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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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|Sold By||Whole Latte Love||J.L. Hufford||Amazon.com||J.L. Hufford|
|Color||Black||Black and Stainless Steel||Black||Black and Stainless Steel|
|Dimensions||14 inches x 20 inches x 14 inches||13.8 inches x 9.8 inches x 4.7 inches||7.8 inches x 14.6 inches x 9.6 inches||13.8 inches x 9.8 inches x 4.7 inches|
|Item Package Weight||10.85 pounds||19.2 pounds||3.75 pounds||18.85 pounds|
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There are surprisingly few grinders sold that meet these requirements. Some espresso drinkers try to get by with one of the only two grinders under $150 which can sometimes manage this: the Solis Maestro and the Capresso Infinity. Whether you succeed will depend a lot on whether you got lucky, and you got one that happens to be put together well. Both make use of plastic parts which will fail over time. Some people buy the Solis Maestro Plus for $150 -- it's heavier than the Maestro, but otherwise no better: you're really wasting your money. The next step up is the Gaggia MDF. It usually sells for around $200, and the Amazon price tends to fluctuate, actually coming in under $200 some of the time with promotions, which makes it a wonderful bargain, though that may be hard to fathom for folks used to a $20 whirly blade grinder. The MDF used semi-commercial grade steel burrs in a semi-commercial (and hence longer lasting) burr set. It will produce the even, fine grind necessary for espresso, and when paired with another Gaggia, or a Solis or Rancilio or FrancisFrancis machine, you're ready to be a home barista and blow the minds of your friends.Read more ›
A much bigger issue that affects strength and everything else is the dosing. From reading the other reviews, it does not seem to have changed since I got my unit. The top of the unit can be filled with beans, and the part over the dispensing area will fill up with a remarkably consistent grind. That round area is divided into six sections, like a wheel with spokes. Five of the sections get filled with grounds. One section is empty, and is above the dispenser. Each time the lever is pulled, the wheel rotates one position clockwise, and one section gets dispensed through the empty section. In theory, if the unit were full, the amount of coffee in each section would be consistent.Read more ›
The Good: The grind is excellent and very consistent. It's a work horse and will get the job done every day, all day, the same way.
The Bad: The doser is worse than useless. Not only does it not do what it is supposed to do, it makes it a pain to grind large amounts of beans for a pot of coffee (as opposed to a shot of espresso). Easy work around though: rather than hitting the doser lever twice (which if it worked perfectly would dispense 14 grams of coffee - just the right amount for a double shot), I just pull it until my portafilter is overflowing, level the top into a small bowl, and get on with the tamping. Also, some people feel the gap in grinds is too great (i.e. the jump from setting 5 to setting 6 increases too much) - I've only found that to be a slight problem, and only with very picky beans. Hasn't been enough of a problem for me to complain about at all.
The Rest: The price is right. $200 bucks (less with a coupon) and you are in the high-end coffee game. Sure you have the doser issues, but that doesn't effect the quality of the grind which when it comes right down to it is the only thing that matters. The cheapest quality grinder that comes in a doserless design is the Rancilio Rocky, which is a great unit - it's just that a) it costs about $85 more and b) isn't sold by amazon.com - so no free shipping.
All in all, in a non-commercial setting I don't feel it's worth the extra dosh for the Rocky. For value and grind quality, this bad boy is 5 stars - take away 1 for the bad doser design.
I say buy it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've had this grinder for a couple years, using it just about every day (been making espresso coffee for about 18 years). Read morePublished 1 month ago by Morgan Timney
Got my Gaggia grinder in 2003 and use it a couple of times a day. The grind is as consistent as when new. I suspect this beast is made of adamantium --- it's really tough. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Doug
Love this grinder bought it about 2-3 yrs ago? Use it everyday multiple times as my husband and I both use it daily. Worth every penny! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pen Name
I bought this grinder together with Classic espresso machine on black-Friday 2015. The espresso from the combi taste much better than my previous De'Longhi EC155 + Mr. Read morePublished 3 months ago by JYL
Grind quality good, but the grinder slides all over the counter and the doser handle gets stuck. Spend an extra $100 and get Rancilio Rocky (with or without a doser)Published 5 months ago by Michael Yamnitsky
You think you're getting a well made durable product. It does slip on countertops but that's the easy part: you can get little non-slip pads at places like home depot (for... Read morePublished 5 months ago by ooma fan
Great espresso grinder. I use it daily for all my specialized coffee drinks.Published 5 months ago by Bob