MACAP M4 Doserless grinder - on every measure, I can't imagine a better grinder!!!
Positive Product Points
- Excellent grind range -- From very fine (turkish coffee) to too coarse for press pot - Excellent grind quality-- grind is VERY uniform. - Quiet operation while grinding and especially when not grinding - Looks beautiful!!! - Doserless!!! I have always felt that a doser is a pain and creates another place for grinds to build up and cause stale coffee to build up and something else to break. They are also very messy. I think that instead of a doser it should be called a grind thrower. - Doserless chute w/ bag holding clip. The clip on the chute was designed for holding a bag when semi-bulk grinding. However, to my suprise it is PERFECT for holding a small cup to catch the grinds as they exit the mill. - Bean hopper outlet has a gate so if extra beans are in the hopper, you can keep them out of the mill and reset the grind without a problem. - Mill outlet chute is very short which allows for easy clean out. I use a cut down chop stick after each grind.
Negative Product Points
ALL negatives are very minor: - Grind catch pan is a joke and makes clean up ever harder... easily removed so not an issue. - Finger gaurd in bean hopper is unnecessary and makes sweeping out the mill inlet hard... also easy to remove so not an issue - Bean hopper is WAY too big for home use but this is a minor problem. - Seal around on/off switch does not sit flush with the grinder housing. Seems to me that this allows a place for grinds to get where they should not be... time will tell. - Information/instructions supplied from manufacture were the worst I have ever seen for any product. Luckily, not much instruction is needeed.
Not much to add in addition to the positives and negatives mentioned above, a few points follow:
- Some time to dial in to different types of coffee making. - I highly recomend this grinder for home use because it is a high quality, high powered grinder that is doserless. I think that the grind quality is just as good as a Mazzer but overall it is a better grinder because it is doserless. - The lack of infinite settings is also a positive to me because I grind for several types of coffee and am going back and forth a lot. So what I do is mark the housing where the gaps are set and I can always go back to where I was before. This works well fo me. Reports of a six second difference when pulling shots is high... I think it is closer to three.
Jim P. of 1st-Line gets the credit for this sale. He was knowledgable and provided good insight and fast responses to my email questions regarding this grinder. However, the rest of their phone staff needs some work. I thought that I wanted this grinder but they tried to talk me out of it (based on poor product understanding). In hind sight, the info they provided was just flat out wrong and they were not very polite to boot... I wonder how many sales they have lost in the past due to this problem??? It was ordered on Sunday evening and arrived before noon on Tuesday... East coast to CA in 1.5 days, that's fast! Thanks Jim P... good luck with your staff.