This is the gold standard all are compared against, and are justifiably worth every penny.
Positive Product Points
This is the coffeegeek gold standard machine Its a Mazzer and aesthetically looks great next to any machine So simple with the grind adjustment it's genius an works so well Very consistent grind The doser does make for a tidier coffee station at home (happy wife, happy life)
Negative Product Points
The doser has so many places for coffee to collect. The finger guard is an insult ("I've got $500 to spend on a coffee grinder, but I'm so stupid I might stick my finger into the grinder and loose my finger into my $1000 espresso shot") It can occupy a lot of bench realestate, but next to my skinny la pavoni its fine Plastic parts seem so tacky after owning a grinder with glass.
This report is a bit of overkill, the pro review has this as the best grinder ever and the gold standard that coffeegeek uses to compare machines. What else do you need to know.
Yes it is expensive, mine is $50 more than it should have been, I had to knock $50 off my Kitchenaid grinder to sell it on TradeMe.
I'm so stoked to have a Mazzer grinder, they are everybit as good as the other reviews have said. In Invercargill the weather is so changeable, and my beans might be 2 days old or 2 weeks old because I have to get them sent in. My Kitchenaid simply couldn't cope with all the bean variables, and untill you experience how much this changes your coffee first hand, you might not appreciate why you need a very good grinder to really maximise your coffee experience.
Ripe coffee is a New Zealand roaster and retailer of all things coffee. I've never dealt with them before and they have the best price in NZ currently by a country mile. There website is easy to deal with, and they were supper prompt. The only thing that deflated my experience was my wife open the box and unpacked my machine for me....
Three Month Followup
See my 1yr (I seemed to have missed this one)
One Year Followup
There is not much to add that hasn't been covered in depth already, by many more qualified than myself.
Only to say if you thinking "it's too much for a grinder" or "I'd rather spend it on a machine" or "I can't justify it (to your self or your partner)"