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jaredw
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Posted Sun Aug 19, 2012, 7:54pm
Subject: mazzer mini vs mazzer major
 

Right now, I'm roasting on a Behmor, grinding with Rocky, and pulling with Miss Silvia.  My fiance has decided to upgrade me as an engagement present (yes, she's a keeper).  I'm debating between the Mazzer Mini E (A type) or Mazzer major.   The mini seems smaller and more convenient for home use, and I can afford the dosserless model which I prefer (I've found it for around 900).  The major is bigger than I'd prefer, but has larger (83mm) burrs.  Cost is similar (I've found the major for just under $1k).  So, my question is essentially whether the Major will actually make superior coffee than the mini, or whether I'm wiser to go for the superior convenience of the mini.  Thanks for any opinions you can offer!
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Posted Tue Aug 21, 2012, 9:49am
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Yes it will.
I have not used the Mini but I have used lots of SJs and Majors. The major is markedly better than the SJ which isn't a slouch by any means. Those that have upgraded from the mini to a SJ remark on the much better quality of the grind and in the cup.

Doser/doserless is a personal choice thing and only you can answer that question. My PERSONAL preference when using this style grinder is for the doser. I find it is cleaner, with no or very little static and clumping while allowing me to grind while doing something else. I use a digital dark room timer on  the grinder so the grind is maintained to within 1/10 of a second with a constant volume of beans in the hopper (even the mini hopper works great) the dose is very consistent, at least it is close enough that I can't taste any difference in the shot. YMMV!

 
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Posted Tue Aug 21, 2012, 10:31am
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I upgraded from a Rocky to a Major, picked up a used Mini, then sold both to a Cafe with a GB5. The coffee from the GB5/Major combination tastes fantastic.  In my kitchen the Major looked out of place and was inconvenient to use. So my vote is for the Mini because of the smaller size and reduced noise; especially if you get the doserless version and keep beans in the hopper.
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Posted Tue Aug 21, 2012, 12:33pm
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I have not used Mini but have Major in my collection and it truly is Titan class grinder. You can't go wrong with it and I doubt you'll get an itch to replace it any time soon. The only knock on it I have is that adjustment is in tight range and one notch on collar is almost range between gusher and very tight shot (well not quite but almost, I really would like wider spacing there), but that's the issue I think with all Mazzer grinders so....

 
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Posted Tue Aug 21, 2012, 12:40pm
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calblacksmith Said:

Yes it will.
I have not used the Mini but I have used lots of SJs and Majors. The major is markedly better than the SJ which isn't a slouch by any means. Those that have upgraded from the mini to a SJ remark on the much better quality of the grind and in the cup.

Doser/doserless is a personal choice thing and only you can answer that question. My PERSONAL preference when using this style grinder is for the doser. I find it is cleaner, with no or very little static and clumping while allowing me to grind while doing something else. I use a digital dark room timer on  the grinder so the grind is maintained to within 1/10 of a second with a constant volume of beans in the hopper (even the mini hopper works great) the dose is very consistent, at least it is close enough that I can't taste any difference in the shot. YMMV!

Posted August 21, 2012 link

The mini E uses 64mm burrs, so it is really in a SJ class grinder.

In response to the original question, I had a major and sold it because it was too big for my kitchen, they are big heavy duty machines.  I bought a vario instead, much more kitchen friendly.  Pretty sure that the Major would have won a taste off but I never compared, didn't really want to know since I already knew the Major wouldn't work for me.

If I was getting a big, commercial size grinder, I would look at a conical, but that's me, and its not my money either ;)

Randy
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Posted Tue Aug 21, 2012, 3:49pm
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Fair enough, I had not looked at the E bur size. I still like the Major between the two AND I prefer a flat burr to a conical, just saying ;D

 
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Posted Wed Aug 22, 2012, 2:02pm
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Don't forget you can just pop in SJ burrs into the Mini-e.

 
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Posted Sat Sep 22, 2012, 6:51pm
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I had a Major and Baratza Vario on the counter side by side. The Major stayed the Vario is gone. I also played with a Pharos to see how I felt a about a big connical bur set but it to is now gone. If I find a Mazzer Royal on a deal I would jump on it.

 
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Posted Mon Sep 24, 2012, 1:22am
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I need to dig through my junk drawer to verify, but I'm sure the packaging for my Super Jolly burrs also indicates it's for the Mini-E as well; same part number. However, the Mini-E still is a smaller motor; 250w vs 350w for SJ, so i would think the SJ has a little more torque resulting in a cooler overall operation. As for the Major, just get it. I love my SJs, but i should of taken the Major when I had the chance! :)
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Posted Mon Sep 24, 2012, 5:13am
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