This is the last grinder you (or I) will ever buy. You will love it!
Positive Product Points
Power like nobody's business. The most quiet grinder I've experienced. Looks awesome sitting next to the Isomac Tea! <g> Quality in the cup is stellar. Doser is built VERY well. NO STATIC - YAAAAYYYYY!!!!!
Negative Product Points
Cord placement is awkward - but I forget all about it when I'm drinking a tasty double...
I upgraded from a Rancilio Rocky to the Mazzer Mini. Let me first say that BOTH grinders work well and will give you a great cup of espresso. I was offered this grinder at a price I couldn't refuse - so I didn't try <g>.
Espresso production is an inherently messy endeavor. Much of that mess comes from the static generated by grinding your coffee. We've all been there - you remove the lid from the grounds basket and *poof* - brown fairy dust is all over the place clinging like Velcro to kitchen surfaces you didn't even know you had... This is very stressfull to a 'neatnick' like me. Enter the grinder of my dreams: Mazzer Mini!
No static - fuhgeddaboudit. I don't know if it's all of the metal parts or the substantial doser or whatever - but it WORKS. Rocky was good in this department as well, but the doser was treated almost as an afterthought. No the case here (read on)!
Writing a review on this grinder is almost difficult because it does it's job so well it makes you wonder why everything isn't as proficient...
The motor is so quiet my wife or baby don't mind a bit when I'm grinding that double-double at 6:00 am. Not only is it quiet - it's fast. Becuase I usually only make espresso for myself, I don't use the hopper. The throat of the grinder holds the perfect amount of beans for two double shots. I don't know - but I would guess that this amount of beans would be ground in less than 20 seconds. I use a 58mm blind porta-filter to cover the opening while grinding (and it also makes a great 'tamper stand'). I use the handle of a plastic coffee scoop to clean the chute from the burrs to the doser and we're ready to roll. CAUTION - MAKE SURE THE GRINDER IS OFF BEFORE DOING THIS!! The motor is so quiet, you will forget it's running and... Well - stick something into those moving burrs and you won't be happy - put it that way...
The doser is adjustable as well, which is a neat touch. I only grind enough for the 'moment' so the doser adjustability doesn't really apply to me. It's nice to know that it's there for dinner parties, etc., when I am using the bean hopper. The doser is very good at getting most of the coffee out on it's own, but I use a small brush to keep it as clean as possible (remember, I'm a neat freak <g>).
I have the model with the on/off switch as opposed to the timer. The switch is not the typical rocker-type. It's basically two seperate switches that are connected as one. When the 'on' button is pressed, the 'off' pops up, and vice versa. It's seems very 'commercial' and heavy-duty (I like that sort of thing). It's just one of several cool details that make this grinder near and dear to my heart.
I can't ever imagine wearing this grinder out. New burrs? Maybe in 10 years, but this thing will be handed down to my son... Viva la Mini!!
Chris' Coffee scores again! I was offered a nice 'package' price after purchasing the Isomac Tea and I just couldn't say no... THANK YOU CHRIS!