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Mazzer Mini - Daniel Spiegel's Review
Posted: August 28, 2008, 6:55pm
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Arrow The Mazzer Mini has 58 Reviews
Arrow The Mazzer Mini has been rated 9.29 overall by our member reviewers
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Andrew Sullivan 9.17
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Andre Preoteasa 8.63
Brendan Getchel 8.60
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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.4
Manufacturer: Mazzer Quality: 10
Average Price: $595.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $650.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: Espresso Service West Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 2 years Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Astoria/Mazzer Super Jolly
Bottom Line: Legendary For Good Reason
Positive Product Points

The Mini is a quiet, easy-to-use, relatively compact, consistent grinder that is very capable of meeting most users' needs.

Negative Product Points

The output chute gets clogged quickly, but they all do that. I wish the electrical cord exited under the machine instead of out the side. Some users rightly complain about the single adjustment arm being tricky to use—though I had no issues with it.

Detailed Commentary

I bought my Mini-E Doserless A model while living in Europe. It was among the first polished models. I owned several good grinders before, but the Mazzer Mini really is the step that takes the user to a new level. The most obvious change from less expensive grinders is that once the Mini is dialled in, the grind quality stays consistent. Any issues with shots become user, bean, or machine issues. The Mini uses Mazzer's precise adjustment collar, too, so finding the right setting can be as easy or difficult as you want to make it. Some users complain about the collar being difficult to move in small increments, but I never had that problem. Others complain about the output chute clogging up. This is especially true with the Mini's anti-static screen. I would let a few grams of stale coffee go through first and lived with it. I think it really is a mental thing more than a real problem: I decided I could live with it and that was that. The top-mounted electronic buttons on the A model are wonderful. I would use the single-dose button to fill the basket about one-third, settle the grinds, and then use the double-dose button to finish the job. I had it adjusted to the point where, with a specific type of bean, I could get the exact right amount in without trying. The portafilter holder looks cheap but it works well. I took mine off so I could dose into the basket without the portafilter. Mazzer's short hopper is a nice piece to add, but the Mini-E will usually fit under cabinets with the standard hopper. I've read reviews where the Mini-E gets taken to task, but I honestly feel it is one of the best grinders out there. You would have to spend almost twice as much to get a significantly better doserless grinder. I converted my Astoria/Mazzer Super Jolly to doserless and, though it ultimately grinds better than the Mini-E, it is not as easy to use and the difference in grind quality is not so significant that I would make a fuss, I could happily live with another Mini-E.

Buying Experience

I bought mine from Espresso Service West for €540 in the Nederlands. There was closer parity between the Euro and the dollar back then. Super nice folks (thanks, Sander!) to deal with and very prompt with shipping. I would recommend them to any EU buyers.

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