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    New member here, nice forums with some really informative reading. :)

    Im in the market for a Mazzer mini electronic and am having a bit of trouble locating a store with one in stock.

    I mainly want the more expensive electronic version , instead of the model with the doser due to the neatness in dispensing the coffee rather than the electronic dosing. Im a slightly apprehensive that the electronic mazzer might not be as robust as the manual mini either by failure of the electrical contact points (picture below) for the dosing adjustment or in other timers/sensors in the grinder. However, Im not thaaaat concerned as the grinder will not be used in a commercial environment.


    I notice a few people around here own the mazzer Mini E. Would you mind telling me where they were purchased from and if the stores had one on display? I would like to see it in the metal, as Ive only gawked at pictures in brochures and the net.

    Ive spoken with the distributor (Saeco) and theyve informed me that the electronic version of the mini is not in stock, they were unable to provide me with an ETA for the next shipment, but promised to follow it up and get back to me. If I have to wait for too long, I think I might succumb and get the standard Mini grinder and live with the electrical tape (or similar) doser mod and then eventually custom make a funnel system for a doserless type system.

    The larger burrs of the Electronic mini are not important to me as Im a homeboy and the grinder will never see the lights of a cafe. The cheaper price of the standard mini grinder (by $300-$350) is slightly negated when I take into account the costs of modifying the grinder by option A or B.

    A - OEM parts for the Super Jolly grinder (spout + bag holder + collar)
    Along with the high costs, Im not sure if it will be an easy fit and might require some cutting of the grinder body. I could get the spout custom made at a metal shop locally.
    http://www.espressoparts.com/category/03.06.10/

    B - OEM Mini E chute/funnel system and then modifying a manual mini grinder so it has a similar chute system without the electronic dosing/dispensing part.
    http://www.kaffee-board.de/cgi-bin/ikonboard/ikonboard.cgi?s=492a60bfd232aa9d8c3e9e76c95c70d8;a ct=ST;f=32;t=5305

    C - Adding a rubber splitter on the bottom of the doser vanes in the dosing chamber and a small metal chute at the outlet for the ground coffee->portafilter. *A low cost mod that seems to work quite well in ensuring a cleaner sweep+dispense of the ground coffee. There seem to be a quite a number of good instructions for this on the net (variations being using a brush or electrical tape).

    Thank you.

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    Hi Rice,
    I cannot add much to your request for information except...

    ;D ME TOO! ;D

    I had a good look at a mini-e on the weekend at the Aroma festival and very nearly bought one on impulse (but a quick self-slap fixed that).

    I currently use a Tranquilio doserless and like the idea of grinding into a funnel for home use. In a shop it would be too slow, ergo the need for a doser, but speed isnt an issue at home. Having a good poke and prod on the weekend I could see the build quality is good and the momentary button for a "top-up" is a nice feature too.

    Ill add it to my wish list ;)

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    I just got a standard mini a few short months ago, and havent looked back. I looked into the bag spout attachment thingy too, but there were a few probs with it (search the CG forums for the thread)- it becomes very hard to sweep out the chute, and believe me, a lot of grinds get stuck in there. Theyre easily brushed out with a cheap little brush, but with the bag spout, apparently you cant get to the chute.

    I havent found the doser that much of a problem at all ... apart from a few small [s]mountains[/s] ... I mean mounds of coffee surrounding my designated coffee area. Its incredibly quickly cleaned up whenever we crack out the vacuum cleaner ... which is regularly, but thats just coincidence.

    I have done the tape mod, and it works very well now. I still do a brush-out after making and drinking a shot ... or if Im running late for work (standard) then Ill brush it out before pulling the homecoming shot.

    Oh yeah, from what Ive heard - dont count on much help from saeco. nuf said.

    Sorry that Im not offering the help youre after ... if youre in Sydney, Pinot/John Doyle may still have a mini-e left, but hes more on the training/book promotion thing now, and less on the selling stuff thing. Otherwise, I got mine from Danes in Brookvale, Im sure theyd be able to help you too.

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    I bought my Mini E from John Doyle aka Pinot, but I dont think he is selling equipment anymore.

    You could try Sienna Coffee in Sydney http://www.siennacoffee.com.au/mazzermini.htm As far as I know they dont have a showroom, so no inspection possible. I havent dealt with them before, but Ive heard positive reports.

    If you are in Sydney and you wanted to see the Mini E in person, I think Single Origin in Reservoir St Surrey Hills, have a couple of them in use. I could be wrong... but I thought I noticed a couple last time I was there.

    They are heavy and exude build quality, not to mention coffee *:)


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    Re:

    Quote Originally Posted by rice link=1122441263/0#0 date=1122441263
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    Ive spoken with the distributor......the electronic version of the mini is not in stock............ they.....promised to follow it up and get back to me.....
    There is a song....I think its called..."Thatll be the day...." Buddy Holly. A saint, and way ahead of his own time in my view!

    One of my clients has had an E on order (with me...through the main importer) for a while now but I think he too will eventually succumb and buy the regular model.

    I have equal numbers of Macap M5 and Mini Mazzers in stock in their regular forms if anyone is interested. There isnt much between them, and theyre available for immediate delivery.


    Regardz,
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    "Thatll be the day...."
    Curse you FC... Im still going "wooo hoo... Thatll be the day... wooo hoo" in my head after reading that.... and I dont even like the song!

    ...anyway, while Im happy with my Cunil Tranquilo doserless "timer" grinder (ex AJzCafe) the lure of the mini-e is high except Im not entirely sure that timer grinders make a lot of sense (unless you have the same bean all the time which near all of us dont)

    I had noticed the "Gran Macinino" on your site (after following one of those really cool banner ads at the top of the CoffeeSnobs forum) :)

    Gran Macinio home use grinder with hardened conical grinding burrs, grinding activated by placing filter holder directly under the outlet
    It looks like a piece of art (not important to me but cute), and the idea of dosing by eye directly into the group handle does appeal (a lot!).

    The other thought I had was to move / modify the Mini-E so the momentary button was behind the group handle and a quick "bump" would top-up when the timer was a little out.

    FC, Can you tell me your thoughts on the Gran Macinino and how you think it compares to the Macap M5 / Mini-E etc?

    (sorry to hijack the thread Rice but it is nearly the same topic)




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    Hi Andy,

    Have you seen the Mini E type B?
    It has the portafilter activated button thing.

    http://www.home-barista.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=292

    Looking to the grinder on the right, note the indicator lights. The Type B has a single push-type switch in the place of the screw shown on the left; you press it by pushing the portafilter against the switch, conveniently using only one hand. Tapping it once selects the single dose (one cup indicator illuminates), tapping it twice selects the double dose (two cup indicator illuminates). The same switch acts as a momentary button on the Type As (the "hand" button shown earlier). That is, press and hold the Type Bs push-type switch instead of releasing it immediately; the grinder will run and the dosage indicators will flash to make it obvious its in "momentary grind" mode. Very nice!
    Im not sure if the type B was being imported though...

    When it comes to dosing by eye, you can do it with the type A. There are three buttons, single, double and grind on demand.


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    Andy...re "Granmacinino"

    A very good domestic grinder with looks to kill. I will have new stock in about 5 weeks with next container. Its the look that sells this model and the look must have a lot of pull because the "workings" appear to be not much more than a Lux grinder, but in a much much better looking body (see it in the flesh and it really is much much better looking than the lux, and this is important enough in many domestic kitchens).

    But how does it compare to small commercial grinders (Macap M5, Mini M etc)....it doesnt....you are talking a very good domestic grinder in comparison to small commercial grinders intended for business / office / small commercial use.

    But like rocky and lux & some others, it works very very well in domestic use, depending on how any individual wants to look at it.

    For the rest of it regarding Electronic MMs etc....fellas....you can bang your heads against brick walls if you like, but the level of availability for these models in Oz is not good, never has been...and those who wait and wait and wait on the basis of hollow promises, just end up getting frustrated and losing opportunities in the meantime. EG I have a client at the moment chasing an E. The client is hanging off purchasing the intended espresso machine until the the grinder of his choice becomes available and he can buy the pair at the same time. My honest view, is the client is missing out on heaps of enjoyment that could have been had over the excitement of the purchase of the machine, as a result of waiting & waiting for a particular model grinder that may not even turn up anytime soon.

    There isnt enough volume in this country for these kinds of specialised pieces of equipment, they dont have any real commercial appeal because of their capacity / size (too slow for cafe use, too small), and they are far too expensive in the main (small volumes add to expense). No wonder the importer is not too fussed.

    Generally what happens, subject to a couple of promises an importer might bring 5 units in, sells one, and sits on the other 4 for quite a while because
    a) few domestic clients are in this market / price bracket and
    b) the price it too high anyway (smaller volumes, higher initial price, higher landing/freight costs to the importer, flowing through to the RRP).

    The level of frustration for all concerned. thats the handful of genuine retail buyers, the traders caught in the middle, and the importers themsleves, is high...its basically unprofitable (buy 5, sell 1, sit on the others forever), and ergo, they (the importers) dont need to go there again in a hurry.

    From a purely traders point of view the issue is further complicated when you go into this kind of specialised stuff. This happens....you mighty be lucky enough to get some A models in, but the enquirers want the B model instead...or vice versa...and the regular "doser" version you get in because of enquiries then sits there forever because the market has moved on to the As, or is it the Bs...or whatever! *;D

    Welcome to reality.

    Ok apologies to all, but sometimes these things have to be said and by all means feel free to disagree.

    If any number of you want to get some ("Electronics"), I can look into bringing a number in direct from my sources in Italy, subject to numbers (would have to be atleast 5 and possibly 10 to try & keep costs down) and a great deal of discussion off line with regard to a "special" CoffeeSnobs order.

    Regardz,
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    I currently have a Cunil Tranquillo and has served us very well, except for that blasted static and I also find it a little messy.

    I have been offerd a very good Macap M5 Grinder but for the meantime I am going to stick to the grinder I have, however If I were to get a new grinder I would certainly look at a Mini E with the timed grind option (unsure if its A or B) but grind on demand sounds good to me, just kkep grinding untill you have enough ;D

    However I too rang Saeco (the importer) before seeing the posts here and exactly as you said....NONE IN THE COUNTRY, what a joke this is, well then I think whats the point of having them on offer if they dont import them.

    I asked when they would get some more in and the reply was "we are not sure" So when do you expect to get some in?............"still not sure" why? unsure!.... Great business

    Dependant upon price etc I would be very interested say in about a month or so, however this would be dependat upon price and warranty issues etc. and of course "THE WIFE" :P

    I like the Mazzers, especially the Mini E.

    regards

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    I must have gotten lucky when a friend and I bought our Giotto Classic and Mazzer Mini Electronic model A grinders at the end of 2003.

    The only real criticism I have of the grinder is that the grinds do not fall exactly evenly through the funnel so you have to redistribute them a bit. I have heard that the grinder has been modified to include a deflection plate to address this but have never seen details.

    I typically use the double dose button to mostly fill the basket then the use the instantaneous button to tweak the correct volume.

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    Oh well CoffeeSnobbers.... Lets see where this takes us.

    I want a Doserless Mazzer MINI ELECTRONIC MOD. B my prefered colour being Silver

    Who else wants one, model A or B

    FC has said he might be able to get some in for us but we need to get an idea of who does and who doesnt, so those of you who want one, speak up and let FC know... he not telpapathec

    Lets see if we can get a few in guys.

    If we buy a few we might be able to save a bit.

    The other option I have is to have one brougt in from France, but that wont be untill Christmas. Aust Voltage is 230/240v 50hz France is 230v 50hz... just change the plug I suppose. HVMAN can you advise here?

    So speak up peoples

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    Has anybody else noticed the Mazzer Mini P ?

    http://www.wholelattelove.com/Mazzer/mini_p.cfm

    Shorter hopper and a polished body.

    I asked a Saeco rep at Aroma about the availability of the shorter hopper and got a blank look that spoke volumes.

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    Hmmm.... "P" for Pretty? ;D

    Polished (providing the alloy has a good top clear coat) sounds like a good idea but it has one of those [s]dopey[/s] errr... dosers on it. :)


    So speak up peoples
    I too would lean toward the "type B". The one handed usage and the fact that the silly phone cord is missing would be enough to sway me.
    (but if I end-up with a "type A" Ill just modify it to have a group-handle switch)


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    Hi there.

    As per private email to FC, Im keen for a B type. Wonder how keen the price will be? :-?

    Bighdad

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    Hi all

    To keep this moving, Im one of the people who has been talking to FC about getting a mazzer, Im after a MM E, type B, silver.


    cheers KR

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    Bighdad,

    we have no idea what it might end up costing, particularly because small order / transport will both mean less likelihood of good prices.

    The idea was to get something in that a few people seem to want...so, availability is the criterion....rather than cost.

    regardz,
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    Id be interested in a mini E...and subsequent sale of my waaay rare mini-timer 8-)

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    Controversial I know, but seems that the Cunill Tranquilo has similar features to the MM Electronic. Price difference vs. performance difference/features? ::) And I dont just mean the fear of subsequent upgraditis!

    Thanks for any help.

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    Cant believe Im reading this!

    I was looking for the MM E Mod B about a year ago. I looked everywhere. Saeco, Diamond C (Vic), Canterella Brothers. I sent an email to Mazzer in Italy and spoke on the phone to them. They got me onto Diamond C. No one has it or not to my knowledge.

    I cant remember where I got this from but the price is between the doser and the Mod A. Maybe FC

    Saeco, well... Have a good experince youll tell a couple of people. Have a bad experience and theyll tell hundreds. Im telling hundreds.

    Pinot did his best to help me. I dont know if he can help now?

    I am still wanting a Mod B. The reasons still the same. Home use, grind what I need, not as many electronics or parts, can see what I am dosing, with the doser there is as much in the shower head as there is on the counter.

    If anyone can help? (Ill try again)


    Maybe Im not that crazy after all.


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    Controversial I know, but seems that the Cunill Tranquilo has similar features to the MM Electronic. *Price difference vs. performance difference/features?
    Ive just moved on from a Tranquilo doserless to the Mini E and as you point out there are a lot of similarities. On paper the Tranquilo reads very well and in reality, it works very well *:) *
    I suppose the reasons for buying the Mini arent quite as tangible as some people deem necessary.

    The Tranquilo:

    -Is aesthetically simple. Some say ugly, I say utilitarian.
    -Is a little noisey, but it is a grinder.
    -Has a slight problem with static.
    -Is made from a lighter weight sheet metal.
    -Has only the one dose option, albeit one you can adjust.
    -Has stepped grind adjustment.
    -Seems to have an enormous space around the burrs. Not really sure if this is a good or bad thing? More space for old coffee to hang around and influence fresh coffee perhaps?
    -Can be had for a great price.

    The Mini E:

    -Appeals to my sense of industrial cool.
    -Weighs a lot. Cast body.
    -Seems quieter.
    -Hasnt got any problems with static.
    -Has stepless grind adjustment.
    -Has a few dosing options ie 2 presets and one grind on demand button.
    -Makes less mess.
    -Costs 2 to 3 times more that the Tranquilo depending on prices paid.

    Im sure there are a lot of technical details Im leaving out, such as burr construction, particle sizing, and motor r.p.m etc.
    Both are more than adequate for home espresso. It seems to me that more time, research and care has gone into the design and construction of the Mazzer.

    I guess it is a heart vs. wallet decision.

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    Thanks Stephen. Saw a Tranquilo yesterday, and it reminded me of a Russian microscope I used at University ... it worked, but boy was it nasty to look at.

    Have seen the Mazzer Mini, and cant see myself using the doser ...

    Mebbe its a Mazzer B for me ...

    Hope FC feels better soon, and can help with ordering em ...

    Bighdad

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    FC

    So how are we going numbers wise? Are we getting anywhere near being able to talk about an order on mmes.

    cheers KR

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    A question for those of you in the know?

    MM E (mod A)

    From the pics I have seen the Mod A has the push buttons on the top .... and the on/off switch on the side


    MM E (mod B)

    Where the heck are the ones on the Mod B.... or is it the one thats in between the timer adjustments....???? :-[



    I made a widget for my Cunill Tranquillo (Doser Model) that basically deflects the grinds directly down into the chamber and thus I can grind with the doser lid off without getting grinds all over my bench, after about a week of use this has proven to be a very good little idea and being .75mm SSteel it wont rust or corrode (I hope), however the Cunill is still so darn noisy... and thus a quieter grinder is still in the pipeline...At the moment I now have a grinder that is giving me what I want but the MM E is still on the want list

    Those of you who have Cunills that want a copy of the widgets plans just let me know and Ill see if I can draw it up for you...

    FC From the sounds of things you have at least 5 people wanting the MME mod B... this is sounding good.... Now for the price..... :-[

    Regards

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    One of the better descriptions Ive seen is:

    http://www.home-barista.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=292

    -Stephen-

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    Thanks everyone for all the replies, sorry I hadnt posted earlier, but I have been tied up with a personal matter and had to make an overseas trip.

    I bought a Mini E (type A) last week. Managed to track down 2 stores with Mini Es in stock (totaling about 5 numbers). All appear to be the model A. http://www.coffeecompany.com.au and http://coffeeshack.com.au. There is also a roaster (CoffeeSupreme) whove been ordering MiniEs for both cafe & a few domestic customers. They wil be only getting the next batch towards December at the arse end of the year.

    I purchased the Mazzer from the Coffee Company in Balaclava (VIC). The owner replied to my query by email 2 weeks ago and said that he some on backorder and would be getting it in a fortnight (to be honest I was sceptical as I had heard this story before). He contacted me as soon as it had arrived and the price I got was a smidgen below rrp ($965). The price quotes I had got for the MIni E were mostly around the $999 mark, but a couple of vendors quoted me $1100. ::)

    In my search for the MiniE, one of the vendors (Diamond C) suggested the Compak K3 Touch grinder (rrp ~$550). Ive taken a screenshot of the PDF with a pic of the doserless and dosered versions.



    Im extremely satisfied with my purchase, and after a few days of using it I dont have any buyers remorse. I initially wanted the ModB, due to the lack of a wire on the lid, but since im only a home user, the wear and tear on the exposed control wire should be minimal. Ive found the model B to be in short supply even with overseas vendors.

    The grinder is overkill for my current machine (Nemox Fenice) but Im really loving the neatness in dispensation and having the ability to be able to tweak my grind in small increments (my main reason for going with a Mazzer instead of the smaller Rocky). Even though the stainless steel dosing chute/funnel on the Mazzer works a treat, it still doesnt prevent a bit of spillover of coffee onto the work bench . I usually hold up the basket right upto the opening and this seems to help in a small way.

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    Gee, that Compak grinder looks very nice.
    Anyone knows anything about it?

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    I couldnt find any info on the Compak grinder, I think they are Azkoyen products, but could be wrong.
    http://industrial.azkoyen.com/eng/products/hosteleria/hosteleria_3.htm

    I was given the rrp and PDF linked below by Diamond C Services, you could contact them
    Ph: (03) 9497 1944
    email: sales@diamond-c.com.au (Michael Agrotis)

    http://s35.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=3SECMM4QA3GDG3FQ7EOVUAKIYH

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    This may be a little off topic but some one may know as Ive had no luck. I am after the black plastic grinds catcher off a mini mazza as I snapped one of the plastic arms that keep it in place(I use velcro to keep it in place at the moment) and so far I havent found any one who can supply me one any suggestions would be helpful thanks *:-?

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    Quote Originally Posted by coffee_nuts link=1122441263/15#27 date=1127709901
    <snip> I am after the black plastic grinds catcher off a mini mazza as I snapped one of the plastic arms that keep it in place(I use velcro to keep it in place at the moment) and so far I havent found any one who can supply me one any suggestions would be helpful thanks :-?
    Give Dimattina Coffee in Melbourne a ring on or mail on

    e-mail: info@dimattinacoffee.com.au

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    they replaced mine ;-)

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    Give Dimattina Coffee in Melbourne a ring on or mail on

    e-mail: info@dimattinacoffee.com.au

    Dimattina Coffee Pty Ltd
    126 Edwardes Street Reservoir,
    Victoria, 3073
    P: 03 9462 4499
    F: 03 9462 4766


    they replaced mine ;-)

    Chris[/QUOTE]

    Thanks Chris

    They had then in stock and are sending me one :)

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    Got mine from www.coffeecompany.com.au - very good service. None were in stock at the time, but they were soon back in touch and it was delivered right away.

    GREAT mahine, and no idea what the hopper comments are some mentioned. It is truly a great unit with no problems. Even my wife - who does not read these kind of sites (!) commented on how much of an upgrade it was

    http://tinyurl.com/3mj4b - and scroll down to find it

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    Re: Mazzer MIni *Electr - WTB & general questions

    Hey Guys,
    sorry to re-open a very old thread, but which do you think is better? the type A or B?
    i thought i was going to go with the type A, but now not so sure.
    thanks... :D

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    Re: Mazzer MIni *Electr - WTB & general questions

    For me it was the type B. My thoughts are:

    1. Can be used one handed.
    2. Mechanism in my mind is more robust e.g. push button spring loaded vs electronic panel
    3. Cleaning the funnel without a wire to contend with

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    Re: Mazzer MIni *Electr - WTB & general questions

    I too have been going back a forth on this, I like the "B" for the one hand operation. But really thinking about how and who will be using the grinder I have decided to stay with the "A" reason being that the Mrs will be making her daily afternoon latte on it and the "A" version is slightly more user friendly. Just push the button on top and fill the portafilter, not that the "B" version is difficult, but I and the Mrs agree that the push button would be easier for her to use.
    The only drawback I see on the "A" is the cord on top, but that is mainly an astetics issue.
    Both are great grinders, it comes down to your preference on how you want your routine to go.

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    Re: Mazzer MIni *Electr - WTB & general questions

    Quote Originally Posted by 0F262C1C1927362D282A26342A2039430 link=1122441263/33#33 date=1314284657
    Just push the button on top and fill the portafilter, not that the "B" version is difficult, but I and the Mrs agree that the push button would be easier for her to use
    Keeping in mind that timed dose is very inaccurate with this grinder as its done via analogue means. To get an accurate timed dose, you will need a SJ-E or M4D, both of which use digital timers. Time for Mazzer to upgrade this grinder ::)

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    Re: Mazzer MIni *Electr - WTB & general questions

    Hi all,

    After owning the Mini-E for more than 12 months thought I would provide a review of it for those interested and a short video to get a hands-on expierence?

    Pros:

    1. Build quality - This thing could be used as a weapon. Very, very solid!

    2. Grind - Due to the top burr construction there is no play in the carrier whilst in use resulting in very even grind and only minor adjustments are needed as the beans age.

    3. Static - The grinds are soft and fluffy with no clumping due to the metal construction of the funnel and anti static mesh in the dose chamber.

    4. Noise - Quite reasonable. Owned a rocky previously and there is a noticeable difference in decibels. When empty this thing runs near silent.

    Cons:

    1. Timer - Most spoken about is the analogue timer. Lets say it setting it can be a bi%^. That said once set is very reliable and through ongoing use manageable. I know have a turn finer on the grinde will probably mean half a notch more on the timer.

    2. Grind adjustment - Both a strong and weak point. The adjustment carrier is very stiff. You can reduce this problem by installing a second adjustment pin but you wont eliminate it entirely and making fine, fine adjustments takes some practice.

    3. Anti-Static mesh - Both strong and weak point. This mesh does a fantastic job of removing clumps that said after about 2 months I would advise those using the grinder to remove the finger guard and get at it with a brush and vacuum cleaner.

    4. Speed - This grinder is a little slow. That said it is say much faster than say a Rocky but for 3 X the price it could be better considering what other brands achieve.

    Overall it is a fantastic grinder with classic styling that is built to last. When removing parts for cleaning the quality* proves itself to be more than skin deep and the extractions it produces are right up there.



    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8i-6uYXPn0&feature=youtube_gdata* ** *:)

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    Re: Mazzer MIni *Electr - WTB & general questions

    very helpful review, thankyou



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