Two years later both are very good, inexpensive for the price, and do a good job for me in the US, or when I'm in Brasil. I'd do it again.
Positive Product Points
The Gaggia MM will grind coffee beans to an Espresso grade coffee grind quite well for a low-cost, entry level grinder. The unit has adjustment settings, will not burn the grind, is not obtrusive on the countertop, sits well and does not move about, is easy to keep clean, and is frequently sold in combination with other Gaggia Espresso makers, that will result in a lower prices for both items.
Negative Product Points
The MM is noisy, which as a coffee grinder is to be expected. But did you know that the unit can only be pulsed on grind for up to 90 seconds ? Hmmm. The propect of a burned out motor from overuse and getting hot is something to keep in mind when using the MM, so it's best to keep it short when grinding.
My purchase started in December,2004, in Fortaleza, Brasil, of all places. I was a bit tired of sweet Cafe do Brasil, and wanted a shot of jet black Espresso (Espresso there), so I went to the market and loaded up on 7 Kilo bags of Premium Expresso beans, Organic and otherwise. Added a Bialletti stainless Expresso pot, and went back home. Great. HERE WE GO !!
I asked if I could borrow a friend's coffee grinder, and got the "stare " back. Sorry, NO GRINDER " Say what now ? " No, we don't use them at home, just preground. " Really ? " and then finally (or Fatally as it seemed) , No, and I don't know anyone who has one, either.
Strains of a certain Vivaldi opera seemed to be playing in the background now.
So returning via Europe, with 7 Kilos of Coffee beans, I decided to correct the situation, and first bought a 220-240 v Gaggia Carezza and MM combination, as the power in Fortaleza is 230v. The units were packed and shipped back with me as baggage, first to the US, and down again when I returned to Brasil in February. You can guess what happened: I tested them out in the US using a converter, and went out and bought another MM for the US in 110V. Both units continue to work very well, with no problems. Just keep things clean, watch the pulse time, and the MM should last for some time, just like my kilo bags of coffee beans ( I have one left).
A tad more expensive in Europe with Bestof Italy, not to mention possible transport hazards as baggage. Boxed in the original Gaggia cartons, both units travelled very well in a hard suitcase. The second MM 110v was purchased with Amazon.com, and was delivered free in 1 day, a fact that which still puzzles me. But here in March, 2007, the MM continues to work great, and stands loyally next to the Gaggia Carezza, ready for action once per week, or daily if needed.
As I have had continual usage with no problems, there has been no warranty issue of any kind.
Three Month Followup
Continues to run fine.
It is used daily, or once per month for large amounts ( 2 Kilos + ) of custom espresso coffee mix.
One Year Followup
Continues to work just as it did on the day I received it.