russel wrote:you're spending most of your money on "quality in the cup" that you're not going to get when making coffee in such a casual way.
exactly indicates that the OP is brewing casually? Low volume doesn't indicate low attention paid to each cup's quality or wanting anything but the best for those one or two cups. For that matter there's ways to tweak more quality from your brew (Melodrip or other time intensive methods, custom water for each and every coffee, etc) that would be completely non-viable for anywhere with any kind of volume. Is this just more of the Home-Barista dismissive attitude toward brewing where only quality espresso is a worthwhile goal?
If you do actually care about quality, then there's nothing
that matches the EK for less money than the EK
. Not like it stands alone as the best grinder, there's grinders that can go toe to toe like R120s or Kafatek Maxs (and I do believe the tungsten 80mm matches up as well), but you're paying substantially more than you would for an EK with those. Personally, I care about brew quality as much if not more than espresso, and I wouldn't be ok with knowing there's something better I could get but don't have as anything but a temporary measure as I work toward the best.