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    Grinder Upgrade

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    Hey everyone,

    My current home setup is currently a Rocket Giotto V3 along with a Rancilio Rocky doserless grinder. I'm finding that I'm wanting to upgrade my grinder, and have seen the Mazzer Mini for $600 but I wanted to get opinions on whether this is the best option in this price range?

    I mostly make espresso black coffee, and on occasion drink lattes, etc. I got the Rocky really cheap hence having it in the first place. I look forward to hearing what suggestions there are.

    Thanks.

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    I can't comment if it is the best option, but I have had mine for 11 years and never regretted it. I bought an electronic doserless grinder, but preferred the Mazzer because it is so easy to adjust.

    Yes it does throw the grounds to the left, and it can be a bit messy. I just hold the portafilter where the grounds are going...

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    There's a great looking Macap M4D in the 4-Sale section just now...
    Would make a terrific partner with the Rocket.

    Mal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cinder View Post
    I can't comment if it is the best option, but I have had mine for 11 years and never regretted it. I bought an electronic doserless grinder, but preferred the Mazzer because it is so easy to adjust.

    Yes it does throw the grounds to the left, and it can be a bit messy. I just hold the portafilter where the grounds are going...
    Thanks for you reply, much appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimal View Post
    There's a great looking Macap M4D in the 4-Sale section just now...
    Would make a terrific partner with the Rocket.

    Mal.
    Thanks for that heads up! How much of an improvement is the M4D over the Mazzer Mini? Are there any other worthwhile candidates?

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryno View Post
    Thanks for that heads up! How much of an improvement is the M4D over the Mazzer Mini? Are there any other worthwhile candidates?

    Thanks.
    Get the M4D.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryno View Post
    Thanks for that heads up! How much of an improvement is the M4D over the Mazzer Mini? Are there any other worthwhile candidates?
    In terms of build quality, longevity, and grind output quality they are both equals...
    In terms of grind speed though, the M4D wins hands down. Less than 10 seconds for a 20g double shot.

    Mal.

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    Would it be worth spending a little more money and looking at the Eureka Atom or Zenith 65e?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimal View Post
    In terms of grind speed though, the M4D wins hands down.

    Mal.
    I have no specific knowledge of different grinders, however my chance reading of the Choice February 2018 tests leads me to believe the M4D is recommended by Choice. Ideally I would like to see the Choice tests added as a resource for this site. I am not suggesting Choice is perfect, or is better than real life use, just another way of looking at things where they have the resources to buy all the machines blind and test them. I understand Choice protect their copyright, so permission would be required.

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    Hmmm...

    Choice reviews on Specialist Coffee Hardware are a bit 'hit and miss' from the perspectives of most of us here in CS.
    Surprised that they gave the M4D the wrap that they did. A wonder it wasn't rated as too heavy or some such rubbish (from a CSer point of view).

    Mal.

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    What are people's thoughts on the Eureka Atom or Zenith 65e?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryno View Post
    What are people's thoughts on the Eureka Atom or Zenith 65e?
    Both great grinders with their own pluses.

    The Zenith is designed primarily as a commercial grinder. It is fast, clump free and easy to adjust. Quite often some home users want the ultimate grinder and this one with the small hopper option hits that mark.
    https://www.casaespresso.com.au/eureka-zenith-65e.html

    The Atom is designed as a top end domestic, bordering on a commercial grinder. Its most notable feature is its lack of noise. It really is quite remarkable.
    https://www.casaespresso.com.au/eureka-atom.html

    Both grinders utilise Eurekas unique grind adjustment

    Feel free to call me if we can help further

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    Antony
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    www.casaespresso.com.au
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    I would say M4D!



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