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Bruceleeroy
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Posted Tue Jun 10, 2014, 7:02am
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Hey guys,
I am looking to get a great espresso grinder and a friend at work is selling a 7 year old Mazzer Mini Timer for $350. He told me he replaced the burs last year.
Is that a good deal or should I just get one of the newer ones?

Thanks

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Posted Tue Jun 10, 2014, 11:38am
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The mini is a pretty good grinder, much better than Rocky which was the entry level grinder a few years ago and still can be found for about this price.
Likely the burrs are fine, it depends on how much coffee has been ground.
Not a bad price for a Mazzer, they are built like tanks and will last decades in a home environment.
The fact it is a friend is a good thing, SJs can be had starting at that price range (the next model up and quite a step up in grinding too) but if he knows the grinder from new it would be hard to go wrong.

 
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Posted Tue Jun 10, 2014, 12:57pm
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Excellent thanks for the suggestion I really appreciate it.
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Posted Sun Jun 15, 2014, 12:53am
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Sounds like a pretty solid deal, especially if he is the original owner!
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Bruceleeroy
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Posted Sun Jun 15, 2014, 6:19am
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The only thing slightly holding me back is just the idea that maybe I should buy the newest Mazzer available because it has more bells and whistles. It sounds like from you guys though this is going to grind the coffee great and that isn't necessary.
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Posted Sun Jun 15, 2014, 6:38am
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depends a lot on your resources and desires, really.  I mean, if you've got unlimited cash and want an "E" model grinder, then that's what you should get. However, if you don't care about having an "E" model and/or can't scrape up the cash for one, then you have to get what you can. Personally, I don't want "E" model grinders...though I say this having never used one. To me, it's another thing that can break. Also, it means leaving grounds in the burr chamber between sessions.  This is something that I never really worried about much, or maybe better said...bothered myself with.  However, the more I think about it, the more I like my current method, which is pre-weighing individual doses, thwacking the doser and bumping the grinder to clear the burr chamber and get every bit I can into each shot (essentially, with no measurable retention).  But hey, everyone's got their own methods and reasons...so, to each his own, as they say.

As far as getting a well-cared for Mini...I echo prior comments supporting the deal. A few months ago, I was in the predicament of having finally gathered enough cash to get whatever grinder I wanted...literally.  I decided on a bare bones (ie, non-"E") dosered Mazzer Major. It's basically the papa (Super Jolly being the big brother) to what you're looking at.

 
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Posted Sun Jun 15, 2014, 4:50pm
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I've had/have both Timer and E versions.

Timer - unmodified produces an ok grind that is somewhat lackluster in the cup.  The burr carriers can be changed and Super Jolly burrs installed, which transforms it into quite an excellent grinder.  The SJ burrs grind faster and produce a fluffier looking grind with great results in the cup.

I have an older Mini E B version with pot timers and SJ burrs (no need to change burr carriers).  Normally it's fine but sometimes the dose will jump - I suspect the pot gets a little fouled somehow.  The newer A version dispense with the pots, a good thing.

Your friend's Mini Timer is about half the price of a used Mini E.  I'd say for straight espresso or non-milk, the Mini E with SJ burr upgrade would be the way to go.  For milk based, the Mini Timer will work fine and save you money.
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Posted Sun Jun 15, 2014, 4:57pm
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Wow thank you all so much for taking the time. I am mostly doing flat whites with my morning coffee so based on all the feedback it seems this is a great grinder for me to go for.
Thank you again for helping me with this.
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Posted Sun Jun 15, 2014, 10:46pm
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Yup. Old doesn't mean bad especially if it's a Mazzer.  History of it is more important.  If the burrs are new, then there realy isn't much differentiating it from a new non electronic model outside of aesthetics.
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