When you turn it on, it makes you want to hoot like a male gorilla, when you drink the grind, you feel like you are sitting in Rome. Molto bene...
Positive Product Points
This is a commercial espresso grinder. It produces EXCELLENT espresso grind. When you turn it on, there is a satisfying 'Tim the Toolman' torque from the heavy duty motor. When you drink the grind, you feel like you are sitting in an Italian cafe.
Negative Product Points
It's BIG, it's heavy, it has a non-intuitive control system. It has a doser which is hard to clean, and a useless tamper. If you buy it new, it is over $1700.
My wife got it for me for free off of freecycle. My skeptical approach to freecycle and the condition of the machine- it was dirty, with the hopper broken and with parts in a plastic bag, lead me to leave it in my van for a month before bringing it in and setting it up.
Once I got it cleaned up, I ran some rice thru it. The grind produced was very fine, comperable or better than the best commercial espresso grinds that I have seen. I then began to grind coffee. It was great! It beat my Krups grinder hands down.
With the hopper on it wouldn't fit under our kitchen counters (over 24" tall), fortunately, a lot of the safety interlocks that prevent operation without the hopper on were broken so it would operate.
The grind I was producing after adjusting it to the finest setting was so fine, it went through the basket on my cheapo Krups espresso maker, and was producing 'muddy' coffee. Dialing the grind back was not easy. I had difficulty in locating an instruction manual- but once I did I dialed in a very satisfying grind. I had to remove the hopper to dial the grind. You must use the hopper because the grinder requires the weight of the beans to push them into the grinder.
Owk, Owk, Owk! Bene, Molto Bene...
Freecycle. Excellent Price. I picked it up locally.