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Thread: Mazzer SJ v Compak A8 v Compak K10

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    Mazzer SJ v Compak A8 v Compak K10

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    Hi,

    I'm scoping 3 grinders for sale in Perth and looking for some help because to me they all look pretty decent.

    Mazzer Super Jolly
    Compak 8
    Compak K10

    I'm a long time coffee lover that's looking at the ECM Classika II PID (or something espresso focused) to start making espresso at home and maybe a milky coffee for other people from time to time.

    The beans I get are from a Perth roaster using an omni if that's something I need to consider.

    Thanks
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    Hey. I currently own a Compak K10 WBC, and have previously owned a Compak K8 Slienzio, a predecessor to the A8. I've never owned a Super Jolly, but have used an SJ Timer in the past. They're all good grinders, but those two particular Compaks are at another level compared to the Mazzer. It's not really a fair direct comparison, but if the SJ has some features you want or is a better price then it's worth considering. If it was me having to choose between those three grinders I'd probably go with the A8 for overall best package.

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    I've got an A8. It's a very good grinder, probably the best of the titans for a domestic setting.

    Shares the k8's 83mm planar burrs and does a fluffy 18g double in 7 seconds. Has minimal retention, 1-2 grams tops.

    Apart from manual and timed dose function, also has a nifty pre-dose function that grinds a dose and holds it above a trap door until you hit the switch with the portafilter. Trap door releases dose then grinds next dose ready to go. Much better idea than a doser really.

    Cons are:
    -very electronic and its now out of production so spares could be a pain.
    -cleaning most of the pre-dose mechanism is easy, but there's a tiny bit of chute you can't access without dissambling the grind chamber.
    -worm drive is very precise and not forgiving. It can take 3 to 5 shots to dial in new beans. You then have to dial out as beans age and can over/undershoot very easily.

    Compak k10 is a big conical that costs 3x more and super jolly is smaller and more mechanical planar with well known pluses and minuses.

    I'm biased but very happy.
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    Mazzer SJ v Compak A8 v Compak K10

    I have the A8 so it is the one to get obviously!! . But seriously, there are some distinct differences in these:

    Two have a doser, the A8 is doserless.

    They all look different (personal choice).

    The A8 is worm drive with digital reference for fine tuning, the other two are way quicker to adjust between say pour over and espresso. It would take many turns of the worm drive, doable occasionally but would be slow to do regularly. I just use my old smart grinder (or hario hand grinder) for pour over etc.

    I am not finding the worm drive hard to dial in personally, if anything it's much more repeatable with the digital reference.

    I use the A8 by loading up a double basket (finally found a use for the double floor basket!!) with beans and dumping in the hopper and grinding into the PF. Tap, tamp, brew.

    I can't compare the A8 to the other two as I have never used them. I did have a K3 previously though and compared to that the A8 produces a more fluffy grind and is faster. I have found the A8 consistent. It is also fairly quiet (compared to K3, smart grinder, sette).

    All 3 are what I would call "serious" grinders and should last a lifetime with home use.

    Hope this helps.

    Cheers
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    Hey!

    I own a SJ-E at home and the step up from the sunbeam was phenomenal paired with my Mitica. Has great flavour clarity. The only downside is that it can be can be a bit messy and throw coffee on the bench. All you need is a PF funnel and you'll be sorted. Changing the grind size is easy with the collar but that's after me using Mazzers at work for 3 years or so!

    I chose a Mazzer because I know I can get it serviced easily and it seems to be built like a tank!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwcalder05 View Post
    Hey!

    I own a SJ-E at home and the step up from the sunbeam was phenomenal paired with my Mitica. Has great flavour clarity. The only downside is that it can be can be a bit messy and throw coffee on the bench. All you need is a PF funnel and you'll be sorted. Changing the grind size is easy with the collar but that's after me using Mazzers at work for 3 years or so!

    I chose a Mazzer because I know I can get it serviced easily and it seems to be built like a tank!

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    Likewise I have the SJ-E single dosing with OE funnel, keeps the mess to a minimum. 15,000 shots so far and going like a TANK!!!
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    To be fair the Compak grinders are also built like tanks. A8 would be my pick, dosers are a pain

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    Tempted by A8 then K10 then SJ

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    I have an A8 and the SJE. I really like both grinders. The A8 produces more fluffy grind and very easy to prepare the puck. I actually single dose with it and it's does a great job with minimal retention.
    I use the SJE at work with the timer.
    I would recommend either. If I had to choose, I prefer the A8 for the ease of puck preparation and great texture to the coffee.
    The SJE is a robust workhorse. I guess both are actually.
    The A8 is a big machine. I don't use a hopper since I single dose. I do have a mini hopper for it that I bought in the USA but I've never used it.
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    Never heard back about the K10.

    Was a bit worried about the electrical components of the A8 but with all the positive comments it seems like the one to get.
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