Grinder Buying Guide – Part 2 of 3

8 04 2011

Gail introduces us to the world of coffee grinders. Part 2 includes general information plus reviews of the Rancilio Rocky Doser & Doserless and Baratza Vario burr grinders. Part 1 of 3: http://www.youtube.com Part 3 of 3: http://www.youtube.com

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8 04 2011
enthusiasticcab6

I can’t live a day with my cup of coffee! I got some good blend tips at coffeeloverstipsandtricks (.) com

8 04 2011
SeattleCoffeeGear

@ninouvita1 If you search for ‘Preciso’ in the navigation bar search box, it will come up (I can’t post links in comments). It’s $299 right now. Let me know if you need more assistance – Kat

8 04 2011
ninouvita1

@SeattleCoffeeGear
Thanks Kat. I could not find the Preciso in your website. Do you have it available? How much is it? Take care…

8 04 2011
SeattleCoffeeGear

@ninouvita1 The Rocky’s flat burrs grind a little bit more consistently than the Virtuosos; also, it’s built with more commercial components so is likely to last longer. If you’re looking for a step in between these two, check out the new Virtuoso Preciso which was just released and has been performing well so far. – Kat

8 04 2011
ninouvita1

Thanks Kat for your very informative videos. I got a Saeco Aroma and a non-pressurize portafiller from you last year… I am a cappuccino freak, just ask my wife 🙂 Now, I am looking to get a grinder. Could you please let me know why should I get Rocky doserless instead of a Virtuoso? In other words what I will get for another $150 by getting the Rocky? Please advice. Take care…

8 04 2011
SeattleCoffeeGear

@eeshew I think the Vario – Kat

8 04 2011
eeshew

All other factors aside, which grinder would you say produces the highest quality grind? The Rocky or the Vario? Thanks.

8 04 2011
SeattleCoffeeGear

@exc123 It’s not better by most people’s standards; some folks worry it’s a failure point. We haven’t seen that on this model yet, though. – Kat

8 04 2011
exc123

Why is belt drive better

8 04 2011
SeattleCoffeeGear

@harshgriev We haven’t tested this, it’s not ideal for any high capacity commercial applications, however, and it can heat up with extended use. – Kat

8 04 2011
SeattleCoffeeGear

@bigbooktim1 Yeah – especially dark/oily roast beans, we see this often. – Kat

8 04 2011
bigbooktim1

On the rocky the beans get stuck in grinder

8 04 2011
harshgriev

Can Rocky grind a 250g-bean in a single run? Or is it best to give it some time-breaks in between? Thanks – Levi

8 04 2011
SeattleCoffeeGear

@Diffrentjamsith I think the Silvia is probably best in that class, as far as price/performance/longevity. – Kat

8 04 2011
Diffrentjamsith

@SeattleCoffeeGear I might just go with a Rocky for Espresso, but, should I buy a Francis Francis X7 or Gaggia Baby Doser or Gaggia Baby Twin or Rancilio Silvia??
I live in norway so price is not important in this matter because in dollars i’ll probably pay more or less…

8 04 2011
SeattleCoffeeGear

@Diffrentjamsith I would go with at least the Baratza Virtuoso; for drip or press pot coffee, the Baratza Maestro is an excellent choice, but will not go fine enough for espresso. The Virtuoso would cover both basis. Or, depending on your budget, you could get into the Baratza Vario ($450) or Rancilio Rocky ($350-ish) that would cover both brew methods as well. Let me know if you need more clarification – Kat

8 04 2011
Diffrentjamsith

Ok, so I’m really confused now. If I want an espresso machine grinder what type of grinder should I buy? What about coffee for drip coffee(filter machine drip thing coffee

8 04 2011
SeattleCoffeeGear

This is true – you have to have it on when you’re making the grind finer because you need to make sure you don’t get beans caught between the burrs. But this is true for all grinders, it’s just a bit more of a PIA with the Rocky doserless because you do need to be an octopus to pull it off. – Kat

8 04 2011
SeattleCoffeeGear

I would get at least the Baratza Virtuoso; if you do get a grinder, you will notice a significant improvement in your shot quality over the pre-ground that you’re using now. – Kat

8 04 2011
fodera6

Love your vids! Was considering the Rocky but found a killer combo package where I can get a better one for not much more. With the Rocky’s, isn’t it advised that you only change settings while the machine is on? One of the complaints I hear about them is the fact that you have to essentially have to have three hands to do it: one to hold down the power, one to hold down the adjuster button and one to rotate the hopper. Some folks have changed the power button so that it stays on. Any thoughts?

8 04 2011
opilus

Hey Kat, i have a gaggia baby espresso machine and i was wondering if there was a particular grinder you’d reccomend i get to go with it? ive been using pre-ground illy coffee up until now, will a grinder offer much of a difference in terms of the quality of espresso i get? Any help would be great 😀 thanks

8 04 2011
SeattleCoffeeGear

Anytime! – Kat 🙂

8 04 2011
mademoisellechoko

Ok , thank you for all the great info.

8 04 2011
SeattleCoffeeGear

Hi there! No, we are unable to ship for free to Canada and since these are manufactured outside of the US they can sometimes have pretty hefty duties. If you can find it locally, it would probably be worth it 🙂 – Kat

8 04 2011
mademoisellechoko

Do you ship for free in Canada ? You convinced me to invest in a good quality grinder : )




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