wretched Senior Member Joined: 12 Apr 2006 Posts: 94 Location: Seattle Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: La Spaz S1 V2, Andreja... Grinder: MACAP M4 Stepless, Solis... Vac Pot: Nope Drip: Nope Roaster: Not Yet
Posted Sat Jan 13, 2007, 11:25pm Subject: Re: Macap M5 Dosing Espresso Grinder
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Great review! How much difference is there between the stepped m4 for finetuning the coffeegrind? Are the steps of finetuning too coarse or will it work fine? Some people say that you also can finetune in between the steps. So that makes it also kind of stepless...
Great review. In actual fact, I guess I'm now leaning towards the Macap more than the Mazzer Mini. One question though: Macap web site (www.macap.it) highlightes the fact that the M4 and M5 have a Stepless adjustment system. Could this be a new version of the machine?
If I recall correctly, a step in the Macap results in approximately 2 seconds change in the pour time (all other things being equal). These days the Macap is also available with stepless adjustment if you intend to use it for espresso only.
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