally! I love talking about gear.


  • Bodum Bistro (on the way out, needs new Burrs, but I really like it for course french press brews)
  • Mazzer Mini (probably the only coffee thing I have bought new...a splurge but my espresso has benefited immensely)
  • Baratza Virtuoso - Probably the best all around grinder. Can do course and fine grinds, has a timer, no-static grounds catcher. I like it a lot.
  • Porlex JP-30 Stainless Steel Coffee Grinder - My hand grinder, it's ceramic and does a consistently good pour-over grind..the only issue is it gets very hot when grinding and when grinding you want the beans to suffer no heat at all. It could be because I have to hold it with my hand when grinding and I'm transferring heat + the friction of the burrs? I really don't know how to improve it but I've started using this only on trips when I have to have a grinder and can't tote around my Baratza.

    Scale - Hario Drip Scale w/ Timer - It's black, measures to the tenth of a gram, the first one I bought is slow and it struggles to keep up with measuring my water grams...then I bought another a year later and it's much faster so I'd say if you get one that seems sluggish / slow, return it it's like they added a new CPU or something later in the life of the machine.

    Aeropress's the fastest way to make coffee with really easy clean-up. For the event I'm just gonna brew 2 batches on everything except espresso (since I don't want to tote that thing in the office). I hope it turns people on to better coffee.
u/TheReviewNinja · 3 pointsr/Coffee

How good would either of these be for grinding coffee?

u/ViceroyFizzlebottom · 3 pointsr/Coffee

That sounds a lot like my budget burr grinder:

It leaves fine particles on every setting, but does a pretty decent job for the price.

u/giggidywarlock · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Coffee grinder because I want to make the best cup possible.

C'mon... Gimme. I don't have anything specific. For RR.

You guys are awesome. Thank you for the contest.

u/windupbird · 3 pointsr/Coffee

The Baratza Virtuoso: costs too much, but I'm really happy with it. The price kept me away for a year after I'd decided to replace our Kitchenaid Proline, and even now when I looked it up to remember the price, I had to shake my head, but it has really improved the quality and consistency of our coffee. Is it worth $200+? I think so. Is it $100 better than an Encore? Probably not, but I don't know.

u/mirthilous · 3 pointsr/Coffee

The Virtuoso is a nice grinder around the £200 price point.

u/GeneticRiff · 3 pointsr/Coffee

What is your budget?

The aergrind is possibly the best valued grinder, but it is a manual grinder. This guy can grind espresso quality and will greatly improve your mokapot and aeropress. Their Feld2 is also great but less portable. These expensive manual grinders are much easier to grind than the cheaper ones, you dont need nearly as much force. They grind as good as electrics 4x the cost.

If thats out of your budget you could go for this porlex or mini mill but these produce far less consistent grinds, harder to turn, and cant grind as fine.

If you want electric, the baratza encore is a popular recommendation. This is good enough for everything thats not espresso. This is very easily repairable, so it can last longer than other options.

But honestly the price difference to the bodum bistro isn't worth it. Id go for this if you wanted a cheap electric. Also wont grind espresso, but good enough for just about everything else.

Hope that answers your questions!

u/greenfootballs · 3 pointsr/cafe
u/linkmodo · 3 pointsr/Coffee

Something that's cheap and reliable:

Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder.

Something that's super cheap (blade grinder)
KRUPS F203 Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder

u/Schmauf · 3 pointsr/Coffee

Gooseneck kettle is a must for pour overs if that's what you see in your future! I have the Bonavita 1L electric kettle. Looking back, I would have invested in the more expensive version that lets you vary temperature, but I've had great results with mine regardless.

I started out with a v60, then a Chemex, then the Aeropress. Of the 3, I use the Chemex the most often; it gives the best quality brew with the highest quantity (37g @ ~600mL of water). It took me quite a while master the pour, but it was definitely worth it!

Hope this helps and good luck on your coffee journey!

EDIT: For grinders, I have the Hario skerton. It takes a while to grind the beans, but was marvelous for my budget at the time. Once I have the money though, I'm going for the Baratza Encore. It's cheaper than the Virtuoso, but an old roommate had the Encore and I LOVED having all my beans ground in such a short amount of time.

Just some food for thought!

u/RedditFauxGold · 3 pointsr/Coffee

As noted a couple of times by others... Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

u/oldmanshakey · 3 pointsr/exmormon

After a year of Starbucks on my walk to work (and adding it up and shaking my head), I reached out to a high school friend and mega coffee nerd, and ultimately went with his recommendation for "best entry level" brew at home set up. It's been great. A little spendy to get into it, but it paid for itself quickly, and I've loved experimenting with different roasts of whole beans and doing the grinding myself.



Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder



Breville BDC450BSS Precision Brewer Thermal Coffee Maker


Storing Beans:

Airscape Coffee Canister


Good luck, and happy brewing!


Edit: Formatting

u/givemeyournews · 3 pointsr/Coffee

I think to best answer this request, we'll need a bit more info. Are you ok with a manual grinder, or do you prefer an electric grinder? Do you want a drip brewer or a pour over set up? Are you looking to get into espresso? And, what is your actual budget in your local currency?

And now for a guess at what might work for you...

A [Melitta Plastic Pour Over Dripper]( $5 to $6 (a lot of grocery stores carry these in stock)

A box of #2 Cone filters at your local grocery store $2

If you want an automatic drip brewer, and you are making smaller amounts for just you, the [Bonavita 5 cup]( is wroth a look. it runs about $66. I have the 8 cup for the wife and I and we love it.

Filters can be purchased, again, at your local grocery store for about $2.

[Brewista SmartPour Kettle w. Thermometer]( $40. There are cheaper ones, but I personally have this one and have loved it.

[Scale]( This is a must. $30

[Bratza Encore]( Grinder is the default recommendation around here, and for good reason. It's high quality, and easily serviceable. New they run $139, but you can save $40 and pick up a [refurb]( (still with the 1 year warrantee) for $99 direct from Baratza.

If you want a cheaper option, and don't mind a manual hand grinder, there are a few options, but the [Hario Skerton Pro]( is about the lowest cost / still decent quality grinders, grinder that most would recommend. It runs about $60, and personally, I'd spend the extra $30 on an Encore refurb.

Happy Mug Beans are a pretty great option. I really enjoy the Big Foot Espresso blend (despite it's name) as a pour over, and even like it in my drip brewer. The Inspirational Artist Blend is a great option too. But really just try them out and see what you like. Their bags (for 1lbs of whole beans) run $11 - $13

Hope that helps.

u/Chizzholm · 3 pointsr/Coffee

I was in the same shoes as you, from Canada with a Hario Skerton - which did a fine job at grinding beans consistently in my experience. But who in their right mind is going to get up every morning and manually grind beans, it's gets old.

Bite the bullet. Order yourself a baratza Encore from Amazon. I've never found myself desiring anything more and it is the single best piece in my coffee arsenal

u/gooneyleader · 3 pointsr/Coffee

Since you dropped quit a bit on a nice espresso machine the same kind of needs to hold true for the grinder. GRIND IS SUPER IMPORTANT. So a $100 grinder is out of the question in my opinion. I would try and budget another 100 or so dollars towards a grinder. Maybe a used or refurbished Rancilio

u/mehunno · 3 pointsr/weddingplanning

We registered at Amazon for the selection and convenience. We could find just about anything on amazon, and could add anything else through the universal registry feature. Guests shipped most gifts to our home, which was great since we live across the country from where we were married. I'd heard the return policy was rough, but luckily we didn't have any duplicate purchases. Amazon's registry was perfect for our needs.

Some of the most-used items we received:

u/Fratm · 3 pointsr/Coffee

I have this grinder : Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder and love it, I have had it for about 5 years now and it has worked flawlessly. I recommend this. I do not weigh my beans, I know exactly how much by site, I've been pressing (aero press) my coffee now for 5+ years, it has become routine :)

u/xen0cide · 3 pointsr/Coffee

This looks perfect then! The usual recommended grinder in the price range, as it is consistent and can grind large amounts that Chemex brewing may require.

I myself want one, and wish you were my dad/mom ;p

u/Whiskyandtinder · 3 pointsr/Coffee

I imagine premeasuring your beans/water the night before isn't an issue for you. In the morning, you could toss the beans into a decent electric grinder, and throw them into a good automated brewer. I still rely on a hand-mill and v60 for my daily needs, so I can't comment on anything except what I've experienced vicariously through the folks here on /r/coffee, but I imagine that would be a near fool-proof way of getting damn good coffee in the morning with minimal effort.

Edit: links.

u/starkshift · 3 pointsr/Coffee

For a long while I was approximating a latte using pod espresso from a Nespresso Vertuoline and Aeroccino Plus. It made a serviceable drink; not cafe-quality, but quick and easy. Plus, the whole setup cost me less than $200 after a Black Friday sale a couple years ago. My biggest issue with this setup was that the froth from the Aeroccino isn't great and I found that it didn't get the milk quite hot enough. I also was getting sick of the same, limited variety of espresso pods available from the Vertuoline (as of right now, only two types).

Recently I decided to step up my coffee game a bit. For the last 4 months I've been making double lattes using a Breville Dual Boiler I bought off eBay for about $800. The first few weeks I was using a hand-me-down Baratza Encore, thinking that all warnings on /r/coffee about using the Encore for espresso were just people being finicky. I was wrong -- brewing espresso is straight-up EXTREMELY sensitive to grind. After upgrading to a Baratza Vario, I've been happily making single-origin espresso every morning. All told, I ended up dropping about $1500 on this setup.

After a lot of browsing I realized that there's an almost continuous spectrum of home-use espresso machines from low- to high-end. From my perspective, the Breville was was a nice compromise between price and features. It's not a Rocket or La Marzocco and I'm sure there's a significant difference in quality, but I'm still learning and it works well-enough.

Hope you find something that meets your needs!

u/LuckyBahamut · 3 pointsr/Coffee

Pair a Breville Infuser with a Breville Smart Grinder Pro. I've been using the Infuser for 3+ years myself and it's satisfied my needs entirely (for making both espresso and milk-based beverages). While I have no experience with the Smart Grinder Pro, I've heard good things about it, and its at a solid price point.

If you're looking at a Baratza grinder I'd recommend at minimum a Preciso because the burr set is far superior to that of the Encore (more consistent grinding), and its micro-adjustment ring allows for fine-tuning of the grind for better espresso. That being said, the Preciso is being replaced by the new Sette models in late summer, so you might be able to find a discounted Preciso soon-ish.

u/Mezoso · 3 pointsr/nespresso

If you need to use your own coffee, first you need to have a premium burr grinder, so that you will have the ability to produce nice creamy shots. To refill your Nespresso capsules, the grind size of the coffee is a super important factor to produce satisfactory results. The biggest change for third party refillable capsules is to maintain the pressure during the brewing. I will recommend you looking into those two products. Both of them will produce an exceptionally good shot if you control the coffee weight and the coffee grind size. Also, i provide you with a link for a good entry level grinder and capsule filling station. Hope that helps.

My-Cap oPack - 4 Capsules and 200 Non-Adhesive Foils for Nespresso OriginalLine Brewers (NOT for VertuoLine Brewers), Reusable, Refillable

Capsul'in MYCNCCB100 100 Piece Fillable Espresso Tea and Coffee Compatible Pod, Black

My-Cap Capsule Filler for Nespresso® OriginalLine Capsules (NOT for VertuoLine Capsules)

Breville BCG820BSSXL The Smart Grinder Pro Coffee Bean Grinder, Brushed Stainless Steel

u/KenneyDe · 3 pointsr/Coffee

I bought the OXO Grinder for $60 on amazon, you may need to wait for the price to come down, but it works really good for $60.

u/coocookuhchoo · 3 pointsr/Coffee

The cheapest reasonable set up for roommates who all drink lots of coffee would be something like this:


  • An SCAA-certified machine (which mostly just means it gets the water hot enough), like this Bonavita 8-Cup machine ($100). That's about as cheap as you'll get for a larger SCAA-certified machine.
  • A burr grinder. If you want good coffee, you have to grind your beans fresh; there's no way around that. The most popular recommendation, with good reason, is the Baratza Encore, but this OXO grinder ($80) should be fine for your needs and is about $50 less.


    That puts you at 180 for your grinder and machine, which isn't bad.


    For beans, Happy Mug is as cheap as you'll get for super freshly-roasted. Based on what you're saying you'd probably be just fine with a blend. Order two or three different ones and figure out what you like! $9 per 12 oz bag. The beans are nearly always roasted the same day they ship.


    It sounds like you aren't interested in taking on coffee as a "hobby" and instead just are looking for a better cup. Something like I recommended would be the cheapest and least "enthusiast" route to drinking much, MUCH better coffee than you are now.
u/pacman22777 · 3 pointsr/Coffee

I have this one and it’s been great for coarse grinds for my cold brew. Price drops to $89 frequently.

OXO BREW Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

u/HelloMrThompson · 2 pointsr/Coffee

I own one, and three months in, I've got no complaints whatsoever. It was definitely a step up from my Skerton. It offers a much more consistent grind. I'd say go for it, but I'd also look into the Capresso Infinity 560 for that price range.

u/TIFUbyResponding · 2 pointsr/personalfinance

Trader Joe's costa rican is amazing as well, but about double the price I believe.

My suggestion:

Along with

Or a french press. You'll have awesome coffee to take with you in a thermos every day.

u/dubzors · 2 pointsr/Coffee

Well worst case, find a good roaster or coffee shop and buy beans from them. They will usually have an awesome grinder and will be willing to grind it for you if you buy from them.

You could get an electric grinder like the Capresso Infinity: it won't add that much time. Just a couple minutes and it will drastically improve your brew.

French press is pretty easy, you do not have to be as precise (use measuring spoons instead of scale etc) as this guy if you want easier but this is my favorite video guide:

If you can spend the money I would try and find a better brewer at least. You can find cheaper options than the technivorm if you search on here.

u/CA1900 · 2 pointsr/Coffee

That grinder is likely a big part of the issue. The ones with the little whirling blades make it pretty much impossible to get a consistent grind, since some of the already-ground coffee will get re-ground (to a finer consistency) as the machine operates. It also can make the coffee more bitter, because the super-fine coffee that's part of the mix will get over-extracted.

Shaking it around a little bit as it grinds can help a little bit, but the real solution is a burr grinder, which start at around $30 for this little hand-powered Hario Mini Mill, and going up over $1000 depending on the model. I've been using this little Capresso Infinity ($86) for many years and it's still serving me well.

In the meantime, adding a little more coffee grounds before brewing should help with the wateriness.

u/1stGenRex · 2 pointsr/Coffee

I'm genuinely curious here... Wouldn't an entry level burr grinder (capresso Infinity) still be way better in terms of consistency than a blade grinder?

I know it's not perfect, but wouldn't that be more inline with the budget?

u/Dacvak · 2 pointsr/Coffee

Hey man, let me hit you with my personal coffee journey. It worked super well for me, and it starts pretty entry-level. I highly recommend.

So, first and foremost, you need to start with pourover. Here's a pretty cheap starter set. Then you'll also need a kitchen scale, here's one of the smallest, most accurate ones I've found.

I'd also recommend getting an automatic burr grinder, which isn't exactly entry level, so it could be a secondary purchase if you find that you really want to get ball-deep into coffee. I started off with the Infinity Grinder, which worked well for me until I got an espresso machine (more on that later). But for pourover and most other methods (aeropress, coffee maker, even shit like siphon coffee, it's perfectly fine). Having an electric grinder is just going to make your life easier overall. But if you don't want to jump right into that, you could use the grinder included in the set I listed (I've never used it - it's probably not great, but I'm sure it'll work).

And that's all you need to make one god damn good cup of coffee. I've spent thousands of dollars on coffee equipment over the years, but for me, the best way to brew a simple cup of coffee is using a pourover method. And it's incredibly fun!

Now, once you've got a few months of pourover under your belt, it may be time to move onto other methods of brewing. Grab yourself an Aeropress. Aeropress effectively is the midpoint between normal coffee and espresso. It absolutely does not make real espresso, regardless of what anyone tells you, but that doesn't mean what it makes isn't super delicious. Plus it lets you start experimenting with the closest thing you'll be able to get to cappuccinos, and other fun things like flavored lattes when you have company over and want to impress them with some tasty java.

The Aeropress is fantastic, and it's ridiculously easy to clean. It's a nice way to be able to travel with a decent coffee maker, too.

Then, once you've got a couple years of delicious coffee down, it's time to get into the big leagues. Espresso.

Holy fuck dude. Espresso is complicated, and you really have to throw away everything you thought you knew about coffee. I know how pretentious that sounds, but it's super true. What I went with was a Crossland CC1, which was mainly because I got it for cheap on Craigslist for $400. But, warning, the Infinity Grinder will not grind accurate enough for espresso. For that you'll need something like a Baratza Hario or Sette 270 (I went with the Sette 270).

Anyway, that's waaaaaaaaay in your future. I'd highly recommend just starting off with pourover and some great beans (check locally, or order from Intelligentsia).

Enjoy your journey, bro. It's a great world out there.

u/gratarian · 2 pointsr/AeroPress

I use a Capresso Infinity and typically use the left most "Fine" grind setting as I find the Extra Find to be too hard to press. But it is definitely something to play with as you may find a coarser grind gives you the flavor and taste you prefer.

u/Saermegil · 2 pointsr/Coffee

This is a blade grinder, it can't grind very evenly and you can't choose what size to grind to. A burr grinder is a better choice, but you'll have to spend a lot more money.

This is probably the cheapest good grinder :

u/CJIA · 2 pointsr/Coffee

Being as french presses use quite a bit of coffee, I would suggest ponying up an extra $50 and buying an electric burr grinder- something like a Capresso infinity:

u/SlipperyRoo · 2 pointsr/Coffee

> Don't shop on price alone. There are some bad $80 - $100 grinders out there

Of course! We know that we should use review sites before purchasing our coffee gear :),, amazon, home-barista. Post if you have any other favorite review sites.

So regarding the price of grinders, when I was researching mine I found a number of VERY affordable ones like, Mr. Coffee Automatic Burr Mill, for about $40. This is roughly half the price of Capresso Infinity Conical Burr Grinder at $85.

WHY are these models half as much? A number of reviews mentioned the plastic burrs which give lower quality grinds (less consistent sized grounds) then the more expensive models. Some other downsides were: plastic wears out faster and that these cheaper models have a shorter lifespan or at least seem to break way sooner than they should. Obviously with any manufactured product, YMMV.

My point in recommending a price range for a grinder was that if the price is too good to be true, it probably is!

u/ecib · 2 pointsr/Coffee

OP, regarding your Burr Grinder, I have this one:

It has been absolutely stellar, and I believe they have it at Bed Bath and Beyond which I think has a 20% off coupon going right now. Just thought I'd throw that out there since it's quite a bit cheaper than the one you list.

Grinds everything from French Press to a fine Turkish Coffee grind.

u/davestar · 2 pointsr/Coffee

Here's a summary of the good automatic drip machines.

If you can lower the "easy" threshold just a bit and give up the programmable timer feature, you can get very good coffee for under $250. Pick up a $70-$90 burr grinder and the well-reviewed (from the first link) Bonavita machine for $130.

u/spilk · 2 pointsr/Coffee

You can get a Capresso Infinity for just under $90. I have the slightly more expensive chrome version and it's been working great for me for the past 6 years.

u/nos583 · 2 pointsr/Coffee

This was great for me before I upgraded. Used it for 4 years for machine drip and pour overs. Sold it 2 years ago to a friend who still uses it. Great grinder as long as you keep it clean.

Noise depends on your family. I would also check the side bar for other recommendations.

u/ParevArev · 2 pointsr/armenia

I found this. The description says it has a setting for Turkish fine grind, which is basically the same. Otherwise Armenian/Middle Eastern markets should have it.

u/anderm3 · 2 pointsr/Coffee

The Capresso Infinity is my goto recommendation for that price point.

u/TheAmplifier · 2 pointsr/cincinnati

For iced coffee I generally steep in a french press overnight. Plunge & serve/store. Works pretty well. As for grinders, definitely go with a burr:

-Cheaper manual: Hario Skerton

-More expensive automatic: Capresso Infinity

u/Neokev · 2 pointsr/Coffee

Something like this-
And this-
Would probably be great for you, based on what you said, and stays in your budget.
You'll probably want to expand eventually, but this is a great starting point.

u/InterstateExit · 2 pointsr/himynameisjay

The Cuisinart with the measuring/storage thing on top is quite brilliant. Once you have your measurements set up, you can just bap it and it will grind exactly how much you want.

Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill

u/thespaceVIKING · 2 pointsr/Frugal

just got this on amazon. it's amazing, customizable, and cheap while being expensive enough to qualify for free shipping.

u/Del_Sol · 2 pointsr/Coffee

Broke college student here, I'm also a barista that's use to having amazing, freshly roasted coffee. So far, no one has lied. AMAZING espresso IS expensive. But can you make a latte as well as your local cafe? With a little practice, time and money, yes.

My current home setup consists of a Delonghi EC155, this is a true espresso machine, it's not steam powered and with a little modification and practice makes good espresso. Modification wise the only thing I'd recommend is depressurizing the portafilter basket, which is easy. If you ever want a better machine but don't want to spend the money you can modify it even more. They're vary popular machines and can be modified to pull amazing shots. They go anywhere from 70-130, however, occasionally things get repacked or the packaging gets damaged in the warehouse. They'll offer them at a hefty discount, I just got mine "reboxed" from amazon for 47 dollars, wait a few days and one will come up. If you use your student email you can get Amazon Prime for free, take advantage of that.

I also got this tamper, works well, it's a little light for my tastes but for home use it's fine. The EC155 has a 52mm basket, if having a 50mm tamper bothers you then pay the extra few bucks for a 52mm tamper. Personally doesn't bother me, and it was only 7 bucks.

Here's a milk frothing cup, you'll need it to properly froth milk. You can poorly froth milk in a microwave but why do that when you can spend an extra 8 dollars and do it properly? I personally got mine for a dollar from a thrift store.

I got one of these grinders years ago for around 20 dollars. I've seen them used, repackaged, and refurbished for about that much. Wait around and a deal will come up. You can also get a Hario Mini and a number of other hand grinders. But this one does just fine. Now out of the box it won't grind fine enough for espresso, however, with about 20 minutes worth of work you can shim it and it'll grind perfectly for espresso. It's not hard and anyone can do it with a screw driver and some tin foil.

At this point if you're willing to wait for a deal on the EC155 you've only spent 107 dollars. Even less if you're willing to wait on a deal for the burr grinder as well. If you want AMAZING coffee you can spend another 27 dollars and get an Aeropress, or wait for a deal and get it for 20 dollars. It will make a coffee concentrate which will taste "okay" for a latte.

At this point, I cannot recommend going to your local coffee houses and asking if you can buy green beans. They typically sell green coffee for 5-8 dollars a pound. You can roast your own coffee with a skillet and a whisk, or a popcorn popper, there are hundreds of ways to do it cheaply and it easy. You'll save money and you'll be drinking tastier coffee.

Don't let these people get you down, good espresso doesn't have to be expensive. Feel free to message me if you have any questions!

u/atrustyfarmer · 2 pointsr/Coffee

I would advise you to stay clear of any blade grinders because of their lack of consistency. With your budget in mind I would say look at the low end burr grinders like cuisinart or []( Grinder/dp/B004T6EJS0/ref=sr_1_3?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1393740073&sr=1-3), they may not be ideal but ideal doesn't seem like what you are looking for. I can't speak for either of these products because I have never used them, but I would say that spending a little extra will be worth it in the long run incase you decide to further your coffee arsenal in the future. Hope this helps!

u/xaqori · 2 pointsr/Coffee

A little above your price range ($45) but seems to have good reviews.

Plus, it's a you know it'll last.

u/rabidfurby · 2 pointsr/Seattle

The best beans in the world will only go so far if you grind them at the store weeks in advance then run them through a Mr. Coffee. If you want to up your coffee game at home, I'd highly recommend an Aeropress plus a cheap burr grinder (automatic or manual).

u/PM_pics_of_your_dogs · 2 pointsr/Coffee

This grind is using the finest setting for a
Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill that I got as a wedding gift. I think it does a great job, especially for the price.

u/neg8ivezero · 2 pointsr/Coffee

A solution for your non-connoisseur lifestyle is the Zojirushi brewer and a Cuisinart Burr Grinder. Both are relatively inexpensive, last a long time, and will out-perform any other product in their respective price ranges. The Zojirushi actually brews at 198 (I have one) and the grinder is a burr grinder, it produces equally sized grounds. This setup is "good enough" for just about anyone. The only thing you will need is a source for fresh, properly roasted, beans. If you can get your hands on it, my favorite of the single origins is Ethiopian Yergacheffe- it is a fantastic coffee! If you can't find fresh coffee in your area, check online, most roasters will ship their beans. Good luck!

u/Killfile · 2 pointsr/Coffee

What are good baselines for this stuff and what kind of adjustments are within the realm of reason.

For example:

I have one of those Cuisinart Electric Kettles. I can do water temps of boiling, 200 F, 190 F and a few lower ones. I'm using 190 F as my baseline but I can really only adjust a little in each direction.

I have a burr grinder (Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill ) which seems like a decent entry level grinder but produces a LOT of grounds, even on its smallest setting. I don't feel like I can easily adjust the amount of coffee I'm using and I really don't feel like I can adjust the grind very much either without getting well into the drip coffee size.

That kind of leaves time and agitation, though I guess I can play with the amount of water. I have no earthly idea what good baselines are for that.

u/MoreCoffeeMoreCoffee · 2 pointsr/Coffee

You can, but it'll suck and overall be a waste of your money unless you are upgrading from pre-ground or whirly bean-whacker and even then it'll be a minor upgrade.

u/NapkinDaVinci · 2 pointsr/Coffee

I've had pretty good luck with this grinder. I realize it's a disk grinder... and I DID get it for $5 at a flea market... but all in all, it performs pretty well, and even at regular price it's not a huge investment.

Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill

u/scotland42 · 2 pointsr/exmormon

#1 tip for good coffee is get a good burr grinder and grind fresh. The grind of the coffee is the single most important thing.

I use this one:


Small tip: after putting the beans in the press, pour just enough water to cover the beans and let it sit for 30 seconds, then fill up the rest of the way. This makes the coffee a little bit less bitter.

u/mizzrym91 · 2 pointsr/Coffee

True, but it's hard to trust reviews on specialty products.

For example fakespot, the review site you listed, rated this 45 dollar grinder an A also

This is the cuisinart 45 dollar grinder with the ghost burrs. I think most of us know this is a terrible grinder and it works about as well as a 15 dollar blade grinder.

But looking at reviews you could make all of your arguments. It's an easy upsell from a 15 dollar Hamilton beach blade grinder, but it just isn't worth the extra 30 bucks

u/ManaBuilt · 2 pointsr/Coffee

Damn, had no idea coffee grinders could get so expensive. And am I to assume that something like this is not something I should try using to get a great cup of coffee? Or will it work for the time being, as it's what I currently own?

u/ShinyTile · 2 pointsr/Coffee

Yeah. Good alternative to this piece o' crap.

u/spacedd · 2 pointsr/Coffee
u/Fidodo · 2 pointsr/AskCulinary

I have this electric one ($40). It could be finer, but it gets the job done and doesn't break the bank.

u/admiraljohn · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

I bought a Cuisinart coffee grinder from Amazon and after I'd had it for maybe eight months the switch went bad, so it would never stop grinding until I pulled out the ground coffee hopper.

I called them, as it was still under warranty, and they sent me a replacement. When I received it, though, I also found a set of cordless salt and pepper grinders in the box as well. When I called Cuisinart to ask them if there was some sort of mistake I was told "No, keep them."

u/bigcatohmy · 2 pointsr/Coffee

at first I thought it was a Cuisinart DBM 8 but on second look i'm not so sure here it is

u/austex_mike · 2 pointsr/Christianity

> I mean, I bought the good grounds and everything.

OK, this is a big warning flag. Are you saying you bought pre-ground coffee? If so, that is your first problem. Never use pre-ground coffee. Once the bean is ground, it is quickly losing flavor and getting bitter, the chemical process of degradation is in motion, so you want to minimize the time between grinding and brewing. I use this grinder. So get yourself some whole beans and a grinder. The reason I use that grinder is because it is a burr grinder which gives a more consistent grind than the blade style grinders, but those are fine too.

Also, find a local roaster in your area. You want as fresh of a roast as possible. Some coffee shops roast their own beans, so try those first. If you can't find that check your local grocery store for a local roaster who has their beans carried on the shelves.

Now, if you want stronger coffee the key is to make sure that you use more coffee and brew it the proper amount of time. The problem is there is no perfect answer to how long or what ratio of coffee to water. You start with a four minute brew, then if you want a stronger taste you can try adding a minute or two to your brewing time, or adjusting the amount of coffee. It is a process to find the right ratios, but usually once you figure it out for your particular brew, then you can make good coffee consistently. I have a rotation of about five coffee bean blends that I like to use, and each one has a different ideal time/amount brewing process. My favorite is a good bean from Yemen, but in recent years I have found it hard to find beans from Yemen in the US.

Source: I have had coffee in 26 countries around the world including the Middle East and East Africa where coffee originated. (The Ethiopians claim they were the first to have coffee, but I have met people from Yemen who swear up and down it was in Yemen first.)

Good Eats Episode about Coffee:

u/average_jay · 2 pointsr/grandrapids

I have this one that a friend got as a wedding gift even though she never drank coffee. Obviously everything I grind is coarse but it still kicks out quite a bit of fine powdery dust.

u/MikeWaz0wski · 2 pointsr/coffeestations

I usually am brewing Kicking Horse 454 Horsepower mixed with some heavy whipping cream (shoutout /r/keto) and a drip of Irish Cream flavoring., but currently trying some Kona coffee given to me by a friend. (it's smooth!)


Cuisinart DBM-8 - ok-good burr grinder, variable grind size, even grind results, kind of loud though.


Hamilton Beach 49981 - great drip brew for single cup (or thermos, in my case).


Bean storage


u/mangusman07 · 2 pointsr/IWantToLearn

I started with this entry level conical burr grinder and it's still working 3 months of daily grind later

As for brewing, the aeropress makes good coffee for cheap but only 6-8oz cups at a time.

French press is the best brew I've had outside of an extravagant espresso machine.

Edit: ive heard of "cuppings" where a coffee house will brew the same coffee in a variety of grind sizes and methods to help you compare. I haven't found one yet. Perhaps more useful would be a coffee flight where you get eapresso-sized shots of many types of beans, not sure if those exist but they would likely break the bank. If you have a grocer with fill-your-own-bags then you could get a bunch of bean samples that way

u/Risen_from_ash · 2 pointsr/Coffee

Well, there is only one option that might be better than that on the rewards site. That would be:

Anything better than that gets higher up in points, and I don't have that many.

I know these gear posts are annoying, so I really appreciate your help here!

u/bmweaver92 · 2 pointsr/Coffee

When you click the cheaper one it does not say infinity but all the others do look at the model number. The cheap one looks a lot like this

u/theartfulcodger · 2 pointsr/EatCheapAndHealthy

The problem with most entry level burr grinders is that their grind range is not all that great. The coarsest setting is too fine for a French press, and the finest setting is too coarse for decent espresso ... but there are a dozen totally useless settings in between, save for the single one you like for drip.

That being said, my Krups is juuust versatile enough to handle both extremes acceptably.

I've only had it for a year, but I expect it to last. My Krups blade grinder saw daily service for 25 years. It only gave up when a house-swap guest burned it out grinding dried chickpeas, because she wanted to make felafel and thought the ready-mix packet was too expensive.

u/tikcuf12 · 2 pointsr/Coffee
u/imasadgiraffe · 2 pointsr/chicago

If it helps, I love Unicorn Blood, and I grind my own using this grinder and I've never had an issue with taste.

u/dskatz2 · 2 pointsr/Coffee

Look, if you're a beginner, you really can't do better than a french press and basic coffee grinder. The coffee you'll get, while not as good as consistently ground coffee, will still be delicious. I think it's a great place to start and you can eventually graduate up to a higher quality grinder.

I know there will be plenty of differing opinions, but I used a basic coffee grinder with my french press for four years, and the coffee was still excellent.

French Press - Bodum Brazil

Basic Mr. Coffee Grinder

u/dudewithbrokenhand · 2 pointsr/Coffee

Okay, so, quick and cheap. Done deal.

So, out of all the brew methods that are cheap and easy, well, the French press. I'm gonna assume you want dirt cheap and brand new.

  1. The French press

    Option 1: $8.99

    French Press Coffee & Tea Maker with Heat Proof and Stainless Steel Filter, 11 Oz / 350ml

    Option 2: $13.99

    Golden French Press (34 oz, 4 mugs) French Coffee Press With Double Filter And Stainless Steal

    Now, you need a grinder, one that will give you the coarse grind you need for the French press.

  2. Grinder

    Option 1: $13.30

    KRUPS F203 Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder with Stainless Steel Blades, 3-Ounce, Black

    It looks like the cheapest grinder I have ever seen, but, you wanted cheap, so, there you go. Few seconds pressed down and you'll get your coarse grind. That's the flaw as well, you can't set or dial in your grind, simply, grind a little bit more to get it finer.

    Option 2: $19.99

    Mr. Coffee 12 Cup Electric Coffee Grinder with Multi Settings, IDS77

    Still cheap, but, you can adjust the grind size.

    Total cost: $22.30- $33.99, excluding shipping.

    Also, they have other sellers who sell it cheaper, or, used, but, that's up to you if you want to take the risk.

    I don't vouch for these grinders in any way, however, I feel once you go down this journey of brewing for yourself, you will become hooked as we all have. Have fun, explore, try different coffees. I know there's a journey for you in coffee. Welcome to the club. :)
u/lethpard · 2 pointsr/Coffee

Some sort of burr grinder such as the Capresso 565 Infinity Conical Burr Grinder, or going up a level, the Baratza Virtuoso.

u/matt2001 · 2 pointsr/dataisbeautiful

Sure. I buy my beans on Amazon.

Green beans store indefinitely. So, you can roast what you need each week. I roast a pound of decaf and regular.

I roast with this air fryer.
It comes with a cage that rotates when roasting.
I measure a pound (454 grams) for each roast.

So, for decaf I roast at 430F for 19 minutes (can adjust time to preference).
For caffeinated I roast at 450 for 20 minutes.

I let each roast age for a few days, then grind freshly before brewing. I prefer espressos, and use this machine.

Here is a nice video on the art of coffee.

u/299152595 · 2 pointsr/Coffee

Everyone is telling you to get a pour over but this french press method is as good as just about any pour over I've had. Takes awhile so maybe not the best method if you're pressed for time but I've been doing it for 3-4 months now pretty much daily.

I agree that you should get a burr grinder though. Baratza Encore is what most recommend but I have the Capresso Infinity and have had zero issues with it. I bought an open box one off Amazon for $60 and at the price I'd say it's the best bang for your buck. There's a silver refurbished one on Amazon for $60 right now.

u/eyebeecoffee · 2 pointsr/Coffee

I have been using the same one for about a year. I clean the machine with a brush after every grind, and run grindz through the machine every now and then. I've replaced the outer burr twice.

Pros: grind consistency is fine, IMO. I think the machine is starting to work much harder for finer grinds, but since I mainly do Chemex cups, I don't have a problem with it. The price was affordable at the time, and it is easy to clean (brush it, pat it a bit, and done).

Cons: My biggest issue is how it maps to the Encore and others. Most coffee blogs provide the grind setting for the Encore as "the standard" which is frustrating when I try to match the cups the writers produce. I also don't enjoy the static cling of the hopper.

Overall, if you want a cheaper grinder (it is $100 right now on Amazon), I can easily recommend it. If you want to take the next step, perhaps the Encore or Lido are better but can't comment to them at this point in time. I don't think hand grinding would be a chore I'd like to do every morning, though.

u/c0mptar2000 · 2 pointsr/cafe

You'll definitely want to upgrade to a quality burr grinder. I've never made espresso with a blade grinder but I imagine it would be pretty difficult. To use a non-pressurized portafilter you'll really need a decent grinder like one of these:

Grind is one of the most important things for espresso. Good grinders range from $100 all the way up to $2k and more. A Baratza Encore is about $120 and a great starter grinder and would work great with a pressurized portafilter. That is actually what I use at home.

u/hypnoseal · 2 pointsr/Coffee

I have a blade grinder and an entry level espresso machine. When they ship I'll be the proud owner of the new ZPM machine (that Kickstarter project).

My grinder is a Bodum:

My machine is:

u/burgalay · 2 pointsr/Coffee

I have a Bodum Bistro grinder, and it's great!

u/cmattei · 2 pointsr/Connecticut

I use either Caveman Coffee or Death Wish If I were you I'd absolutely invest in a burr grinder, the one I use is a little expensive but absolutely worth it.

u/Phishguy · 2 pointsr/Coffee
u/vrek86 · 2 pointsr/Coffee

From the sounds of it that electric ( ) looks like my best bet Since the hand grinders cant do a good course grind which is what I would need for a french press. The Pourover idea seems interesting...The device is pretty cheap, I have a old small scale I could use from lets just say shadier times, I could use the electric kettle to pour but it doesn't seem like that would be ideal. If I can find a cheap gooseneck as you call it I might be able to swing both methods and we will have a battle to the death of coffee brewing!

u/rebellionlies · 2 pointsr/Coffee

Do you feel that the Bodum Bistro grinder is inferior to the Encore at a few bucks cheaper?

u/coffee_cup · 2 pointsr/Coffee

I've also heard good things, but realize if you will be entertaining a few for espresso, they will be watching and listening to you grind coffee for 30 minutes..

I would go with this for cheap.

u/xeren · 2 pointsr/ReviewThis

Maybe this is too labor intense, but for insanely good espresso and americano, get an Aeropress and a Burr Grinder like this electric one or this hand one

The aeropress prevents over-pressing of the beans, which prevents the coffee from getting acidic, as I understand it. The aeropress requires a bit more work to use, but it's really easy to clean (you just pop the used grounds into the trash and then rinse off the end of the areopress). The burr grinder grinds the beans much better than your average slicing grinder can.

u/pologreen94 · 2 pointsr/Coffee
u/HiggityHank · 2 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Maybe it's not BIFL... but I bought one of these in 2011, and it's still going strong, grinding coffee at least twice a day.

Now, I'm no crazy coffee snob, but I do really enjoy coffee, and have a pretty good assortment of brewers: pour over, syphon, french press, moka, cold pot, and I've yet to be unable to grind properly for any of them. The grind seems consistent, without any big variances between particle sizes.

u/whiskeysnowcone · 2 pointsr/Coffee

what are you going to be making primarily? I personally have a Bodum Bistro and love it. It's not the highest rated grinder and I may get better results from a better grinder but honestly I've been using it for years and it's never let me down for drip coffee. For a french press it's not terrible but I do find a bit of silt in the bottom of the cup but if that doesn't bother you then you'll do just fine with a Bistro. However, I will say for sure that it is NOT good for espresso. I bought a Lido E for my espresso and it's the best purchase I've made for my coffee collection. The difference is astounding. I'd definitely recommend a dedicated grinder for espresso.

I will also add that I enjoy the process of hand grinding for my espresso because I don't drink it that often and the process isn't that bad. However I drink drop coffee every day (and I might make the occasional cup for my wife) so if I had to hand grind for drip coffee every single time I would probably get really tired of it really fast. So keep that in mind. If you drink a lot of coffee then you're going to be grinding that all by hand.

u/marcuse_lyfe · 2 pointsr/Coffee

Wait til this guy drops back below $70 - could not recommend more!

u/SinfulPanda · 2 pointsr/coldbrew

I have the Bodum Bistro Burr Grinder, the black one is currently (like at this moment and can change at anytime because Amazon) just $62

I like this one because it doesn't require a lot of cleaning. It is, I don't think, good enough for an espresso machine, but for cold brew and French Press brewing it is really good.

u/JEdwardSal · 2 pointsr/Coffee

I'd go for the MoccaMaster its perfect for an office.

but that would make you settle for a poorer grinder than a Baratza Encore. If you could at least spring for a Bodum grinder you would have a nice office set up.

u/EzekielSMELLiott · 2 pointsr/Coffee

I'm a coffee newbie, so take my recommendation with a grain of salt, but I recently picked up a bodum bistro grinder for 70 bucks. I love it. I use it with my Chemex everyday and think it's worth every penny.

If you can afford it, I'd recommend picking one up. It's a really good price, too. I've never ground up the beans with a coarser setting, though.

u/jearbear · 2 pointsr/Coffee

I know a lot of people on here will not recommend such a cheap unit such as this, but I just got it last week as my first machine and have been absolutely pleased with its performance (especially at $89.99 but it looks like price went up)

De'Longhi EC155

I have it paired with this Bodum grinder which I got on close out for $70

Eventually I will upgrade but for the meantime this $160 combo is perfect for me to start

u/failparty · 2 pointsr/Coffee

I love my bodum grinder. I found it at a discount store for $20.

This is the one I have:

u/Vox_Phasmatis · 2 pointsr/Coffee

I have a Bodum burr grinder and am quite pleased with it. It's right around your chosen price point, too.

Bodum Bistro

The link to Amazon is just informational. If you shop around you might be able to lower that price a bit.

u/wine-o-saur · 2 pointsr/Coffee

Cool, so now we have a better idea what we're working with. I can run through some options/limitations and you can take it from there.

  • An espresso machine with a built-in grinder (superauto) is going to be way over your budget, so you can scratch that off the list.

  • I don't know of a drip coffee machine with a built in grinder that will actually do a good job brewing.

  • There is no machine that can make even halfway decent espresso and drip. You're going to have to choose here. She can dilute an espresso with hot water to make an Americano, which she can then treat like regular coffee but won't be exactly the same (though probably won't be vastly different once she adds her creamer and sugar).

  • Making an espresso with a machine like the Mr. Coffee you mentioned or one of the De'Longhis is going to be a bit of a faff. She'll have to grind, dose, tamp, brew, and clean. With a bit of practice she'll get this down, but it'll be hard not to get some coffee grind spillage no matter how quick/good she gets at doing it. If she's going to want a latte, the Mr. Coffee will froth the milk for you (but I don't know how well), but if it's a machine with the wand, she'll have to steam her own milk which is another skill to learn (and involves another layer of process/cleanup). Again, this should become second nature fairly quickly, but you'd know better if she'll go through the effort until it gets to that point.

  • My advice, if you don't think she'll go through the hassle of making the espresso/latte, would be to go with this machine which is SCAA certified (long story short: coffee-snob approved) and this or this grinder. I linked BB&B because the Americans on here frequently talk about being able to get coupons fairly easily that knock the price down to $80. So either way you'll get her a very respectable coffee-brewing setup for right around your target budget. Get her some good beans and she'll be leaving home to go back to her dorm and make coffee.

  • If you are going to go the espresso route, I'd definitely go for the Capresso over the Bodum grinder.

    Based on the way you've described her tastes, I think she'd probably do ok with 15-bar pump espresso maker, but avoid 'steam' espresso makers at all costs. In the first instance you're making something that doesn't have all the glory of a truly great espresso, in the second case you're making something that shouldn't really be called espresso at all.

    Anyway, I hope this is somewhat helpful.
u/durpyDash · 2 pointsr/MyLittleFriends

Terrible coffee! We do get infinity amounts of it though, which is nice. I actually calculated that based on my current daily consumption of sewer coffee I've effectively increased my salary by ~5,200 USD.

It's funny you bring this up actually, I'm also browsing /r/coffee right now looking for people's thoughts on this.

Not NSA but your statements of my career grandeur are appreciated.

So what has been new/good/interesting in your life since we last spoke, friend?

u/Skitch_n_Sketch · 2 pointsr/Coffee

Most popular grinder you'll see around here is the Baratza Encore, but it's $40 over your budget. If you're not in a rush, Baratza occasionally sells refurb units for $100.

If you need something now, the Bodum Bistro is worth looking at. I literally just replaced mine, after about 5 years of use. It's ok given the price, but I wish I just bought an Encore to start.

There's some other options at or under $100, like the Capresso Infinity, but I don't see it mentioned as much.

u/dannisbet · 2 pointsr/Coffee

I had it once upon a time and wasn't impressed with it. There's the whole grind thing (which I think there was a hack for, if you're savvy like that).

I didn't like the build quality though. It just felt like a $40 machine. The hopper actually broke off of the base when I was turning it once to adjust the grind. I lucked out into the JC Penney sale on Bodum and grabbed a Bodum Bistro Grinder instead and love it. Worth noting I mostly use it for french press, aeropress, and pourover.

u/Mekhami · 2 pointsr/Coffee

This one's listed on the wiki at 180 but only 100 on amazon.
Is this better than the Encore?

u/johnny5_is_alive · 2 pointsr/Coffee

We've been using our Bodum Bistro Burr Grinder almost daily since fall of 2011 ... and it still runs like new. We got it on sale for $100, but it was well worth the price, IMO. You can find some more reviews here.

The only complaint I have is that when grinding real oily beans, you'll need to give it a good cleaning about 1/week. The oil from the beans seems to "stick" to the plastic parts below the burr. It takes less than 5 minutes to clean though, and is easy to clean with a toothpick, soft bristle tooth brush, and can of compressed air.

u/TonzB · 2 pointsr/Coffee

I've never used capresso gear before, but if you don't already have an electric burr grinder, or are using a hand grinder, it would probably be an upgrade. (someone with experience using Capresso, please chime in!) I spent about 120 on a woot deal for this grinder and I couldn't be happier.

EDIT: FWIW I believe the Breville was refurbished, but can't say for sure.

u/parkershepherd · 2 pointsr/Coffee

Breville Smart Grinder
KitchenAid Pro Line

Just for your convenience!

u/potatochan · 2 pointsr/Coffee

I can totally relate.

Back when I had my Mr. Coffee Automatic Grinder, I used some rice to clean the innards. It got most of the old clumpy coffee out, but little did I know that a crap ton of rice still remained hidden within the grinder. Unknowingly, I used the grinder for a fresh cup of coffee... and holy balls did it taste nasty.

u/myownsavior · 2 pointsr/Coffee

I have one of these: and it works pretty well. It can be a bit messy, but the grind is good.

u/Cyclone87 · 2 pointsr/Coffee

"After water boils, leave alone to cool for indeterminate amount of time, based on patience (no more than 3 minutes)."

I believe target brewing temperature is ~195-200 F (depending on the roast). Boiling temperature is 212 F, so allowing the water to cool for 3 minutes is going to result is a temperature much less than ideal. From a boil, I usually let the water cool 30 seconds then pour over grounds in my French Press. I would recommend a burr grinder as well :)

Here is the grinder I use and don't have any gripes whatsoever with it:

edit: clarification

u/mustcoffee · 2 pointsr/starbucks

I have this grinder and I really like it: Mr. Coffee Automatic Burr Mill Grinder with 18 Custom Grinds, Silver, BMH23-RB-1

It’s a little pricey, but I never could get a good grind from my cheaper blade grinders.

I have been making small batches of cold brew with my french press overnight. I like being able to prep it around dinner and just wake up to coffee.

u/4-n-out · 2 pointsr/Coffee

Thanks! That kettle is exactly what I'm looking for. Now, would something like this Mr Coffee Burr Grinder be a decent option (I'm totally ignorant on this, so it's an honest question)?

u/MrYellows · 2 pointsr/Coffee

Do you own a burr coffee grinder? The grind is a key factor in the espresso. If you don't have a good grinder there are a few cheap grinders that I would personally recommend putting some of your budget into.

~40$ burr grinder on amazon Amazon also as a few decent espresso makers around 100 bucks as well which would fit into your budget perfectly.

u/Shercock_Holmes · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I thought I was lazy too, but it isn't too bad pressing the button and dumping the grinds in the filter. I think we have this one.

u/xopethx · 2 pointsr/Coffee

It's commonly said that the grinder makes the coffee, not the coffee machine. If you've been using store-bought or preground coffee, doing this yourself with your own grinder before brewing will absolutely blow your mind. Burr grinders differ from slice grinders in that they only allow particles to pass through the burr set once they're down to a precise size (which you set, of course), this ensures that the overall consistency of your coffee is uniform. When hot water is added, the extraction process works at the same rate across the grounds.
Secondly, there's a general guideline concerning coffee freshness - Rule of 15s :

  • Green coffee beans should be roasted within 15 months
  • Once roasted, beans are generally stale after 15 days
  • Ground coffee goes rancid/stale after 15 minutes
    You should be grinding your beans with a quality grinder immediately before brewing for the best flavor - otherwise, a $700 coffee maker won't make a bit of difference compared to a $50 one.
    I'd recommend something like this, although Baratza makes less expensive models. Alternately, you could get a hand-crank burr grinder for around $30.
u/gonewilde_beest · 2 pointsr/ThriftStoreHauls

Picked up the coffee grinder for $8, upon further inspection the gear drive was stripped. I went to the website and ordered ~$80 in replacement parts and upgrades, and now I have the equivalent of a $229 fully functioning Baratza Virtuoso .

u/BlackSwanBlue · 2 pointsr/Coffee

It looks like I actually have a cheaper version of the grinder that swroasting linked, this is it.

I paid a bit less than that for it though.

If anyone else posts recommendations, disregard the $75 limit. After looking around on Amazon I'll raise that to a soft $150 limit, and consider grinders higher than that if they have a feature or quality that makes them really worth the added price.

After looking around on Amazon I really like the look of the Capresso Infinity swroasting posted, and this looks good too.

Any thoughts on which of those would be better for the price?

u/eddied96 · 2 pointsr/Coffee

Maybe something thats well tried and tested, the Baratza Virtuoso? or if you wanted more budget the Baratza Encore, the virtuoso grind is capable of pulling all the great taste from espresso, the encore is capable of making a pretty damn good espresso but not as much as the virtuoso. tbh youd have to be quite the connoisseur to notice any difference.

edit: I do not work for Baratza, I have not used them but anyone I ask has recommended both of these. Web forums and opinion polls will tell you the same! Baratza are damn good at making grinders!

u/Organic_Dixon_Cider · 2 pointsr/Coffee

Take a look at the Baratza Encore. I bought mine after reading some good reviews on here and love it so far.

u/sarfreer · 2 pointsr/roasting

FreshRoast SR500 for $167. I've tried running this thing into the ground and it just won't die (We're talking 2 hours of consecutive roasting, completely nullifying the warranty). It's great for personal use.

Baratza Encore for $129. I've tried running this thing into the ground too. The motor shut off after 4 consecutive pounds of coffee. Then, after it cooled, kept grinding. Not fine enough for turkish coffee though.

That leaves $600 for the espresso maker, coffee and miscellaneous things (water filter, maybe)... which is reasonable.

u/radddchaddd · 2 pointsr/Coffee

I'd look into the Baratza Encore. You can frequently find refurbed ones for ~$100, but still worth it IMO new. As for a kettle, I've been using an electric Bonavita for about 3 years now -- can't recommend it enough. You can find stovetop goosnecks for about half the price on Amazon. Also if your friend doesn't have one already, I'd also suggest getting a scale. I've been using this HuiSmart one which is super convenient since it has the built-in timer and measures to .1g.

All this would run you just under $200. Of the suggestions, I think I would prioritize more of your budget to the grinder then kettle then scale.

u/scottvs · 2 pointsr/cafe

Tough to make a recommendation without knowing your budget, and what you currently own, use, and like or dislike.

I have over a dozen coffee making devices, multiple pour overs, Aeropress, Chemex, Siphon, and a few electric machines. They all have their own plusses and minuses, and I use them all (today was a generic ceramic cone with a Melita 4 filter), but the 2 things that get used every time I make coffee are a grinder and scale.

Upgrading to a good burr grinder is almost universally acknowledged to be amongst the most useful things you can do to improve your coffee, and actually weighing your beans and water are probably a close second. My Baratza Encore does a great job, and I'm also very happy with my American Weigh Scales LB-3000.

u/thoughtcrimes · 2 pointsr/hockey

Aeropresses are really the way to go: small, easy to clean up, and makes a really-good espresso-approximation (think you need to reach like 3 atm of pressure for a real espresso).

I also got a stainless steel filter to use instead of the paper-jobbies that come with it. You never have to worry about running out of filters:

Also if don't have a burr grinder yet then get one. This one is a good bargain and capable of grinding fine enough for esspresso:

u/MochaPup · 2 pointsr/Coffee

A espresso machine is only 1/4 the way to making good espresso.
As others have said, cleaning is essential since you received the machine used. Descaling and clearing the build up of coffee residue will be a great start.
The other 3 things you need for good espresso is:

  1. A grinder with a metal burr, this is very impotent, it is only burr grinders that can grind to espresso. Avoid cheap plastic burr grinders (Mr. Coffee). I would suggest this Ive used this grinder for 2 years now, for espresso and pour overs, not to mention this is one of the cheapest grinders on the market that will grind to espresso.

  2. You are going to need a decent tamper. These are easy to come by and everyone has their own tamper preference. This tamper will fit most Gaggia machines, most have a 58mm basket, and would suggest it as a starter tamper.

  3. You need good coffee beans. Don't buy the Illy Ground Espresso tin or any other preground espresso. Also avoid Starbucks, DD, or any other major coffee chain. Find a local coffee shop that roasts in house and buy bags from them. Small local roasters always have the best quality beans.
u/wakawakamoose · 2 pointsr/Coffee

We use freshly ground beans from our favorite not-so-local local roaster in Philly (we don't live near there, but we came across it a few years ago and we still order from the place regularly).

For the grounds: 10 - 12 Tbsp of ground coffee. We don't know exactly how much it is unless I go measure it because we just carved a notch at the right amount in our beloved coffee grinder.

For the water: We also marked the appropriate line on our hot water kettle with a sharpie. We use a thermometer to stop it early around 204 - 205F. Someday we hope to get a fancy one that actually monitors the temperature! But not this day.

Then as /u/VoteLobster noted we pour for the bloom. Once it's bloomed we switch between pouring around the edges and in the middle so there's no build up and we get maximum coverage of water-to-grounds.

u/GangstaAnthropology · 2 pointsr/Coffee

I was overwhelmed with reading all of the options when I got into this. After a lot of reading I got a Chemex.

Oxo kettle

OXO On Adjustable Temperature Electric Pour-Over Kettle

Baratza encore

Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

American Weigh Scales AMW-SC-2KG...

These four things were the most highly recommended from all chemex posts on this sub. These are the basics, and from there I used tons of different beans

u/Kalahan7 · 2 pointsr/Coffee

I would advice against buying that electric grinder. It won't be very good and pretty hard to make consistent tasting coffee with.

This one uses blades. Blades to grind coffee is like using a rock to cut vegetables. Yes it gets "the job done" but with a lot of compromise.

Blade grinders (as opposed to burr grinders) are unable to grind coffee in consistent size particles. Meaning hot water won't extract your coffee evenly. Which makes a huge difference.

Cheapest "good" hand grinder is the Hario Skerton or Hario Mini Mill. A step up from that is the Porlex Mini which offers a bit better grind quality, alluminium instead of plastic, and fits inside the aeropress.

If you want to go electric the cheapest good option is this Bodum grinder but at that point you might as well go with the Baratza Encore which is a great iconic grinder that is a great grinder for everything up to espresso.

Manual grinding isn't too bad. If you enjoy "the ritual". Grinding for the Aeropress takes about 1 minute. The thing is, if you want to start brewing more, for say French Press or V60, you really want to invest in an electric grinder. Because grinding for 4 cups of coffee by hand suuuucks! Also, early in the morning, you really appreciate an electric grinder.

Ideal is to have both. But I know that's kinda crazy. Electric at home, manual for at work/while travelling.

u/foreseeablebananas · 2 pointsr/Coffee

I'd actually suggest getting an entry-level electric grinder like a Baratza Encore to save time & effort on grinding coffee.

u/Hopsnsocks · 2 pointsr/Coffee

What do you think of this setup?




Baratza Encore




Chemex Filter


$304 shipped from Amazon.


Would this be a good intro to better coffee setup? I don't know if there's a more cost-efficient way to go, but this seems acceptable to me.

u/osflsievol · 2 pointsr/pics

The Baratza Encore is one of the most recommended grinders over at r/coffee. $140 for a very reliable grinder with great customer service. If that's still expensive, then a hand grinder, like the Hario Skerton, is a great alternative at $40.

u/paeblits · 2 pointsr/Coffee

I highly recommend the Hario Drip Scale. It's made for coffee, super easy to use, accurate, dependable, and good aesthetic design. Been using it for 2 years.

Edit: And while we're on the subject, you don't only want to measure your coffee beans. You want to measure your water temperature and get a consistent grind as well. This Bonavita electric kettle has always been good to me, as well as the Baratza Burr Grinder.

u/comedrinkwithme · 2 pointsr/espresso

Get a Baratza Encore for $129, an Aeropess for $33 and a Milk Frother. Spend your money on better, local, fresh coffee. It's not true espresso but the strength and quality will beat most low end espresso makers. It also lets you get in the game cheap to see if it works for you. Making drinks at home, heat the milk in a pan, pull your shot on the Aeropress, froth the milk, enjoy!

u/Kay1000RR · 2 pointsr/Coffee

I ceramic hand grinder works well. This seems like a popular one. I have this one and it works pretty well. If you drink coffee pretty regularly, then you should probably go with an electric one. This Baratza is considered really good for the price.

u/robotneedsbeer · 2 pointsr/ottawa

Not a coffee maker, of which there are any number of great options, but the thing that's probably more important, a good grinder.

You need a burr grinder for the best coffee. For better coffee, this is the best single upgrade you can make, drip, press or moka pot.

My preferred grinder is the [Baratza Virtuoso] ( I've had one for years and it's a great performer for drip or press coffee. For a lot less, you can now get the [Encore] ( I've never used one - they weren't around when I got mine - but they get good reviews too.

Btw, both Grace in the Kitchen in Kanata and Paradis on Bank sell them in town

u/TheFreelanceGuy · 2 pointsr/Coffee

As others have already asked, what's your budget and where do you live?
The grinder you're most likely looking for though is the Baratza Encore.

u/SideburnsOfDoom · 2 pointsr/Coffee

I use a chemex jug, so it's pour-over.

I assume that you mean the Baratza Encore for about £150

u/sli · 2 pointsr/Coffee

Honestly, the easiest way to start is probably an Aeropress and a decent kettle. Get a gooseneck early, then you won't have to buy a second kettle later if you decide to start playing with pour-overs. If you want to make boiling water a little more passive, get an electric one. I have this one and it works like a charm.

Another cheap starter option for brewing is the V60 and its various clones. The original is plastic, but this one is ceramic and only $20. It takes some practice to get pour-overs just right, but it's worth it. And for $20, it's not a bad way to give it a shot or just to have in your collection.

Grinders are a whole discussion. I have a Baratza Encore that I really like. It's easy to maintain and Baratza's support was pretty good to me when I needed them. If you want to go a little cheaper, you might consider a Skerton or Mini Mill.

For beans, have fun. There are a ton of places to get decent beans, and part of the fun is finding new places. There are a number of redditors that roast and will probably sell beans to you if you like. (Including me!) I would suggest some, but I actually skipped this part and went straight to roasting.

EDIT: Oh, and good luck. You're opening a door to a rabbit hole, now.

u/wrelam · 2 pointsr/Coffee

Definitely look for a refurbished Baratza Encore (though that page says they won't have refurbs in stock until Nov. 24). You could also get one from Amazon immediately, though that's $40 above your budget.

Hand grinders will be well within your budget, but won't produce the volume you need in one dose, not to mention hand grinding that much coffee will be a pain.

Wait for the refurbs or see if your parents will chip in for a new one.

u/noucla3469 · 2 pointsr/Coffee
u/m-a-t-t_ · 2 pointsr/Coffee


Rocky - poor adjustability, expensive at $355

Lelit P53 - stepless adjustability, great grind quality - super affordable at $229

Iberital Challenge - stepless high quality grind - $320 on that link, but can be found for less if you look around

Baratza Preciso - about 6-7x the number of steps of the Rocky, can be bought as refurb direct from Baratza for $239

Baratza Vario available as a refurb direct from Baratza for $360 ($5 more than the Rocky, but its a staggeringly better grinder).

I could go on. Add to that the ready availability of good quality used Mazzers for much the same price as the new Rocky and it is frankly staggering that anyone would choose to buy the Rocky these days. It only survives off the back of uninformed users and people reading decade old reviews on sites like coffeegeek.

As a general purpose grinder, it is expensive for what it is, but can certainly do a job. For espresso there are much better options for your money.

u/TheBestRapperAlive · 2 pointsr/Coffee

the grinder will 100% solve your problem, no matter how much you don't want to admit it. Coffee grinding is without a doubt the most important thing about making espresso. There's no way your preground coffee is fine enough for espresso and even if it was, there is a lot of finessing to do depending on how dark the beans are roasted and how long ago they were roasted. I'd recommend the rocky rancillio.

u/RelativityCoffee · 2 pointsr/Coffee

Is all you want to make coffee-wise cold brew? Forever? If so, then you can get away with a grinder that I'd never recommend for hot coffee because of its uneven particle distribution -- this one (use an always-available 20% off coupon). For cold brew, you don't have to worry so much about overextraction.

Then get the Filtron, and you're all set.

If you might want to someday do hot coffee, I'd get a better grinder -- this one. And a kettle and a kitchen scale.

u/fatangaboo · 2 pointsr/ECE

I solved this problem by purchasing a Buratza Encore (amazon link)

u/westcoastroasting · 2 pointsr/Coffee

I'd recommend buying a clever dripper ($22):

An Encore grinder ($130):

And a hot water urn ($114):

Total: $266. You can grind a day's worth in the morning. Any time you want, put a filter in the Clever, pour the always-hot water over from the urn, stir, wait 3-4 minutes, set on your cup, it drains, enjoy. It brews a world class cup at a time, the urn keeps you from having to heat water each time, and great coffee really doesn't get easier!

u/brandoneil · 2 pointsr/Coffee

It's been said already but I have few other thoughts. Purchase an Encore. I've had mine for 6 years now with zero problems and it's still performing. Think of it as an investment.

The only thing I would suggest is make a scale a priority as well. It's secondary to the grinder but eliminates much of the guess work and allows you to make repeatable brews.

If you're open to it, consider getting a clever dripper. It's how I started because I couldn't afford to buy a gooseneck kettle at the time.

If what you have above is within your budget I would stretch it a little bit more to get a proper grinder.

To sum up I would suggest:

u/mal1291 · 2 pointsr/Coffee

The answer to your question is really dependent on budget. A quick perusal through the sub will show you that the Aeropress is a popular option because it is one of the least expensive ways to get a solid cup of coffee.

If you have some cash to part with, it might be worth looking at setting yourself up with a pourover setup - I'd probably suggest the v60. You would need the v60, the hario buono, and you'd probably want a scale to weigh coffee (there are a LOT of options, many cheaper than what I've linked). You would also need to get a reasonably good grinder - check out the sidebar for a list of grinders. Yes, it's a lot of capital to get started, but the coffee is fantastic and the equipment is very durable. This equipment, properly cared for, could potentially outlast you in many cases.

There's also the standard drip coffee maker, but from my experience if you go that route you ought to just invest in the cheapest one. The quality coffee from most drip machines is pretty similar. A better question is what grinder to get - that will improve your brew quality across all methods. Again, sidebar has great advice, but a really popular grinder here is the[ Baratza Encore] ( which you can sometimes find on their refurb page for discounted prices.

No matter what you choose - good luck and happy caffienation

u/Ramachandrann · 2 pointsr/rawdenim

I have a Hario Mini Mill which I like and it gets the job done, but I'm really looking for something electric. If you're doing french press, it doesnt take much time to grind beans but if you're doing anything finer than that it probably takes me 5 minutes to grind 45-50g of beans which just isn't what I wanna do right after I wake up. I've heard good things about the Hario Skerton as well.

For electric grinders, I've heard that the Baratza Encore is the best bang for your buck. Also, I would get an adjustable temperature kettle (people perfer goosenecks but I just have a regular one) and a kitchen scale! The scale is super useful for cooking in general and I think they're good to have, especially for coffee.

Also, I have a Chemex and love it. I don't think I could live without it.

u/segasean · 2 pointsr/Coffee

To answer your question, the strength of your coffee is mostly influenced by how much coffee you're using versus how much water. For a strong cup with your Keurig, go with the setting with the smallest amount of water. The Keurig is by no means the "best" method to make coffee, but it will make coffee. If you decide to get a manual brewer (French press, Aeropress, Kalita Wave, etc.) the brew time has some leeway, but I'd recommend just using more coffee than trying to push the recommended brew time too far. Coffee can/should be strong without being bitter, and keeping the water and coffee together too long will create bitterness.

What follows is everything you need to know about making great coffee. Warning, this may be overwhelming:

  1. Freshly ground coffee is going to taste better. Consider coffee like bread. A loaf left on the counter will get stale faster if you slice it up. Freshly roasted is better, but it might be more expensive/harder for you to find and you might not want to dive that deep yet.
  2. Conical burr grinders are better than blade grinders. The problem is that a decent automatic burr grinder is going to be ~$100 and that's a steep price for someone just getting into coffee. Many people will recommend the mini mill, Skerton, or something along those lines that is hand-crank. (Good non-name brand options: 1 and 2) Those are your best bet. Although I wouldn't necessarily recommend it, you can get an automatic blade grinder if you might have an issue with manual grinding/don't want to drop a lot of money. I will mention that darker roasts are easier to grind manually so there's less worry for your wrist. The problem with blade grinders is you get a bunch of differently sized bits, which makes it more difficult to get consistency and figure out a grind size/brew time you like.
  3. Each method of brewing calls for a differently sized grind. This is pretty important. If it's too small, you'll get a bitter cup. If it's too big, you'll get a sour cup. The same goes for brew time. Too long will make a bitter cup, and too short will make a sour cup. However, there's some leeway on both of these to your taste.
  4. There are a bunch of ways to make coffee that change how it tastes. Methods that involve filtering through paper make a cleaner cup, but you lose most of the oils in the coffee. Metal filters leave in these oils, but can also leave a lot of sediment/mud in the bottom of your cup. You might drink this if you drink that last sip, and it isn't really nice.
  5. Weighing your coffee is much more accurate if you want to make a consistent cup. A tablespoon of a darker roast might be 5 grams while a tablespoon of a lighter roast might be 7 grams.
  6. You'll need something to boil water in. If you have a kettle, great. If you don't, you can use a pan or you can buy a kettle. It doesn't need to be a fancy/expensive gooseneck-style one (1 and 2), but you might want one of those if you get into pourover methods.

    I would recommend a French press (1 2 3 4) or Aeropress for someone just getting into coffee. They're much more forgiving than pour-over methods, meaning you're less likely to make a bitter cup. They each have their own drawbacks, too. An Aeropress is easier to clean up, but can only make one cup at a time. A French press takes more time to clean, but can make about 3 cups at a time. (By cups I mean a standard 12-ounce mug.) Definitely get a grinder, too (see above). A scale (1 and 2) is optional but recommended. For beans, seek out a local roaster/coffee shop, but there are tons of online options available, too.

    Welcome to the wonderful (and sometimes crazy) world of coffee!
u/BenisNIXON · 2 pointsr/Coffee

The Wave is good. Other easy methods for beginners would be the Aeropress or the French Press.

More importantly I would find a local roaster from which to get fresh beans. Quality beans will be a huge difference in flavor for you regardless of brewing method (though drip maker is still not recommended over other methods mentioned). I know you said you are frugal, as am I, but I found myself drinking LESS coffee when I was spending more on quality not because it was more expensive but because the flavor was so much more intense and fulfilling. I savored it more and instead of drinking 1200mL of store bought drip I was enjoying 700mL of Chemex (similar pour over method) tremendously more.

If you are anything like me you will take your time to build your equipment and slowly buy more. I enjoyed doing it this way because I could move as my tastes evolved. As you mentioned, investing in a good burr grinder should probably be the most important thing. I think my Baratza Encore is worth its weight in gold. After that I slowly added more brewing methods and this Hario scale. The weighing of your water and coffee is so much simpler when it comes to make a consistently great cup of coffee.

I know this is a long reply and a list of stuff but it is three years worth of accumulation, mostly thanks to Amazon gift cards at Christmas time! Most importantly, just enjoy yourself and your coffee! If you like a method others don't or don't like weighing things then don't. Your taste is yours, enjoy it.

u/writer__ · 2 pointsr/Coffee

Wow! With a $500 budget you can actually do so much, and to be honest I don't think that kind of investment is really necessary, especially since overlooking your choices, you seem to be spending way too much for things you can get for a lower price. My setup is only ~$100, and I can get a great brew (though I use a hand grinder). I use a Kalita Wave 155 (this is the smallest size, but feel free to opt for the 185 size if you brew 2+ cups in one sitting). $22.50. The filters are quite pricey at $10.95, but worth it in the long run (for a one cup drinker a-day like me, it will last 3 months+ per pack). A French press from Bodum will only set you back $27 - double walled doesn't really do much because I find temperature loss isn't really a problem. The size I recommend for this one is only suited again for a 1-cup drinker, because my personal experience is using a 1L size for a single or even 2 cup drinker in one sitting will result in extremely sludgey cups. As others have suggested, if looking for a nice electric grinder, spring for the Encore. A good scale is this one for $39. I don't even use a true dedicated gooseneck kettle for this setup, just an adequate tea kettle but I do advocate the variable temp Bonavita you're thinking of. So this all amounts to $313.20. Happy drinking.

u/mralecthomas · 2 pointsr/Coffee

I would suggest spending what money you have on a decent grinder. I believe you will see the biggest improvement in your coffee game there. If you do not mind a manual style, I would recommend the Lido 3 / Lido ET. If you prefer an automatic, then a Baratza Encore.

u/slantsnaper · 2 pointsr/Coffee

The Breville smart grinder pro is the deal of the day on amazon canada for 180$ CAD, which is equivalent to 141$ USD. Is this as good a deal as it seems?

Also, do we know anything about the durability of the smart grinder pro? Thanks!

u/enjoytheshow · 2 pointsr/DIY

Kitchen is amazing. Though I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you asked about the coffee. That grinder is probably going to under-perform for what is required of a bottomless portafilter. It likely doesn't go fine enough and even if it does, it doesn't have enough fine options to tune your grind to exactly where you need it. Espresso is largely trial and error until you can get it right and if your grinder has 1-2 options for fine grinding, that's not great. You have one of the best grinders you can get for that tier, but I'm not sure it will cut it for espresso. You're going to need to go over $200 in most cases for a true espresso grinder. This guy is probably the best bang for your buck and will last forever. Any more expensive and you won't notice the differences with the machine that you have. Rancillo makes some killers one but they push $400. I would encourage you to try out your grinder with your new portafilter, but instincts tell me you aren't going to be able to replicate what you can get at a coffee shop. It will either be too inconsistent of a grind or won't go fine enough. I could be wrong though. /r/coffee is full of (usually) nice people if you are interested.

u/Thebaconingnarwhal4 · 2 pointsr/espresso

I got the Breville Infuser and Smart Grinder Pro from Amazon a couple of weeks ago. I love them. By no means am I an expert, but I enjoy the shots I pull just as much as from coffee shops using La Marzoccos. Yes the beans, barista, and placebo all play into that, but it still pulls a great shot and is pretty affordable. You could even go cheaper and get the Duo Temp Pro which could functionally be the same as the Infuser and is $100 cheaper so you could spend it on cups, knockbox, distributor but the infuser would still put you under budget. I went with the infuser because you can adjust the temperature and you can pull manually or preset volume, which allows you to eliminate that variable for a consistent shot and you can see how your tamp/grind are as the program pulls 60mL (2oz) no matter what and so you can gauge what you need to do to dial that volume in for the proper extraction time. Downside is that if you want a naked portafilter then you gotta DIY or buy one from Aus for like $150, but I don’t think it’s a huge deal and if you do then maybe that’s where your extra budget could go. The pressure gauge is also nice although it won’t really tell you what you don’t already know from extraction time.

I can’t say this is the best machine for the price (although Seattle Coffee Gear did so take that as you will) but I can highly recommend it. I would get it over the Barista Express as the extra $50 for a dedicated grinder is totally worth it as it is more versatile and I’ve heard it’s a better grinder than the built in one. I also recommend it over the Gaggia. Although it does not have the modabilitiy of the Classic, it has most of the features that people mod the Gaggia for already, plus it uses a traditional steam arm instead of a panarello like the Gaggia, and has stainless steel lined thermocoil instead of aluminum thermoblock.

Overall would definitely recommend going separate grinder and machine no matter what.

u/daveb25 · 2 pointsr/Coffee

I really can't think of a single machine for both. I'm not sure of your budget, but a more affordable semi-automatic setup would be the new KitchenAid pour-over machine, Breville Barista Express, and Smart Grinder Pro. You can get all three for around $800 (with 20% BBB coupons for example) and have great espresso and coffee using your own freshly-ground beans.

u/texh89 · 2 pointsr/Coffee

Bro if you can spend 1500CAN rancilio isnt worth it.. its great build but alot of wait between each action..

here is a few options i gathered for you.. browsed alot to get best rates and sale prices for you.. all prices in CAD


u/NeptuNeo · 2 pointsr/espresso

I have the Smart Grinder Pro as a separate unit, I love it, grinds so perfectly


u/CrispyBacon_87 · 2 pointsr/canada

Everyone who uses Amazon also needs to use camelcamelcamel. It shows prices for products going back several years, so you know if you're actually getting a deal or not.


u/rootb33r · 2 pointsr/Coffee

Just fyi the hand grinder is kind of a pain in the ass. I got one, used it for a week, then dropped the dough for an electric one. It takes like 60 spins per cup and I was making about 4 cups every morning (2 for me, 2 for the wife).

I bought a krupps grinder for like 75 or something. Totally worth it.

Edit: it was only like $40

u/99999999999999999989 · 2 pointsr/Coffee

It is easy to use. Fill tank with water. Grind beans. Put grinds in coffee basket and tamp. Put basket on the unit and tighten down. Put cup underneath basket and turn the knob once. Wait for the green light to come on. Turn the knob again to dispense. Turn off when done.

And here is the tamper I use. It is excellent IMO. Cheap and useful AND sturdy. Can't beat it.

EDIT: Well here is the rest of what I use as well. Grinder. This is a bit cheap, you could do better but also do worse.

And the milk pitcher for frothing. It may seem silly to spend that much on a metal pitcher but I highly recommend it.

So for about $120 $140 plus shipping you can be all set up!

EDIT 2: Buy decent whole beans and keep them tightly rolled in the bag and put the bag in something like this. Grind just enough to make a cup when you are wanting one.

u/cshem424 · 2 pointsr/Coffee

I've had this Oxo burr grinder for a few months, and I like it. It's about $100, but I think that it has a consistent grind and doesn't take up too much counter space. Cold brew is my favorite way to enjoy coffee, so I've been experimenting making my own for a little over a year now. I find that the 13 setting is great for cold brew. I occasionally will make a pour over if I want hot coffee, and have found the 5.5ish setting to work best for my v60.

u/Volte · 2 pointsr/Coffee

Thats the one I use and I love it. 100+ reviews with 4.5 stars and 99.99. It's also quieter than any grinder ive seen

u/SingularityParadigm · 1 pointr/Coffee

For grinding, either get this ideally, or one of these two if the first is too expensive (this) or (this). Those really are the only options if you want a reasonably consistent grind without spending much money, or spending five minutes grinding by hand. Whatever you do, do not get a blade grinder or Krups "burr grinder" or the Cuisinart DBM-8 "burr grinder". All of those will just bash the beans apart with blunt instruments, they don't actually grind with burrs.

u/saxmanpi · 1 pointr/Coffee

JrDot13 is right. Once coffee is ground up, it starts to lose its freshness right away. Starting with whole bean and grinding it is the way to go. I too, started with a small and cheap Mr. Coffee blade grinder. It simply does not grind consistent enough and there really isn't a way to control it at all. I know lots of people are recommending the Capresso Infinity Grinder as an entry level grinder that gets the job done pretty well. I was on the fence about either the Capresso or a refurbished Baratza Virtuoso. Keep an eye out on Baratza's website on Thursdays (I think. Someone correct me if I'm wrong). On Thursdays Baratza updates their refurbished page. I ended up with the Baratza and I absolutely love it. I've had it for a year now and it's great. Personally I've never used the grinder in the stores so I can't say I know how good they are. But if you find a solid local roaster they'll grind coffee for you when you purchase a bag of beans.

Another option that you might want to consider is buying a vacuum sealed container and having the store/local coffee shop grind the beans for you and then just keep it in that container. I understand that money might be tight and getting the most out of your coffee can cost a bit more than someone might have. Something like this container has some pretty good reviews on amazon. The only downside to that is you're only going to be able to keep it at one grind versus having the flexibility to grind it as you please for whichever method you're using. But it sounds like your family is going to stick to using the Kuerig so one grind size won't be too bad.

u/Mohevian · 1 pointr/Coffee

I ordered a Capresso 565 ( after checking out the other recommendations in the FAQ because it was the only one that seemed to do Turkish fine consistency. It was pricy.. $130.

I am going to skip on the Hazelnut and Heavy Cream, but I generally deeply enjoy the Hazelnut flavor.. what kind of bean would you recommend that comes close to that.. nutty/sweet aftertaste?

u/tel · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Ok. Any time you think coffee tastes like dirt it means that you are drinking shitty coffee. Don't feel bad. Almost everyone does it. You're going to learn to stop.

This is how you drink black coffee.


First: prices. Done right, coffee costs $10-15/bag and you can easily get 18-25 cups out of that bag. If you are spending less than that then you are ruining yourself. Homemade coffee is cheap, far cheaper than otherwise.

Go buy a french press and a grinder. Real buffs will tell you that you need a burr grinder. They're right, but one of those whirlyblade ones will do for now. The press will last forever.

Go find the most hip coffee house in the area and ask them where they got their beans. If you live on the US east coast, there's good chance it's Counter Culture. This is good. If it's a local roast, this might be better. In either case, ask for the roasting date. Don't buy a bag that's more than 10 days past roast and spend at least $10 on whatever you do buy. If they don't know when it was roasted with certainty, assume it was more than a year ago. This is incredibly important and the primary reason why most coffee sucks.

Don't buy anything espresso. Or "french". Or "dark". These are for later, being both sweet and acidic. You want a light roast, maybe Colombian, maybe Ethiopian.

Go home and put a kettle on until the water boils. Do not use the boiling water! Add some extra water to dilute the boiling stuff by about 1 to 5. The goal is to get your water at 190 degrees, but don't sweat it. If it's appreciably cooler than boiling you'll be safe.

Put about 2 tablespoons of coffee beans into your grinder and tap the grind button 4-8 times. The goal is to smash the beans into grains like rough sand, not like powder. Error on the side of too big.

Now open up that french press. Put the grinds in first then add a mug's worth of water. Mix! If you don't, you'll get super weak disgusting stuff. Leave the plunger up for about 3 minutes then slowly plunge it down. Pour it into your mug slowly and watch the graininess. When you can see grains in the flow of coffee, stop pouring.

Now go and get yourself a cup of the coldest ice water you can make. Drink a sip of water and then a sip of coffee without a dollop of cream or a touch of sugar.


This is how you drink black coffee.

u/SometimesMonkey · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Step 1 - Go to Amazon. Acquire the following:

If you have a gas stove:


Burr Grinder:

Step 2 - Go to Whole Foods. Go to their coffee section. Look for a medium roast, with single-origin beans (beans from a single plantation). Avoid blends. South-American single-origin medium roast is probably best. Pick a roast date that is yesterday or the day before.

If you don't have a way to filter water at home, find a way. It also helps to have a way to heat water.

Step 3 - Go home. It is probably best to do this now.

Clean your coffee siphon gently but thoroughly. You don't have to clean the cloth filter.

Place the beans in the grinder. Turn the grinder setting to fine, but not extra fine. Enough so that once ground you will get about 2 Tbsp. per 6 oz of coffee. YMMV.

Assemble the coffee siphon - place the cloth filter on the metal disc and secure with knots. Insert the filter assembly into the top chamber. Do not put the two chambers together yet.

If your filtered water isn't already really hot, make it really hot. Bring it to a boil, take it off the heat, and let it sit for 10-15 seconds. Or, just use an electric kettle.

Pour the water into the bottom pot. Insert the assembled top chamber into the pot and secure the seal. Place the pot on stove or burner as appropriate. Apply medium heat.

As the water percolates up the siphon, grind your coffee beans.

Once the water starts bubbling in the top chamber, toss in your grind.

At this point - your nose will tell you best when the coffee is done. It is usually about 1:20 to 1:40 minutes. You want the winey, grassy smell to disappear, and the grinds in the top chamber to look deep brown. However, if you smell even the slightest hint of burnt coffee, or if the grinds start to appear purple - you have failed. Hang your head in shame and try another time.

Remove the heat source (turn off stove/burner).

Let the coffee completely siphon into the pot. You will get some turbulence. Let it settle.

Delicately remove the top chamber.

Pour. Sip, slowly.

Step 4 - Thank me.

u/-Kevin- · 1 pointr/Coffee

Follow up question if you don't mind - Would a ~$35 Hario hand grinder then grind at a level of an electric grinder >= $100?

You mentioned the refurb Encore at $100 and I see the Capresso Infinity at $76. Which would be the better buy?
Appreciate the advice about false burrs.

u/Comptonistic · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

Upvote for the burr grinder advice. I have a cheap(er) Capresso Infinity Burr Grinder, a Chemex and a Melita Ceramic Cone Brewer. I actually prefer the Melitta over the Chemex. For water I have a Bonavita programmable kettle. The Aeropress is on the long list of items I need to purchase... You probably already have a decent scale...

u/RoyallyTenenbaumed · 1 pointr/Coffee

Yea I didn't really know anything about it until I got it home and researched it. The people that owned it before were grinding flavored beans (i.e. coated in syrup) so it was kinda gross, but cleaned up easily. This is the grinder. I guess it's up to $100 bucks haha. STEAL!

Popcorn popper roasting is pretty easy. You have to do fairly small batches (about 1/3 cup per ~5 minutes), but it's not a big deal. It's kind of relaxing and I enjoy the experience. This is the one I have. I found it on sale for around $14. Totally worth it. The only details I had to get down were blocking the exit chute with a piece of foil and cutting some vent holes in the side. You have to do it outside since the chaff goes EVERYWHERE, and it's hot here, so the machine kept overheating and shutting off. Other than that, you just put the beans in, plug it in, stir them around a little (I just use a long stick I found outside..still going strong) until they get light enough to auto-stir, then listen for the crack and watch the color.

It's immensely satisfying roasting your own coffee, and places like Sweet Marias are very knowledgeable and have great selection. I usually order their sampler packs of 3-4 pounds. I save one cups worth of roasted beans from each sample then when I'm done with all of them I do a taste test. With an AeroPress it's super easy to brew multiple cups of coffee at once.

u/Chrikelnel · 1 pointr/Coffee

Since it sounds like you’re making coffee for a lot of people you could do a lot worse than an automatic coffee machine paired with a decent grinder.

u/Dajackamo · 1 pointr/dataisbeautiful

Capresso coffee grinder, one of the best purchases I ever made.

u/SwankyBoi · 1 pointr/Coffee

Currently looking at this one It's slightly out of my price range, however from the reviews I've read it would be very much worth to have. How's the cleaning between grinds if I want to try a different bean for example? And would the weighing be the beans you put in or the grind that comes out?

The compass is fantastic! Will definitely be using that to find the sweet spot. How would you increase/decrease the brew time in, say, my drip coffee maker?

u/FridgeBarista · 1 pointr/Coffee

This is just my humble opinion especially based on your criteria...

This automatic drip coffee maker was the Consumer Reports Best Buy last year for under $40 (might can find it cheaper now) & it is a best seller on Amazon. The reason I like it is that it has the ability to reach 195° to 205° F for five or six minutes, the industry standard for optimal brewing.

Considering bang for buck, ease of use & amount of coffee produced, I'd probably go with Wired Magazine's 7 out of 10 recommendation.

u/JavaGiant865 · 1 pointr/Coffee

This is the cheapest I would recommend. I had it and loved it. Capresso 560.01 Infinity Conical Burr, Black

u/amirkolta · 1 pointr/Coffee

Capresso 560.01 Infinity Conical Burr vs
Baratza Encore vs
Bodum Bistro Burr Grinder



u/utchemfan · 1 pointr/Coffee

Hey! Sorry for the late reply, was just searching /r/coffee for electric grinder advice. Which infinity is the latest model? A few different options come up on amazon with very different pricing. Is this the one you're talking about? Thank you!!

u/anti_humor · 1 pointr/Coffee

Depends on how much of a budget you're on. I have a capresso infinity that can be had for $82 USD. As far as I know it's the cheapest decent electrical burr grinder. I've had mine for about 7 years and it still works perfectly. If you're really on a budget you'll probably have to go with manual. The results will be good but it takes some work. This one seems to be well liked.

u/unix04 · 1 pointr/Coffee

I haven't seen the infinity this cheap in a while. it's under $80 USD on Amazon:

You should get it soon if you are set on it. It's usually 90+ when I'm browsing around for other gear

u/Reddit-Hivemind · 1 pointr/Coffee

Curious to hear what you think of the consistency for this very entry level burr grinder ($80 on Amazon).

Also, what grind sizes would you recommend for Aeropress, Chemex, and French Press? My guesses are 6-9 for Aeropress, 9-11 for ChemEx, and probably 17 for French Press.

u/bagelbites10 · 1 pointr/Coffee

College student here.
I use this. Cheap but great.

u/jshmoke · 1 pointr/Coffee

Yep, agree with you there. Although I got REALLY tired of manually grinding. I went with this grinder, which works out pretty well...

u/MonkeyCrumpets · 1 pointr/Coffee

>What's the advantage of electric?

Not having to spend 2 minutes cranking the thing every time you want coffee ;)

Under $150 you're looking at the Capresso Infinity, Baratza Encore and Breville BCG450. I can't vouch for the quality of any of these machines as I don't own any of them, though I did do some research into them as I was grinder-shopping fairly recently, and as long as you're not looking to grind espresso or turkish, any of those machines should do a pretty decent job (I ended up buying a Sunbeam em0480 as I wanted something capable of a passable espresso grind, but it's slightly outside your budget and, as far as I'm aware, not available outside Australia). That said, I'm far from a professional and I'd advise doing some research and reading some professional reviews before making any purchase, of course.

u/Doneeb · 1 pointr/Coffee

Yeah, a grinder is probably the most important piece and should constitute the majority of your budget. I mentioned the Hario Skerton and the Capresso Infinity as two possible options within your budget.

u/jaksblaks · 1 pointr/Coffee

check for roasted on dates. and make sure that date is less than 3 weeks ago.


    These are the minimum recommended ones. If you can shoot for a encore at the minimum because for just $30 more you can upgrade the burrs and make it a much better grinder.
u/pardonmyfranton · 1 pointr/food

I've used this one for over a year and it's been excellent.

u/spankymuffin · 1 pointr/Coffee

There are some very affordable burr grinders out there, and it's worth the investment. You'll use it pretty much everyday. Hand grinders can be very cheap, and work great. Hario Skerton is a popular choice (I've seen it around for cheaper, but this is at least what's on amazon). Plenty of options, all varying in price. There's a pretty decent burr grinder from Kona I've used before, which I got for like $20.

But manual grinding can take some time. And if you're like me, and you want some quick coffee in the morning, then it's worth investing in an electric. There are some pretty decent electric burr grinders out there. You really don't have to pay a fortune. Here are a few cheap options:

Capresso Infinity

Bodum Bistro

Baratza Encore

But you can get far snobbier than just grind...

What kind of water are you using? Hopefully filtered, not tap. And definitely not distilled, since you want some of those minerals for flavor. Now, if you want to get even fancier, try using these mineral packets. I think each packet mixes in with 1 gallon of distilled water. I haven't tried it myself (I just use a brita) but I've heard good things. The quality of water makes a huge difference. This was the first "eureka" moment for me, when I moved from tap to filtered.

Next, how are you making your coffee? There are some great, cheap equipment out there. In this sub, here are some pretty cheap and popular choices:




French press

We're getting pretty deep in the rabbit hole, right? Not yet! How about measuring the weight of the coffee? Consistency is important. You need the same, proper coffee-to-water ratio for the best cup. You can find people debating over the best scales, some costing hundreds. I'd just get a cheap one if I were you. You can find some decent cheap ones from like $10 to $30. If you want the best bang for your buck, look into American Weigh Scales.

I guess I can mention temperature of water as well. You can get thermometers or even electric kettles with built-in thermometers (like this). I think temperature matters so much more for tea than coffee, but it's something you need to keep in mind for coffee as well.

Here's probably the most important thing, in my opinion: where are you getting your coffee? What is the roast date? Unless you're buying your coffee directly from the roaster, you're probably not buying freshly roasted beans. It makes a world of difference. Try finding a local roaster and getting your beans from them, freshly roasted.

I'm sure there's plenty of other ways you can splurge money on coffee, but I'll let you figure it out!

(edited to fix the links)

u/smells · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Get really good coffee. Brew it well.

Also, in terms of good coffee, try single origin ones. Not just because it's snobby and usually good, but so you can start to find the tastes that suit you. Cream and sugar is covering up whatever you didn't like. But, there maybe a single origin coffee that has less of what you don't, and more of what you do.

For example, I might suggest something from Costa Rica. Their coffee is light on astringency, and very smooth and chocolatey.

The other thing is to brew it well. Whatever bitterness/astringency you may not like in black coffee, is accentuated with poor brewing.

Common mistakes include:

  1. poor grind. Using crap blade grinders that has an inconsistent ground size, guaranteeing your grind has parts that are too fine, and thus will over extract, turning bitter

  2. temperature too hot.

  3. brewing too long.

    So either buy your cups coffee from a skilled coffee shop that will just make great black coffee for you.

    or invest in french press, and possibly a grinder, and make it yourself.

    on the grinder, a workable burr grinder will cost you about $80. If that is too expensive, just have the beans ground for you by the coffee vendor. I am of the camp that preground, is better then a fresh grind with a crappy blade grinder most people have at home. I have this and it is worth every penny.

    and do time your brews. Don't leave your ground in the french press much longer then 4min to start. And see where you like it from there.
u/brokenocean · 1 pointr/Coffee

I picked up the Capresso Infinity Conical Burr Grinder from Amazon for less than $100, and I'm pleased with it. I'm sure someone in here will school me and tell me why it's not acceptable for grinding both espresso and french press coffee, but I do it and I like it. It has a nice consistant grind that goes from very coarse to very fine, and it suits my needs. I'd say it's a nice introductory electric burr grinder for someone interested in making good coffee. Once this one bites the dust, I'm sure I'll upgrade to something fancier, but for now it works great for me.

u/jambajuic3 · 1 pointr/japanlife

My apartment kitchen has the three prongs. I'll check tonight if it works with two prongs + adapter.

It depends on when you plan on buying that espresso machine and how often you plan on using it. Back in the US, I had an aeropress, a moka pot, a chemex, and an espresso machine. I would say that about 90% of the time, I used an aeropress.

My recommendation would be to buy this grinder:

That works perfectly fine for everything except espresso. For an espresso machine, you will need to be spend the money and buy the Virtuoso. The Capresso just doesn't have the ability to grind the beans finely enough for espresso applications.

At the end of the day, it's all up to you, but I think that it would be better to start small and expand the coffee setup later. Plus, when you are ready for an espresso machine, you will love having two separate grinders. Otherwise you would be spending a good amount of beans (expensive) and a bunch of time fine tuning the grinder for the perfect espresso shots every time you swap between different modes of coffee.

u/Playcate25 · 1 pointr/Coffee

This is NOT a recommended grinder by this sub. Cuisinart I have one though, and probably better than a blade grinder, which is not saying much.

Grab a Capresso Infinity off of ebay for $55

Best bet is to get a Refurb [Baratza Encore] ( directly from Baratza for $99

u/PlaidDragon · 1 pointr/Coffee

I have a burr grinder. It's not the best one in the world, I was looking for a relatively cheap one because it is my first one and I am relatively new to this hobby of coffee making. Here is the one I have.

Water comes straight from the tap.

u/SIPCOFFEECO · 1 pointr/Coffee

I will completely agree with the above statements. I have used a Krups express maker which is really cheap and went through a phase where I would make expresso and steam milk. I'll be honest I really enjoyed the results. It wasn't high quality but you get can more extreme acidic notes when using a normal roast of coffee in the espresso machine and that I enjoyed. Not to mention a decent latte.

With that said the clean up sucked for the espresso and it took a while to make which are both big draw backs! The hand grinder as always nice and a good no electric option! I used a Burr electric grinder with 18 setting which is more the enough for the average coffee drinker who wants control over grind settings.

I had one before this and an unroasted green been we had from a sample feel in and got ground and broke it. The Cuisinart seems to be a slightly higher quality then the one before which was a Mr.Coffee. Hope this helps.

Overall the above 👆🏽 post is spot on. If you want to get into espresso I say go for it and expierement and have fun!

u/ladoo20 · 1 pointr/Coffee

Currently using the Capresso Infinity Burr and its great. Its not in the budget range ($90) you are looking for but take a look anyway. Many of the lower budget electric grinders didn't have that many great reviews.

I did find this however which fits in your budget:

u/x0epyon0x · 1 pointr/Coffee

Since we're on the topic of automatic burr grinders, what are your opinions on the Cuisinart DBM-8 grinder? I've been thinking of picking this up, for much the same reason as OP.

u/ljthefa · 1 pointr/longisland

You want a burr grinder. The one I linked is pretty good and under $50.

Do not get a blade grinder, please for the love of coffee.

u/rebel_dogs · 1 pointr/Coffee

It's not a top notch grinder, but I like my cuisinart burr grinder. Series it's purpose and I'm pretty happy with the consistency. Cheap-ish @ about 50USD.

u/wildeflowers · 1 pointr/Coffee

oof, that's a rough one.

Now I'm going to get down voted for this, but if around $40 is your max, I'd get this one if you must have electric, or a Hario hand grinder if you're willing to hand grind.

Listen, that grinder is not great. It produces a lot of fines and can get staticky. I have one, SIL gave it to us (she doesn't know, guys). BUT, it's built well and will last a long time. Would not recommend for French press, definitely not for espresso, but for pourover or drip it will do ok and fits your budget.

Sorry there's not something better.

u/AltRedditAcc · 1 pointr/Coffee

Because it would look like an advertisment otherwise. It's this one.

u/Elmcitydad · 1 pointr/Coffee

All around great advice dr, thank you!

I prefer a slightly stronger cup and do about 3.5 tbs for a 16oz cup.

To catch the temp of the water just let it go into a hot boil then take it off for about 30sec. By the time you've started pouring and extracting it will come down and moderate to the 195-200 range.

And here is an pretty good electric burr grinder.

u/DitchWitch13 · 1 pointr/AskReddit

I got mine for $50, and while obviously it's not the best burr grinder in the world I found it improved my coffee greatly. Cuisinart burr grinder on Amazon.

u/peytonmanning1005 · 1 pointr/Coffee

Ethiopian, freshly roasted by a local roaster in town almost 2 weeks ago. Grinder is nothing special but it had good reviews - #1 best seller actually:

Grind setting is set right in the middle. I think I'm gonna try setting it closer to "fine" next time I try.

u/pensivebadger · 1 pointr/Reformed

The burr grinder I have is not the best and produces some fines that can end up at the bottom of the cup. I plan on upgrading it some day, but I've pretty much gotten used to not drinking the last few drops.

u/GetBottomless · 1 pointr/u_GetBottomless


I promise you that you're coffee will be noticeably better when ground fresh.


Don't worry too much about the cost. Something like this works just fine:


u/nikoelnutto · 1 pointr/Coffee

Recommend this durable, affordable grinder

A relatively coarse grind on this machine is super consistent. Once grind is consistent ratio and water temp become only (and easier) variables to control.

A lot of people here are recommending other brewing machines and I have to agree with French Press (for simplicity and consistency) and Chemex for "best nerd cup of joe"

u/ledastrayjay · 1 pointr/exmormon

Just about any local coffee shop will grind and sell their beans, I used Grounds for Coffee up north - try their Highlander Grog.

Or just buy a grinder, this is one of the recommendations on r/coffee and has worked great for me: Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill

u/didntseethemovie · 1 pointr/AeroPress

Lido 3 or cuisinart

u/Tylerjordan1994 · 1 pointr/Coffee

great. in terms of a burr grinder, since i want a fine grind, would something like this improve over the blade grinder i use? Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill

u/WienerCheney · 1 pointr/Coffee

Cheap Burr Grinder:

I usually buy my coffee beans from Sprouts and use their grinder, except a while ago it's been grinding way too uneven and coarse and they haven't replaced it.

I don't have the money for expensive burr grinder.

These are some i've been looking at


(I can get the Cuisine art one for $35 from a local store new)

u/kyriann · 1 pointr/Coffee

Are you looking to make one cup at a time like you're used to? Or are you more likely to make a pot of coffee? I broke up with my Keurig recently and ended up with different solutions for single vs multiple cups.

We were gifted a Cuisinart burr grinder (, and I really like it. I have no idea if it's better or worse than other grinders, because I've never used any other. I remember my parents had a blade grinder and they always liked it, but they never had anything else either. /shrug

For single cup coffee, I have a paperless stainless steel pour over ( and I like it. It's kinda messy, but I think all paperless systems are. We have a french press ( and I'm honestly not a huge fan, but my husband really likes it. I find that the coffee made with that is much more acidic than when I make it with the pour over, so I'm sure it's something to do with technique.

As for basic advice - you do not have to buy it all at once! It's okay to ask your local roaster to grind beans for you if you're going to use them really soon.

u/Nimalla · 1 pointr/Coffee

I agree with getting a good drip to keep it convenient and to also step up the coffee game a little. Adding timed outlets is a great idea too!

Some bonavitas have a holder for the drip cup, and others the drip cup sits right on the pot, so they seem less convenient. If I were to choose between the two, I would choose a technivorm. The folks at Seattle Coffee review and test a lot of drip machines, and they even did a blind test between the technivorm moccamaster and bonavita, and it seems they mostly agree the techivorm tastes nicer. A grinder would help too, my dad likes to keep things easy, but he LOVES his grinder. He's had 30 years or more.

Grinders: The concensus is get a baratza encore. I don't have one, but they are just loved everywhere. I just recently returned a 200$ breville grinder and bought a 43$ cuisinart grinder and have been extremely pleased with it. I know everyone says to put your money in a good grinder, but I am quite content with the cuisinart for now!


u/Golden_Dawn · 1 pointr/Coffee

Cuisinart coffee grinder

While saying "I'm too old" points to other issues, I have this grinder and it works perfectly fine. Once you've set the grind fineness, and the timer for the amount of grounds you need, it's just one button push. Refill the hopper once a week or so and you have freshly ground coffee from here on out.

You would need a smaller or different grinder if using a variety of beans everyday, but that doesn't sound like it's the case.

u/wundercat · 1 pointr/Coffee

Even getting some low-cost gear like a CJ4000 and a Cusinart burr grinder will significantly improve your cup. And a thermometer is quite an inexpensive investment. Just remember that quality coffee is 100% chemistry, and chemistry requires precise measurements that must be repeatable over and over for consistency. However, you don't necessarily need $500 to make a great cup of coffee at home in the morning

u/GraduateStudent · 1 pointr/Coffee

Ideally you'd grind the coffee seconds before brewing it. The longer it's ground, the more it dries out, and the less flavorful it is. The best grinders for the price are this and this, but this is also workable. (You need Christmas presents, right?!)

But if you have to buy pre-ground coffee, then you're right, there's no need to grind it again.

u/Jgautier123 · 1 pointr/Coffee

Yeah it's a old Cuisinart... cheap thing, but hey it gets the job done. I might look for one on amazon. Any sub-$100 recommendations?

Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill

^this is my current grinder. Is it that bad? It seems pretty decent to me.

u/FreeRadd · 1 pointr/SouthBend

Buy a grinder. Not the chopper type, a burr grinder.

This is the one I have.

Fresh Ground Coffee Every Morning!

u/gimmebackmysocks · 1 pointr/Coffee

I’ve been using this Cuisinart electric burr grinder for the past 4 years. I make two cups of pour over with it almost every morning and it hasn’t had any problems. Looks like it’s under $40

Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill

u/ballots_stones · 1 pointr/Coffee

I'm using this. My dad used it before he picked up his Keurig, and it's working fine for me!

u/greqrg · 1 pointr/Coffee

I'm in a similar situation as you, and I've recently gotten my coffee tools up to a level that I'm happy to stick with for a while. Last week I bought a cheap CuisinArt burr grinder on sale for $50. This grinder is a huge step up from my blade grinder. It obviously isn't as consistent as a $200+ grinder, but it does exactly what I need it to do.

Last week ago I also ordered one of these as a cheap substitute for fancier pouring kettles. It just came in a few days ago and it works great. It's a lot smaller than it looks in the pictures (check the dimensions on the website), but it's perfect for brewing a single cup like I typically do.

We have one of those pour-overs at work and it works pretty well, but honestly I don't use it enough to have a good opinion on it. It's definitely better designed than a Melitta though (I like the wide whole at the bottom, compared to Melitta's dripper). I personally use a Chemex, which isn't too cheap, but I've fallen in love with the coffee it produces. (On a side note, the Chemex filters are what do the trick, and I've even heard about people using the filters with the harios. I'd look into it if it sounds like something you might be interested in.)

Also, I think the major thing that will make you better coffee with a simple setup like this is to find good beans. I found a local roaster that makes some beans I've quickly fallen in love with. (And I must be doing something right because I think I make better coffee than what I can order there.)

u/Casti_io · 1 pointr/Coffee

I know this is the bottom of the barrel when it comes to burr grinders, but honestly, I’ve had the Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill for a few years now. The consistency of the grind leaves a lot to be desired, but for French press, which is also my method, this makes less of a difference and I can honestly say the results are pretty good.

In any case, you won’t find a burr grinder for this price anywhere else. However, I’m also waiting wistfully for the day it stops working so I can upgrade to one of the ones mentioned on this thread that cost 10 times as much, so there’s that.

u/Kise2 · 1 pointr/Coffee

Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind...

Not the best but it’s what I use and it’s in your price range. Not exactly quiet but you only turn it on for like 10 seconds anyways.

u/crmullins · 1 pointr/Coffee

Right now I'm using a Cuisinart burr grinder. It's actually on sale on Amazon for ~$50 (down from $90).

This works really well with my chemex. Maybe /r/coffee has a good reason that you should spend $250 on a grinder, but I don't personally see any reason to. My coffee tastes perfect.

u/adiadityasharma · 1 pointr/Coffee

I got this one from Cusinart.
Works pretty well- have had it for over 2 years.

Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill

u/Ttujohn · 1 pointr/PostGradProblem

Cold brew is the bees knees. My ratio is 12 "cups worth" (according to this coffee grinder) of beans, put into a 64oz beer growler with enough water to fill it to the brim.

Modern Times beans (Black House or their summer blend) are my go-to.

For hot coffee, I was a french press guy for a while, but got a Chemex pour over a few months ago and now prefer that method.

u/KnightoftheMoncatamu · 1 pointr/Coffee

I don't have a gooseneck kettle yet :( so the cup I just brewed didn't have an even extraction, took too long. My bed was flat, which explains a lot about how long a brew can take. I theorize that agitating the grinds can help save a cup/extraction time by a little bit. My current problem is that since I'm just using a measuring cup to pour (gasp) my water, it's hard to get the slurry to where none of the grinds are just "floating". I don't think it was of any fault of my grind size either, though I do need a better burr grinder, I have the cheap Cuisinart that was on sale at the time. I was desperate for something other than a blade grinder, wish I had a nicer one though. Too many fines and doesn't have as many grind settings as the better ones.

The math is crazy over my head, but it is a start...I don't think I can explain it in lamen terms but I think I understand the general concept. Thanks :)

u/cortmanbencortman · 1 pointr/starterpacks

Here you go:

You can get all you need there for under $200. I recommend this setup to everyone; it's what I've been using for the last 3 years and has produced incredible coffee every time, and it's really fast and convenient. My wife and I both drink coffee and we honestly will skip a coffee shop if we'll be home soon because ours is so good.

u/zubat500 · 1 pointr/Coffee

Does anyone have any experience with the Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind

u/You-get-the-ankles · 1 pointr/Coffee

Try not to use pre-ground beans, and never a blade grinder (which really it isn't a grinder, but a pulverizer) because of the inconsistencies in size of grind. Pick up a simple burr grinder for $40.00 and set it to the coarsest grind and play with it from there.

u/avrus · 1 pointr/Coffee

IIRC you'll have to go with a manual at that price point. The starting point for a burr grinder is typically the Krups GVX for $40 from Amazon. I had one of these for almost 2 years before I moved up.

u/pokram · 1 pointr/Coffee

I have a Krups GVX1-14 (Amazon US) that works well for everything I've thrown at it (mostly pour-over and french press), although I haven't tried an espresso grind. It's not available via Amazon UK, but its successor, the GVX231, is.

u/emil10001 · 1 pointr/Coffee

I had one of those! My cat kept breaking it though, and after several times replacing the upper glass piece, I finally got rid of it. I did, however, pick up this thing a couple of weeks ago. One thing that I've noticed with the siphon brewer is that you can vary your extraction a bit by playing around with the grind size and the steep time. I usually do a smaller grind (bigger than espresso, 5 clicks on my Virtuoso as opposed to 0 clicks for espresso), and steep for 60 seconds.

As for your grinder question, I had a couple of inexpensive burr grinders that did an ok job. This seems to be the one that people like on here, but I have never owned one. I have hand grinded coffee a few times, and it takes several minutes to grind enough for a couple cups. I have owned this, which wasn't great, but worked well for medium sized grinds. I also had one of these, which performed about the same as the black and decker, ok for medium sized grinds. If you aren't going to be doing espresso, then a cheap-o burr grinder will probably get you by, since you aren't going to care about getting a really fine grind, but will be concerned with having a nice even medium sized grind. But, that's just my two cents.

u/cafeguy87 · 1 pointr/Coffee

Most cost effective burr grinder out there. $40 bucks at costco or on amazon.

I have had mine for 2 years- just keeps on grindin...

u/KaladinSyl · 1 pointr/Coffee

I just went to Costco thus morning. I'm in the San Francisco area, they have the Krups Burr grinder for $30.

This is the best home grinder I have ever used.

u/ruinenlust · 1 pointr/Coffee

I was using this low cost Krups burr grinder was very happy with the results when used with the ROK Presso. The Presso has the big advantange that you can control the pressure. If the shot is running to fast you can ease off the pressure, if it is too slow you have to work the muscles a bit.

Also I never had digital scales at the time of owning the Handpresso, but I seem to remember the basket was very small. I normally do around 18-20g of coffee in the Presso, don't think you could get anywhere near that into a Handpresso.

u/elbartogwashere · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife

I've had this Mr. Coffee for 4 years or so and has worked perfectly without any issues.

Mr. Coffee 12 Cup Electric Coffee Grinder with Multi Settings, IDS77-RB

u/oboecop · 1 pointr/Coffee

It's a cheap Mr. Coffee electric grinder that has various grind times based on what type of grind and how many cups.

Is the model I believe

u/BrendenOTK · 1 pointr/Coffee

I just got a french press as a gift. I decided I want to give grinding my own beans a try. When we moved into my house the old owners left behind [this cheap blade grinder] ( I used it this morning and was not impressed. I'm not looking to spend a lot on a burr grinder.

My question is: For someone who is only going to be doing a coarse grind for a french press will this Mr. Coffee Burr Grinder be good enough? I know a lot of the aficionados will shoot it down (I've done enough googling and reddit searching to know that). However, I'm just a guy with a french press that wants a nice cup of coffee. A lot of the reviews I read focus on its struggles with a fine grind, but I don't need that right now. I just want something that will grind better than a blade and will help make a good cup of coffee (better than pre-ground in a drip for example). I know there are cheap mechanical options, but my problem with those is most only seem to hold one or two cups at a time. I'd rather be able to grind the full 4 cups my press can make at once.

EDIT: Or if someone has tips on to make better use of the blade grinder until I can save up for one of the ~$100 grinders people recommend.

u/valzi · 1 pointr/Coffee

I believe this is the only local roaster, and they're super expensive:

Do either of these grinders seem okay?

Thanks for the advice!

u/numberthreepencil · 1 pointr/vaporents

I use this with good results

Mr. Coffee 12 Cup Electric Coffee Grinder with Multi Settings, IDS77-RB

u/hatenames · 1 pointr/Coffee

This is the grinder I was using. A lot of left over ground coffee on the walls and top piece as well. I would rinse it after every use because I thought leaving it on there might be bad for future cups. Not exactly sure what you mean by chafing, sorry.

I haven't actually checked how most coffee machines do it but I am assuming some kind of dripping system? When you mention clever or bonavita are you taking in consideration coffee machines or only manual methods? Just to be clear, you are saying that there are no extra performance/health benefits from doing it manually compared to letting a machine using Kcups do it for you?

Thank you very much for the reply and help, I really appreciate it!

u/lower_echelon_peon · 1 pointr/Coffee

I would prefer to steer away from drip machines (as they don't seem to have longevity)... I have this coffee grinder

u/sneezypanda · 1 pointr/Coffee

The smaller pours definitely sounds like the problem. It was the first time trying smaller pours and the difference was noticeable. I'm glad saying "dry" was enough! I took my first drink and felt like I had just trudged through the desert.

I put handground, but I am really using a cheap Mr. Coffee grinder I was gifted so that might not be accurate. But this time I was using a "medium" grind.

u/snutr · 1 pointr/food

What's your price range? When you say "brew decent coffee at school" I'm imagining you brewing regular drip coffee and not espresso. I'm also imagining that you're either going to be in a dorm room or you work in some department at school which means that an expensive one is not an option (what with theft and abuse etc.).

That being said, a burr grinder in that price range will work no better than a decent whirly blade. Trust me, I've tried a few of the low cost ones and they either break after 30 days (black and decker) or are difficult to clean which results in the coffee being irregularly ground anyway.

For work, I went to Target (a big box store) and bought one of these. It's cheap enough and does the job well. It has to be the most well intentioned whirly blade out there -- it times the grinding so the base won't heat up to evaporate the coffee oils and the hopper pops off so you don't have to make a mess pouring the coffee into the filter basket.

It also has these little scraper thingies that you move back and forth that will scrape the bottom of the hopper bowl so you won't have coffee stink finger from running your finger over the bottom to get the stuck on bits (it's also more hygienic that way).

If you have your heart stuck on a really good burr grinder (and it just has to be a burr grinder) less than $300 USD then go on ebay and buy a used Zassenhaus hand cranked grinder. That will work far better than any electric burr grinder under the $200 mark.

u/MeghanAM · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I love coffee, but I don't have a lot of accessories. I got a French Press and a grinder for my wedding, but unfortunately we broke the grinder. I'm planning to buy this one some day.

My work has a Keurig machine, so I am always in search of k-cups. There are seasonal pumpkin ones that I would quite possibly kill a man for.

I'd love to try an Aeropress! What are your thoughts?

u/UnbrandedContent · 1 pointr/Coffee

At home I use one of these:

I've worked in the coffee industry for a few years now, and this honestly isn't much different from what I use at work. Easier to take apart than my machines at work so clean time is ~5 minutes. Its nice to be able to turn the switch and letting it grind while I can go about and finish prepping the rest of the brewer. Highly recommend.

u/SpecialK47150 · 1 pointr/Coffee

Thanks for the heads up. Was just sticker shock I guess.

This is the model my friend recommended, thoughts?

u/Jackrabbitnw67 · 1 pointr/ImSavingUpForThis

I agree with this guy full heartedly. Another option would be to spend $100 on an electric bur grinder and get a siphon coffee brewer instead. Just as quick if not quicker, you'll make a way better pot of coffee, and you get to impress your friends with your snobbish coffee methods all at the same time.

Or get an aeropress which isn't as fancy but still makes a killer cup of coffee and lightning fast.

Also buy a scale.

Here's all the stuff I just mentioned:

u/thatguy11 · 1 pointr/AdviceAnimals

Try this little guy, quietest grinder I've used!

u/rogue780 · 1 pointr/Coffee
u/bdadokay · 1 pointr/Coffee

This one is good too Capresso 560.04 Infinity Conical Burr Grinder, Stainless Finish

u/CornerSolution · 1 pointr/reactiongifs

Thanks for the link, that was interesting. Had to search around a bit for the video to which they were referring, so here it is for anyone else who's interested.

Also, seriously, burr grinder is the way to go. I have two, an expensive one that I use for espresso (Rancilio Rocky), and a cheaper one that I use for French press (an older version of this Capresso Infinity). The Capresso grinder still runs upwards of $100, substantially more than blade grinders that go for as little as $15, but it's well worth it in my opinion.

u/loljetfuel · 1 pointr/personalfinance

If you're starting out, there are two sub-$100 grinders I consistently recommend:

  • The Bodum BISTRO (around $80)
  • The Capresso Infinity 560 ($80-120 depending on color and material desired)

    I tend to recommend the Capresso as my first choice. In part because it's not continuously adjustable (there are 16 discrete settings). Continuous adjustment is desirable for coffee geeks, but I've found it's often frustrating for people who just want a decent cup and/or only really use one or two brewing methods. YMMV, of course.
u/CannotTypeForShit · 1 pointr/Coffee
u/Crimms · 1 pointr/Coffee

The general consensus here seems to be to aim for a Gaggia machine as the absolute minimum. Preferably a Gaggia Classic (~$388).

I've heard people recommend the lower priced Gaggia New Baby (~$300) to try out espresso and to help decide whether "to get a real espresso machine".

A step up from that, the recommendation seems to be the Crossland CC1, but that's in the $600+ range.

To save some money, you might do better finding a used machine or see if they're on sale at different sites.

If you want to go cheaper than that, people have recommended the MyPressi ($170), but I have not seen that in stock anywhere recently. There's some buzz regarding the MiniPresso (Preorder at $39), but that won't be out until 2015. So there won't be any reviews regarding it for a while.

As for grinder, if you're looking for cheap, you might have to make do with a hand grinder, either Hario Skerton (~$35) or Mini (~$26) or Porlex (~$43). The cheapest acceptable electric grinder seems to be the Baratza Preciso at $300.

This is the information I've gathered anyway. I don't have any personal experience with an espresso machine, but I hope this helps. If you decide to go with something, post your experience and help some people out.

Personally, I'm thinking of saving up for the CC1 and Vario (~$1000) combo...

u/bkrassn · 1 pointr/vandwellers

Here is my coffee setup. My inverter is so large because I also use an induction cooktop. You could get a 1kw inverter. I got pure sine wave. Not sure if it is needed for coffee equipment, it is for the cooktop.

Bodum BRAZIL Coffee Maker, French Press Coffee Maker, Black, 34 Ounce (8 Cup)

Bodum 11452-01US BISTRO Water Kettle, Electric Water Kettle, Black, 34 Ounce

Bodum BISTRO Blade Grinder, Electric Blade Coffee Grinder, Black

Power TechON 2000W Pure Sine Wave Power Inverter 12V DC to 120V AC with 3 AC Outlets + 1 5V USB Port, Remote Switch and 2 Battery Cables (4000W Peak) PS1003

u/Stinky_McDoodooface · 1 pointr/vegan

For sure. I use this krupps grinder. It's the #1 seller on amazon, works like a boss. It can grind 2-3tbsp at a time. I think they sell it at stores like wal-mart, target, and dept stores.

I also had the bodum (bought it at whole foods for about $20) and it was great.

If you get a vitamix, I would recommend a refurbished model. I've bought 3 (2 for me and 1 for a friend) and they're all perfect, and like 5-6 years old. You can find discounts all the time, too, just search around for a code. Like this one. And FWIW, I bought mine for like $290 with some kind of code, and sold my previous model for like $250 on craigslist, so they hold their value really well. Basically upgraded from the old to the new model for $40!

Vitamix is definitely worth it. I waited a while to buy one because they were so expensive, but it's one of the few necessities in my kitchen now.

u/thelinkfixerbot · 1 pointr/thelinkfixerbot

Original Comment by cmattei


>I use either Caveman Coffee or Death Wish If I were you I'd absolutely invest in a burr grinder, the one I use is a little expensive but absolutely worth it.

u/blu3bird17 · 1 pointr/Coffee

I've had a problem with the button not working. I switched to this grinder:

I've had it since last Christmas and I like it so far. Though, I've ignored the cool down times that it recommends from time to time to do a 20 sec and 10 sec consecutively.

u/stuffedbuffalo67 · 1 pointr/Coffee

Would my Bodum Grinder be able to grind decent espresso for this machine or would I need to invest in a better grinder as well?

u/skittles15 · 1 pointr/Coffee

It could be that the shop uses grinds different than your espresso machine. This is why grinders need to be dialed in. Each machine is different, each portafilter is different etc... That grinder is doing you no favors. I had it for months and I tried everything just to make good pour over coffee. Grinds were from turkish to french press on a medium fine setting. I grabbed an encore and now I am more than happy. There are usually old espresso grinders on craigslist for cheap as well. I think the start of your problem is with the coffee grind.

Sometimes you can find these cheap as well

I just tried it at a friends house this past weekend and it delivered pretty well for a budget grinder.

u/candlepowerdiety · 1 pointr/espresso

I also use a ec155 for my intermittent espresso habit. I replaced the pressurized basket as well. I find that I get good results using the grinder linked below when coupled with good freshly roasted coffee. You may want to look for good used grinders on ebay, the one I use has gone up in price since I bought it. I'm also not convinced that the bodum gives a fine enough grind for really good espresso.

u/analglandjuice · 1 pointr/Coffee

This is my current V60 setup:

v60 dripper

Basic, but it's all I need!

u/fuser-invent · 1 pointr/Coffee

For me it would definitely be a grinder, personally I have a Bodum Bistro which I'm happy with. I just use a kettle that I think my wife might have had in college and has had ever since, my digital scale cost like $11 on Amazon and the pour over cone I use the most is a Melitta which I got for about $3 at Ace Hardware.

u/fetusloofah · 1 pointr/Coffee
u/cowholio4 · 1 pointr/Coffee

I had an $80 De'Longhi that I used for 3 years before upgrading to my Rancilio Silvia. It pulls a decent and consistent shot, I used it practically every day.

You can get one of the cheap grinders from Target. If you can afford it go for the Bodium Burr Grinder.

I have an aeropress but I liked the espresso from the cheap machine better. Especially for Iced Lattes :D

u/Roboman01 · 1 pointr/Coffee

Hey, thanks for the recommendation - I do ship worldwide, though the US postal service just doubled their base rates for international so shipping is gonna run $13.50ish on top of the bearing...

From what I've heard, the mini mill is better than the Skerton out of the box.

Now, if you CAN spring for electric, I'd recommend the Bodum Bistro as a solid, cheap entry-level burr grinder. Don't pay the current Amazon price for it though, they're often available for as low as $75 and the price fluctuates very often. I have one that I keep at my mom's house for when I'm back at home and it does a great job for pourover.

u/Xef · 1 pointr/Portland

I was using this for three years up until January when I finally decided I had to get an electric one. I'd like to try out the Sauvie Island coffee, though. That sounds like it would be close to me, but I'm not able to find Good Coffee in Beaverton on the Googles.

u/mindependentreality · 1 pointr/Coffee

Yeah, so I'm gathering. Qua "noob," I frankly think I'm going to skip the hand grinder and deal with the minor, hopefully lesser mess of a new electric burr grinder. This one looks pretty good. Any other thoughts on a not-crazy-expensive electric burr grinder? Thanks!

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u/sb8244 · 1 pointr/Coffee

If you are liking your bodum bistro, then upgrading to the conical burr version would be a nice upgrade I just ordered one tonight, so I can't give first hand experience, but I think it looks really solid.

u/ErrantWhimsy · 1 pointr/Coffee

Oh, sorry, I didn't realize that. It's the coffee grinder.

u/idlevoid · 1 pointr/Coffee

For a little more you can get the Bodum bistro grinder. I like it a lot.

u/techtied · 1 pointr/Coffee

I just bought the Delonghi EC702:

It's basically the same machine just a the steam wand is a little better. I have a Bodum Burr Grinder:

Works very nicely. However if i could have done it over again i would have bought the Baratza Maestro instead:

If you are looking to go cheap i would buy the Hario Mini Mill:

The Mini Mill is nice because it has a lid, unlike it's larger borther the Hario Skerton:

The Skerton is also a bit harder to hold and grind with (i've tried both). Since your basket will only hold about 12-13 grams you should be fine to use the mini mill.

u/chaynes89 · 1 pointr/Coffee

Here’s a good grinder for pour over:
Bodum Bistro Grinder

u/pugsandtwins · 1 pointr/IFParents

For coffee, have you considered grinding your own? My husband and I have different coffee preferences and grind our using this Bodum burr grinder.

I feel your pain about toys that don't get/can't be stored. We have blocks everywhere. They're not too big, there are just too many of them. Mega Blocks, Squigz, Tegu...but I don't mind too much because they don't light up or make sounds, and J and L are really into imaginative play with them.

Also, when we got our roof done last summer we had to take everything off the walls because of all the hammering and nails so plan to store everything during the process.

u/avidcritic · 1 pointr/Coffee

I have no grinder yet. I was considering the Bodum Bistro

u/Vinceisg0d · 1 pointr/Coffee


My SO has been using a Virtuoso, which seems to be the better (or at least more expensive) version of the Encore. Any big differences there?

Also, is there a step up or slightly step down, like this Bodum or is the Encore just the 'best-in-class' sort of thing.

u/redditor_84930284392 · 1 pointr/Coffee

So, after a lot of research, I finally picked up a Gaggia Classic from my local shop to get started with home espresso. I'm using good, recently roasted, freshly-ground beans when brewing and believe I'm operating the machine well (filtered water, enough warm up time, etc).

However, it seems every shot I brew comes out not... disgusting, but just very under-powered (missing that boldness you'd expect in any good shot). Also, it is consistently only taking about 7-10 seconds to fill up two side-by-side 1oz shot glasses when it appears it should take closer to 20-30 seconds.

I've been using a Bodum Bistro electric burr grinder, which has served me well making Chemex cups for a while now. It seems to produce fairly consistently sized grinds at the finest setting, and seems to be fine enough for espresso as well. Am I correct in thinking that the grinder (despite my actual knowledge of why this is the case) just won't cut it for espresso? Are there any variables I could tinker with to make decent espresso with this same grinder, or should I just bite the bullet and go for an upgrade?

FWIW, it seems that most other people doing home espresso have much nicer grinders than me, so maybe it's just the answer that I don't want to hear ;)

u/Foxtrot56 · 1 pointr/Coffee

About to get this:

Good choice right? Everyone seems to like it.

u/headless_inge · 1 pointr/goodyearwelt

I have a Bodum Bistro that I'm happy with (don't use it for espresso so I can't speak to that). The Baratza Encore is also highly recommended by people. This gear guide on r/coffee is really good.

u/rebelx · 1 pointr/Coffee

Thinking of picking up my first electric grinder (or any grinder, really).

I think I'll be picking up the Bodum Bistro.

Just want to make sure that this black one is the exact same one as thewhite one. The black one lists the MSRP and then the discounted price and is top rated. The white one, does not list the MSRP and only lists the current sale price and does not have amazon's top rated sticker. Just want to make sure the only difference is color!

This is my coffee machine. (Cuisineart DC3200 since I need the auto-brew feature).

u/anethma · 1 pointr/canada

This is the one I switched to recently.

Pricier for sure but not insane and has literally none of those issues. Grinds much nicer too.

Only issue I've had so far is a few grounds escape the container so you have to give the machine a quick wipe where the container sits every few grinds.

u/Gargan_Roo · 1 pointr/Coffee

This is the grinder I want

If you're going for super cheap but still consistent, you could always get a manual grinder.

Whatever you end up using, get one that uses burrs instead of blades.

No espresso advice though, I still use a French Press atm which only takes me like 10 mins from boiling the water to pouring the coffee with little actual work (I'm about to use a 60sec Keurig machine at work, so it's still luxury in comparison).

u/smokinDND · 1 pointr/funny

look I am not a coffee connoisseur, but for what I've heard unless you can taste the difference any coffee grinder could do the job for a french press, for an expresso you need a more finer grind, now if you're using expensive beans maybe I wouldn't use a cheap grinder. but maybe you could tell me if there is a big difference between these to the Baratza?



u/bputano · 1 pointr/Coffee

It sounds like you're busy, but willing to spend a little bit of time and money to feed your new addiction. This is a good place to start!

To consistently brew good strong coffee, follow these steps:

  1. Buy fresh coffee. Good roasters will put the roast date on the bag. Look for bags roasted within 1-2 weeks.
  2. If possible, purchase an electric burr grinder like the Baratza Encore or Bodum Bistro because fresh ground coffee is always going to taste better. If not, just ask the coffee shop to grind it for you.
  3. Buy a coffee maker certified by the SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America) like the Bonavita or Wilfa. These machines make sure you'll get a consistent brew.
  4. To make strong coffee, simply use more coffee per pot. The SCAA Golden Ratio is 55g of coffee (just over 3.5 tablespoons) for every liter of water. I would start with this ratio and adjust to your liking.
  5. That's it! Enjoy
u/fubes2000 · 1 pointr/Coffee

Given the attitude I've gotten from the baristas at Transcend [the one on 109th near UofA] I try to avoid the place if I can, plus they've only got the Hario Mini. One of the guys at my regular place [Elm Cafe] said they could get a Porlex along with the next shipment from 49th Parallel, but now that FED321CBA has alerted me to the deal on a Bodum Bistro on Amazon for $90 and free shipping that's got me interested. The grinder that I have to give back is an Antigua, so a next-gen model would be good.

u/DoctFaustus · 1 pointr/exmormon

My burr grinder cost me a lot more than the french press.
One nice thing about Denver and coffee. Water boils at a lower temperature. Just a few degrees above the maximum range for good coffee. So it's easy. Bring it to a boil, wait a moment for it to stop, and you're ready to pour. Those top few degrees drop really quickly. Especially if you have some good distance between the kettle and the carafe, which also helps mix it well. I grind my beans fresh every morning. The grinder is dialed in for size so I just smack a button.
I get my beans fresh from the roaster every two weeks. Coffee at the grocery store can already be a week or two old. It's just a failure of the freshness front. If my coffee doesn't give me good bloom, I just toss the rest of the beans. I think fresh beans trump any method of making coffee. I'd get a decent burr grinder before any fancy coffee maker.
I also drink it black.

u/CaptainQuebec · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife

No I mean, this link

u/reallifejerk · 1 pointr/Coffee

I've had an Encore for 2 years now and I love it.

There is a pretty good Bodum grinder that i've heard some great things about.

We stock Hario v60 grinders at work to sell retail, so i back those pretty hard as well!

Just take good care of your grinder, clean it regularly and it should last for years!

u/luopjiggy · 1 pointr/Coffee

Not sure why he has it listed as $180 bucks because it is almost always around $100 on amazon

with black being $109 and colors beeing $99

u/sevendots · 1 pointr/Coffee

<$300 grinder recommendations specifically for French Press?

The particle size distribution on my current Breville sucks. I've read lots of recommendations on the Baratza Encore but I don't know whether or not that's for large particle size. Some other recommendations specifically for French Press included Bodum Bistro and Breville Smart Grinder.

Can anyone chime in? Do people think I'm silly for getting such an expensive grinder for such a "dirty" process such as French Press?

u/romple · 1 pointr/Coffee

Can you commend on this?

Customer review/pics say it's not coarse enough for french press, and that some espresso beans clog the burr.

I kind of want to buy it at only $81 on amazon but the reviews have me a little worried.

u/scarlin · 1 pointr/Coffee

I'm seriously considering buying this one. Can you think of any reason I shouldn't?

u/Kirbyoung · 1 pointr/videos

The best cup of coffee I ever had was on a Saturday afternoon using beans that had been roasted on that Friday. I bought a bag, ground some myself and did a simple pour over.

To my taste, freshness is the most significant factor in making a good cup of coffee. I think using freshly roasted and ground beans in a Keurig or standard drip machine will still taste better than using old, pre-ground beans in a french press or pour over.

The first two things I would do are find a good local roaster and buy a grinder. This is the grinder I use though I bought it on sale and you'll get mixed reviews. Don't worry about all of the brewing options and accessories just yet.

u/wherediebeansat · 1 pointr/goodyearwelt

I bought this grinder almost 4 years ago and have been using it at least once daily, and its held up great. Made a huge difference in coffee quality. That grinder plus an Aeropress ($25) has been my set up for 4 years, and has never failed me.

Obviously, I could go for more complicated with the hobby, but my setup is cheap, fast and really easy to get amazing coffee everyday.

u/himynamesjeremy · 1 pointr/Coffee

IIRC the burrs are actually plastic coated? I could be totally wrong tho.

My old roommate had the slightly older version and the burrs would spin so fast that it would shoot the beans out of the hopper. I mean for the price sure, but if you're serious you'll want to upgrade in like 2 seconds.

Recommend checking out the Bodum Bistro here

u/Rickydxz · 1 pointr/Coffee

Do you know which is the main difference between the Breville Smart Grinder and the Breville Smart Pro

u/skyroket · 1 pointr/Coffee

We've had a great experience with our Breville Smart Grinder. I grind right into my portafilter, and my wife grinds right into a drip filter as she holds it there with her hand.

u/jocamero · 1 pointr/Coffee

I used to have Bodum's grinder and it's great as a entry level conical burr grinder. However, at it's finest setting it still wouldn't choke my espresso machine and had limited adjustments in the "espresso range". Not so great if you're trying to dial in the appropriate grind setting.

I recently upgraded to Breville's grinder and have been very happy with it. It has at least 10 notches (out of 25) that are usable for espresso and will easily choke my espresso machine at about 23/25.

u/StopStealingMyShit · 1 pointr/Coffee

I am talking about this one:

It's definitely not the best, but for $40, it does a pretty decent job and doesn't burn the grounds, which is the most important IMO

u/Kn0wmad1c · 1 pointr/Coffee

I have this one:

I got it at Target, on sale for $22. It's great for the price.

u/utopianfiat · 1 pointr/funny

3-Cup Chemex // Aerobie Aeropress

Mini Ceramic Conical Burr Mill // Electric Burr Grinder (Faster than manual, but inferior grind quality and life)

Immersion Water Boiler // 1 Liter Gooseneck Kettle

/r/Coffee — Join Us.

u/nolonger_superman · 1 pointr/Coffee

I'll probably get downvoted to oblivion for this, but I got this 5 years when I first started to REALLY get in to coffee. Now, it's far from the best, but for the price, it performs well. That said, I want to upgrade, but it just won't die. I've started to submerge it in water to clean it hoping I kill it, but nope, it still lives. My only complaint is that it can be static-y and grinds can cling to it making it somewhat messy at times.

u/ycmd · 1 pointr/Coffee

I had an Aeropress and wasn't a big fan of it. I returned it 2 or 3 days after buying it.

Right now i'm using a [Moka Pot] ( + Ikea Milk Frother + Mr. Coffee Burr Grinder

I would just buy pre-ground espresso (Lavazza/Bustelo/Illy) but I had the grinder already. Anyway, for the ~$50 i spent on all of this i feel like i get a pretty good latte out of it. If you do get a moka pot be aware that the "cups" refers to demitasse cups as in shots. So a 6 cup would be for 2 people and a 3 cup would be for 1 person

u/imail724 · 1 pointr/Coffee

Honestly, I don't see myself ever spending $100 on a grinder, even if I have money to blow, because I'm just not that much of an enthusiast (clearly). I had a cup of black, aeropress brewed coffee yesterday at my friend's house that was ground in this, and it was delicious in my opinion, so I guess my taste just isn't that refined. So really I've already decided on getting something cheap, even if it's crappy and won't last forever, I'm just looking for some tips on whats the best cheapo unit I can get. Like I've seen Hario thrown around a lot on this sub, so I'm wondering if that's the way to go or if there is a decent electric one for cheap.

u/Arsenault185 · 1 pointr/Coffee

Wallmart. Seriously, I got mine there. Otherwise, there's this.

For 35 bucks, it performs really well. I haven't tried it for a super fine grind, as I don't do espressos or anything, but I guess if you have espresso maker money, you have nice burr grinder money.

EDIT: Oh, forewarning, its LOUD. but thats what happens when you buy a cheap grinder, I guess.

u/superfunc · 1 pointr/Coffee

I'm learning to use my new v60. I was wondering if r/coffee could tell me how inconsistent this grind is and whether it's too small or too large.

edit: now that I'm at my computer. The grinder is a mr coffee, I believe its this one(

u/elementality22 · 1 pointr/rawdenim

Ok I'm looking into getting an electric grinder, what's the difference with a burr grinder specifically? I was thinking of cheaping out and getting this Krups one but I could extend that budget for this Mr. Coffee burr grinder if the quality is going to be much better.

u/JaehaerysConciliator · 1 pointr/Coffee

There is a Mr Coffee that’s $40 that I’ve had pretty decent results with. The noise is awful though. Probably not great for superior control of fines for espresso.

u/mrbrentoz · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Well, I've got a pretty nice set up at the house. I've got this burr grinder that can hold an entire bag of beans. I set it on coarse at the 6 cup mark for my french press. That's the typical way I make coffee. Sometimes, I will pour it over ice and add sweetened condensed milk for a modified vietnamese coffee. I found that /r/coffee has some good insites too.

u/philadendr0n · 1 pointr/Coffee

If you're not doing espresso, have a look at this automatic burr:

Yes, there are issues, but it's an automatic burr for $30. Also, Mr. Coffee's warranty service is pretty good. Mine failed in the first couple months, and they sent me out a brand new one that has been fine ever since.

u/nobody2008 · 1 pointr/Coffee

For me, fine grind and good beans made all the difference. As for espresso machine, I have been using older version of this machine for years. As for the grinder, I had to hack this Mr Coffee burr grinder to make it finer (a hack similar to this). If you don't want to mess with the machine, better to get a good grinder. As for the beans, I have tried a lot of things form Starbucks brand to 100% Kona coffee beans. So far, the best tasting ones were freshly roasted beans from a local coffee company (roasted 1-2 weeks before I purchase). If you have good fresh beans, finely ground, then I wouldn't worry about getting an expensive machine too much because they won't magically enhance the taste.

u/thymewizard · 1 pointr/Coffee

I'll keep that in mind. I ordered a cheap one with good reviews, can't remember the name now. I can edit when it arrives. It's not top of the line by any means, but it beats grinding by hand for 45 minutes to pull a shot.

EDIT: It's this one. An inexpensive one, not fantastic, but it has decent reviews. It's not a typical conical grinder, and some of the construction is plastic and seems less than sturdy. I'll have to see how it performs. Maybe when I get my next paycheck I can grab a refurb Maestro. Thanks for the tip!

u/lichtmlm · 1 pointr/Coffee

Thanks for the advice! I noticed those hand-operated grinders, are they consistent, and can you control how fine the grind is? I know Hario is a good brand, but I was looking at something like this:

Do you think this would be any good?

And yes, maybe I'll take some of it to the coffee shop to have them grind it.

As for coffee:water ratio, I'm still trying it out. There's a shop I went to that I liked a lot, and their ratio was 380/25. Not having a scale though, I'm just going with trial and error. The scoop I have is approx. 7g each scoop, so I'm just doing 3 of those, grinding it, and brewing it in a standard mug, which I fill to almost the top.

The more I'm looking into it though, the more I'm thinking it's gotta be the grind.

u/try_another4 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

My very favorite panda tea mug that I got at World Market last year. I use it for all my tea, and I am taking it to college with me, yay tea :)

The Burr Grinder I want to get when I have money to spend on that. For now, my coffee beans will be used in a spice grinder-pseudo coffee grinder. I hope the pepper taste gets drowned out by coffee essence...

Of all the silly nonsense, this is the stupidest tea party I've ever been to in all my life.

EDIT: Ginger Peach Tea

u/thed0000d · 1 pointr/Coffee

I got one of these and have been very happy with it.

u/NeonGreenTiger · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
u/xxharmxx · 1 pointr/Coffee

Great choices. My setup at home is the following and highly highly recommended. Also don’t forget to pick up the bleached white filters for your dripper, Grindz grinder cleaner, a brush for cleaning the grinder, and maybe some Third Wave Water. I also have a Zojirushi hot water pot with Third Wave Water in it so I can have shorter boiling times in the kettle.

u/adunedarkguard · 1 pointr/Coffee

Baratza Encore:

Hario scale/Timer:

Bonavita temp control gooseneck:

Then add a V60 or Chemex & Filters. $306 amazon cart.

If you don't mind spending more on the grinder, the Virtuoso is an upgrade from the Encore with better burrs, and a more solid build.

u/usaussie · 1 pointr/Coffee

Just to be sure, you're talking about these, right:



Right (ie: if i was to purchase today)?

u/QueenBeanCoffee · 1 pointr/Coffee

I love the Virtuso -- it is a bit pricy but extremely precise and well built. My home grinder, which has been used near daily for 5+ years is still operating perfectly

u/DustinDortch · 1 pointr/personalfinance

We burn up grinders in my house... ended up getting this thing and it is fantastic... it saved us some serious money so far on replacement grinders:

u/Nemothewhale87 · 1 pointr/homeautomation

This one: Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

It has an "always on" switch, so if I connect it to a wifi plug it should only turn on when the wifi switch is on. :)

u/chronos_filch · 1 pointr/Coffee

How much do you want to spend? I picked up a Barataza Encore about a year ago (same price, $130) and it was the best coffee related decision I've made.

u/Z3rdPro · 1 pointr/Coffee

Both of your methods described are known as blade grinding or a blade grinder. If do not want to make the investment, a blender will do fine. But search this subreddit for blade grinders and you'll learn they are not ideal, creating a wide range of inconsistent particle sizes.

For coffee, you want the coffee particles all about the same size, this makes brews consistent. In extraction rates and brew time.

It is commonly recommended to get a burr grinder, a good manual one, the hario mini is about $30 dollars. If that doesn't work, going up the ladder is to the nice electrics at about $99 to $140 the best in this range is the baratza encore, at about $140 or so. However, you can buy a refurbished for $99 dollars.

The baratza encore is much more convenient and consistent than the mini, but both of these are light years ahead in terms of consistency.

If you are dead set on the blade grinder, search up the pulse and shake method for a little better consistency.

They update this listing every Thursday.

u/smoothcam72 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This plus this plus this

u/brettlair · 1 pointr/Coffee

My first setup was with a French Press and that exact grinder. It was cool at first but the novelty of grinding beans by hand gets old when you just want to make a coffee. I ended up getting the Baratza Encore and it was well worth it.

Here's my set up minus the Chemex in case you decide to jump down the rabbit hole of coffee...

u/Ukkoclap · 1 pointr/Coffee

There's a few grinders I've found after searching but there's a big difference in price.

These 3 are the ones that are reasonably priced I could find.

Melitta Molino

Baratza Encore

Delonghi KG 520M

Porlex Hand Grinder

Personally the Melitta Molino or Porlex Hand Grinder looks the most attractive due the price and size. But the more important question is does it grind fine enough quality coffee suitable for espresso or is the espresso going to be as bad as a blade grinder that I currently have? Do the other 2 grind fine enough to produce good enough Espresso.

All of these grinders don't have an amazing rating on Amazon. I know this might seem a lil bit low to more enthusiasts espresso drinkers but my machine is pretty much an entree level espresso machine and I'm also a student looking to to slowly get better coffee gear. Right now I am looking to spend around 150 euro but preferably less. What are my best options?

u/sorasonline · 1 pointr/Coffee

>Additionally, the Encore is £140+ ($232), while the Bistro is about half that at about £85.

UK prices must be brutal, it's ~$100 cheaper if I order one. I have an Encore and I really like it as a grinder, but I have no experience with its viability as an espresso grinder. Reportedly, you may have to tweak the grinder for a finer grind (there's youtube videos, you need a screwdriver) if you want it to perform well on espresso.

I'd probably get a different grinder if the Encore were that much more expensive.

u/OneLegAtATime · 1 pointr/TheVeneration
  • Wake up at 6:30, an hour later than usual. I fell asleep in my jeans last night after half a bottle of wine, but it made this morning more convenient.
  • Hand grind a Burundi Mwaro Rusama I roasted last week. Grinder = porlex mini but saving up for the baratza encore. Stopped the roasting too early, so it's a bit too light for my tastes (fairly acidic as well), but live and learn, I guess.
  • chuck bicycle and leftover mac/cheese in the work van so I can bicycle home. Getting ready for a brutal week after some pretty bad screwups last week.
  • Writing all this out just made me realize I forgot my breakfast. Usually oatmeal with PB, golden raisins, walnuts, local honey, and cinnamon, but it can also be some sort of leftovers with fried eggs on top.
u/dlyosua · 1 pointr/coldbrew

[Baratza Encore] (

Family members love it and it has lasted for them. I'm doing aeropress as well so this works for me. If you are making your own espresso at home though I've read that you should go with their higher end model.

u/AMW1011 · 1 pointr/Coffee

For Chistmas I would like to upgrade my Father's coffee game. Currently he uses a cheap electric bean grinder and old french press (I think).

I know he is interested in a Chemex, and I've read that a good burl grinder is a big upgrade over electric grinders. Here is what I'm considering buying:

I assume I'm on the right path. My issue is that I do not know what type of beans to buy him. That part I'm completely lost on. He currently buys 8 o'clock beans, but I've no clue what to buy to expand his horizons.

u/shawnt1234 · 1 pointr/Coffee

Baratza Encore

Best bang for buck grinder.

u/MaXKiLLz · 1 pointr/Coffee

I’m using this scale to weigh 50 grams of beans.

I’m using this grinder set to 28.

I’m using this kettle to heat the water to 200 °F.

I add 800 grams of water to the ground coffee and follow the Hoffman method.

Comes out perfect every time.

u/1954StarDust · 1 pointr/Coffee
u/Symbolis · 1 pointr/starterpacks

Hmm. Not certain how I stack up, here.

I own a TV but can't even remember the last time it was actually turned on (even then, it wasn't used to watch television).

I don't like La Croix, occasionally sport a full beard, own a french press that I don't use (but do own and use a Chemex and a Baratza Encore), don't own a record player and my current reading is Malazan Book of the Fallen (no placeholders. That's what the wiki is for.)

Also? I posted this on reddit as if it fucking matters.

u/Whaaaooo · 1 pointr/Coffee

I have this one:

Their lower model, I'm not completely positive on the differences between the two, so I will let someone else comment in on that.

u/fish_fries6 · 1 pointr/Coffee

His french press, grinder, and kettle are certainly sufficient for what he's doing. There are certainly upgrades for the grinder (such as this) and the kettle (such as this), but for what he's doing, it's not likely to make much difference.

Others have suggested different brewing methods, which would be nice, but this depends on preference, of course. The Aeropress is probably the best option for someone looking to expand their horizons from the french press.

Given his equipment, the biggest difference is going to come from the beans. I personally have not tried coffee subscription services (such as Tonx), but it sounds like a really neat idea and I've heard generally positive things. Periodically, you get shipments of different kinds of coffee, so you can try new beans.

u/mixmastakooz · 1 pointr/Coffee

Wait...what is your budget? Are you willing to spend £150?? If so, we could probably put together a great beginners setup for your boyfriend.
I'm thinking:
And Baratza Encore but that's a little over 150. Instead of an Aeropress, a Clever would work, too, but you would also need #4 filters.

Actually, if you want to give him a lot of options for 150, you can get him the Aeropress (23), Clever (18), #4 filters (4), Hario Hand Burr Grinder (22), and a Mocha Pot (23) for a grand total of ~90 quid. I'd also add a .1 gram digital scale for 15 extra. So 105 for quite a good introductory setup for coffee (and I'm assuming you have a kettle for boiling water).

u/khube · 1 pointr/Coffee

Thanks a bunch for your response. Here's where I'm at:

I would only be making coffee for my wife and I- say 2 or 3 drinks in the morning, and used sparingly in the evening/night. What attracts me to the Gaggia is the speed at which heating/steaming is available as compared with the Silia.

As for a grinder, I've got the Baratza Encore. I know it's not a very expensive grinder, but it's got phenomenal reviews, and is said to be suprisingly good by Seattle coffee gear. Specifically with the Silvia (there's a video on youtube showing some grinds with a silvia)

Seeing as how I don't have an espresso maker to test the fine grinds, I have to take other's experience with its ability to grind that fine. However, I saw this on Wholelattelove. I really don't have a need for two grinders unless the first is incapable of espresso. From what I understand, it's perfectly capable though.

What do you think?

u/The_Real_JS · 1 pointr/Coffee

I don't have it, but the Baratza encore gets recommended a lot around here.

u/mikeTRON250LM · 1 pointr/Coffee

> I really want to learn to make good coffee at home so that my wife is happy to wake up in the morning. Plus, I'd like to save some money instead of going to Starbucks every morning. I don't personally like coffee (I wish I did. Closest I came to enjoying coffee was drinking a caramel brulée latte from Starbucks last Christmas) but I find the craft of it absolutely fascinating. And I'm really interested in learning to get my wife's perfect cup of coffee down to a science. (And if I learn to enjoy coffee, all the better)

So I started down this exact path about 8 or 9 years ago for my gal as well. I also had no interest in coffee but enjoyed the convergence of art & science.

Anyway the following is what I ended up with [and what I paid].

  • [$100 refurbished from the Baratza Store] Baratza Encore - Most people argue this is the best grinder for the money when the budget is tight
  • [$30] Aeropress - This is a great way to make a single cup of coffee
  • [$40 on sale] Bonavita BV382510V 1.7L Digital Variable Temperature Gooseneck Kettle - Awesome way to manage the temperature of the water for brewing
  • [$40 on sale] Hario V60 Drip Coffee Scale and Timer - very important to measure the weight of Water and Coffee PLUS extraction time

    You can be patient like I did and buy over time to get things on sale but after owning each item for multiple years now I can wholeheartedly recommend each component.

    All in a buddy was using a Keurig for the past few years and when it broke he reached out to me for the same thing. He bought everything but the scale (it was almost $70 when he was buying) and his wife is in LOVE with the setup. The neat thing is once you get the grinder and scale your options to multiple brewing methods opens up. Then with the water kettle you can then use it all for the Aeroporess, Kalita Wave, Chemex, V60, Clever Dripper (ETC) brewing methods.

    Anyway once you have good enough gear you can then start trying finding local roasters and different beans. We have tried a few local joints and just recently found a few beans roasted fresh that are substantially better than anything we were purchasing in grocery stores. Alternatively there are SO many online stores to try (and a biweekly friday thread on r/coffee for what beans people are currently trying).

    Compared to the $5+ a drink at starbucks we make great coffee at home for typically less than $1 a cup and it takes less than 5 minutes all in, including cleanup.
u/justanotherit · 1 pointr/sysadmin

I use Lavazza in the gold package. Tastes good and smells even better. I really want to upgrade to a espresso grinder, but for now I have found the pre ground packages at the local supermarket. They are vacuum sealed and cost around $5 in my area. I keep them in an airtight container, but they still only last about 1 week of max freshness. Get a good quality grinder if you are making espresso. Most reviews say they would rather use a $250 Grinder with a $100 machine than a $1000 machine and a $50 grinder.

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u/kaibeezy · 1 pointr/Scotland

ooh, here's a rabbit hole we can go down

i've had one of these for several years now, which is considered the go-to entry-level burr grinder by the crows - you'd think, "how much diff could it possibly make?" but it totally does

i used to sip on coffee machine coffee all day - but now i only use either a £3 hario pourover cone, 32g of coffee into a big insulated mug and i'm set for the day on one fantastic cup - or 32g into the aeropress, pressed into lightly foamed microwaved milk, and there's my perfect flat white - once you have the knack, it really doesn't take that long, and both are far better than anything at all but the coffeegeekiest shop

u/HenrysHouseOfCoffee · 1 pointr/Coffee

I'm not sure you're going to find a decent grinder for $100, much less 2 of them. The biggest cost are the burrs, and even if you find a used one, chances are the burrs will be dull. Try to save a little more and you can get a brand new Baratza Encore. It's a great entry level grinder. Here's a link:

Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

u/One_tym3 · 1 pointr/Coffee

That’s what I have. I dig it and I use the same methods you listed. I will admit it’s not very quiet but it is pretty quick. It doesn’t bother my girlfriend, it only takes a minute or so to grind about 20gs and it doesn’t take a ton of counter space I don’t really have much. I only had a mini mill for a hand grinder and I’m super thankful to not spend five minutes grinding beans. But just a consideration if you do decide against a hand one!

u/look_at_the_sun · 1 pointr/Coffee

To me, the easiest thing is pour over and the most important thing is consistent particle size. The more you spend on a grinder, the better it's going to be, and so this is where you want to spend the money. I'm going to give you a suggestion and it is super simple.

Get a Melitta pour over cone with filters - this should run you about $5. If you want to up that to about $11, you can get one with a glass carafe too. You can just search "Melitta" on amazon to see all the results. I know my local specialty food markets all stock just the filter cone for about $2, which is even cheaper than amazon (I think the cost to stock and ship a $2 plastic cone makes the price go up).

Then, a grinder; get a Baratza Encore and some good, whole-bean, freshly roasted coffee. Grind right before brewing, dump an appropriate amount of grounds into a filter in the cone, and use a kettle to pour water over it until your cup is full. Here's a promo video I found showing how ridiculously easy it is.

Now, if you ever want to get into it, you can easily upgrade with more money / time but you'll already be mostly there by having a great grinder. You can do stuff like:

  • Get a scale to measure the exact amount of coffee and water you're using - this helps ensure consistency and allows you to change variables, such as grind size, and keep everything else the same to dial in your brew
  • Get a more technical pour over cone, to play with extraction and getting more out of the coffee
  • Get a kettle with a swan neck, to make an extremely precise pour possible
  • Get a thermometer, to measure your water temperature

    Additionally, if you decide you want to do another, more fussy brew method, you could always pick up a french press, aeropress, etc. You'll already have a great grinder so you can just jump into anything.
u/d-4-dave · 1 pointr/Coffee

I'm currently looking to upgrade to either a Hario mini mill or a Baratza Encore.

u/CoAX · 1 pointr/espresso

I live in NYC. There are many awesome espresso places here and probably more concentration of roasters than in most other parts of the US(?). However I can't find anything smaller than 12 oz bags.

Here is my setup:

u/6745408 · 1 pointr/Coffee

For the money, why not get a Baratza Encore or another electric grinder? Manual grinders aren't bad --- but if you're a morning coffee person, it might not start you off on the right foot.

u/anteedum · 1 pointr/personalfinance

Invest in a good grinder like a Baratza Encore and start brewing at home. I'll usually order my beans from a roaster buts recently I've been brewing Starbucks Pike Roast (same coffee they have on uni.) and its actually a good cup.

edit: Also forgot, check out /r/coffee to find out more on brewing and everything.

u/dcorrigan50 · 1 pointr/Coffee
u/Wintersun__ · 1 pointr/Coffee

Is an Encore ( enough for an Aeropress? I never do anything else except really coarse for cold brew during the summer. Otherwise, I use the aeropress 360 days of the year, probably. I say that a Virtuoso was a step-up, but it seems like it might be over-kill for my needs?

u/Picrophile · 1 pointr/cigars

Well this is gonna get kinda long and will only scratch the surface but I'll break down the pros and cons of some of the most popular entry-level gear in as un-confusing of a way as I can. First up, let's look at grinders.

First off, you want a burr grinder, particularly a conical burr grinder because those blender-y blade grinders they sell at wal-mart for $5 don't get any kind of a consistent grind. Varying sizes in a grind means varying levels of extraction in the cup and that means off flavors. Because burr grinders are more expensive, hand crank conical burr grinders are commonly recommended to beginners because of their lower price point compared to similar quality electrics. They're cheap and work well but do have some drawbacks beyond the extra effort involved in grinding. First, most of them don't have actual grind settings and you adjust the grind size by twisting a wheel until it looks as fine/coarse as you want it to. If you use different brew methods and switch grind size a lot, this can be a bit of a pain. Second, most hand grinders aren't ideal for french press because of the way the burrs are stabilized; they'll give fantastic fine/medium grinds but the coarse grind is a tad inconsistent. That said, I use a hand grinder for french press all the time and am relatively happy with the results. A few common ones are:

The Hario Skerton. I personally have one and love it. As I said, not perfect for french press but it's a durable daily driver that never lets me down and can do an espresso grind damn near as well as a $300 baratza

The hario mini is essentially the same grinder in a different, smaller package. Perfect for travel

The porlex JP-30 is a tad more expensive but has grind settings that, while unmarked, do "click" into place making adjusting grind coarseness a bit easier

If you wanted to go the electric route, I've seen refurbished Baratza encore grinders for around $100. This will give you a mediocre espresso grind but a perfect and much easier drip and french press grind

Next up: preparation methods

French presses use a metal mesh filter, which gives you all of the oils in the cup and lets a tiny bit of really fine coffee solids through, which gives the cup a rich, full-bodied, velvety character They're also very easy to use as there's pretty much one accepted way to brew in them. And here's Philly's own Todd Carmichael demonstrating it. As far as which one to buy, they're all pretty much the same: a glass tube with a stick in it and some mesh on the end of the stick. I like my sterlingpro a lot but the bodum chambord is hugely popular and looks just as nice. Even a cheapo will do the job just as well, though, even if it doesn't look as nice.

pourovers do essentially the same thing as a drip coffee machine just with a lot more input from you, which is good because all but the most ludicrously expensive drip machines are very inconsistent and don't work as well as just doing it your own damn self. With a pourover, you're going to use a kettle or measuring cup with a spout to pour the water over the grounds in a set amount of time (3-4 minutes depending on the grind size) and usually in a very specific manner. Because these use a paper filter, there are no oils or insoluble solids in the cup so the coffee is clearer, tastes cleaner and usually a bit brighter than french press coffee. Popular models include the Hario v60 which is one of the more finicky models. If you decide on one of these, be sure to use a gooseneck kettle like Mr. Carmichael was using in the french press video above. Slightly more forgiving are the kalita wave and the melitta both of which would work fine with a normal kettle so long as it has some type of pour spout. If you want something with very thick filters, so as to produce a very clear cup, and also looks very nice, the chemex is a beautiful thing that produces great coffee, has a built-in carafe, and can make more than one cup at a time. Really more of a replacement for a large-volume drip machine than most pourovers.

The Aeropress is an absurdly popular, extremely versatile, and very well priced coffee brewer which is essentially a huge syringe with a paper filter instead of a needle. There's a thousand recipes online with different ways to use it, all of which produce a different cup.

Also worth noting is that you may want a kettle with temperature control, coffee should be brewed at 195-205F, so knowing what temp your water is helps reduce a lot of the headaches of cooling off boiled water for a vague amount of time. This bonavita is a little on the pricey side but has temp control and a gooseneck, which is always useful

u/hxntr · 1 pointr/Coffee

That's a really great deal. Purchase that and if you're not on a super tight budget grab a grinder like the Baratza Encore or something similar. If you are on a tight budget then grinder wise you could pick up a Hario Skerton for cheap and most people will recommend you this scale as it's very affordable and very accurate. Also has the option to plug into the wall so you're not burning through batteries all the time but I would recommend just picking up a set of rechargeable batteries.

u/james_strange · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife

You can't wash it in the sink, but cleaning it with the brush it comes with once w week is all you need, and takes may be 5 minutes. It grinds fine and coarse well, is built to last, and is built to be serviceable. Best entry level electric bur grinder for the money.

u/Mrcaptainpants · 1 pointr/Coffee

I agree - you'd be better off with a cheaper single boiler machine (Quickmill has two single boiler PID machines with an E61 group. I have the Alexia and it's fantastic). You'll want/NEED to spend a lot more on your grinder than the one you posted. The grinder is always going to be the weak point in your system, and you'd do yourself a massive disservice getting a sub-par burr grinder.

Take a look at these, which are generally well-reviewed "entry" points into good grinders:

u/coheed9867 · 1 pointr/Coffee

Breville BCG820BSSXL The Smart Grinder Pro Coffee Bean Grinder, Brushed Stainless Steel

Metal basket in my drip machine

u/Vystril · 1 pointr/Coffee

Right at the $200 mark I really love my Breville Smart Grinder Pro.

u/kingcaz67 · 1 pointr/Coffee

Check the smart grinder pro. Breville doesn't get a lot of love on this sub, primarily due to reliability concerns. I can't speak to that specifically, I've only had mine for 6 months. But it's one of the few grinders (so I've read) that works reasonably well across a wide range of grind sizes.

It's definitely more consistent at the finer settings, but I use mine for espresso, v60, and auto drip. I used to use it for FP, but I don't use my FP much anymore. Since I got my feld2 I mostly use it for espresso and large autodrip quantities.

A lot of people will suggest a separate grinder for coffee vs espresso to keep each dialed in without going back and forth. I haven't found that to be necessary with this grinder, it's stepped so you can return to each setting. For espresso, the step size is adequate, but certainly could benefit from a finer resolution. One tip if you go down this route is you set the upper bur to 10 (default is 6). This will give you more range on the coarse end and still allow espresso grinds.

Here is a thread a posted a while back that shows some grind comparisons between SGP and feld2.

Overall I'm happy with the SGP as my first real grinder. If and when it fails (or i succumb to upgradeitis), I may look at baratza (vario) or others.

u/Furtwangler · 1 pointr/espresso

I bought the Infuser espresso machine and the breville grinder

Total of about 600 or so after a coupon I used at Seattle Coffee Gear (local here)

Have had it for about a month now, and no complaints. I had a delonghi EC155 for a year and the grinder + infuser feels like an actual espresso setup. I figure I'll end up spending a good 1-1.5k after I outgrow this setup in a few years but it's a nice stepping stone.

u/pictorialturn · 1 pointr/espresso

I saw another user bought this, which seems nice and not out of my price range. Do you have a rec?

u/cjbest · 1 pointr/KingstonOntario

The Bay or Best Buy has Breville. May have to buy online. We got ours at HomeOutfitters, which is The Bay. I wouldn't bother with other brands.

Try to find this model, but at a better price.

u/w3woody · 1 pointr/AskAnAmerican

Used to have a Kurig, so insert pod into machine, press button, throw pod away.

But I hated how expensive and wasteful the pods were, so I traded in for a Ninja coffee maker, which has the nice property that you can dial in the amount of coffee you want it to make.

Me, I do a single 14 ounce container in the morning: three scoops of coffee in a #4 paper cone ground in a coffee grinder using coffee from these guys. The Ninja coffee is fundamentally a drip coffee maker, but it does some weird thing controlling the amount of water it pours over the beans, so the result is fairly good.

One teaspoon sugar and a squeeze (about a tablespoon) of sweetened condensed milk, because fuck it, I like my coffee sweet--I'm no purist.

Toss grinds (in a #4 paper cone) away, drink coffee until desire to murder people randomly goes away.

I also like the fact that by drinking their coffee, I'm helping an order of Carmelite Monks in Wisconsin.


Oh, and "instant coffee" is the work of Satan.

Which, really, doesn't bother me that much. Some of the stuff attributed to Satan can be pretty cool. But "instant coffee" is just the work of Satan when he was feeling depressed and sad.

u/hi_planes_drifter · 1 pointr/Coffee

This ones worked out ok for me

KRUPS GX5000 Burr Coffee Grinder, Electric Coffee Grinder with Grind Size and Cup Selection, 7 Ounce, Black

u/BeerEngineers · 1 pointr/Coffee

It's a burr grinder although a cheap one: thanks for the suggestions on those beginner machines I will look into them

u/jgalt1234 · 1 pointr/Coffee

I use a lower end electric burr grinder. Something like, maybe slightly better. Do you think it's time to invest in something more expensive if I want to continue exploring lighter roasts? Also thanks for the website suggestion, I'll check it out.

u/telefunkenU-47 · 1 pointr/videos

[It was this one](OXO Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

Not sure what issues you had but this one grinds better, makes less mess, makes less noise, holds more beans, makes much better coffee than our last burr grinder. Can't remember what kind so I don't want to guess and bash the wrong company but it was a real piece of shit lol

u/terkistan · 1 pointr/Coffee

Encore for $139 is a good recommendation people have made. For reduced static electricity design and coarse grind I'd also recommend Oxo's burr grinder. Normally $99 Amazon has it for Black Friday for $79, and if dissatisfied Amazon will let you return it. I've made several French Press coffees using this unit and it was a nice, uneventful, fairly quiet experience.

u/ongakuka · 0 pointsr/Coffee

The grinders in question, with Amazon links and ratings:

u/ConstipatedNinja · 0 pointsr/Coffee

I disagree with the other poster. I'd suggest getting a good enough grinder and blow as much on the espresso machine as possible. Every extra dollar you can drop on the espresso machine will pay off (at least in tiers). I'd suggest holding on for another $100 in the budget so you can drop $450 on the espresso machine and drop the other $50 on a cheap burr grinder that you can upgrade later on in your adventures.

For super-cheap but well worth the money, I'd actually suggest the Mr. Coffee automatic burr grinder. I produces a surprisingly consistent grind for a meager $40.

For an intermediate option, the Capresso 560.01 Infinity conical burr grinder at a fair $80 is your best bet. It will produce a greatly consistent grind without overly heating the beans and last a long time.

u/HorlogerieNYC · 0 pointsr/Coffee

Ya, i also copped a Capresso which seems to be highly rated and is under 100. threw all my Amzn points at the purchase and out the door for like $300 :D

u/reguser1 · 0 pointsr/Coffee

Bodum is a good beginner brand. I've had mixed results with some of their products, but the French press is solid. I would not recommend the basic coffee grinder as it does not produce uniform grounds. Their pourover is pretty good if you use a filter in addition to the metal one. If you're set on going with Bodum, check out your local Marshalls or HomeGoods. They always have Bodum coffee products for sale for cheaper than retail.

u/djplummer · 0 pointsr/Coffee

What about these two?
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u/Dollymixx · 0 pointsr/Coffee

I have the Oster Burr Grinder and it's not life changing but it's better than a blade grinder :)

u/drelekai · 0 pointsr/espresso

It may be below your budget, but I've been very happy with a Rancilio Rocky for espresso. I love that it can grind a single dose at a time, because I make 2-4 shots total on a typical day.

It's weighty and won't move around, and the grind settings are adequate.

u/pr0grammer · 0 pointsr/Coffee

You can get a pretty good hand grinder for $25, or a basic electric burr grinder for just over $30.

Neither are anywhere near top quality, but both will be a massive upgrade in grind quality over the blade grinder you're looking at, and are totally worth the extra few dollars. Grind consistency is extremely important for the flavor because a really inconsistent grind (which is unavoidable with a blade grinder) makes an even extraction all but impossible -- which will guarantee you some bitter and/or sour flavors that you'd otherwise be able to avoid.

(Edit: Literally five minutes after I posted, the burr grinder jumped to ~$40...)

u/Kaneshadow · -1 pointsr/Coffee

Wha? Really?

This is my grinder

Screwing in the hopper moves the static blade closer or further from the rotor. For french press I don't even set it past 50%. No idea why a grinder would have such a narrow range that you couldn't do both.

u/bilalhouri · -1 pointsr/Coffee

I wouldn't recommend it as a cheap way mainly because it's good to invest in quality gear instead of paying for the thing twice. My 2 recommendations would be Pour Over and French Press, both relatively cheap to start and maintain. You also need a burr grinder. Estimated cost for the full decent setup $80~$100 $50

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u/gabeasorus · -1 pointsr/Coffee

Grinding in store is the likely culprit.

Most folks here will recommend purchasing something like this entry level grinder and then grind for each cup.

Also, do you know when the beans were roasted? Once roasted, you got about a 2 week window for optimal flavor. Still drinkable after 2 weeks but flavor will start to drastically taper off.

u/GuyoFromOhio · -2 pointsr/Coffee

For around $50 this is a good option:

Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill

I've used it for a few years now and it's great. It has a slight issue with static in the container causing some of the coffee dust to clump up but it's really not that big of a deal.

u/johnnywatts · -3 pointsr/Coffee

$90 seems steep for something that essentially crushes stuff. What do you think about the Cuisinart DBM-8? Nearly half the price. What could go wrong with getting a cheaper grinder?

I think at this point I'll invest in a burr grinder like you say, and then couple it with the Filtron/Hario Mizuwhatever for cold brewing. I like the idea of investing time just once a week to make the coffee. I do it with food already anyway.

Also, your number at the end may be off... $20/hour is equivalent to $44,800 a year. Did you mean $20 a week?

u/NekoIan · -5 pointsr/Coffee

You can get a good grinder under $200.


u/rebelbaserec · -5 pointsr/Coffee

Mr. Coffee Automatic Burr Mill Grinder - $40 This is a decent burr grinder. I would use this if you want to freshly grind your coffee and use a typical drip machine. I have no experience with it as an espresso grinder and I would not recommend using it with a french press.

u/AliceESummers · -7 pointsr/Coffee

Whatever. My $40 Cuisinart grinder is the shit. Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill