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Gaggia MDF - Bert Kenward's Review
Posted: February 20, 2002, 1:40am
review rating: 5.2
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Arrow The Gaggia MDF has 31 Reviews
Arrow The Gaggia MDF has been rated 7.84 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since November 30, 2001.
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B T 9.00
A C C 9.00
Lance Goffinet 8.88
Mark Babbe 8.20
Patrick T 7.66

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 6.6
Manufacturer: Gaggia Quality: 6
Average Price: $249.00 Usability: 6
Price Paid: $0.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Not sure Aesthetics 7
Owned for: 1 year Overall 6
Writer's Expertise: Just starting Would Buy Again: No
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Bottom Line: Good burrs, shame about the doser.
Positive Product Points

The grind consistency is very good, and it's easy to adjust from very fine to very coarse.

Negative Product Points

The doser is awful.
The grind adjustment steps are too large.

Detailed Commentary

I didn't pay anything for this grinder - I dug it out of my parent's garage. They orginially bought it second hand and used it for (non-espresso) coffee in a restaurant for a couple of years. I cleaned it up and removed the adjustment limiters, so now it's mine...
The grinder produces consistent grinds, with very little dust. However, the step between sizes is very large - with my Gaggia Classic I normally use one of two settings - '3' or '4'. I also use around '23'-'25' for press pot coffee. Being stepped, it's easy to move from one setting to another. Makes it easy to "dial in" when there's only two settings to choose from...
The doser is worse than useless - the chute from the burrs to the doser is flat, so coffee gets stuck. The doser itself leaves grounds behind, and takes a lot of clicking to get everything out. I intend to attack it with a hacksaw at some point, and cut the whole front of the grinder off. I'll put pictures somewhere when I do.

Buying Experience

Originally bought second hand by my parents, I found it in the garage and cleaned it up. Not sure this counts as a buying experience...

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