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Posted 30th Dec 2019

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This seems to be the cheapest I can find for this coffee grinder. Reviews are excellent. Hope it helps someone
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Great find , great price. Limited to Costco members though. Voted hot.
Just got this and the difference it made to using pre-ground beans has surprised me. Heartily recommend and this price is cheapest around by far
Great deal but this is pretty much the price of a Baratza Encore or Wilfa Svart.
Dr-Rjinswand30/12/2019 19:45

Great deal but this is pretty much the price of a Baratza Encore or Wilfa …Great deal but this is pretty much the price of a Baratza Encore or Wilfa Svart.


This would be the better grinder. By some way.
Pokey30/12/2019 19:46

This would be the better grinder. By some way.


Interesting, do you have experience with both? I was always under the impression that the Encore (not sure about the Svart) was better
Dr-Rjinswand30/12/2019 19:53

Interesting, do you have experience with both? I was always under the …Interesting, do you have experience with both? I was always under the impression that the Encore (not sure about the Svart) was better


Can only talk for the Sage, it's amazing. I've been using it for almost a year. You can grind the coffee as fine as caster sugar if you wished, wouldn't be much use at that consistency but that's was just an experiment. I had a different de'longi grinder and at its finest it wasnt fine enough for nice crema on the espresso.

If you do get this I think Grind Size setting 20 is a good starting point.
Dr-Rjinswand30/12/2019 19:53

Interesting, do you have experience with both? I was always under the …Interesting, do you have experience with both? I was always under the impression that the Encore (not sure about the Svart) was better


I do, owning a Baratza Encore, once owned a Smart Grinder Pro and now owning a Sage Barista Pro. The Sage Smart has been reduced in Costco by quite a bit to get it down to the price of a Wilfa Svart; it's currently £170 on Amazon, about the holding price of the Baratza Encore. The Encore is a very basic grinder and I don't think it has the build quality that having the Baratza name would suggest. It and the Wilfa are only really any good for grinding for other types of brewing that require a coarser grind than espresso, at which they are both very, very capable. It doesn't matter what anyone says about hacks and mods, the Encore and the Wilfa cannot grind for espresso (although you can get away with it with pressurised filter baskets, so they are a good match for the many Delonghi models). The Sage Smart grinder will grind for espresso; it's the primary purpose really. The grind is a bit clumpy but that's not something to really worry about (and if you do, just stir with a paperclip) but it is consistent and has some really useful features. It's amazing value for money at this price, a lot of fun to play with and the obvious choice to go alongside the Sage espresso machines.
How does this compare to a Eureka Mignon?
I got the Sage Barista Express machine last time it was on offer (from costco again). I believe this grinder is better that the one built in to the machine ? Does it worth the money ?
Pokey30/12/2019 20:20

I do, owning a Baratza Encore, once owned a Smart Grinder Pro and now …I do, owning a Baratza Encore, once owned a Smart Grinder Pro and now owning a Sage Barista Pro. The Sage Smart has been reduced in Costco by quite a bit to get it down to the price of a Wilfa Svart; it's currently £170 on Amazon, about the holding price of the Baratza Encore. The Encore is a very basic grinder and I don't think it has the build quality that having the Baratza name would suggest. It and the Wilfa are only really any good for grinding for other types of brewing that require a coarser grind than espresso, at which they are both very, very capable. It doesn't matter what anyone says about hacks and mods, the Encore and the Wilfa cannot grind for espresso (although you can get away with it with pressurised filter baskets, so they are a good match for the many Delonghi models). The Sage Smart grinder will grind for espresso; it's the primary purpose really. The grind is a bit clumpy but that's not something to really worry about (and if you do, just stir with a paperclip) but it is consistent and has some really useful features. It's amazing value for money at this price, a lot of fun to play with and the obvious choice to go alongside the Sage espresso machines.


Thank you for taking the time to reply. I ordered pretty much right before you posted, now I’m second guessing. I have no need for an espresso grind (at the moment), I use an Aeropress and a Moccamaster - so I just need something super consistent at a middle grind. The Melitta Molino I’m using at the moment is tragic.
Edited by: "Dr-Rjinswand" 30th Dec 2019
Dr-Rjinswand30/12/2019 19:53

Interesting, do you have experience with both? I was always under the …Interesting, do you have experience with both? I was always under the impression that the Encore (not sure about the Svart) was better


Never tried the Encore but the sage is capable of making a good espresso and £115 is a great price.

Not sure about the price you can get an Encore for but amazon currently have it at £179, at that price I would be spending a little more and buying a used eureka mignon from ebay, regularly sell for £200 to £250.

I know that's new vs used but they are in a different league, built to last, so easy to fine tune for espresso and you will pretty much get that back when/if you decide to sell.
Edited by: "D87C" 30th Dec 2019
Great price. I bought it to replace a Eureka mignon MK2 and its been excellent.
Considering one of these now, not bad for this price. I couldn't really justify it at £170, especially as my modded £30 KG79 has lasted me about 4 years now, and it's used every weekend at least 4 times.
can you buy this without membership?
Dr-Rjinswand30/12/2019 20:29

Thank you for taking the time to reply. I ordered pretty much right before …Thank you for taking the time to reply. I ordered pretty much right before you posted, now I’m second guessing. I have no need for an espresso grind (at the moment), I use an Aeropress and a Moccamaster - so I just need something super consistent at a middle grind. The Melitta Molino I’m using at the moment is tragic.


Those are two quality brewers and I'd be recommending a decent grinder to go with them. Usually I'd say the Wilfa would be quality enough, but with the Sage Smart at this price, whether you'd use it for espresso or not, this is what I would recommend.
Is this price including VAT?
charlesb22430/12/2019 22:01

Is this price including VAT?


Hi, I ordered this before positing and the total was £114.99 including VAT
privateeye030/12/2019 21:27

can you buy this without membership?


According to the website there are two ways to shop online only annual membership is £15 or you can go for an annual membership at £28 which gives you access to the stores as well.

costco.co.uk/how…rks
I picked this up last year for £160 from JL and it has been excellent for espresso. This was after trying some of the cheaper alternatives from Amazon and returning after being massively disappointed. A great deal at this price.
StarlessMonkey31/12/2019 08:19

According to the website there are two ways to shop online only annual …According to the website there are two ways to shop online only annual membership is £15 or you can go for an annual membership at £28 which gives you access to the stores as well.https://www.costco.co.uk/how-it-works



And check Individual Membership's (outdated IMHO) requirements first - costco.co.uk/mem…nts
softice30/12/2019 20:26

I got the Sage Barista Express machine last time it was on offer (from …I got the Sage Barista Express machine last time it was on offer (from costco again). I believe this grinder is better that the one built in to the machine ? Does it worth the money ?


I have this grinder, my friend had a the Barista express. As far as I'm aware they are pretty much the same grinders but this has a bigger range so can go much more coarse which you need for filter/cafetiere. I don't think it'll be much of an upgrade for you. This is a great price though.
tazinio31/12/2019 11:10

I have this grinder, my friend had a the Barista express. As far as I'm …I have this grinder, my friend had a the Barista express. As far as I'm aware they are pretty much the same grinders but this has a bigger range so can go much more coarse which you need for filter/cafetiere. I don't think it'll be much of an upgrade for you. This is a great price though.


Cheers mate. Yeah I just got mine and I'm very happy with it but I see people complaining that it has very small range and doesn't have fine control.
softice31/12/2019 11:30

Cheers mate. Yeah I just got mine and I'm very happy with it but I see …Cheers mate. Yeah I just got mine and I'm very happy with it but I see people complaining that it has very small range and doesn't have fine control.


If you take out the burrs you can make further adjustments to the grind but these are not on the fly adjustments.

It's a great grinder for the price. I've just bought the Sage Dual Boiler so I'm looking to upgrade the grinder. We're talking £300 plus for an upgrade so we can't really complain about this grinder.
Was in the market for a grinder and decided to go for this, will be using it with a Gaggia classic.
I just got mine, had to join Costco online membership for £15 but still a good deal. Arrived 2 days after ordering, free p&p. Seems a really good grinder. Thanks for posting.
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