Perfect for our needs at home, excellent for espresso
Positive Product Points
This is for the MCI (doserless version) -Small -Attractive -Quick -Easy to use -Quiet -Consistent grind -Easy to dial in for espresso -hopper removable with beans in it
Negative Product Points
Not many for me but to nit pick -Not a grinder for switching to other grinds -Plastic hopper not slopped quite enough -Small amount of grounds needs to be knocked out of the shoot -portafilter holder not substantial
I was pretty set on a Rocky for it's easy of switching to drip grinds, figured it would be a huge step up from our ear drum splitting Cuisanart burr grinder. However every post I read pointed out that for espresso you will want to upgrade eventually from a Rocky to step-less. So I decided to skip the upgrade step when I found an MCI for close (+$50) to the same price as Rocky I jumped on it.
Complicating matters was my wife was not into espresso that much, easy no hassle coffee is more important to her. She didn't want two grinders on the counter either. So I had to get my wife on board with the idea of an espresso grinder, I was pretty sure she just needed to experience making a proper espresso at home with an easy to use setup and that would change her mind. I was right, the MCI with our Oscar, fit the bill nicely and she's done with drip coffee. One grinder and it's a step less espresso grinder!
I know there are Mazer's and Macap's out there that people love with larger burrs and a huge cult following, if I was persistent I could've found one of those for about the same money the MCI set me back. But we needed something small, smaller than the Rocky, and quiet, and also I wanted doserless. I know there are other models to consider and I shopped around. But I liked the MCI, it fit our needs. Setting it up was super easy, worst part was dialing in the grind initially took a dozen or so shots, spent maybe 30 minutes doing that, now it's just a tiny 1/8 of a turn to adjust if needed.
Using the MCI is super easy: hold the portafilter against the switch, fill 1/2, shake level, fill to slight mound, a couple light taps to knock grounds out of the shoot, level, tamp, pull shots.
Bonus is the MCI is mostly metal so no static charged grounds flying everywhere. Also if your slightly careful you can avoid a big mess all over. This is far neater than our old plastic static generator
Now that it's dialed in, paired with our Oscar, our setup makes fabulous espresso and it is so simple. My wife loves it and happily makes her own espresso's or americano's (if she feels like a cup of coffee). I haven't timed it but it is far faster than brewing coffee and less mess. We now enjoy an awesome AM coffee ritual that is rewarded with espresso better than the local coffee shops and about as good as you can find just about anywhere
Three Month Followup
Love it. Solid and works
Happy house full of espresso drinkers instead of drip coffee now (no need for another grinder for drip)!
I failed to mention in my original review that it clumps a bit, probably on pair with any doserless grinder in this class. I don't mind the clumps and most go away when I shake the portafilter after filling 1/2-2/3 full, then fill the rest of the way most go away when I scrape level with a straight edge. I I've tried the WDT method but honestly cannot tell if it makes a difference in a better tasting shot. I don't want to bother stirring and think you need a doser model to get clump free. I do not want a doser for a dew reasons.
One Year Followup
Still solid, still happy with it. Decent doserless esresso grinder with much more precise adjustment than the Rocky
For those that think clumps are the death well it does clump, but I could care less. The espresso tastes great (all I drink are straight espresso or americano's) . I think any doserless under $1000 is going to clump due to physics and the nature of coffee you put through it. It doesn't do well with oily beans or else it clogs in the chute then locking the grinder