Hello all! I am wanting to grind my own beans. I’m looking for a grinder that can give consistently coarse grind. I’ve been searching CHOW, epinions, coffeegeek and amazon. It doesn’t seem like any of the Burr grinders (at least any 200 or under) make everyone happy!
Check out the refurbished Baratza Maestro, Maestro Plus and Virtuoso grinders available direct from Baratza at http://www.baratza.com/
They all perform very well for French press grinding, with the Virtuoso the best of the three. All are very easy to clean and are backed by warranty and great customer service. You can get the Maestro from them for $67, the Virtuoso for $143. I have the Virtuoso and really like it. Grinds beautifully and not very noisy either.
My concern about all the grinders available is that they are geared toward grinding large quantities of beans. If I’m putting at most 4 tablespoons of beans in for my morning cup, burr grinders with large hoppers just don’t make sense. First, you can’t really store the beans in the hopper and get a precise amount out at such small quantities. The burr grinder I had years ago (bought from Peet’s–forget the brand) eventually broke; my husband thinks it had something to do with processing such small quantities of beans. Why isn’t anyone making burr grinders for individuals making a single cup? It seems a manual grinder must be the way to go for small quantities brewed in a french press, no?
I’m looking for FP grinder as well, but manual not electric. Thanks.
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