I am a newbie to grinders and I am planning to buy my first coffee grinder. I have just narrowed down into two beautiful machiines - Baratza Preciso and Eureka Mignon, which are considered great for expresso in many reviews. More importantly , I read an independent review from Bella Barista, which ranked Eureka Mignon above Vario for consistency and usability. http://www.bellabarista.co.uk/news/coffee-grinder-review.asp This makes me undecided between Preciso (which I assume is not as good as Vario) and Eureka Mignon. Not sure the geeks here have any experience with Eureka Mignon (coz it seems to be more popular in EU and Australia). I shall appreciate if any profesionals here could advise me if I should pay an additional USD100 for Eureka Mignon.
Folks, as i believe the post from new member "ippudo" is a comparison post, and not specifically oriented towards the Preciso (+ or -) per se, I'd like to see us re-direct this thread back on topic. I certainly understand his wanting to get the proper grinder for his usage, but in this case, the stepped/stepless discussion does not apply, as per MANY reviews of the Preciso and Vario.
I figured he would appreciate an honest evaluation i.e. Nobby's recommendation to purchase the Eureka if the budget allows - he could have started a new thread but it takes enough courage to make the first post - a new thread is sometimes a lot to expect from a new yet welcomed member.
I chew coffee beans with my teeth while gargling with 195 F water to enjoy coffee. What is this "coffee brewing" device you speak of?
So much praise for the machine...so why am I unhappy with mine? I find the portafilter holder to be flimsy. When I grind into the portafilter, coffee grounds spray across the cabinet. The timer knob on the side of the machine falls off all the time - need I glue it on? I had to replace a part once - yes, Baratza supplied it, and there are instructions. But it meant prying and fussing with the thing to get it apart and back together. A small plastic pin had shorn off - very flimsy. Lots of plastic inside. Now I'm going to have to open it up again because I cannot get the grind fine enough for the Silvia. There's a wee adjustment screw inside that I will need to remove and reposition. Ish. I envision dropping the bugger or fiddling to no end to get it seated again in the propper place. Not happy. It may be, however, that the pin has broken again - and if so, the cycle starts all over. Tech specs are one thing. Daily use is another.
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