Is this grinder truly incapable of grinding fine enough for espresso? My wife purchased one from an online discount retailer who will not accept returns once the item was used. I have had to drastically overfill the portafilter on my Gaggia Color and tamp with nearly my body weight to reach twenty seconds of brew time. Any advice would be appreciated.
If I just using the grinder for drip coffee would this be a good grinder? Additionally, would you be able to recommend a combination package that includes a coffee maker and grinder for 300 to 400 dollars?
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I need mid-priced grinder for espresso, coffe, and Press. Thougths
Can you tell me if this burr grinder (or possibly another) would be good for my needs? I'm looking for a quality product and something that won't break the bank. I primarily use a Technivorm Moccamaster and occasionally a french press. I prefer rather dark and oily beans as well (I've heard these can be problematic with some grinders).
Am trying to find the best quality Burr grinder on the market for $150. Will this Cuisinart fit that bill? Other suggestions?
I've been using a Solis Maestro for 7-1/2 years - bought it from WLL. I've never been able to get it to grind as finely as I'd like - shots run out too fast even with a firm tamp. And for many of the beans I use (home-roasted Sweetmarias.com) I have to use a soda stray to encourage them to get into the burrs. Now it's started gumming up below the burrs. I can probably take it out to the garage and get it cleaned out using compressed air, but maybe it's time for a new grinder. How, in your opinion, does the Cuisinart CBM-18 compare to the Maestro for durability, ease of use, and fineness of grind?
What are the functional differences between this and the Gaggia MDF that warrant a factor of three in price? [One comment: the length of the warranty period here is three times that of the Gaggia...]
Will the grind be fine enough for a Gaggia Classic espresso machine? I have the model under this one and it will not grind fine enough.