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    Grinder help - Mazzer mini competitors ($500-1000ish)

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    Hi all,
    Considering getting a mazzer mini grinder (my friend has one and I'm really impressed with how it grinds). My question is what else should I be considering? I'm looking for something around the $500-$1000 mark. What else should I have on my list?

    Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thatguy87 View Post
    Hi all,
    Considering getting a mazzer mini grinder (my friend has one and I'm really impressed with how it grinds). My question is what else should I be considering? I'm looking for something around the $500-$1000 mark. What else should I have on my list?

    Cheers!
    The Mazzer Mini is a great little grinder but there is a lot of competition in that space. The Eureka Mignon Specialita is nice else get a second hand or even new commercial grinder. You can't go too far wrong whatever you get. I still prefer a commercial grinder with a doser.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wattgn View Post
    The Mazzer Mini is a great little grinder but there is a lot of competition in that space. The Eureka Mignon Specialita is nice else get a second hand or even new commercial grinder. You can't go too far wrong whatever you get. I still prefer a commercial grinder with a doser.

    Not sure I would call the Mini a "little" grinder, however I will agree it's a very good one, grinders seem to be almost a fashion item, they seem to take turns at their moment in the sun then are relegated to history when the next perfect device appears.

    Mazzer may not currently be flavour of the month but they have certainly passed the test of time.

    Mazzer bargains appear regularly in the for sale section, in fact there's one advertised now for $340 that would suit a Melboune based buyer.
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    So I did some digging around the internet and found a site selling them for $999 (plus delivery) and got a local shop here in Perth to price match but they threw in free delivery and a bag of beans, so I've bitten the bullet and got the black Mazzer mini. I looked at the Eureka too but that was an extra ~$300.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thatguy87 View Post
    So I did some digging around the internet and found a site selling them for $999 (plus delivery) and got a local shop here in Perth to price match but they threw in free delivery and a bag of beans, so I've bitten the bullet and got the black Mazzer mini. I looked at the Eureka too but that was an extra ~$300.
    Go figure. Not too hard to find an Atom 60 at about the same price. The Specialita can be had for <$900.

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    I got a mini off a member from adelaide and its brilliant!
    I also have two brevilles, sette 270wi, an another big arsed commercial the name escapes me of,
    Spend a little time dialing it in youll be a happy camper great machine

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    I used a MM for 10yrs and passed it on to a family member, when I upgraded it is still going fine 3 yrs later. I did replace the blades after 300kg had gone through it. There is nothing wrong with them they are a great grinder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thatguy87 View Post
    Hi all,
    Considering getting a mazzer mini grinder (my friend has one and I'm really impressed with how it grinds). My question is what else should I be considering? I'm looking for something around the $500-$1000 mark. What else should I have on my list?

    Cheers!
    From my research: speed, consistency (grind and dose), retention, noise level...... I can't go past the atom. I have previously owned the Mini Mazzer E - bomb proof grinder which you can get cheap second hand and will be able to be handed to the grandkids. However on pure performance alone - the Atom smashes it with all of those key metrics..... is the top of the tree for $1000 price point IMO.
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    Iíve had a mini, Macap m4d and an atom now.

    Value for money on second hand market you canít go past a mini. They are soo reliable. The only issue people had with it was time it took to grind. In most homes this doesnít matter as 12 seconds to 17 seconds wonít change anything. In a small commercial environment sure it could do.

    The only reason why I ended up with an atom is I wake up early and itís a lot quieter. Sure the cleaning is easier as the burrs go back to the previous position and adjustment is easier but these are small things.

    The mini is severely underrated these days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rusty888 View Post
    I’ve had a mini, Macap m4d and an atom now.

    Value for money on second hand market you can’t go past a mini. They are soo reliable. The only issue people had with it was time it took to grind. In most homes this doesn’t matter as 12 seconds to 17 seconds won’t change anything. In a small commercial environment sure it could do.

    The only reason why I ended up with an atom is I wake up early and it’s a lot quieter. Sure the cleaning is easier as the burrs go back to the previous position and adjustment is easier but these are small things.

    The mini is severely underrated these days.
    Absolutely.

    On the Whole Latte Love website, one of their videos panned the Mini as there is movement in the top burr (sit on springs). It is absolute rubbish. It is the same system used on all their grinders and all are highly rated as being at the top of their game in grind quality, Mini included.

    Kony burrs are used in the Niche, Robur burrs in the Monolith.

    Grind time isn't that important.

    If you look at the build quality of the Mazzer grinders, these could still be going in forty years quite easily.

    On the other hand companys such as Eureka are very progressive and have put high quality sound proofing in their Atom and Mignon range.

    I don't believe the top adjustment mechanism is a bad thing either as it is so simple and robust. I can take apart my Robur, clean it and then set it back to the same point, no adjustment necessary.
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    Shouldn't the Vario be in consideration?

    Where's Tampit when you need him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Otago View Post
    Shouldn't the Vario be in consideration?

    Where's Tampit when you need him.

    Probably off somewhere writing another epistle to the Philistines.
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    Andy said something recently that I'd never really contemplated before.

    To paraphrase poorly, burr size equates to speed, burr geometry equates to quality, particle distribution etc.

    I / we get too obsessed with the size of burrs that in a home environment especially when we are focused on quality are not a priority.

    It's what's in the cup that counts.

    Cheers
    (Sorry Andy if I've mangled your logic)
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