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Isomac Grinder - All - Geoff Hudson's Review
Posted: February 6, 2005, 11:37pm
review rating: 7.2
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Norbert Rawles 9.00
Keith Baldry 8.80
Jeremy N 8.00
Tim Campbell 7.40
Geoff Hudson 7.20

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.4
Product Reviewed: Gran Macinino
Manufacturer: Isomac Quality: 8
Average Price: Varies Usability: 7
Price Paid: $100.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: Chris' Coffee Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 2 weeks Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: whirley grinder!
Bottom Line: Decent grinder with good burrs, good looks, good coffee!
Positive Product Points

Looks great
Solid build
Grinds fine enough to choke my machine
No static problems

Negative Product Points

Holds excess grounds in chute
Lame manual - unless you read German

Detailed Commentary

This is my first 'real' burr coffee grinder.  I have been very happy with this purchase so far.  

On fine settings - I can easily choke my espresso machine.  It did take me a lot of beans to get everything dialed in to where I felt comfortable with what I was going to get (between the '-' sign and the long horizontal marking seemed right for espresso).  The limit screw for the fine range was already removed, so I don't know how fine the grind would go with it in.  In case you don't know, the german in the manual details taking the grinder apart for cleaning, and, most importantly, looking from the top - clockwise for a finer grind (and that most espresso machines like a finer grind!).

This machine has a high WAF (wife approval factor) in case you're already on thin ice with spending a lot on a grinder... ;-)  Great heavy guage stainless steel and clean design.  Pressing the portafilter against the button under the chute starts the grinder.  I think the grind is pretty even, but a few specks seem a bit chunkier here and there (I'm sure it makes no difference in the cup).  It does hold a little too much behind in the chute - so tip it forward and smack it a bit to get the extra grounds out.  It has the same conical burr set as the Lux and Innova conical grinders, so you make a good grind.

Some say it has a low power motor @ 100w.  It takes me 22 sec to grind 14gm for a double, so I wouldn't complain about it being too slow - especially for home use.  If the burrs are a bit slower - this might help with static.  Several other grinders have static, but this grinder does not.  Therefore, clean up is pretty easy, except for the aforementioned grinds stuck in the chute.

Buying Experience

Bought it as a refurb item at Chris' Coffee Service.  Great people to deal with.

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