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Posted Sat Oct 13, 2012, 1:01pm
Subject: Mahlkonig Pro M Espresso or K30
 

Does anyone have any experience with both of these grinders? Not one or the other but BOTH. There's only a $100 dollar difference. I guess I couldn't go wrong with either one, but I want to know if one is better. The Pro M is relatively new so there is not a lot of info online. I wonder if the only difference is that the Pro M is more of a home version and the K30 is more of a coffee shop grinder. I'll be pairing it with a Rocket Giotto.
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Posted Sat Oct 13, 2012, 4:02pm
Subject: Re: Mahlkonig Pro M Espresso or K30
 

From what I've read the K30 is in a different league. Having said that, it's just too big for my kitchen. I considered one with the small hopper but I thought it looked a little weird with the large body that dwarfed the little hopper. The Pro M certainly looks nice but it seems too pricey to me.
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Posted Sat Oct 13, 2012, 6:25pm
Subject: Re: Mahlkonig Pro M Espresso or K30
 

Well, I love my K30 Vario, but have no experience with the Pro M.  Sorry.

 
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Posted Mon Oct 15, 2012, 12:16am
Subject: Re: Mahlkonig Pro M Espresso or K30
 

I tried both. In my eyes the ProM isn't worth the money, it sounds and handles like a modded Vario Home. Go for the K30 (Vario).

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Posted Mon Oct 15, 2012, 9:55pm
Subject: Re: Mahlkonig Pro M Espresso or K30
 

(according to this review (Click Here (10000shots.com)), the Pro M is an excellent grinder, though not for single-dosing.

read the comments as well

 
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Posted Mon Oct 15, 2012, 10:55pm
Subject: Re: Mahlkonig Pro M Espresso or K30
 

The ProM is promoted by Mahlkönig as a commercial grinder, but IMHO it's more a very high end prosumer product, wheras the K30 is a real professional grinder designed primarily for coffee shops and bars. From what I've heard the grind quality of the ProM is excellent. Both are 65 mm flat burr grinders, but I can't tell if there's much of a difference between the two apart from the amount of kitchen space they take up.

 
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Posted Tue Dec 3, 2013, 10:58am
Subject: Re: Mahlkonig Pro M Espresso or K30
 

I have owned a Pro M "All Around" grinder for a little more than a year.  I like the size, weight and controls - the timer and grind fineness are continuous and very precise.  However, I have had problems with day to day operation (I use it for two espresso drinks per day).  It will grind properly for a few cycles but then will plug up.  The grind will become finer and the grinder will eventually stop operating (light blinking).  I have cleaned it by disassembling it down to the burrs several times.  This is not easy. Taking off the hopper means either holding the whole grinder with hopper attached upside down to dump out the beans into another container or first removing the hopper and losing beans which fall out the bottom.  Then the hopperless grinder must be turned upside down in order to remove the top cover and grind spout.  Finally, the top burr can be removed and the spout assembly and burrs can be cleaned with a vacuum cleaner and a toothpick.  The grinder will then run as normal after it's put back together - for a few more cycles.  My roast is a city to full-city.  The beans are not oily.  Does anyone else have long term experience using this grinder?
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