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Compak K Series - P L's Review
Posted: November 10, 2013, 3:28pm
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P L 10.00
Darin Hensley 8.00
Oliver S 6.00
Byron Ala 4.25

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.8
Product Reviewed: K6 Pro Platinum
Manufacturer: Compak Quality: 8
Average Price: Varies Usability: 8
Price Paid: $400.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Ebay Aesthetics 7
Owned for: 6 months Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Mazzer Mini, Mini E, Preciso, Anfim Best
Bottom Line: A good quality, reliable grinder that could go on a diet.
Positive Product Points

Great doser
Solid build
Reasonably fast/uniform grind
on/off switch - I use with outboard timer

Negative Product Points

Huge hopper, large body - home use concerns but they could slim this thing down
Adjustment collar held by set-screw (upgraded on newer models, mine is 2011)
Parts seem more expensive and less widely available than Mazzer

Detailed Commentary

I purchased this grinder used on Ebay and it arrived in good condition despite a questionable boxing job and styro peanuts being stuck in every possible nook and crevice.  It is used side by side with a Mazzer Mini-E utilizing 64mm Super Jolly burrs.

The K6 is connected to a cool vintage Time-O-Lite M-72 timer.  First run was pretty unimpressive.  Despite it's hulking stature, it ground 18g in about 19 seconds - slow and the same as the Mini-hopper and its 58mm burrs.  $40 later and new burrs from a local repair shop, 18g in 9 seconds with decent grind quality that improved noticeably as the burrs seasoned.

Daily use has proven to be uneventful.  The K6 is consistent and reliable.  I feel grind quality is not quite the equal of my Mini-E based on the appearance of the extraction from a bottomless portafilter but taste in the cup is fine.  Adjustments are a bit more straight forward with the Mazzer  but not a big deal.  As noted above, the doser works well and sweeps cleaner than a Mazzer.

Visually, this thing is imposing, which is fine for a shop but not so much in household kitchen.  A smaller hopper can be purchased though at considerable expense.  Luckily I ply my wife with frou-frou beverages so she puts up with it.

Buying Experience

I paid, he shipped, no claim required....almost.

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