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Mahlkonig K30 - Sylvain Barbeau's Review
Posted: January 9, 2012, 9:11am
review rating: 9.5
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Sylvain Barbeau 9.50
Eric Bice 9.00
Jason Brandt Lewis 7.70
Mark Plunkett 0.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.6
Product Reviewed: K30 Vario
Manufacturer: Mahlkonig Quality: 10
Average Price: Varies Usability: 10
Price Paid: $1,595.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: Chris Coffee Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 6 months Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Mazzer Mini E
Bottom Line: This machine is built to last and easy to live with.  A great piece of workmanship
Positive Product Points

Extremely Fast, around 4 secondes for 18 grams

Fluffy grind

Very Quiet

Build to last forever

Negative Product Points

Too much sensibility on the knob for the adjustment of the timer

Detailed Commentary

The upgrade bug have begun when I have changed my Expobar Brewtus II to a La Marzocco GS/3.
My upgrade path in the las 20 years was : Gaggia MDF Doser, Rancilio Rocky Doser, Mazzer Mini Doser, Mazzer Mini Doserless E.  I have found I really prefer doserless grinder.

My choice was very narrow because I want a doserless grinder who fit under my 16.5 inches cabinet.  The only grinders  in the short list was the Mahlkonig Pro M and the Versalab.  The Versalab was too much manual grinder for me.  The Mahlkonig was the only option.  When loolking for the Mahlkonig Pro M, I have seen the Vario K30 for a bit more.  I have read a lot of good comments about the K30 Vario and wonder if I can find a way to put it under my cabinet.  I have search for the total hight of the K30 Vario with the short hooper but was to high by almost an inche.  I have asked  if someone have a solution in Coffeegeek Espresso Grinder Forum.  JonR have said to me he cut the hooper and fit a Mazzer lid on it.  YES !!!  That was the way to go.

I have decide to buy the K30 Vario and live with a cut hopper and dont regret my choice.  The cut hopper hold around half a pound of coffee.  At this time, I have used the grinder for around 1100 espresso shots with several types of coffee.  For clumping, I have had not seen this problem.  The consistence of the grind is fabulous.  This machine is really fast and silent too.  The adjustement of the grind and timer  is a breeze.  As state in negative point, the adjustment of timer by the knob is to much sensitive.  But I can live easily with it.

From the Mazzer Mini E, the upgrade was a nice one…not a huge one.  The grinder is much more silent, the timer on the Mahlkonig is efficient compare to the adjustment of the Mazzer and the grind much more fluffy.  I have seen a difference of around 2 grams in a 18 grams basket at the same level between the 2 grinders.  In the cup, I have found some flavour more apparent,  a darker espresso and much more mouth feel.

Buying Experience

I usually prefer buying Canadian because I am in Canada but with a price difference of a 500 $  at time of puchasing (including shipping taxes and custom fees)  sorry but it was a too big bite in the wallet for buying in the country. I have bought this grinder from Chris Coffee.  It was my first experience with this seller.  A very smooth one.  Highly recommanded

I am a french speaking and make my best for an english review.  Thanks for understanding.

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