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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.


            1. I just recently got a Breville Smart Grinder for $160 (w/Bed, Bath and Beyond coupon) and it's super nice. Almost no static and if you want it holds half lb. of coffee. You can grind straight into the Melitta #4 filter the Clever uses. It's what I use much of the time as well. We have an electric drip pot which we use when we have guests or, occasionally on the weekend. I must disagree with the poster who suggested that they buy pre-ground at a coffee store.

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              1. re: debbypo

                I had a Breville and simply can't suggest them.


                Again I really suggest buying whole bean coffee and grinding at the store for AD but if forced to suggest a grinder it would surely be a Baratza. You might want to consider a Baratza encore. The price is right, it's still a conical burr grinder and you can buy a lot of Coffee with that left over $170! ;)

                1. re: TraderJoe

                  Coffee starts to loses its aroma and flavor profile the second its ground, hence why its often recommended to grind right before brewing. Sure a commercial grinder would be better but theres no point if the coffee is going to sit for a week before brewing. Even after 15 minutes, the flavor has drastically changed.
                  A Decent Grind that is freshly ground>A Great Grind that has already Staled. Most seem to find that stale coffee just tastes worse than one that is badly ground.

                  1. re: GOJIRA

                    They are not very likely going to notice any change in flavor profile after several days let alone 15 minutes after coming from K-cups. The only way most will ever see a change that dramatic is if you start roasting your own beans.
                    It's not that I disagree that grinding at home can improve quality to some degree but I doubt the majority of AD drinkers would ever find $150-300 of difference. Keep an eye on the Baratza refurbs and you should be able to score a burr grinder for $100 ish with a full warranty.

                    1. re: TraderJoe

                      Actually, if the beans you get were roasted within 2 weeks, you will see a difference. The coffee shop by us roasts their beans on premises so this isn't an issue. We can get them really fresh and at a rate of 1 1/4 lbs of coffee per week, the coffee will be gone before their quality is affected.

                      They did not like the taste of k-cups. It was an impulse buy. They preferred coffee from places like Joes or Stumptown here in nyc.

              2. I like both the Baratza and the Rancillio suggestions. Baratza Maestro is well priced, and pretty easy to use. Definitely second the earlier recommendation to seek out a reconditioned model.
                What sort of coffee drinkers are your parents? Do they want to bother with grinding? My parents wouldn't, but I would, and my kids are adults, too.

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                1. re: KarenDW

                  Yeah, the Maestro seems to be the most popular entry level grinder.

                  I dont think they would mind grinding.They've been complaining about the taste of coffee lately, about how it doesn't compare to what they can get in a good coffee shop. The Keurig was an impulse buy and they've since regretted it. I think they would be open to anything that would improve the taste of their coffee.

                2. http://www.sweetmarias.com/sweetmaria...

                  I agree with Sweet Maria's here - if you're doing mostly drip then you don't necessarily need the most precise grind. And if your parents are new to the ritual, perhaps it's also best to start cheap and revisit later it their needs aren't being met.

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                  1. re: deglazer

                    I was going to post exactly the same link but you beat me to it.

                    I have a burr grinder for when I use my French press but just use a blade grinder when I use the Clever Drip.

                    Not mentioned also in that link, since the Clever Drip allows you to control steep time, preciseness of grind is even less of an issue.

                    I agree also with your last thought.