wookie wrote:you want me to spend how much on a coffee grinder? $200 isn't cheap, but that is what it takes.
That is ridiculous... Simply absurd. A better starting point would be to double that!
Seriously, I have participated in numerous threads that go something like this:
OP writes: "I want to make espresso at home. I am tired of spending $4.85 at the local XXXX coffee shop every day. I have budgeted $350 for an espresso machine..."
My first response:
"Do you already have a grinder? Does that price include the grinder?"
Reply to that is either:
"That includes everything. It's all I have to spend and I need all the other stuff too like the pitcher and a tamper thingy ad stuff."
- or -
"I already have a grinder that I paid $45 for, so that should be fine for now."
There are variations to that journey's theme, but they all end at the same destination.
Next, I ask them,"What is more important to you: The quality of the coffee you will make, or does it HAVE to be espresso?" I explain that a Baratza Grinder and an Espro Press can make what would probably be the best coffee they have ever tasted (if fed good beans), and the investment in the quality grinder will pay off alter when they can afford a good machine.
More than once they have replied that it has to be espresso... At that point I usually find something else to do.
It is nearly impossible to convince a person taking a stand on that platform that what they spent on a grinder is what a set of grinder burrs cost.. or a little more than double that for the grinder I have. Even when you point out that the $4.85/day is over $1000 a year for working days. More if it is truly every day, they can't see themselves spending $400 on a machine that "just grinds coffee."
We do what we can do.