Grinder(s) for single-cup cafe brewing

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Grinder(s) for single-cup cafe brewing

Postby taylormork on Mon Nov 14, 2011 5:55 am

Anybody out there use multiple grinders for your cafe setup that requires different grind levels? For example, at our shop customers can chose between brews on french press, aeropress and a few different types of drippers....all requiring different grind particle sizes. Obviously most grinders allow for changing the grind setting quite easily, but when things get busy and when there are so many different grind levels used throughout the day, we've been considering using multiple smaller grinders with each set to a different level, instead of one central grinder.

Do smaller grinders such as the Baratzas have enough power and consistency for a cafe setting?

For those (most) using just one grinder and changing the level throughout the day, which do you find ideal (in terms of size of machine and acceptable particle consistency....oh, and cost) for a single-cup brew setting i.e. grind volumes rarely exceeding 32 grams?
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Re: Grinder(s) for single-cup cafe brewing

Postby ryanknapp on Sun Nov 27, 2011 3:23 pm


I would suggest either the Baratza Vario-W. It is a new model with built in scale. We have been using it on our cafe brew bar and really love it. Baratza has offered a lot of support.

Where it has been most helpful is not having to pre-wiegh coffee ahead of time and being able to use the same coffee in one grinder so you are not needing to constantly flush the grinder. We brew 100+ cups a day and it keeps up with us.
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Re: Grinder(s) for single-cup cafe brewing

Postby Jim Saborio on Fri Jan 06, 2012 8:16 pm

I am a bit mystified by this. I was talking to someone a month or so ago and he was using an identical set-up in the shop where he worked.

Baratza was offering a lot of help too... to the tune of one replacement grinder a week. I'm not sure how this level of breakage / malfunction would be acceptable. I'd hate for people to read the previous post and not be made aware of this.

Perhaps I misunderstood the guy, but I don't think I did.

...aaannndd the Starbucks down the street just got a Clover
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