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    Macap M5 micrometric...

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Its quite a while since I have had a play with the M5...Last week, a client purchased one to go with a Giotto, so I got to crack the box and have a good look at my first micrometric model....

    Initial impressions were that Macap really care about their grinders. It was packed so well that there was no way it could sustain damage, even if thrown off a truck!

    The hopper was well packed and a perfect fit....

    The doser chamber is really well constructed out of 5mm thick (approx) perspex and brushed stainless steel. This is top quality the whole way and looks tres chic in comparison to Mazzer chambers. Just inside is the ubiquitous chute guard designed to make brushing out impossible...It was better than the Mazzer one which blocks 1/2 of the chamber but still an irritation....After consulting with the client, a case of see ya later ;). Drop is easy to adjust with a knurled adjustment knob and is stepped in (I presume?) 0.25 g increments for those who wish to adjust drop. This chamber is well constructed and sweeps much more cleanly than any Mazzer I have used so far. Current stocks are shipping with a dose counter....

    The doser lever is much lighter in touch than that of mazzers and takes a little getting used to and there is some left throw...no great surprise.

    We filled it for the first test grind and I was surprised by how much quieter than Mazzer these are....Impressive! *8-)

    Grind adjustment is via worm drive and provides unparalleled accuracy- far superior to Mazzer...If you want 1/2mm, no problem and the throughput of the grinder is at least as good as a mini. Grind consistency was again on par or better.

    Overall, this is a really well engineered piece of kit and provides much more accurate grind adjustment than that of the Mazzer. There is no doubt that the Macap is a worthy competitor- it stands toe to toe with the mini but might have just a touch more reach...

    Those looking for a top quality home grinder would be foolish not to short-list this grinder...

    Its available via ourselves or Cosmorex (Australian Importer)....Congrats to Attilio for having the foresight to bring this baby to Oz shores....

    Chris

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    Hey Chris,
    I have the stepped M5 and I can only agree with what you say regarding the quality of the unit. When mine turned up (purchased from Attilio !) i was also impressed with the quality of the packaging.

    The Macap grinder itself just drips quality and after comparing thr M5 with a Mini Mazzer the M5 just seemed a better unit.

    Mine is now 4-5 months old, and still impresses and with the quality and bullet proof feeling I am sure it will be sitting on my kitchen counter for many years to come.

    BTW, I have seen the M5s big brother in use in commercial environments, which is a pretty good advertisement of the longetivity and reliability of these units.

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    Re: Macap M5 micrometric...

    I too have the M5 and second your comments.

    The only difference Ive seen in a commercial unit is the larger hopper.
    Would there be any other difference?

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    Re: Macap M5 micrometric...

    Hi Chris,
    I bought a Macap MC4 from you not so long ago and I cant be happier with my choice.
    I agree also wit the sound level, very quiet indeed!
    dickwyn

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    Re: Macap M5 micrometric...

    It said somewhere that when you change the grind setting the burr must be in motion or it will "gunk" up which voids the warranty... :-? Is that true?

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    Re: Macap M5 micrometric...

    For big adjustments coarse to fine, it makes sense...otherwise, I see no issue...As for voiding a warranty, ::)....doubt it...

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    Re: Macap M5 micrometric...

    Its good to see that people have options with their equipment. I really like my Mini but she doesnt appeal to everyone. Its fantastic to see that the Macap is a quality grinder that performs as well, if not better than the Mini. It should never be the case that "mines better than yours" mentality prevails. At the end of the day what really matters is what ends up in the cup. The path chosen is entirely up to the individual. Whether that be Mazzer, Compak, Macap, Iberital or whatever...enjoy the ride!

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    Re: Macap M5 micrometric...

    Agreed Flo- I love my mazzer, and nothing is gonna move it from my bench- except maybe a kony, robur or K10 WBC.....but that just might cause divorce!

    They are both terrific grinders, but the Macap is too often overlooked and this is a shame, because its as good...The only "issue" might be if you wanted to move to plunger grind- but Dick has already solved that with his guitar modded MC4 *8-).

    For Melbournites who would like to have a look/play, I have a Mazzer mini and an M5 as my current demo grinders...

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    Re: Macap M5 micrometric...

    I have a nice chrome STEPPED MC4 on the kitchen bench at home but guess youd all expect that hehe! I could have taken one of the micrometric stepless types instead but it doesnt bother me either way.

    Coffee Kid, when adjusting to a more fine setting you should always have the grinder running (with any grinder) the reason being, if there is coffee in the grinder at the time you adjust, when you select the finer setting the plates being moved closer together can jam up on the grinds already between them. As 2mcm said, this is an issue when making largish adjustments, but not if only looking to move a couple of clicks or so.

    Thundergod, the full size cafe models are actually a lot bigger in the body but because the cosmetic design of the body is basically the same for all models, unless you put them all side by side it would be easy to think the M4/5 and the MXA for example are the same grinder (the MXA is possibly around 1/3 larger in fact but has the same lovely rounded lines).

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    Re: Macap M5 micrometric...

    My local cafe in St Leonards, Sydney has three MC6s (rebadged with their store logo on them) for grinding the various beans that they sell, as well as something that may be an M7 (though it looks larger .. hmm).

    Theire M7 is in black .. now THATs a great look, almost had me reaching for the can of spray paint to give mine that aggressive look :)



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    Re: Macap M5 micrometric...

    Quote Originally Posted by BeanBrat link=1175480916/0#9 date=1175659398
    Theire M7 is in black .. now THATs a great look, almost had me reaching for the can of spray paint to give mine that aggressive look *:)
    Now if you do it matt black you can have the stealth look! *;)

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    Re: Macap M5 micrometric...

    Quote Originally Posted by Fresh_Coffee link=1175480916/0#8 date=1175571163
    Thundergod, the full size cafe models are actually a lot bigger in the body but because the cosmetic design of the body is basically the same for all models, unless you put them all side by side it would be easy to think the M4/5 and the MXA for example are the same grinder (the MXA is possibly around 1/3 larger in fact but has the same lovely rounded lines). *
    Thanks for that.
    Saves me carrying somewhere to compare. *;D

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    Re: Macap M5 micrometric...

    Thanks for the review on the Macap.

    Is there a version with a smaller hopper for home owners who dont go through a lot of beans?

    What sort of dollars are these bad puppies? *:)

    I get a sense that they are the next step up from what Im looking at, i.e.

    Sunbeam EM0480 -> Iberital Challenge -> Rancilio Rocky -> Macap M5

    Thanks,

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    Re: Macap M5 micrometric...

    Quote Originally Posted by tempestv8 link=1175480916/0#12 date=1176273385

    I get a sense that they are the next step up from what Im looking at, i.e.

    Sunbeam EM0480 -> Iberital Challenge -> Rancilio Rocky -> Macap M5

    Thanks,

    Lawrance
    Lawrence,

    If you havent found it already have a read of:

    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1163235531/0#0

    Gives details of most grinders including an indicative price...

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    Re: Macap M5 micrometric...

    tempest I think the M4 has a shorter hopper but unless height is a problem it shouldnt matter.

    Most of us only put in enough beans for the immediate needs.
    In my case usually one double shot.

    Leaving beans in the hopper only leads to quicker deteriation.

    I like the look of my M5 and no one needs to know you never fill it.

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    Re: Macap M5 micrometric...

    The M5 (doser) ships with a taller hopper than the MC4 doserless. Hoppers are interchangable and an M5 with the shorter hopper can be arranged...

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    Re: Macap M5 micrometric...

    Go for the biggger one!



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