+ Good grind quality - consistent and no powder <- most important! + Small grounds retention + Very very solid - 40+ lbs + Adjustment steps are small
Negative Product Points
- Slow if single dosing - popcorning - Stepped adjustment, could be finer - Hard to take apart fully (aside from upper burr carrier) - Doser feels cheap - Gotta watch for clumps, a mesh screen takes care of it
I bought this out of necessity to get a good espresso grinder, the little hand grinder wasn't doing it anymore. It came and I was pleasantly surprised by how solid it felt - it felt like a real grinder (say what you will, feel is important!). When it showed up some pieces were broken because it was packed poorly, but they were nonessentials and I was able to use the grinder anyway with some minor inspection. I cleaned it out and put some coffee in. Wow, miles better than my hand grinder. Even with my gaggia and its inconsistencies I'm still able to get excellent flavor out of my morning espresso. It can be kinda slow when I grind my single shots because it popcorns, but that doesn't take away from the excellent grind consistency. It also came with a strange switch on the doser that would turn off the grinder when the doser was full - not necessary so I took it off and cut the wire. It clumps a little more now, but with a little screen it's not a problem.
Overall, would I buy it again? Yes, at that price point and for the fact that now the only thing I'll have to do is replace the burrs until I want to upgrade again. I doubt that I'll ever really need anything better, though I might mod it stepless soon.
It came with some broken parts, the seller took care of it very quickly and sent me brand new parts at their cost.