The Mazzer Mini Elektronic Type A is a grinder that lives up to its reputation. It is what it is.
Positive Product Points
Stepless grind settings, simple to operate, intuitive design. Looks nice next to the Izzo Alex Duetto II.
Negative Product Points
I don't like the cage covering the chute in the dosing funnel. A toggle switch to activate the grinder would be helpful to assist when calibrating the grind as the grinder needs to be on when adjusting the grind. The button is awkward to operate while turning the upper burr. The manual is worthless for disassembly and maintenance instructions.
I bought the Mazzer Mini silver type A. The grinder was easy and straight forward to dial in. I like the numerous positioning holes of the lever to turn the upper burr. The fineness of the grind is superior to the Rancilio Rocky. I was surprised the difference the MM type A makes in the cup.
When I unboxed the Mini E I disassembled it to clean, inspect, and calibrate zero then set the grind fineness. The time calibration set for one and two shot buttons was easy to set once the grind fineness is established. I have the one shot button set for 11 seconds, producing about 6.5- 7.5 g depending on relative humidity, and the two shot button is set at 21.75 seconds grinding about 16.5- 18 g of coffee, likewise depending on humidity. This took about 45 minutes and 1/2 lb coffee.
To date I have ground 152 shots and there is little clumping. I use a canning funnel in the portafilter basket to prevent grounds from scattering from the dosser funnel chute.
Today after my third pound of coffee I broke it down again to see the amount of ground coffee stuck on the burrs as my coffee is oily. There was a fair amount caked on the burrs but it cleaned easily with a stiff brush. I have ordered some grindz and will run some through monthly as routine maintenance rather than breaking it down so often. I have learned coffee tastes best when equipment is kept very clean of rancid oils. I guess if I am going to all this expense and trouble I want the best I can create in my cup.
Ordered online, no problems, free shipping, no tax, delivery within 4 days, came UPS no damage to the box. Will order from Prima again.