Post By Tridoros
Post By MorganGT
Eureka Zenith 65E
This mini review of the Eureka Zenith 65E came about because I imported one recently. A similar model, the Club e is available here, but not the 65E. And I don't wish to debate the merit or lack thereof of do it yourself importing - this has been done ad nauseam at CS already.
The 65E is big and heavy and with the supplied shortened hopper, fits well in a kitchen setting. The body is the usual cast aluminium alloy, nicely executed and finished in matt black. Other colours are available including white, chrome and grey. Solid rubber feet make for quiet and vibration-free operation.
It is has a thumping 500W motor made by the Italian company RPM. Voltage is 230-240v and supplied plug is the Schuko type - plug adapters for Australia are readily available. It features 65mm burrs, simple electronic adjustment of dosage time and the real kicker for me at least, easy and precise micro-adjustment of the grind. The control knob is silky smooth and superior in operation to the more traditional collar type burr adjustment. Rotating the knob clockwise for fine and anti-clockwise for coarse raises or lowers the motor's rotor-shaft (which the bottom burr is attached to). This feature enables easy periodic cleaning of the burrs with no loss of grind settings.
There's a traditional rotary on/off switch and indicator light on the unit's base and after a few seconds start-up time, the LCD control panel is brightly lit and ready to adjust if necessary. The porta-filter is securely held in place by an adjustable holder for hands-free operation while the dose is ground and activation is a simple forwards movement of the filter against a solid micro-switch. The chute can also be moved up or down if you wish.
6.5 seconds is all it takes to dispense approx 18g into a double basket – this will vary of course depending on freshness and type of bean. (4.5 seconds for a single dose). I like the LED light which shines directly into the porta-filter, especially so if you're fumbling about first thing in the morning.
This is my 5th grinder and probably the last, but you never say never when coffee obsessed do you. Eureka have done a fine job of building a heavy duty, quality, commercial grade grinder, however if you want one, you'll have to import it yourself.
I bought mine from Elektro's in Italy and was more than impressed with speed of delivery, superb packaging and total price under the magic AUD$1000 mark.
How's the taste in the cup?
Tastes as good as it looks - 2 week old PRIMO Espresso Numero Uno
Originally Posted by Choman
Last edited by Tridoros; 9th July 2015 at 09:49 AM.
Nice grinder "Tridoros"...
How does this compares with the original nuova simonelli MDX? Really tempting to grab this one, and special code to go with ordering from elektro's?
Apparently the mechanicals and electricals are identical to the NS MDX (Eureka have been owned by NS for quite a few years). Elektro's sells the MDX, but the Eureka version has better features (primarily alloy chute as opposed to plastic, and the base on the MDX may also be plastic). No special codes on this one that I'm aware of.
Originally Posted by Hide
Not exactly a looker, but sounds like excellent performance for the money.
A few extra features these have that aren't clear in the pictures include an LED illuminating the filter basket so you can see the grounds clearly as the basket fills, the outlet chute angle is adjustable to ensure grounds land centered in the basket, and the adjustable handle rest combines with a hook on the body of the grinder so you can leave the handle hooked onto the grinder while it fills hands-free.
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