Post By jasonson
Post By TC
Questions about three different grinders?
I am looking at buying a new grinder with electric doser for home use.
I have a Breville BES920 Dual Boiler machine.
I primarily drink light - light/medium roasted beans and occasionally cross over to the dark side.
I have been re-searching the grinders thread for days now leading up-to my purchase but just can't enough info on the second 2 machines.
My 3 narrowed down choices are:
- Mazzer Mini e (you all know it and trust it but its the most expensive)
- Quamar Q50e (cheaper then the MM but not too much information about build quality / noise / accuracy of the doser electronics)
- Boema Zenith Club E (Eureka 60E - Same situation as the Quamar, not enough info)
I don't want to start a bitchy comparison thread, I am hoping only to get some light shed from personal experiences on the second 2 machines only. I believe at this price these 3 machines will produce an almost identical grind. So simply noise / cleanliness and build quality are my 3 main comparisons.
Hopefully tomorrow I will get my first hands on with the Quamar but I have never seen the Boema unit and don't know anyone who would have one in stock in Brisbane.
Thanks in advance guys.
Are all these models electronic dosers all simply timers? So each time i adjust the grind size, to maintain the same dose (by weight) i need to re-program the timer?
Yes they are. A grinder with a scale in it at this price range would change the game completely.
You can't rely on the dose. It's more for the convenience of having a cleaner bench and for those who don't care much for weighing. On my previous grinder (mini-e) I only ever used the manual button
Most people in the know these days, would not recommend the Mazzer Mini-E as it is way overpriced for what it is. Built well, yes, as all Mazzer machinery is but there are better buys out there for less money.
I guess, because you are asking about them in here, that you are not able to head into a specialist retailer's premises to try them out for yourself. That is always the best option. The Quamar grinders are relatively new on the scene and I have no experience with them but recently, a few people here on CS have bought one so, no doubt, they will chime in soon with their impressions of recent purchases. You haven't listed Compak grinders but they are well thought of and should also be on any short list in my opinion.
Eureka grinders are as good as any coming out of Europe so it's really a matter of what appeals to you and what your budget will extend to. Eureka have been around for a very long time and though not widely known here in Oz, they are a very well known brand in Europe.
If it is at all possible though, your interests would be best served if you could possibly head into a reputable premises and demo a few grinders for yourself. When it comes right down to it, coffee grinders are a pretty simple piece of machinery and so long as it's well designed and manufactured, you should get many years of service from what ever you choose.
Compak E5OD, Macap M4D, Rocket Espresso Fausto- all warrant consideration in this price bracket.
None of which are stocked and/or sold by the local roasters I deal with every week. I am sure they could get them in for me, but not to play with I would have to order and pay before I played.
Originally Posted by Talk_Coffee
So I have omitted the rest of a rather long list to reduce down to the 3 units there as they are all available (bar the eureka but I sub-contract to the supplier so he is looking after me on the price).
So go to your local roasters and then choose the one which rocks your boat.
In all likelihood, nobody here has owned all three.
Yeah as Chris just said, if you're able to check out and maybe even test all three of them at your local roaster just do that and don't get too hung up on the other stuff.
I haven't used any of the three, but have used a Mazzer (SJ) and seen a Mini in action. M Minis do seem a bit overpriced, but are typically well built.
My cousin has a Quamar Q50e and while I haven't used it, I've been there helping make coffees during family get togethers. It's a nice looking grinder and I believe they've been made even nicer since he got his one. Quamar might not have been around for too long, but they are linked to plenty of coffee heritage and their reputation is growing. For the record I'm pretty sure it's quieter than my Compak K8 Silenzio, but a bit slower. Speed is similar to a Mazzer SJ at about 12sec for a double shot.
As for the Boema. No idea. But the company has a reputation for making no nonsense equipment that'll last a lifetime.