Spend your $270.00 on a conical burr grinder and the other $30.00 on an Aeropress. Seriously. It is the best coffee I have ever tasted. All of the top barristas in the world rave about this thing. I have never had a more flavorful cup than what was produced from the Aeropress. It is manufactured by an Australian company called Aerobie. You can get the Aeropress at ThinkGeek.com. I have spent way too much money in the past on grinders and espresso machines. This is the real deal. And for $30, what do you have to lose? it is only 10% of your budget anyway!
I have no affiliation with either Aerobie or Think Geek. I am just a coffee enthusiast that is convinced that this is the best cup I will ever have. Don't get me wrong, grind and bean quaility is extremely important. Bad beans still taste bad. But the Aeropress will get you the best cup out of those beans.
Bill - Member of the Order of the Fat, OGA, Foxhole Shavers Club, & GRUF 2014 Participant
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