coffee-nerd wrote:Is the Obel Bregant a good grinder? Could have one for 200 Dollars.
My experience with Obel grinders this that they're the bottom of the light commercial options. I've has a La Pavoni Zip and the really angular one that I think is actual Obel branded. They are OK. The older ones what show up cheep are stepped pretty wide and the dose is plastic-y. Some variations, like the ZIP, have cylindrical exit chutes, which I guess might make sweeping the chute easier and cleaner? At $100-$200 used they are better for espresso than a Baratza Encore for the same price, but there are lots of other light commercial grinders that are much better.
-OK, that sounds a little harsh and probably undersells their potential...if you can adjust your technique to compensate for the wide steps by letting your dose float within your basket/machine's functional dose range you can get good espresso with one of these. Obviously a darker roast will be more forgiving. I find such grinders take well to the over dosed tight ristretto.