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Coffee Grinders

I'm in search of a non-static laden burr coffee grinder. I've had a couple of fairly decent grinders over the last few years (a Capresso and a Starbucks model which is my current one). The Starbucks model, especially, does a lovely job grinding the beans and I like the settings and ability to alter them easily. What I hate is the static that results in coffee grounds ending up everywhere.

Does anyone have a burr grinder that doesn't suffer from static cling? The kitchen aid pro grinder maybe? Its got a glass hopper, maybe that'd help.

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  1. All of them seem to have plastic parts these days; I have never seen one that is static free.

    1. Rancilio Rocky.

      Have been using for 6 years -- no static.

      Also comes in a doserless version. It's also grounded.

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      1. re: a priori

        I second the Rancilio Rocky. For the money it's really hard to beat. Also mentioned above the doserless version is very nice for those people grinding for coffee other than espresso.

        A cheaper alternative could be the Baratza Virtuoso. For step up in quality (and price) I would recommend the MACAP or the ubiquitous Mazzer.

        I hear a lot of people complaining about how bad their home espresso is and generally speaking I hear most blame their steam toy, but in many cases the grind is bad. Sometimes you have to spend a little to reach that level where you get consistent results from your gear.

        1. re: fini

          What is an MACAP?

          I have a Baratza/Solis Maestro Plus and I'm really happy with it. It appears not to have any static.

          Backstory: I had a blade grinder and was perfectly happy with it for years. Like, almost 20 years (a first joint household gift for DH). It finally crapped out and I bought another whirly - a Capresso, I think. It sucked ass and I took it back, dumbfounded that a grinder could suck so much. It was staticky and the engine smelled and sounded like it was going to break when I used it just enough to grind enough for a single shot. I got another blade grinder, determined not to spend big bucks on the thing when I'd been so content for so long with our plain cheapie one. The next one sucked even more - same weak engine and an *explosion* of staticky espresso grounds.

          Although I had been determined not to be upscale about it, I realized I did not have the patience for these cheap pieces of junk - made not one tenth as well as my 20th century one (go ahead, roll your eyes - I am!). I discovered I was going to have to Spend Money. I decied I could deal with low three figures and researched the hell out of it - Baratza/Solis appears to be the best value out there.

          1. re: Mawrter

            MACAP is -- from what I've seen -- almost identical to a Mazzer. I have a Mazzer Mini, which I love, but I find myself still wondering whether or not I should have bought a MACAP.

            For a review, including pros and cons, of several different grinders, check out http://www.home-barista.com/feature-s...

            1. re: Mawrter

              HA! Of course now that I said I had no static, guess what I have?

              Yes, static. :/

              I attributed it to the new bag of coffee beans that I just started - Equal Exchange Organic Coffee French Roast. Good coffee, in one of those metallic bags.

              Now here's what is weird: when I first noticed I was getting the static from the new beans, I assumed it was because of the metallic bag. But the bag I just used up was the same kind of bag - AND those beans had been in the freezer (which, according to folks on this thread, increases static)! So, go figure!

        2. Anyone tried the Kitchen Aid burr grinder (the one that looks vaguely like a horrible accident between a mixer and an hourglass)? I remember lusting after that device, but my wife knocked some sense into me and we got a fairly crappy Krups burr grinder. Which sucks, but does grind the beans the same consistency every time.

          Anyways, any experiences with the Kitchen-Aid? I think it was the Pro-Line or some such.

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          1. re: ttriche

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            Unfortunately I hate coffee (gotta have Pepsi) but I did look over KitchenAid Online Store and did see the contraption you mention. However it states- "Sorry, the item you are looking for is not available." -for some whatever reason. Of course any information from them is lacking on the other details. (Grind settings, etc...)

            They do have a KitchenAid Coffee Mills that closer resembles a bubble gum machine that is probably $60-70 cheaper than that Pro Line model that may be left on the shelves of other retailers.

            http://www.shopkitchenaid.com/product...

             
            1. re: ttriche

              I have the Kitchen Aid grinder -- it has worked okay for two years, but just started to jam recently. Best grinder I ever used was a Braun burr grinder. Silly me, I bought the Kitchen Aid because I liked the color!

            2. I wish that I could say something nice about most of Kitchen Aid's ProLine gear, but it's really not that great. Especially once you consider the cost!!!

              Funny that a Krups Burr Grinder got brought up. When I first ventured into the world of coffee I bought a $50 Krups Burr Grinder (thinking I was spending some serious change on some professional gear :-) ). It wasn't that the grinder was bad (it certainly wasn't good), it could get the job done for drip and courses grinds but my god, the noise that thing made could only be likened to a wood chipper. You couldn't turn that thing on without waking the neighborhood.

              As for the MACAP grinders, they are another Italian built commercial grinder that could easily be compared in quality to Mazzer grinders. They actually make a doserless model that I have been eyeballing for some months now.

              Just remember when you are shopping for your next grinder that there are no cheap good grinders and that low-speed grinders are what you want. They keep the grind temperature down, minimalize static and the grind itself consistent.

              1. The Capresso Infinty is a conical burr grinder that's grounded and has little to no static issue. I can go fine enough to choke my espresso machine and coarse enough for press pot with a wide range in between. It'll run you around $115-130.

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                1. re: ascherer

                  Agreed! We've had no static with the Capresso Infinity, and the range of grinds fits everything we need (espresso, drip) and more...

                  1. re: ducky

                    That looks cool. I may have to look into that. Even my wife is getting sick of the violent smacking that I have to perform in order to get the Krups to feed properly these days.

                    (omits snarky comment about ill-behaved kitchen help)

                2. Have had a $250 burr grinder from Pasquini for 15 years that's still working great.

                  But after Christmas at Costco this Cuisinart Model # DBM-8 caught my eye
                  for $25 (on sale from $29.95) and I bought it. They probably don't have it at Costco anymore.

                  Does a very good job of grinding- holds 1 1/2 pounds of beans, setting for auto grinding for 4-18 cups with automatic shut off and plastic no mess removeable hopper.

                  http://www.cuisinart.com/catalog/prod...

                  1. I just purchased a Starbucks burr grinder open box for 50. It is very good, even for $125. The grind is very even and I don't experience any real frustrations with the static. It looks good and it doesn't take up too much space, but also isn't so heavy/bulky to make keeping it in the cupboard a nusciance. Negatives: all plastic, noisy, kinda slow... nothing unexpected in that price range.

                    1. I'd burned through the motors (literally) of four or five of the standard (Braun/Krups etc. ) sub-$100 burr grinders, by making about 6 cups of regular drip a day, with occasional espresso grinds, over the last 10 or 15 years. Seemed absurd, and I was reduced to dreaming of a way to rig burr-wheels and a hopper to a Craftsman 3/8 electric drill!

                      Finally got myself a Maestro-Plus, now sold by Baratza. Doesn't sound like a chain-saw, doesn't static-blast (sort of the OPPOSITE of static cling, really) grounds all over, mostly, I believe, because of the lower burr speed. Requires a certain amount of regular cleaning ritual, but still a comparative pleasure to own, at around $150.

                      I considered the kitchen-aid, but I'd not heard wonderful things about it, it weighs about a TON, and so would tend to stay on the counter, rather than getting put away, and I'm just not into 50's kitchen gear nostalgia.

                      r gould-saltman

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                      1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

                        We have the KitchenAid Burr grinder. And allthough possibly overpriced it is an awesome grinder as long as you can live with a doserless one.
                        It is extremly consistent in it's grinding, doesn't sound that much and is static free.
                        You do however need to clean it out at least once as month as it needs to stay fairly clean.