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Thread: Silly question - Smart Grinder Pro Vs Mini Mazzer

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    Silly question - Smart Grinder Pro Vs Mini Mazzer

    I currently own a Mazzer Mini and have for the last 4 years, but my dose amount can vary at times resulting in inconsistent shots. I have 3-4 lattes a day.

    The settings on the Smart Grinder Pro seem convenient, but a Mazzer is a Mazzer right? So would it be a downgrade for me to go down to the Breville or a good move? It is on sale today for $159.20 from Bing Lee.

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    Don't downgrade. Rather than trying to time or measure the correct amount of beans to grind, try free dosing: thwack the doser lever while grinding and stop when the basket is full. Yes, you will need to add slightly more beans than required to fill your basket.
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    You will still have to adjust both the grind time and size as each bean is different and both will change with the bean ageing.
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    Thanks. I have been set on Segafredo's Extra Strong beans for the last few months.

    Would it make a difference if I stick to these all the time?
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    Rather than buy a worse grinder, buy a set of 0.1 gram tolerance scales and start weighing your dose. You'll get far more consistent shots if you're grinding the same amount each time into your portafilter.

    Google: Decent Espresso Simple Scale. $40.00 AUD and they work a treat.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UI_W7GfKZSQ

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hadrami View Post
    I currently own a Mazzer Mini and have for the last 4 years, but my dose amount can vary at times resulting in inconsistent shots. I have 3-4 lattes a day.

    The settings on the Smart Grinder Pro seem convenient, but a Mazzer is a Mazzer right? So would it be a downgrade for me to go down to the Breville or a good move? It is on sale today for $159.20 from Bing Lee.

    Thanks.

    Definitely a downgrade, as another poster said, get yourself a set of scales, plenty available online for around the $10 mark.
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    Just out of curiosity - have you checked the condition of the burrs at all..? A badly worn or damaged set of burrs could even be creating the inconsistency you're describing, that's all. Might be worth a good strip and clean at the very least. ..? cheers
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    It would be sinful...
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    If youíre using Segafredo coffee then a Smart Grinder will be fine. Youíll probably quite enjoy itís user friendly nature. Iíve just stepped Ďdowní from a Compak K10 to a Sunbeam EM0490 and Iím quite happy. Thereís a few people with a few strong prejudices on here so youíre not likely to get a balanced response to your question.

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    A mazzer mini with a doser is a choice grinder. Buying your way out of solving a simple grinder problem and especially getting something where the grinding assembly is inferior to what you have, is not intelligent problem solving.

    Of course you are going to get variation. Maybe if you have a shop or a fellow snobbie near you get some advice.

    My advice don't buy it.

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    Seeing as the Breville is so cheap at the moment you could just buy it to try. Use the two grinders side by side for a few weeks then sell whichever one you like the least. If you end up selling the Breville youíll probably only lose $20 or so of what you paid. Thatís a small price to pay to check it out and youíll know from your own experience that youíve made the right decision and you wonít be relying on other peopleís opinions.

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    I went from SG to a K3 and did a post in my impressions of the differences. Do a search it should come up, was a few years back.

    Cheers

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    I have a SG and am happy with it with my 16g standard filter basket and a custom Merlo dark roast blend.

    However, as I wanted to play around with different coffee amounts, I bought 2 LM Strada baskets (by VST) and the grinder just doesn't grind fine enough to make them work. Even tamping with full body weight and filling 19 g into the LM17 basket on the finest setting gives me 50 mls in under 15 sec.

    So, depending on what setup you have, the SG might not fully work out with what you want to achieve. There's a possibility the new SG Pro/Dose Control can grind finer than my shimmed now 6 year old first SG model, but I wouldn't count on it when I have to replace it one day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeroyC View Post
    If you’re using Segafredo coffee then a Smart Grinder will be fine. You’ll probably quite enjoy it’s user friendly nature. I’ve just stepped ‘down’ from a Compak K10 to a Sunbeam EM0490 and I’m quite happy. There’s a few people with a few strong prejudices on here so you’re not likely to get a balanced response to your question.
    What was your reasoning for the grinder change? I'm all for budget grinders that get overlooked/bashed when they perform quite well.

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    I used the smart grinder for a few years and it worked fine for espresso. A bit clumpy at the finer end but it has some great user friendly features many other more expensive grinders lack.

    Its not built to outlast "traditional" grinders but for under $200 on sale its pretty decent.

    Cheers

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