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promtber
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Posted Thu Dec 20, 2012, 1:06pm
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What do you think would be a great upgrade. Would I see a big difference if I went with one of the higher end Mazzer or Compak K8 or 10?
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Posted Thu Dec 20, 2012, 2:07pm
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Depends on your budget, but if you want to make last(ing) upgrade (if there is such thing ;-) then go with large conical burrs 68mm+ like the ones found in K-10.

 
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Posted Thu Dec 20, 2012, 2:29pm
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What do you like or do not like about the mini?
What do you  expect to gain by an "upgrade"
How much money are you going to invest?
Do you like the higher or lower notes of espresso best?

The mini is a very good little grinder, better grinders are out there though. There is a tasteable difference from the mini to the SJ, then there is another tasteable difference between the SJ and the Major. So far, these are all flat burr, and they are the burr of choice for me as I favor the base notes of espresso more than the higher ones.

The Conical will give you a grind that tends to favor the higher notes. Neither is better in my opinion it, for me, is a question of what you like.

 
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Posted Thu Dec 20, 2012, 5:50pm
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You can buy a used SJ for less than a new Mazzer Mini.... But I wonder... what is really the point? Maybe I'm missing something but the mini seems to do everything I want to do with espresso. I think you'd find much bigger changes at this point with espresso machines, choice of beans, and bean roasting then you'd find with a grinder change.  Please educate me if I'm wrong.
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Posted Thu Dec 20, 2012, 6:23pm
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I'm kinda limited to hight if I want to keep it under my counter. How does the Mahlkonig K30 hold up with other top grinders.
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Posted Fri Dec 21, 2012, 6:44am
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I ask again, what do you expect and want to get by buying another grinder?

 
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Posted Fri Dec 21, 2012, 9:50am
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Well a better grind to result in a better pull and better taste. My mazzer is 8 yrs old would replacing the blades be a better idea ?
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Posted Fri Dec 21, 2012, 9:53am
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Hi John,

It depends on how much coffee you've put through the grinder in this time. Do you have any idea?

 
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Posted Fri Dec 21, 2012, 10:14am
Subject: Re: Upgrade from Mazzer Mini to... ?
 

promtber Said:

I'm kinda limited to hight if I want to keep it under my counter. How does the Mahlkonig K30 hold up with other top grinders.

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K30 super durable for home use though might only last 1 life time rather than 2 or 3 like a mazzer ;0)  Grind is going pretty similar to a Jolly but  grind on demand, faster, doserless blah blah blah. K30 grind  is pretty similar to the Jolly, Jolly to the Baratza Vario, the Baratza to the Mazzer Mini but a little better.

Everybody sing along, "The wheels on the buss go round and round, round and round the wheels on the buss go round and round".  :0)

If you have the budget, space and like a flat blade I don't see how you could be unhappy with a K30.

 
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Posted Fri Dec 21, 2012, 10:28am
Subject: Re: Upgrade from Mazzer Mini to... ?
 

Ok, replacing the burrs will run about $50 give or take a little. If you were happy with the quality of the grind when new, this will restore the new condition of the grinder. Like Craig indicated, it depends on how much coffee you have ground.

If it were me, I would replace the burrs on the mini and see if you like what you then have. At the minimum, you would get that money back when you sold the mini with new burrs if you were still unhappy with the grind.

On the other hand, it is likely that by only spending the $50, you will be happy and no more money need be spent.

On the third hand, (everyone has a third hand don't they?) if you have a serious itch to buy a different grinder regardless of how the mini is performing, that is a different subject.

 
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