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EricBNC
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Espresso: QM Silvano, LP Stradivarius,...
Grinder: K30, Major, Preciso, Pharos,...
Vac Pot: Sunbeam C30, Bodum Santos...
Drip: Bonavita BV-1800,...
Roaster: Behmor, Melitta, Fresh...
Posted Sat Jul 28, 2012, 10:29am
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cappuccinoboy Said:

...Also 400 settings is misleading because in one full rotation of burr mechanism, that is more than enough for any type of brewing, you get 360 degrees and no room for so many steps that you only achieve thanks to the micro-macro system. Mine is in no way an attempt to compare the grinders, just want to rectify your wrong statement
Ciao, Pietro

Posted July 28, 2012 link

The Preciso Nobby mentions has 440 steps in approximately a 180 degree arc. this equates to 880 steps over the full 360 degree single rotation.

Less that 1/2 a degree (0.41) per step is in practice so small a movement that stepless or not, proper adjustment becomes possible.

 
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?
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Posted Sun Jul 29, 2012, 6:45am
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Does anyone have any experience with the Eureka Mignon? I have heard that the grind quality/distribution is similar to that of a Mazzer Mini. Any idea of what the grind retention is like?
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Espresso: Poccino Opus One, Ariete
Grinder: Eureka Mignon Istantaneo
Vac Pot: N/A
Drip: Melitta Linea Unica de Luxe
Roaster: N/A
Posted Mon Jul 30, 2012, 9:17am
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red4167 Said:

Does anyone have any experience with the Eureka Mignon? I have heard that the grind quality/distribution is similar to that of a Mazzer Mini. Any idea of what the grind retention is like?

Posted July 29, 2012 link

I wrote a review on that grinder.

NobbyR Said:

Unfortunately the Eureka Mignon Istantaneo (aka Nuova Simonelli MCI) isn't in the CoffeeGeek database so far. That's why I have to write my preliminary review here:

The first thing you notice about it is that this stepless grinder is very compact. But don't let size fool you! It heavy and soldid with a nice, shining, chromium-plated steel body and shoot and a 250g cubic plastic bean hopper (a 500g hopper is available). I got the version with a switch for manual or timer controlled grinding which is located on the side of the grinder. It's activated by a micro switch as soon as you place the portafilter underneath the shoot. Unfortunately the dial for setting the timer is on the bottom side which I find unpractical. There's a simple mod, however, by attaching a cogwheel (see picture below).

The next thing you notice is that it's very quiet. Conversation doesn't have to stop when the grinder is working.

The Eureka MCI grinds very consistently and without any static. At it's finest setting a floury powder comes out that will probably choke any espresso machine. The dial for changing coarseness setting is located on top of the casing and easily accessable. However, if you have to change between corase grinding for French Press and fine grinding for espresso, for example, it might be hard to find your settings again, because the scale has no real reference point. For me that's no problem, because I only use the grinder for espresso. The finer the grounds are, the more they tend to come out in little clumps that have to be redistributed.

There are two negative product points: the grinder tends to make a little mess (but then again which doserless grinder doesn't?), and there's about 2g of residual grounds left in the grinding gear and shoot, which you have to remove it by tilting the grinder when you change the settings or don't need it anymore.

All in all, it's a great espresso grinder that doesn't have to hide behind commercial grinders as far as excellent built quality and grinding performance is concerned.

It's not the Vario I was hoping for, but I'm highly satisfied with it.

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Here's a little annotation after using the grinder for almost a year now: The mess and clumping somehow gets less after a few pounds of coffee, and the mess can be reduced to none by using a funnel.

 
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