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Pull your own shots? This is the grinder you want.
, July 10, 2011
This review is from: Mazzer Mini Espresso Grinder
I have had my Mazzer Mini for about a year now and love it.
The MM is really a low end commercial grinder. That is it is meant to be a back-up grinder or used for decaf in a commercial establishment where it does not have to perform primary grinding duties but still stand up to the rigors of a commercial environment.
The Mazzer is built like a tank and if you get one I hope you have a sturdy counter to put it on because it is not a lite-weight.
This particular model has a "doser" and is really meant for dispensing ground coffee in to portafilters - filters for espresso machines. The doser is not designed to be removed. Mazzer makes a Mini model without the doser if your needs require such.
If you are a serious espresso drinker this is the grinder you want. What makes this grinder so useful is that it is "stepless." There are no hard and fast grind settings. You dial in the exact grind level that you want. This is an absolute necessity if you are using a lever type espresso machine such as a La Pavoni.
The MM uses a timer with an auto-shutoff feature. The sound of the grinder in action is hard to describe. You know the assuring sound of something that does a job really well? Well that is what the MM sounds like, a machine that does its job very well. When running (but not grinding) the motor emits a strong steady hum. When grinding there is no hint of bogging down the motor just grinds right through the beans even at the finest setting.
It would have been nice if the hopper was glass but I will not hold that against the machine.
As the above reviewer commented the machine comes preset for espresso. It has a convenient sticker so that you can easily go back to that setting if you need to change to a coarser grind - IE drip coffee.
This is an expensive machine no doubt about it. But if you make a lot of espresso or are a "lever-head" this really is the machine you want to go with. The Rocky Rancilio is also a very good grinder I am not bashing it. But I do not regret my Mazzer purchase neither will you.
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