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    I'm sure you've heard this a thousands times.....decision time

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    Hi All,

    I'm about to make a decision that leans toward a Rancilio Rocky, obviously from one of the great sponsors of this forum.

    I wanted to quickly check a few points and see if anyone has input that could avoid me making a mistake. Here is my thinking:

    @ I'm currently using a Saeco version of what appears to be a Baratza Encore Burr Grinder, it is quite old and not worth further investment. I'm having major trouble with grind variance, over multiple bean types and levels of freshness (also I want something new, let's be honest)

    @ the two main contenders are the Mazzler Mini & Rancilio Rocky, have explored a few more options, however keep returning to these two. I'm not interested in doser systems or electronic touch pads etc.......my PID experiment taught me to keep things simple

    @ I'm making about four cups a day, all espresso with milk (flat white)

    @ having a very hard time personally justifying the additional $300 for the Mazzler, as to the wife approval process lets just say that will be very challenging

    @ understand that the no step design of the Mazzler will give me the fine control, I'm just not sure how realistic my needs are for this

    @ worse case I could sell the rocky and upgrade later, however this wouldn't be he plan, just a handy backup


    Thanks in advance for any suggestions help or assistance.

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    ok if you are looking for a great grinder but not prepared to spend the extra on the MM, you better take a look at the Macap M2. Same size grinding plates as the Rocky (50mm) but a (much) more modern grinder with better grind adjustment system. There is also the Compac K3 grinder with 58 mm grinding plates. Don't be concerned by not having the "nostep" adjustment system of the mazzer. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the adjustment systems of any of these grinders including IF any M2 you look at has stepped adjustment (M2 is available in both configurations -stepped and no step - but neither have any problems associated, and certainly the stepped grinder is more versatile by being able to be quickly changed to suit different brewing methods, if you use more than one).

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    Thanks for the reply, will certainly need to do further reading and research.

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    At least worth thinking of Talk Coffee's display model K3 push (see site sponsors sub-forum)...assuming it is still available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry O'Speedwagon View Post
    At least worth thinking of Talk Coffee's display model K3 push (see site sponsors sub-forum)...assuming it is still available.
    Ssshhh; I've got a friend trying to scrape together the cash :P

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    Hi,

    I think that what you are considering will be able to produce good results. As always this forum and the members have a wealth of knowledge and experience. Try a couple of searches and some googling. It can get overwhelming and confusing though so sometimes if us better just to go for it and have fun.

    Personally I have had some limited experience over the last 2 or so years since I got bitten by the bug. I started with the humble brevile burr grinder then had the rocky and am currently using a mini e. If I was doing it all again I'd really recommend a pro-sumer entry grinder like the mini, k3, Macap. They are a pleasure to use, produce reliable consistent results and are built to last. Should you choose to upgrade further they hold value relatively well too.

    Ultimately what ever your choice enjoy the experience and the pleasure of learning and exploring the world of coffee.

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    hmmm the Compak is looking quite interesting, a little bit more reading suggests that looking towards the Touch version (to gain the timer function) is basically a waste of time (and effort in trying to use the feature).

    Perhaps I might get in on the demo unit before someone else snaps it up.

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    Ok, after further procrastination.....(aka reading and research), I've decided to get a Compak K3 Touch from Jetblack. Thanks for all the help!

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    good for you, I have the K3 Push and couldn't be happier, a great purchase.



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