31 Mar '13, 11pm

@corymc there is no grinder built into the CC1.

I personally use a Baratza Vario. I find that this machine can be very picky even between the Vario's 230 settings. Also, being a home roaster, I very often find myself using a bean anywhere from 2-10 days of age and depending on the drink I am making, a subtly different grind is always required. Generally, as the bean "ages" I find myself grinding finer. I prefer a ristretto myself while my father enjoys a regular espresso. The ability to change between small grind settings makes a world a difference. Sure, you could just tamp lighter or harder, and this is something cafe's do, but the Vario gives me the peace of mind and almost guarantee of a good shot. I would, at least, get something with decent burr adjustments. I would recommend the Preciso, but I know it uses conical burrs while the Vario uses flat. I'm not sure this will make a large difference, but reviewers sugge...

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