Top grinder in industrial fashion. The best thing you can add to an excellent HX.
Positive Product Points
Perfect grind quality Grind fast Non irritating, lower pitched motor noise Truly highest build quality i say in a home grinder
Negative Product Points
No stepless ajustement Some coffee grinds here and there...
I can't imagine a better companion for my Vibiemme. It speaks quality from everywhere and the grind quality is immensely superior to my previous little Lux. The beast is heavy, the motor is terribly powerfull and the lower revolution speed makes it quiter and much less objectionable in term of sound. The grind output remains cold and is fluffy (sort of) and has an even texture that is truly different from what i have seen before.
The result was there the minute after i started using it: better, more regular and stable extraction and much fuller/tastier mouth feel. In fact, it just makes everything easier. With a lesser unit like the Lux, i was continously fighting to find the "right" grind adjustement, quantity and tamping to get the big sirup like crema. Now it's there about 90% of shots. You also feel it when you tamp, cause the grind do not tend to agglomerate in chunks as previously.
That's the first really high quality grinder i use and , beleive me, it makes an enormous difference. It's not a matter of snobbish myth or whatever as i maybe thought first (shame on me and sorry all...) . The grind quality is indeed at the base of good espresso and this grinder is up to the task.
Ok, this is maybe the most lucky thing that can happen to an espresso lover...
Lastly, i borrowed the old Obel grinder iI got free with my used Vibiemme for a repair. I was unable to grind fine enough because the upper aluminium burr support was worn off and about impossible to align correctly with the lower one and grind finewithout burrs touching. But they just completely jammed it when attempting to better align the burrs! The owner offered me very kindly to replace it with another used grinder (or a little, brand new plastic toy...). I was lucky enough to have a moderatly used Anfim Best as a free replacement...