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Gaggia 8002 MDF Burr Grinder with Doser, Black
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- Burr grinder with 50-mm tempered-steel grinding burrs and 34 grind settings
- 120-watt motor plus gear-reduction system provides quiet operation and reduced static build-up
- Impact-resistant plastic housing; 8-ounce ground-coffee container; 10-ounce bean hopper
- Easy-to-use pull-lever doser dispenses ground coffee directly into filter holder
- Measures 20 by 14 by 14 inches; 1-year warranty
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|Item Dimensions||14 x 20 x 14 in||7.13 x 10.75 x 6 in||7.1 x 7.6 x 12.5 in||4.7 x 9.8 x 13.8 in||6.25 x 8.5 x 15.25 in||4.7 x 9.8 x 13.8 in|
|Item Weight||9.13 lbs||4.5 lbs||—||15.4 lbs||6.4 lbs||17 lbs|
|Material Type||plastic||Stainless Steel||Stainless-Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel|
The Gaggia MDF Grinder is a commercial grade burr grinder equal to those found in Europe's espresso bars and restaurants. Automatic dosing allows a premeasured amount of ground coffee to drop directly into the filter holder. Pull the lever once for one cup espresso, or twice for 2 cups. Precision-machined grinding burrs can be easily adjusted for 39 different degrees of fineness. The large hopper holds 10 ounces of coffee beans. Easy to use and perfect results are achieved each time. *Please note that most grinders are tested at the manufacturer and coffee grounds may be found in the grinder as a result. All machines sold are new unless otherwise clearly stated.
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Another problem that I've seen people mention in reviews of this grinder is that it's hard to get coffee out of it if you are not using a portafilter simply because of the design. I've found that a relatively flat plastic collection container works fine for getting coffee out. Being a stepped grinder, it is easier too to switch back and forth between coarsely ground coffee (ideal for french presses)and finer ground coffee. This is much easier to do on this grinder than on the Mazzer Mini, which is a stepless grinder. With the stepless grinder, it is more capable of fine tuning your grind which is helpful for perfecting your espresso brewing, but it is a pain to try to switch between coarse and fine grinding, because of the effort it takes to "dial in" the exact grind needed for espresso.
Others have mentioned that the dosing lever is fragile. Mine has lasted all these years with no problem, but that would be something to be careful with, not that I ever have with mine, but I think I will take extra care seeing how this has been a problem for some. On mine, I did have the spring break with the dosing lever, however. This happened after about 3 years of use and is unfortunate, but it just means that I have to manually move the lever both directions, rather than the lever snapping back into position on it's own. It's not really a big deal, and it functions fine, and I've gotten practiced at doing this rather quickly as I'm "dosing" ground coffee into my portafilter. But this does mean that I'm not gentle with the lever as I tend to lightly "slap" it back and forth. I always thought that I could get a replacement spring if I cared to.
Overall, I think that this is a great product relative to it's price point. Personally, I'd rather brew coffee by means other than espresso if I weren't able to use a grinder at least as nice as this one.
A good way to brew coffee that tastes great and is not bitter is to cold-brew. Simply grind beans and soak in cold water overnight, filter the next day and heat. A great cup of coffee, rich and smooth, requiring a minimum of equipment.
It is simple to use. Just drop beans into top part, then pull switch and wait for the grinder to finish.
The part that it loses points for is dosing. It doesn't do the job right at all from my experience. It gives an uneven doses, and the machine moves around a lot when pulling the dosing lever which makes it drop grinds all over.
I have also noticed that if you grind a large batch of beans the grind becomes finer than the number it says. I ended up having to wait almost a minute to brew one double shot - which was not good at all!
For the Gaggia classic, I grind at a "4" and only use 16g of beans (Lavazza Super Crema). That makes just enough for a double shot, and it brews in 25 seconds, which is supposed to be the perfect amount of time. Like this, it works well enough and makes a great cup of espresso.
So yes it can do well if you limit yourself to the way I just mentioned. But I expected a lot more from this.