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Saeco MC2002 Burr - Brendan Getchel's Review
Posted: January 14, 2002, 3:06pm
review rating: 7.7
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
Name Ranking
Tony Reynolds 8.50
Doug Wiebe 8.20
Brendan Getchel 7.66
Paul Quinn 7.50
Leigh Booker 7.40

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 5.6
Manufacturer: Saeco Quality: 6
Average Price: $120.00 Usability: 5
Price Paid: $70.00 Cost vs. Value 7
Where Bought: Whole Latte Love Aesthetics 5
Owned for: 6 months Overall 5
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: La Pavoni PA-BURR, Rancilio MD-50/AT
Bottom Line: If you're into static and cleaning coffee from places you never knew existed, the MC2002 is for you!
Positive Product Points

Cheapest entry-level espresso flat burr grinder that will get the job done...barely. Fairly solid grinding mechanism. Respectable capacity. Doesn't occupy a lot of space.

Negative Product Points

Grounds, grounds EVERYWHERE! Awkward grounds catch. Static-cling up the whazoo. Cheap exterior. Needs to be disassembled and adjusted to produce proper espresso fineness. Sounds like an industrial rock crusher. Grounds chute clogs constantly, necessitating cleaning virtually EVERY use!

Detailed Commentary

I've had a good amount of experience with this grinder and have had it completely disassembled. I have also dealt with both ends of the coffee grinder spectrum, going from a Krups blade grinder, to a woefully inadequate (for anything espresso) La Pavoni PA-BURR grinder, to this Saeco MC2002, to the M1 Abrams Tank and "Mother of all Espresso Grinders", the Rancilio MD-50/AT, so I feel relatively competent to write a review of the MC2002.

I bought it about 4-5 months ago from Whole Latte Love out of their "Next to New" section. It was a return, which should have told me something to begin with. At the time, I only had a Starbucks' Barista espresso maker, and the MC2002 seemed like a proportional grinder. Had I known that I would be the proud owner of a Livia 90 a few short months later I wouldn't have bothered, but who knew? Anyway, I got it for the bargain-basement price of $72 I believe, INCLUDING shipping. Once I got it, it simply would NOT grind fine enough to make anything more than a 10-second double espresso, and this from a whimpy-powered Barista. I tore the MC2002 apart made the necessary adjustments, and voila--proper grind--enough to actually choke up the Barista (not too difficult). Actually, it grinds fine enough for my Rancilio Audrey and even my new Livia, but just barely and only on "good" days.

Anyway, it's a royal pain because of extreme static. If you want to avoid all of the static, you have to let it sit for a few minutes, which spoils your "grind-to-brew" plans and lets the grounds oxidize and get "stale". Not a good thing. Somehow, it gets grinds in places its never even been. Don't ask me how, I think it transports them somehow while I'm sleeping. It's a BARELY adequate grinder which, for the money, simply isn't worth it--not when you can get the new Solis Maestro from every vendor (including WLL) on the web for a few bucks more ($129), or a Rocky for $100 more than the MC2002.

I see all sorts of reviews by people for everything, not just the MC2002, who think their new purchase is the cat's meow. I guess we all hope that we will be happy with purchases we make, but unfortunately most people simply don't have anything to compare it to and therefore do not have a baseline reference as to what's good or bad. Almost every Dunkin' Dognuts drinker loves DD coffee. Almost every Starbuck$ drinker loves SB coffee. All because they simply don't know any better and have no point of reference to see what's really out there. You don't walk into a fine restaurant and expect the Sommalier to offer you screw-top Riunite on ice, do you? Well, unfortunately that's what most of us are accustomed to when it comes to coffee and coffee equipment.

The MC2002 is BARELY passable IF you get it for 1/2 price and simply do not have the money to do any better. I'd rather collect enough bottles and cans to step up to the Maestro or better.

EDIT: I should add that outside of what I said above, that I've had no functional problems with the MC2002. It's relative heavy for its size and has "performed" consistently and done everything I asked of it, even with its limited capabilities. So I suppose I owe it that much in that if you're looking for an el cheap-o grinder that'll simply do the job, this might actually fit the bill.

Just thought I should add that for the minimalists out there.

Buying Experience

Whole Latte Love is great. They even advised me not to buy it, but silly me decided I was smarter than they, and did it anyway. For the discounted price I paid (~$70) it's a close call. Any more, and it's a no-brainer. Fugghetaboutit!

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