expired Breville Smart Grinder Pro BCG820BSS $159.20 + $9 Delivery (or Free Pickup) @ Bing Lee eBay

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Fantastic price for the best entry level grinder out there.

If you make coffee at home, and you currently don’t grind fresh, buy this now.

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    I lived with a coffee machine and used preground coffee and barely notice no difference, except the machine is a lot quieter in the morning without the high pitched whirr of the grinder. Grinder is more convenient for filling the hopper I guess.

    • +3 votes

      When you switched from preground to grinding did you also switch from a pressurised basket to a single wall basket? Did you also grind fresh per dose? Which grinder did you use? Which coffee machine?

      If you ground fresh into a single walked basket with a decent grinder and dosed, distributed and tamped properly then pulled a shot from a decent machine and still couldn't taste the difference then I don't know if I envy you or pity you.

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        I went to the coffee bean shop in the market and asked for whatever looked good, I think I asked for them to use the number 4 setting because I read that's what the machine likes or something. I'd do it every week so the fist day I'd be drinking one day old coffee and by the end I'd be drinking like 8 day old coffee. The Breville one with the grinder attached that everyone seems to like. When loading the preground coffee I'd still tamper it and stuff, only difference is I used preground instead of the machine. And in a way the bags my coffee beans were being grinded into were probably a lot cleaner than the grinder which the housemates never cleaned.

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          I bought the breville grinder and dual boiler espresso machine. When I first got them I went to the market and bought some beans but couldn't get great coffee out of them, despite trying a ton of grind settings. As an alternative I bought some local roaster's beans instead and it was night and day difference. Pulling wonderful rich shots.

          From my experience I think the beans I was getting at the market were really stale, being exposed to light and air rapidly accelerated the process too.

          I suggest trying some beans that you know the roast date of and have been stored properly. Seeing if you can get a noticeable difference.

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      I guess the question is whether they were both equally good or equally bad in your case. Hard to know as it's subjective but the odds are with bad as freshly ground coffee would produce a much better crema than 8 day old grind.

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      I notice a big difference between coffee that's ground on demand and coffee that's ground in advance. Freshly ground (as in, right at the point you will use it) is brighter and doesn't have a stale flavour. But even whole beans get old, so freshly grinding old coffee will still taste stale.

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    I make my coffees at home using an Aeropress and hand grinder, but I've been thinking about getting an electric grinder to make things a bit easier.

    Is this overkill for my needs? Or would it be a worthwhile upgrade?

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      In my opinion, i start every morning by using this grinder and it makes making a coffee so quick and easy.
      improves the process 10 fold. if you have the cash.
      go for it. I've been using it for 2 years now and its paid for itself in time saving and quality of coffee.

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      A Mahlkonig Vario is overkill, Smart Grinder is exactly what you want.

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        Agreed.

        Although, depending on your hand grinder, this may be a step down in grind quality. But I think the convenience makes up for it.

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          I've got the Porlex Tall hand grinder.

          The convenience factor is extremely appealing. Might have to pull the trigger!

          EDIT: Bought it :)

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