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La Cimbali Junior - Aussie Otzi's Review
Posted: November 25, 2009, 8:55am
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La Cimbali Junior Grinder
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Arrow The La Cimbali Junior has 12 Reviews
Arrow The La Cimbali Junior has been rated 9.42 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since November 8, 2003.
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Ethan Dole 8.33
Gary Henderson 7.50
Pat Thayer 7.00
Jody Garber 7.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.0
Manufacturer: La Cimbali Quality: 9
Average Price: $550.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $0.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: Cimbali dealer. Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 4+ years Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: None
Bottom Line: Great for constant, repetitive and reliable use.
Positive Product Points

Long lasting.
Strong motor.
No surprises.
Good fitting hopper lid
Reliable settings

Negative Product Points

None of importance.

Detailed Commentary

Totally happy with this grinder so long as we are keeping to the one application. In our case espresso. Minor weather adjustments are quick and easy.  The adjustable douser  star is easy to adjust and sweeps clean.  The well fitting lid keeps the beans in fair condition for the few days they are there.

We mostly grind for one or two shots a time, several times a day using a 21 gram basket.  This equates to about a 12 second grind per shot. Some one else said 8 seconds for 14 grams, so this must be about right. The grind is always consistent and when altering the grind for other uses when brought back to the (noted) number grinds as well as before. as well documented else were this grinder is a real pain to crank out on the little adjusting knob to say grind for plunger then to bring it back.

An other bug bear is when friends(?) bring some obscure  sample around and insist on trying it out.  The scooping out of the current beans, getting the fingers down to scoop out yet more and then grinding out what's left proves rather wasteful. So now it's just kept for espresso grind only.

I find this grinder a bitch to clean. To get to the burrs require some disassembly and a lot of time. I find the exit shoot can hold grinds which I would rather have out. To remove the hopper requires the removal of 4 small screws that I don't think will take too much repetition.

Buying Experience

Bought with the Cimbali Junior machine 15 years ago. It's never given a moments bother and I can't remember the price.

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