Post By EspressoAdventurer
Post By Ronin
Quamar Q50 V Mazzer Mini
Hey everyone, I'm looking at second hand grinders at the moment to use with a VBM Super Leva and I'm tossing up between a Mazzer Mini and a Quamar Q50. Both are around the same money and both have pluses and minuses. Looking to purchase soon and both are available not too far from me in Byron Bayand both have seen not much use. Have seen the comments regarding the steps on the Quamar adjustment. Any advice to help my decision would be appreciated.
I hope the Festive Season will be a good one for you there in Bangalow BeanBay.
You don't mention what grinder your coming from.
But with that VBM which is a cracker, all things being equal, condition, age, estimation of
how either have been cared for And what approx volume of Beans have been dropped thru either.
I would ......drum roll....Definitely go for the Mazzer no ifs buts or maybes.
Also worth budgeting for a change of burrs, which would then last some years in a home based situation.
Is the Mazzer an E or doser?
Avoid the doser. Be aware that if the E control panel isn’t working correctly and needs replacing you may be better off buying a new grinder. Also be aware that a ‘little’ use because the shot counter has a low number on it may not be the case. The counter clocks over at 9999. About $1200 new I think for an E
Is the Q50 an E or push type?
If it’s an E I’d probably avoid it but I like the push type except for the stepped collar. Can be managed if you are aware of the increments though.
Some of the push grinders have a dial timer on the side opposite the on/off switch so you can set a timed dose. The timer does not work well but can be used the same as a manual push grinder which would be my recommendation.
About $640 for a push
But as mentioned, budget for new burrs either way.
You can get good shots from either, don’t be swayed by the Mazzer brand
Thanks Ronin and EspressoAdventurer. I quite like the look of the Quamar, which is a push version. I'm setting up a coffee station at my new house, and the wife doesn't want anything with too big a footprint taking up all the bench space. The Quamar I'm looking at is in nice condition externally with only a couple of coffees made per day. I would allow for new burrs as you said. I know people recommend others, however they don't come on to the second hand market all that much. I don't currently have a grinder as I make my coffee when I get to work. Cheers guys.