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I have had a Breville smart grinder since they first came on the market and have put the shims in it but still have had some consistancy problems so i would like to get a new grinder.I use this grinder with my Breville DB and do about 4 cups every morning. Budget is around $700 and I dont want a doser (i hate cleaning them). I have looked at the Compak K3 touch on some sponsors web page and they look like they might be the go, can the Mazzer Mini be used without the doser? is there anything else I should look at?
I also had a smart grinder, i liked it a lot but yes it has some limitations. I know have a K3 Touch and its a fantastic grinder, the only fault i have with it is it can be a little messy. But for great coffee i can put up with that. For the price its well worth the money.
I also had a smart grinder and now have an HG One, a fantastic grinder for home use especially as we are always changing beans.
I picked up a used Mazzer Mini E for that kind of price, amazing piece of machinery and no Doser
I'd do the same again, just to peeve the coffee shop baristas who don't get to use a Mazzer themselves
Anything between $400.00 and $700.00 then, that you like.
K3 is a lovely small (semi commercial) grinder and is the lowest price for a 58 mm.
In 50 mm at that level, you also have Macap M2 and Eureka Mignon.
The diff between these 50 mm and the 58 mm K3 will be the possible speed of output.
Can anyone tell the difference IN ACTUAL BREW QUALITY between 50 and 58 mm grinders in this "class"....I doubt it.
There are other grinders in the price bracket but once you get to the above level it probably comes dopwn to what you like.
Re the comment on doser grinders. What's hard to clean in a doser? A quick go with a cheap small long haired paint brush and whalla....done.
I use doser grinders both at home, and at work in my cupping lab., and have absolutely no problem with them. As I am used to them, I find it difficult to adjust from one of them, to a grind on demand type grinder...at first. Some weeks ago I went on holiday for a week and due to size restriction, took my daughter's Eureka Mignon (a fantastic grinder in the smallest possible package). It took no more than a couple of days to get used to the new modus operandi.
What I am saying is.....you get used to whatever you like, the only constarint is to buy a decent "whateverulike" in the first instance, and you will then grow into it pretty quickly.
You then have a few more models to look at especially if you take second hand / used *good* grinders into consideration. By *good*, I mean semi commercial grinders rather than domestic appliance grinders similar to what you already have.
Hope that helps.
I was convinced the K3 push was the best option for me but with a bit more research I think the Mazzer Mini manual will be the one to get, I hope. Thanks all for the advice
Both are nice, I ended up with the Mazzer, a friend has the K3 and I've run them side by side.
IMO the K3 has a cleaner grinds exit, you can flick out the last few specs with ease whereas the Mazzer has more effective control over the grind time but.retains more grinds internally. I ended up modding my Mazzer by removing some gauze internally... Not sure of effective it was but it makes me feel like I've achieved something
And if you were prepared to spend on a Mazzer Mini Manual you would be crayyyzzzzy not to also look at the Macap M4 Manual which is neck and neck with the Mini and in my opinion, sweeps much better from the doser than the Mini does.
And to be honest, after that, I dunno what a Mazzer Mini or Macap M4 offers for the extra few hundred dollars price, than the K3. All three are 58mm grinders, so if you were just looking at the "class" of grinder, why would you spend the extra? Only you can answer that.
I have a Macap MXA at home (64mm). Why...because I just can because of the profession I am in and we have any number of grinders "lying" around.
My daughter has a Eureka Mignon 50 mm grinder. Why....performance VS footrpint/space occupied = unbelievable for its class
My elder son has K3P 58mm / bloody great grinder excellent value for money compared to other 58 mm types.
My younger son has a Macap M4 58 mm grinder. No question about quality/performance and equal to Mazzer Mini
They are all different prices.
Which is "better"? The one you like. Can any of us tell the difference between any of them in the cup.....I dont believe so. Are you drinking internet "cred" or are you drinking coffee? Only you can answer with appropriate reply for your own situation.
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I particularly like your last paragraph, Attilio. Great attitude. Top marks!