Lets talk about COFFEE

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  1. b1os

    b1os Senior member

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    Both together will do the job. ;)
    You don't want a consistent coarse grind that lets your espressi splatter out in a matter of seconds.

    Graef CM80 or Demoka M203 come to mind as entry level mills. I'm very happy with my Mahlkönig Vario II which I got for quite "cheap" as a bundle with my Silvia.
     
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    I'm not sure if it's necessary, but they have put a lot of other nice features into that machine.

    Anyway, +1 on getting a good grinder for espresso. People tend to spend way more on the coffee-making machine than the grinder, when the grinder can make a much bigger difference.

    I got this in the mail today:

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    Well, again, unless you don't use it professionally, I think a grinder for 100-200€ (like the two I just named) will definitely do the job. Other than that, it's mostly noise reduction, ceramic "grinder" and some fancy stuff like timer(s). Also more compact design, resulting in less space for old coffee grinds to settle (the Vario II has, I think, about 2g of ground coffee, which is pretty good -- some have like 5g).

    As to boilers -- unless you drink cappuccinos en masse, you won't even need a heat exchanger. But dual boiler is a complete overkill for any purpose with just one brewing group. Don't you think so?
    As far as I can tell, the Brevilla Dual Boiler just has all the gimmick stuff included. You can always upgrade a Silvia with a PID, pre infusion thingy (both of which aren't a must for any beginner, but probably actually unproductive), and you can use a simple timer switch. ;)
     
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    While the modified Rancilios may work fine, they look like someone's science project. The Breville has everything integrated and designed in from the factory, and is supported by the factory warranty. I think that's probably the biggest advantage. It also sounds like they really looked at the enthusiast market and gave them all the features they asked for, and that's never a bad thing.
     
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    And that's what it is.
     
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    I think the point is that most people don't need to modify a Rancilio in the first place. I can't get over a perception issue that I have with Breville - they make small electrics - they don't specialize in espresso.
     
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    yes but almost any burr grinder can grind to a fine coarseness sufficient for espresso - this isn't turkish coffee.

    anyone have experience with the mazzer mini? I'm thinking of upgrading from my Rocky.
     
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    Which, again, is what I've tried to say. Maybe I'm just expressing myself in a weird manner.
     
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    this is stupid. just because they dont specialize in espresso doesnt mean the machine they make is bad. also it appears you are bashing a product you've never even used. the breville double boiler has great reviews and having used it in person I honestly would love to have one.
     
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    yeah but consistency in grind size isnt universal in all burr grinders
     
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    I didn't bash anything - I said it's a perception issue that I have.



    exactly - which is why I stressed the importance of consistency above :fistbump:
     
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    It seems weird that on the one hand you want a Nespresso machine where you absolutely don't have to do anything at all and on the other hand a machine with all the gimmick stuff out there that allows you to enormously personalize your machine. :p
     
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    :p. they both have their pros and cons
     
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    No pain, no gain.
     
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    nah. i disagree. i dont always have time to fiddle with everything
     

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