osel wrote:Looking into manuals, and wherever I poke Pharos and feldgrinds are sold out, Helor appears to be readily available online from their own store. Taste-wise how does it compare to electrics? What price range electrics are comparable to Helor in the cup?
Another manual I see a lot is Rok, how does that compare in quality? I saw a clip on youtube of it being compared to a $500 Vario and holding its own just fine.
Signed up on Pharos waiting list.. I'm guessing sometime before I die I may hear from them. Meanwhile what are my other good manual options?
much appreciate any and all advice!
You should post a WTB (willing to buy) thread in the buy/sell forum asking if anyone would be willing to sell their Pharos. I purchased a Pharos a few months back by simply asking if anyone wanted to sell. A week after posting I received Pharos #376 (updated with every mod and update OE released; so almost exactly like the ones being sold now) for a heck of a price, $165 including shipping. I also received 7-8 other offers from members willing to sell their Pharos. Some were stock, at least 3 had the voodoodaddy mods, and all were asking a fair price. Worth a shot if you indeed want a Pharos.
FWIW I love my Pharos and it suits my limited home barista needs better than any other grinder out there, manual or electric.