Lance Hedrick on Grinders Under $300 [VIDEO]

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Jeff
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#1: Post by Jeff »

I'm hesitant to publish this as I haven't ordered one myself (FOMO), but Lance Hedrick looks at some flat-burr grinders (and burrs for them) that sound like they've got a solid place for budgets below a DF64 and SSP burrs.

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#2: Post by PortentPorpoise »

That Urbanic 070s has got me interested.

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#3: Post by PIXIllate »

Jeff wrote:I'm hesitant to publish this as I haven't ordered one myself (FOMO), but Lance Hedrick looks at some flat-burr grinders (and burrs for them) that sound like they've got a solid place for budgets below a DF64 and SSP burrs.

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Jeff, stop torturing yourself and get a Monolith. You're the EXACT guy who can put it to its real purpose. :)

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another_jim
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#4: Post by another_jim »

They all look like Fuji (or other vertical burr grinder) knockoffs. But if you're stealing designs, why not go with the classic.
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#5: Post by Cremaniac »

The only ones worth considering seem to be:

The Urbanic, made in Korea. Website says it's $180 with titanium coated burrs. Green only.
https://iurbanic.com/product/070Green_T

The Akirakoki, made in Taiwan. No direct link to a seller in the video. Here's a link to a Hong Kong vendor, doesn't they ship outside of HK, priced at 980 HK$, about $130 US. There's no source I can find in Taiwan or anywhere else:
https://beancurious.com/product/akirako ... e-grinder/

Both are only available in 220V.

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#6: Post by jbviau »

After a bit of searching and clicking around, including in the comments section, I can report that he didn't test any ghost burrs in this video, but he has plans to review a Xeoleo 520N with ghost burrs in the not-too-distant future.
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#7: Post by Quester »

Lance provides something nice by focusing on so many affordable coffee options.

If you've not checked out his channel, he does things like putting a $3 dimmer switch on an entry-level machine so it can profile.

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#8: Post by Rcus »

A set of copies.

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#9: Post by Bluenoser »

The Urbanic 070 has me interested.. Even from Canada I can order from US amazon. Wonder what the difference is between the 070 and 080 as far as quality. It might be a good (cheap) way to experiment with a flat burr profile to see the differences in taste in espresso.

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#10: Post by baldheadracing »

As an aside, Feima, a.k.a. Yang-Chia, a.k.a. Flying Horse, is a Taiwanese company http://www.feima.com.tw , also distributed by Bella Taiwan http://www.bellataiwan.com (I have one of their roasters, as do a few other members.)

As Taiwan is 110v/60Hz like North America, their products are available in 110v/60Hz - unless you order the versions made for 220v countries.

I've seen the 600 for sale around Toronto and Vancouver in, for lack of a better term, Chinese malls. (A Chinese mall looks like any other mall or shopping center, except all the signs are in Chinese, most people are speaking Chinese, and there is never, never, never any parking.)