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MACAP M4 Grinder - Ed Wilson's Review
Posted: October 30, 2010, 3:44pm
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MACAP M4 Grinder
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Arrow The MACAP M4 Grinder has 17 Reviews
Arrow The MACAP M4 Grinder has been rated 8.74 overall by our member reviewers
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
Name Ranking
Prudongs Seol 10.00
Nick Kitchener 9.00
Noah Brewer 8.50
Randy Horan 8.16
Ed Wilson 8.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.6
Manufacturer: Macap Quality: 10
Average Price: $575.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $360.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Chris Coffee Service Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 4+ years Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Rocky, Maestro
Bottom Line: Commercial quality grinder for the home that fits well in the kitchen and is  ideally suited for  making espresso coffee
Positive Product Points

Rugged design
Stepless worm gear grind adjustment
Power cord exits from under machine
Chrome plated exterior housing
Quiet

Negative Product Points

Doser throws grinds slightly to left
Bent wire porta filter platform is cheap looking and doesn't work all that well
The black on black numbers on the grind setting collar are difficult to read  and of little use

Detailed Commentary

The M4 was purchased to replace my Rocky.  I was looking for a grinder that was a more suitable companion for the Anita I owned at the time in terms of both aesthetics and quality.  I wanted stepless adjustments that could be changed precisely and predictably.   The worm gear adjusting mechanism provides that allowing me to tweak the grind quite easily.  I was also considering the Mazzer Mini  but for my needs the M4 was the better choice.   It is used exclusively for espresso.  I never need to change my grind settings by much.  

The M4 is a heavy duty machine.  It runs very quietly.  I learned this the hard way shortly after I purchased it when I accidentally left it running.  About 20 minutes later it started making noise.  By that time the case was too hot to touch.  I was sure that I had destroyed the motor.  Happily, once it cooled down, it ran as good as new.  Four years later, it is still running like a new machine.  I do understand now why  the Mini  power switch has a timer.  It would eliminate accidents like that.

The burrs have proven to be durable.   There has been  no degradation in the  grind after four years of use,   say 250 to 300  lbs of coffee.

I was on the bench in deciding purchase the M4, having a hard time convincing myself it would be much of an improvement over the Rocky.  I asked Chris if he thought I would notice that much difference between the two.  He told me that the M4 would be the last grinder I would ever have to buy.  So far this has turned out to be the case.  I have not felt a temptation to upgrade to something more expensive or exotic.  The m4 suits my needs perfectly.  

This grinder was one that had been returned to Chris Coffee, most likely a buyers remorse.  Whatever the reason, their loss was my gain plus it was offered for a reduced price.

Buying Experience

As most reviewers who have done business with  Chris Coffee have noted, it just doesn't get any better.   On a scale of 1 to 10, Chris Coffee gets a 10+.

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