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May 1, 2014 11:17 AM

Grinder recommendations for drip coffee

So my parents' keurig just broke after a year of use, but they were lucky enough to get a refund. I saw this as an opportunity to improve their coffee. Knowing them, they wouldn't like to use a gooseneck kettle (they would probably refuse to believe slow pouring will make the coffee better), so I got them a Clever Coffee Dripper as there is no pouring technique involved. I want to take it one step further and get them a grinder for freshly ground coffee. Any recommendations?

Should I go manual or electric? Many suggest to get the best grinder you can afford but I believe this advice is mostly for espresso drinkers. They dont drink espresso nor do they have an espresso machine, so a uniform, fine espresso grind from a $1000 grinder is unnecessary. So far, im thinking of buying the Orphan Espresso Lido 2 manual grinder which is $175. Any other recommendations? I would like to keep this under $300.

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  1. I would meet them in the middle and get them something very simple and straight forward, and not that expensive, as the convince of a Keurig to fresh grinding can be a long step.

    I have a lower end Cuisinart grinder from BB&B or similar (Christmas gift from a couple years back) probably was about $40. If they use it and like it, then you could upgrade them in a couple years when it wears out, but if they don't, at least you won't have spent too much.

    1. If you can get a Rocky Rancilio for under $300 I'd suggest that. That's what I use, and for that price point it is great. I have the doserless model.

      1. I use a Cuisinart. The container holds about a half pound of beans. I have used the same grinder without trouble for a little under 3 years.

        1. My daughter gifted me a simple Bodum burr grinder in a lovely red color last Christmas.

          I'd used blade grinders for ~years~. The Bodum works fine for me combined with my French press every morning.

          I would think it would depend on what "kind" of coffee drinkers your parents are. I know I just need to slurp down a cup or two (with cream) every morning. Taste be damned. I just need the caffeine!

          1. For drip coffee? Have them grind it at the store they buy beans. All kidding aside those large bun store grinders will give a better grind for this use than many expensive grinders and will put any whirly blade grinder to shame.
            Plus- You can't beat the price! ;)
            If you really insist on buying a grinder then buy one with some versatility. The stand out for me in that category is a Baratza Preciso. I'd suggest looking directly at the Baratza web site for refurbs.