It will outlast your espresso machine so swallow hard and spend the bucks. You won‘t be sorry.
Positive Product Points
Solid steel construction, no rattles, fast grind, infinitely adjustable grind, adjustable doser, very few plastic parts. Very quiet.
Negative Product Points
Instruction manual useless. Putting it together out of the box is intuitive though. Grinder setting are marked on a horizonal chrome wheel making them slighly hard to read. Also unit is about one quarter inch too big to fit under my standard kitchen cabinets.
I have seen this grinder priced on the internet for almost double full retail value. I have never seen it under the suggested list price of $375 (US). This is a low volume commercial grinder. Mazzer makes many bigger models and prices them accordingly but the Mini is very adequate for any home or low volume commercial establishment. It is supposed to grind 6000 pounds of coffee before the burrs need replacing. It will take me a long time to get there. It is very easy to adjust the grind but this needs to be done with the motor running. I haven‘t really used the doser which is also heavy duty and commercial. I grind and dose for each double shot of espresso. I have not attempted to grind for any other type of coffee but I am relatively sure with a little experimentation it will produce a good grind at any setting. I realize that this grinder is almost double the going price of a Rancilio Rocky but this is not a "stripped down" commercial grinder, the Mini is the real thing with all the parts fitting together tightly and professionally. For example, the dosing fork is solid steel. It is black and chrome, which makes it a great look with any stainless and black expresso machine.