This place amazes me sometimes. You want sweet syrupy chocolately blue-bottle style shots for your lattes and people here have you buying a hand grinder and a lever machine!
My opinion, I would never want a hand grinder. You have enough loot that you can easily get a motor to do that work for you. Sure, you wont be able to buy the zero-retetion, single dosing grinder of someone else's dreams, but that is not really what you need to acheive your stated goal.
Do you want something that you can futz with and tinker with and tweak endlessly? Do you want something that can bring out the delicate origion flavors of today's trendiest barely roasted beans that all your frends will call sour? Or do you wanna walk up to a machine that is preheated, tare your portafilter on a scale, put it in your grinder push the double dose button, have it grind 20g into the portafilter, check it on the scale, tamp, lock, load and pull the chocolate bomb shot?
My advice, you are on the west coast. Call Clive Coffee and have a long conversation with them about your goals, needs and means. I don't work for them and I haven't bought from them, but I have heard that they go to great lengths to make sure that their customers get what they need to acheive their goals. Spend a bunch of time on the phone with them and make sure you are honest with your goals.
Barring that, i would aso not get the Lux D. It doesn't seem to have a timed grind feature. That is the thing that lets you set how long the grinder runs to get a single or doulbe dose in your portafilter.
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