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    Is the mini worth the extra money?

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    Ok, so after having been told (and reading elsewhere) that you should buy the best grinder you can afford, Im contemplating the mini vs. the rocky. Is it worth the extra cash? Or are people simply saying "dont skimp on the grinder"?

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    Re: Is the mini worth the extra money?

    The mini is for those who are willing to spend the extra money on a grinder. Theres nothing wrong with less expensive grinders such as the lux, iberital, or rocky. Theres a few stepless adjustment grinders on the market, namely the mini and iberital, and some others.

    In the end, its what floats your boat, Mercedes or Toyota. The price tag doesnt necessarily mean its better, just more expensive, and has different features.

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    Grant:

    Buy on features not quality when comparing the Rocky and the Mini. Both are very good quality and will do the job equally well.

    The Rocky is the choice if you want a compact doserless grinder and the Mazzer is probably the best choice if you want one with a grinder.

    I certainly dont agree about spending as much as you can afford ie. you can easily get grinders that truly are overkill for home use and simply occupy a lot of space and possibly are a waste of the extra money as well.

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    Re: Is the mini worth the extra money?

    Mazzer is probably the best choice if you want one with a grinder.
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    I love it when other people typo. ::)


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    Re: Is the mini worth the extra money?

    Andy:

    Yeah, I thought someone might pick up on that one!

    Im glad you agree with me!

    Grant

    Now here is a good home grinder


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    Re: Is the mini worth the extra money?

    The question has already been adequately answered by Nunu but there are other tangential considerations for forum participants to ponder.

    At risk of starting the usual fracas, generally speaking what you are reading (about rocky & mini etc) are just the usual cyclic regurgitations getting around the net from happy owners of said equipment...who usually bought said equipment as a result of the same cyclic recommendations from happy owners before them...in addition to the same cyclic recommendations from those who shouldnt (recommend) because they actually dont own the equipment, have no personal knowledge of it, and are only plagiarising favourable equipment reviews posted on the net by others.

    This is not to say that the usual cyclic recommendations are a bad thing...or that the equipment is not good. *Its just that they need to be taken IN CONTEXT.

    The context is...that if you are considering the purchase of a commercial grinder, then the mini mazzer is not the only good commercial grinder on the market. If you are considering a good commercial grinder...there are a miriad of good ones on the market. A direct equivalent is the Macap M5...and it was very favourably reviewed (in fact compared to the mini) by coffeegiek in August last year.

    So what I am saying is, forum participants do not have to feel (if they do) that they are being continually led to only 2 model grinders (rocky & mini) all the time because once you get to the $400.00 mark, you could probably buy almost any good small commercial grinder or top end domestic grinder, and end up with a "goodun"........dependent entirely on local availability, service backup, and what you as an individual like the look of for your kitchen or office.

    And to those that might accuse me of bias....please note I sell both MM & M5 so it doesnt matter to me which ones get sold. What bothers me as a trader, is the incessent bias that actually comes from the domestic sector ( ie end user clients) that will only look at one or two model grinders because of the influence of the above said endless cyclic recommendation of only a limited few models.

    However the fact remains that it is overkill to overdo the purchase of one item of equipment over the other it is being matched to....on the basis that the client may or may not upgrade the other piece of equipment some time down the track...because in this instance the difference in grind quality between say a $300 grinder and a $700 grinder is not really the issue ( read my topic : http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1131062628 )

    Once you reach a certain level of grind quality the business of *matching* equipment has more to do with other factors..like you wouldnt put a $2500.00 small commercial coffee machine with a 300 domestic grinder because one basically looks "cheap" next to the other.....and doesnt have the same features or give the same level of satisfaction in use as the properly matched small commercial grinder...

    So if you have a $600.00 coffee machine and it is matched to a $300.00 grinder, well that will most probably not do any less for you (in terms of the *quality* of the coffee in the cup) as the same machine "mismatched" to a $700.00 commercial grinder. But of course there is no doubt that the more expensive grinder will give loads of other benefits important to the individual in the total coffee making experience.

    To answer your question directly then (is it worth the extra cash)...in terms of straight grind quality / resulting cup quality...No, because at this level of equipment I dont think you (we / whoever) would be able to discern whether any differences in the brews made with the grinds from one or other grinder, can be attributed to grind quality alone. But is it worth the extra cash in terms of everything else (ease of use, aesthetics, size, level of user satisfaction, noise, static, ease of adjustment, speed of delivery, capacity to entertain groups etc etc etc)....only you as an individual can be the judge.

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    Re: Is the mini worth the extra money?

    Wow... well that was all quite informative. I have the option of a Rocky for $360 so I was leaning in that direction already. Looks like I have my answer, thanks for your input.

    Grant

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    FC:

    I suspect that we are some of the few CS people who can type 60wpm!

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    or do you have a secretary?

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    I have no idea how fast I type, but its slower than the wife who flies in at about 100-120 wpm.

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    Re: Is the mini worth the extra money?

    Grant:

    The Rocky is a pretty solid choice. It also has good resale as the name is so well known. The price point is also good. As a bonus they are very compact.

    Grant

    Wow, feel like Im talking to myself sometimes
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    Yeah... theres something spooky going on. In the last two weeks you are the third Grant that Ive crossed paths with - one at work, one mountain biking, and now you! Im beginning to feel like a Grant magnet :P

    Grant

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    Re: Is the mini worth the extra money?

    I agonised between rocky and the mazzer and ended up with the mazzer. It seemed at the time that a lot of people with rockkys were still planning there next upgrade to a mazzer or were having some issues with small details. The mazzer on the other hand is pretty well end of line for most home users and could become a family heirloom to be passed down. As such I regarded it as a better long term investment.

    Either grinder will do a great job and each will hold resale well. The mazzer will do the job with more precision and for longer, maybe much longer than you need!

    note the macap or cimbali could be equally substiuted for the mazzer in any of the above comparisons

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    Re: Is the mini worth the extra money?

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    This whole thread hits it on the head. In the end it is personal choice. The grinders mentioned all do the same job. They are just built progressively better as you pay more. They all spit out the same quality of grind.

    For $380 the Rocky is an excellent deal.

    I spent the bucks for a Mazzer Mini. I think its worth it.

    As for Mazzer Mini v Rocky, when I eventually have the Perth crew over, guys bring your Rockies and Ill grind them up in the Mini ;)



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