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    Competitors to Mazzer Mini?´Even I read the advice that “ don´t upgrade because inter

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    Hi,
    I´m a Newbie here and I must say, what a great forum! 
    Need your guidance about my way forward about Grinder Upgrade.

    My journey started as many others with Rancilo Silvia and a Rocky grinder.
    Now I have upgraded the machine to an ECM Giotto -06.
    I feel a significant difference in the cup, and also starting to get the milk foam acceptable.

    Even I read the advice that “ don´t upgrade because internet tells you” , I feel inside myself that another grinder should do it for me..
    Can I get closer to heaven, then I would at least try..

    Ok, back to the question, it´s all about Grinder actually..
    I see people talking about Mazzer Mini all over the internet.. I believe it´s a great grinder to a quite high price, or?
    I can spend all my savings on a Mini, yes, but I need to be sure I have evaluated all options.

    My local dealer recommend me a Quamar Q50, but for me, it´s looks like a Mazzer Mini copy, or do you have any experience about Quamar?

    Q50 S | Quamar

    Also, many in here talk about Compak K3.

    I know this question has been raised for many times, but I believe the world also develop new Grinders, so what is up to date?
    My budget is up to 1000 USD apx.. but I rather spend about 600..

    Thanks for your comments and suggestions.

    Cheers!

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    Hi Stitchen and welcome to CS!

    Where are you located? Are Macap grinders available to you?

    Have a look at the Macap M4D. Also enter it into the search bar, top right of each page and

    check out what the folks on Coffeesnobs say about it!

    Cheers
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    Fiorenzato F4 get a good rap over on home barista forums , l have the big brother f6 and it's very good , also have a quamar m1 and it's good too , l bought both used ex small cafes , if you can find a good used grinder you'll save around 50%

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    Do you want timed doses? Doserless or doser? If so then the Macap M4D is clearly the best choice. Well ahead of the Mazzer mini electronic. The Fiorenzato F4e nano is also a contender around the $1000 mark, also the Quamar M80E. Even the Compak K3 will do a reasonable job of timed doses at half the price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barri View Post
    Do you want timed doses? Doserless or doser? If so then the Macap M4D is clearly the best choice. Well ahead of the Mazzer mini electronic. The Fiorenzato F4e nano is also a contender around the $1000 mark, also the Quamar M80E. Even the Compak K3 will do a reasonable job of timed doses at half the price.
    Thanks a lot for all your advise and guidance!
    most of intrest is now fiorenzato f4 nano.

    does anyone have some experiance or comments about the F4 Nano?

    thanks again!

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    If you have'nt already , try the Home Barista Forum, l believe there's been a fair bit of talk about it there

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    Quote Originally Posted by barri View Post
    Do you want timed doses? Doserless or doser? If so then the Macap M4D is clearly the best choice. Well ahead of the Mazzer mini electronic. The Fiorenzato F4e nano is also a contender around the $1000 mark, also the Quamar M80E. Even the Compak K3 will do a reasonable job of timed doses at half the price.
    Anyone know the difference in sound of these? I'm looking for one of them, the one that sounds the least!

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    You're better off getting a lido E / lido 3 if you're concerned about noise. Manual grinders are very quiet

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    Just for the record.. After several hours of reading, I decided to go for compak K3 touch. I just placed the order, got it on Sale for about 360 USD.
    seems like the grind quality is equal to mazzer mini.
    Mini cost apx double price..

    Hope I did the right choise...
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    Compak is a good grinder in every way except for grind retention. The Macap m2m would have been a better choice IMO. I also love the Macap M4D. The M4D kills the Mazzer Mini and costs less

    Enjoy the Compak though. Great upgrade from a Rocky !!

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    Another great competitor to the Mini E is the Quamar Q50. Similar performance at at almost HALF the price with better looks (IMO)
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    Here they are. They were on display at MICE.

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    I had a quamar Q50 and found it to be a great grinder. I had the manual version, not the timed E version. It produced consistent grinds and was a sturdy unit. As expected, quite a slow grinder (prob 15 - 20 seconds for a double shot), but the mini E is about the same and is twice the price.
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    Hi, I was in a similar situation after buying an Expobar Minore IV (Thanks Paul, dodgy x Very happy) Ended up buying a second hand Quamar M80E. Excellent machine, great upgrade from an Iberital MC2. Takes about 12 seconds for a 19 gramme shot. Mine has the large hopper, as it was used in a cafe so is quite tall. I am now considering selling it to buy a new Q50. IMO these are quality machines without paying for the name and reputation.
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    I look forward to helping you out with that Q50 . Now the hard part - what colour ?



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