brianl Senior Member Joined: 1 Dec 2012 Posts: 409 Location: Chicago IL Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Gaggia Classic (w/PID) Grinder: Baratza Vario Drip: chemex
Posted Mon Feb 18, 2013, 6:39pm Subject: Advice asked for next doserless and stepless grinder, coming from Gaggia MDF?
The rocky would not be an upgrade over the Gaggia MDF and I would consider them equal actually (both 50 steel flats, right?). I would also not consider the mazzer mini to be that big of an upgrade either (except in price and build quality ;), which can be significant but wouldn't be ideal).
I used to own a gaggia mdf and my upgrade was to a VARIO. This was definitely an amazing decision and i strongly recommend.
To answer your question of retention, I took the doser out and would grind into a funnel with the mdf. The only issue is that would take too much time in the morning. The vario has exceptionally low grind retention.
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