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Thread: Macap M2M or Compak K3

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    Macap M2M or Compak K3

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    Hey, I'm looking to upgrade my breville smart grinder but I can't decide on which grinder to choose. The K3 is $50 more expensive but is it better? Would one be better down the line if I decide to upgrade to a HX machine? Thanks.

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    Both those grinders will be fine later with a Hx machine as they have quality flat burrs and stepless grind adjustment. I have used a Compak K3 but not Macap M2M but I think most would rate the Macap slightly higher due to the portafilter design but in terms of grind quality they will be the same.

    In that price range you could also look at Eureka Mignon, Baratza Sette 270W/WI.
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    I'd have to agree they're all great grinders.

    Compak will be quick, is a little on the tall side.
    Macap, equally quick, better design. Not seeing a lot of them around though
    Eureka, good grinder. Surprisingly quiet ~ the Silenzio model ~ easy to clean
    Baratza Sette 270WI - Equal with the rest. Slightly smaller and grinds by weight - for this reason alone - my pick of the bunch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yldlj View Post
    Hey, I'm looking to upgrade my breville smart grinder but I can't decide on which grinder to choose. The K3 is $50 more expensive but is it better? Would one be better down the line if I decide to upgrade to a HX machine? Thanks.
    I own both (and an M4D). My M2M is one of the 'stepped' variety, which does affect the precision of adjustments but that's easily dealt with. The K3 is a little faster, but that is not of concern to me. Not a big difference, but If I had my time again I'd probably go for the M2M. Note it is not great for 'single dosing' if that is what you are after. But a great, compact grinder that comes with me when I head down the coast / to the hills.
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    Thanks for the replys. I have looked at all grinders around that price range and have narrowed it down to these 2. I would consider the sette 270 but not being able to replace the outer burr has me concerned about the longevity of this grinder. I think I will go with the M2M as for the price I don't think much could beat it. Thanks
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    I am also looking at purchasing a M2M and was wondering what issues the machine has with single-dosing. Could you possibly expand on this Barry O'Speedwagon?

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    I've used an M2M (stepped) for the last 3 or so years and it hasn't missed a beat, I've found it to be a fantastic grinder.
    A few weeks back I found myself wanting a second grinder and went with a M2D, pretty much the same but with a timer. I have not yet decided whether a timer is really for me or not but again, it is a fantastic grinder.
    I will begrudgingly hand my M2M to my folks as I am just about to buy an Atom.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Svejk View Post
    I am also looking at purchasing a M2M and was wondering what issues the machine has with single-dosing. Could you possibly expand on this Barry O'Speedwagon?
    From what I have read it has popcorn effect when single dosing. I don't see this as a concern due to the small 250g hopper. Having 100g of beans in the hopper would stop the popcorning and that amount should be used fairly quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Svejk View Post
    I am also looking at purchasing a M2M and was wondering what issues the machine has with single-dosing.
    I've used an M2M for a couple of years now, and I'm quite happy with it. I single dose most of the time and it's not a problem for me. It does popcorn a little, so it takes a couple of seconds longer to grind a double.
    I made a cylindrical mini-hopper from plastic, and sat a 50mm metal tamper on the beans, but the marginally faster grind time was hardly worth the effort.
    Mine is the stepped version, and like Barry, I don't find that a problem at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Svejk View Post
    I am also looking at purchasing a M2M and was wondering what issues the machine has with single-dosing. Could you possibly expand on this Barry O'Speedwagon?
    As the others have suggested, it functions most consistently with beans in the hopper. If you weigh out 18g or whatever of beans and throw them in, their will be some 'popcorning' towards the end of the grinding process. So you may get inconsistent particle size within the resulting dose of ground coffee. However, that may not necessarily be a problem for you.....if you get the same mix of particle sizes each time you single dose, then I guess that might not present a problem. Whatever you do, be consistent....either single dose every time, or have beans in the hopper every time. .
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    Doesn't closing the hopper gate help with popcorning?
    It is what I always do when the hopper is almost empty to stop jumping beans and to avoid beans mixing when topping up, particularly when I am using a different bean.
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