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Mazzer Mini - Joe Riordan's Review
Posted: January 18, 2011, 2:27pm
review rating: 5.0
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Arrow The Mazzer Mini has 58 Reviews
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Andrew Sullivan 9.17
Teemu Pihlatie 9.00
Andre Preoteasa 8.63
Brendan Getchel 8.60
Michael Aneiro 8.57

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.0
Manufacturer: Mazzer Quality: 10
Average Price: $595.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $595.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: Chris' Coffee Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 3 months Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Baratza Vario W
Bottom Line: Awesome machine with very consistent grind but maybe not the best choice for 1 dose at a time
Positive Product Points

Solid, well built machine.  Consistent grind.  Quiet.

Negative Product Points

Doser is difficult to empty completely.  Chute holds too much coffee.  "egg timer" type dial for control.

Detailed Commentary

I bought this machine based primarily on the consumer reviews here.  I will not re-review most of the points in those reviews, because they are accurate, and it is a great machine.  My issues are that I am using a machine with a doser as if it were doserless, so I will explain that.  

I did not want to spend the extra money for the doserless version, and another machine that sounded like it would work for me looked like cheap plastic housing.  The way I use this machine, to grind one dose at a time, is to: measure the beans and put them into the hopper; turn the knob to grind; brush the grinds (a couple/few grams I'd estimate) from the chute; turn the dial to have it run for 1 second to shoot out what's still in the burrs; operate the doser.

The way I use this is a bit tedious, and any time I look in the doser, there is a significant amount (< 1 gram) of stray coffee laying around the doser that I can't get out.  This will eventually mix with fresh grinds and be dosed which is unfortunate.  As mentioned above, each time I grind a significant amount remains in the chute that I choose to brush out rather than leave for the next time.  So yes, I am probably being a bit obsessive about the not as fresh coffee in there, but I think many of you out here seem to be the same.

As you can see, my problems would not apply if you were grinding a batch instead of a dose, and were using the machine as designed.  I'm writing this because I guess that I am not the only one with this intention.

I sometimes wish I had a bought a machine (that I have not tried) that was about 150 less and would have been easier to switch from Espresso to French Press grind.  I use a different grinder for FP and would have liked to have only one.

Buying Experience

They talked me through the process, even suggesting I might want to try a significantly less expensive grinder, and gave me accurate descriptions (ie on/off control) of what I was buying.

Three Month Followup

Still love the machine and glad I bought it.  Combined with a small scale (which I also reviewed) I get great consistency every time.

One Year Followup

This is just a great machine.  I've had no problems with it at all.  I bought a second grinder for drip and press, because making more than slight adjustments on this would require painstaking fine tuning.

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