takeshi wrote:It's really up to you to determine if it's worth it to you just as it would be on any topic as worth is a very subjective matter. If you're happy with what you're getting now then it may not be worth it to you.
That said, there is a lot of room for possible improvement from the Solis Maestro and what you're happy with is going to depend on your experience. I was happy with a blade grinder and a Krups espresso machine way back when I had no experience with better lattes. Get out and try lattes and cappucinos from good coffee shops to see what's possible and to help you decide if a better grinder is worth it to you.
This statement is really not helpful. How am I to know what is making the "good" espresso-based drinks at decent coffee shapes taste good??? Is it the coffee? The experience of the barista? The grinder? The espresso machine?? I was hoping to get some actual advice! I want to know how much the result is influenced by the switch from what I thought (at the time) was a decent grinder, to something better. All else being equal.
takeshi wrote:This doesn't really mean much. There's much more to grinder performance than just how fine it can grind.
Like what? I mean, I've been spending a few days reading here so I assume you mean things like the consistency of the grind, timed or weighed doses, durability, etc. But since I have no experience with these other grinders, or tasted the difference in my own kitchen, I was hoping for a little more detail than "there is more to it."
though my spouse would never use it
takeshi wrote:How important is this? You state this and later on mention that you'd rather get a hand grinder. It would help to have a prioritized list of what you need/want from a new grinder.
Its not important. I will use whatever grinder I get. My wife can have the Solis which she says "is just fine"
takeshi wrote:$600 or so should get you into the range of some more durable electric grinders that should also be a bit less noisy.