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Apr 1, 2010 05:53 AM

Coffee Hounds advice please? Need recommendations for a home coffee grinder in Toronto.

I burn out one grinder per year at least. My last was a Bodum C-Mil..
I grind 1/3 cup of beans once or twice a day, 365.

I use a Chemex drip brewer.

any recommendations for a durable grinder that is not huge?
I grind fresh each brew.
I live in toronto so a local store would be nice.

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  1. Hey,

    I have a ceramic hand grinder from Darkhorse (Japanese made, ~20 dollars). I can grind 2-3 cups of coffee in a couple of minutes.

    I realize this may not be your thing, but it is the cheapest solution to getting a quality burr grind.

    1. I have a Cuisinart model DBM-8, their cheapest burr grinder which does 1/2 cup per day, every day [unless I have to be out by 7AM - too early to futz with the French Press].

      I've had it for 6 years & no problems except once in awhile, depending on the type of beans used, the outlet gets plugged up & I have to clean out the port - 2 seconds with your finger or chopstick.

      It is used for French Press style so it is set on coarse. Once in a blue moon, I use it for espresso & set it for fine.

      I think the price was $50USD or so at some big-box store. I'm sure that you can get a better deal on the web.

      1. I am not familiar with the Chemex Drop Brewer, so I'm not sure how fussy it is over the grind.

        A good spot for a lot of grinders is Green Beanery (Bloor and Bathurst or

        I only brew espresso using a Rancilio Silvia and a Rancilio Rocky grinder It's an awesome grinder and priced accordingly. Do a google search, and you will see the praise for this machine. I use it every day, and it has been flawless with 2 years of ownership.

        I've known other serious coffee fans that recommend Macap and Mazzer grinders, but you're talking serious coin for these machines.

        Good luck.

        Green Beanery
        565 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S, CA

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        1. re: Derksen

          The Chemex needs a good, fine drip grind, so the espresso capability of the Rocky is not required. Greenbeanery has the Baratza Virtuoso which I bought, just over $200, and use for drip every morning. It is flawless for my purposes. There are cheaper Baratza's, with less power, at $150.
          The burrs can be replaced for about $20, and this is a good feature on Italian grinders, as they will wear out in 5 or 6 years.
          Greenbeanery has an excellent technician in their King St. west location, bringing machines up to spec. for minimal cost, or on warranty.

        2. Has anybody bought a Krups burr grinder? They price around 80 dollars.
          Are they crappy or reliable? Thanks to all the replise.
          The Chemex brewer is a glass hour glass shaped carafe, and simple filter paper folded into 4. Swish to wash. Doesn't get any sweeter :)

          Thanks for your help. Checking out the greenbeanery now too.

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          1. re: Idas

            I don't know about the burr model, but we had a no-frills Krups coffee grinder (I don't think we paid more than 10 or 15 bucks for it) that lasted about 25 years before it gave up the ghost a year or so ago and we had to replace it. We would generally grind about 1/3 to 1/2 cup of beans per day for our morning cup of coffee for two of us, and it never failed us. The burr looks BIG. If you grind coffee regularly, you get to know exactly how long it takes to get the consistency you want, so not sure why you would want to spend so much on a grinder for this reason.

          2. As I understand it, it's important to have a 'burr' type grinder if you want the best cup of coffee. I bought a'Starbucks Barista Burr Grinder' for about $125 about 7 years ago which still works great (and it has a nice sleek look). It grinds enough coffee for up to 10 cups.

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            1. re: Flexitarian

              Nice, but what do they offer now?

              1. re: jayt90

                Here is what they have, and it is reasonable, a good buy