Kick ass grinder that is, unfortunately, way too much for the home...
Positive Product Points
This thing will outlive me and my kids. It will outlive their kids. It's built like a tank, weighs more than most consumer (and some pro) espresso machines, and is a big bad mama.
Negative Product Points
For the home, it's complete overkill. This thing is dwarfing my Pasquini Livia90 espresso machine, takes up a lot of counterspace; surprisingly, it's noisier than a Rocky.
In the beginning... I had a Rancilio Rocky and a Solis Mulino. All was happy with the world. But being a Coffee Geek, I wanted more. and more. An offer arrived through the email... it was an offer to have a true piece of commercial pie in the kitchen. I couldn't turn it down...
It arrives.... First thought. MAN, is this thing HUGE. HUGE. If Tiny Elvis was next to it, he'd think it was the MGM Grand Central, it's so tall and HUUUUGE. And weighs a ton too. Well, about 30lbs dry, empty. My old Silvia barely pushed that weight full! So I put it on the counter, dialed out the burrs, plugged it in and turned it on. Next thought: this thing is pretty noisy. The motor is just... yeah, loud. Not Solis 166 loud, certainly not Braun KM30 loud. But a whine is heard.
Did I mention it's huge?
The learning curve... Oh yeah, big time learning curve with this. Partially Rocky's fault. You see, it's like this. Once you get a quality grinder, and use it for a year or two, you get tuned into it, know how it's feeling each day, know what it's going to give you. I'm serious! You don't get this from a $100, even a $150 grinder, but you certainly do from a Rocky, and you most definitely do from a $600 Rossi.
The benefit of having a grinder that develops a personality is that you have to unlearn that personality when you buy a new grinder. No kidding here, it took me a solid month to dial in that Rossi, with an average of maybe 3 shots a day. But once I got to know what Mr. Rossi likes, what he's prepared to give me, I was pulling great shots consistently, and the rare God Shot (tm) was becoming a tiny bit less rare. Once I got over the hump, I was laughing... sort of.
9 months later... I'm looking to unload the Rossi. Why? Not because it isn't capable - no sir. Because it's just too big, too huge, too much for a small kitchen. This grinder should be dosing out stuff for a 4 group machine, not my little Pasquini Livia.
Don't get me wrong - this is one seriously kick-butt grinder. In fact it could probably literally kick some ass if it had half a mind (to). Super consistent grind throughout the entire range, fairly fast doing it as well, and well, it's a tank. Like I said in the positive points above, it will probably outlast my grandchildren if I keep it in the family.
But I want a Mini Mazzer now... :)
Hey, Barry from Riley's Coffee is always a pleasure to deal with. Although he delayed getting it to me by a few days, cuz it was so heavy and he was joe procrastinator... :) Wait a sec... did I say it was a pleasurable experience? Hell, he made me antsy!