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Isomac Grinder - All - Bill Ezell's Review
Posted: April 25, 2003, 9:31am
review rating: 6.5
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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: 9.0
Manufacturer: Isomac Quality: 9
Average Price: Varies Usability: 8
Price Paid: $149.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Mayberry Creamery Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 1 month Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: Advanced Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Can't be beat by anything near its price range!
Positive Product Points

It's a nice match for your Isomac Tea or Millenium. It performs quite respectably, particularly for the price. It will grind fine enough to plug my Tea. The lack of a doser is a BIG plus for me!

Negative Product Points

Not quite as nice-looking as the Tea, but close. Even though it doesn't have a doser, it will accumulate some grounds in the discharge chute. If it had only been angled down over its whole length, it would have been  perfect.

Detailed Commentary

I got this to replace my truly-hated previous grinder when I got my Tea.

My major complaint about other grinders I've owned is the totally unacceptable amount of grounds buildup inside them. The previous one would accumulate enough grounds for a double shot, and the stuff had to be dug out!

This little guy does a pretty good job of avoiding that, but not quite completely. It will build up a small amount of grounds internally, because the discharge chute is horizontal from under the burrs to the outside of the machine. It's really not too bad, but it still annoys me!

It can grind quite fine, moreso than I use (approximately 2 on its grind dial gives me 25-30 secs for a shot). It would be nice if the grind adjustment had smaller steps, but unless you're a real fanatic, it's quite satisfactory. The grind looks to be pretty uniform.

Its small size is nice, and that's the major reason I didn't go with a Mazzer.. the Maz was just too tall. The small size does mean it's light, so couple of fingers on the hopper cover helps when grinding. One minor complaint... the hopper lid is chromed  plastic. Real metal would have been nice. Isomac cheaped out on the pilot lights on the Tea, too; same chromed plastic. Oh, well.

I'm very pleased so far, and it sure can't be beat for the price!

Buying Experience

Bought in Ebay auction for new-in-box grinder. Mayberry Creamery was great.. it came 2 days after the auction ended, and came with a kilo of espresso beans, too (Italian)!

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