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Mikespresso
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Posted Sun Sep 16, 2012, 5:12am
Subject: Opinion on the Gaggia MDF grinder
 

Does anyone have experience with a Gaggia MDF grinder. Can it be used with a high end non-pressurized portafilter espresso machine to produce a good quality espresso. I haven't been able to find any reviews on the usefulness of the machine for use in non-pressurized portafilter machines. Thanks a million
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dyqik
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Posted Sun Sep 16, 2012, 7:47am
Subject: Re: Opinion on the Gaggia MDF grinder
 

It's adjustment is stepped, so it's difficult to dial in precisely for espresso use, but it can be made to work in a somewhat compromised way.  The grind is OK, but not great for espresso.  The doser on that particular model is somewhat annoying as well.  (I used one with a housemates Nuovo Simonelli commercial single group machine, back <mumble> years ago).

You'd be much better off with a grinder that offers continuous adjustment or much closer spaced steps.  Consider something like an Ascaso i-1 as the starting point in the former camp, or the Baratza Preciso or Vario in the latter.  Ypu'll get improved results with better grinders than those.
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Posted Mon Sep 17, 2012, 5:04pm
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I get pretty good non-pressurised results with the Ascaso I-1. Keep in mind, this is with a much cheaper (Ascaso Basic) machine, the grind is still similar.
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Posted Tue Sep 18, 2012, 6:06am
Subject: Re: Opinion on the Gaggia MDF grinder
 

I have used the MDF with a Gaggia Coffee a long time ago.  Its a nice grinder but for not so much you can have a better one.  I have had also  the Ascaso and  in my opinion is better.  Sylvain
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Posted Wed Sep 19, 2012, 7:31am
Subject: Re: Opinion on the Gaggia MDF grinder
 

Mikespresso Said:

Does anyone have experience with a Gaggia MDF grinder. Can it be used with a high end non-pressurized portafilter espresso machine to produce a good quality espresso. I haven't been able to find any reviews on the usefulness of the machine for use in non-pressurized portafilter machines. Thanks a million

Posted September 16, 2012 link

I used a Gaggia MDF with a non-pressurized portafilter for some 25 years.  

"CAN it be used?"  Sure.  Of course it can.  But is it a good choice -- the answer is no.  As "dyqik" has already pointed out, it is a stepped grinder with relatively large steps, making it very difficult to dial in properly.

I cannot speak to what is available in India, but if possible, I'd get a better grinder.  Yes, the MDF will work, but only as a last result and -- if you are serious about making quality espresso -- you will find it very frustrating.

 
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