JamesPN007 Senior Member Joined: 2 May 2012 Posts: 21 Location: Southeast Florida Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: LaSpaziale S1 Vivaldi II Grinder: Mahlkonig K30 Vario
Posted Fri Jun 29, 2012, 8:14am Subject: Re: Compak K3...time for Upgrade-itis?
Dosered grinders, indeed, are not used in a home environment the way they are intended to be used. However comparing the K30 to other flat burr electronically dosered grinders (Compak K8 Fresh, Macap...forget the model number, for that matter my K3....the K30 is absolutely unusual. It sort of sits half way between two types of grinders with the price point of a conical.
From a price point perspective, I think you are comparing dosered conicals to the doserless K30 which is not really a fair comparison. Most every manufacturer charges a steep premium for their doserless versions. What DOSERLESS conical is at the same price point of the K30? Robur-E is $3,000, Kony-E is $2,100; K10 Fresh is $2,000. The price point of the K30 is in-line with other doserless flat burr grinders such as the Mazzer SJ-E ($1,400), K8 Fresh ($1,500), and the Mazzer Major-E ($1,800). I find the K30 to be superior to the SJ-E in terms of speed, noise, cleanliness and ease of use. Speed is comparable to the larger burr K8 Fresh and Major-E than the similar sized burrs of the SJ-E. Not certain about taste difference as I've never used the K8 Fresh or Major-E; maybe one can assert those are superior due to the larger burrs, but I'm not so sure.
I considered both the K30 and K8 Fresh before going with the K30. I preferred the size of the K30 (short and wide) over the K8 Fresh (skinny and tall), because the K30 would fit under my cabinets with the short hopper while the K8 would not. I also felt the design and build quality of the Mahlkonig was superior to the Compak (IMO).
As for the "strange" dimensions, they are indeed due to the catch tray. The base of the unit is otherwise cylindrical. Note, however, that while the black catch tray is removable, it attaches to an extension of the base underneath it that is not removable. So, I would count on approx. 12.6" overall front to back, and 9.5" side to side, being the dimensions you need to work with.
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