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Suggestions for better than Dualit

Postby scatorish » Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:00 am

I am looking for a grinder for my non-espresso needs, ranging from fp to a moka pot (don't have an espresso machine). Done a bit of reading, seems the Dualit/Solis is the minimum recommended. However, I am willing to spend a bit more to get a better cup, how much more I am not yet sure. Is it worth spending more?

I was looking at the MC2, but apparently it is a real pain to change grind. So I think I need a doserless stepped grinder? The world of proper grinders is a bit new to me, seems all the discussion is about espresso grinders. What would be a step (or two) up from the Dualit for brewed coffee?
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RE: Suggestions for better than Dualit

Postby dr.chris » Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:09 am

The MC2 has a worm drive that can take dozens of turns to produce much difference at all. The main advantage of the Dualit for what you want is that its a stepped drive - One turn of the knob takes you from very coarse to what passes for its espresso setting.

Everyone bangs on (rightly) about the need for quality of grind with espresso - Grinding fine is more expensive - I dont know how important it will be for brewing methods that need a wider particle size distribution or if you'd even notice the difference from the dualit to something else.
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RE: Suggestions for better than Dualit

Postby CakeBoy » Tue Jan 26, 2010 11:06 am


We use a Dualit for brewed coffee because it is clearly stepped and fairly portable. The MC2 is definately not the sort of grinder to make huge changes on for espresso to brewed and back.
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Postby al_bongo » Fri Jan 29, 2010 8:38 am

I bought a Solis Maestro plus as a "step up" from the Dualit. It seems to go coarser but I wouldn't say it was significantly better over all than it's little brother the Dualit.

In my opinion there is no significant step up from the Dualit/Maestro plus other than a used commercial Ditting or Mahlkoeing Guatemala. The Mahlkoenig Vario might be an option, I suppose. I've not used one, but based on my reading I don't think it has the narrow range of particle size distribution of a good commercial grinder.
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