First off, as this is my first post on HB, I thought it necessary to express how grateful I am for the wealth of information on this site. It's been a source of great learning and inspiration as I figure out how to bring great espresso into my home. So thank you all for making this place what it is!
After a few years of using my Expobar Office & Breville Smart Grinder (I know, I know...), I've finally saved up enough money (~ $1000 budget) to get a good espresso grinder. In my research, I've come to understand that a major choice one needs to make when selecting a grinder for espresso is the choice between flat burrs & conicals. My impression of flat burr grinders is that they tend to highlight bass notes (chocolates, nutty, etc.), and that conicals tend to have better flavor separation and highlight brighter, origin-specific notes. Flat burrs also seem to be more difficult to dial-in, and the conicals seem to have better consistency (that is, there is less dialing-in required from day-to-day, and less adjustments needed when switching blends). When dialed-in properly, however, the "quality" (however that is defined) seems to be roughly equivalent for the two classes.
Rather than opening up yet another "which is better" comparison between flats and conicals, I'm looking for some specific feedback on your experiences with these grinder classes:
1) How well do conicals bring out bass notes, e.g. chocolates?
I actually tend to prefer the "comfort" shots, as opposed to the super-bright, fruity ones. All the comparisons I've seen between flats & conicals would lead me to think that a flat burr would do a better job in this regard, but I've never actually heard of how well conicals perform in pulling chocolate and caramel-heavy shots.
2) How many extra shots in a day do you use to dial in a flat burr grinder, as opposed to a conical?
I keep hearing that the titan conicals are more "consistent," but I'd like a better understanding of what people mean by that. Should I be expecting to waste 3-4 shots at the beginning of a day dialing in a flat, whereas I might only be needing to do it once with a conical?
If it helps, here are some of my preferences: I generally enjoy chocolate-nutty-comfort shots the most, but I home-roast and would still like to experiment with making my own blends and trying out SO on occasion. I'd typically be making 3-4 drinks a day. Mornings are kind of rough for me, so I'd love it if I didn't have a fussy grinder to deal with.
Oh, and I'm not married, so WAF & counter space aren't an issue