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Posted Tue Feb 26, 2013, 1:00pm
Subject: Mazzer Mini Electronic Doserless Espresso Grinder Type A
 

It was somewhat a leap of faith and I know this is backwards... but I just ordered one of these guys and wondered if anyone had any experience with one?  Any tips?
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Posted Tue Feb 26, 2013, 1:40pm
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It is a good grinder, many have them and like them, for the money you might have gone other directions but it is a good, well built grinder that should last you for many years in the home.

It may not forstall lust of other grinders but it is a solid choice none the less.

 
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Posted Tue Feb 26, 2013, 2:36pm
Subject: Re: Mazzer Mini Electronic Doserless Espresso Grinder Type A
 

calblacksmith Said:

It is a good grinder, many have them and like them, for the money you might have gone other directions but it is a good, well built grinder that should last you for many years in the home.

It may not forstall lust of other grinders but it is a solid choice none the less.

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Yes, there are some others out there that seem incredible.  I had a certain budget and stepped down (although I think just in price and don't feel a compromise in quality) on my machine to get the grinder after reading here and taking the advice where I ordered it.

How much more would need to be spent to get something noticeably better?
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Posted Tue Feb 26, 2013, 8:52pm
Subject: Re: Mazzer Mini Electronic Doserless Espresso Grinder Type A
 

I've got the Type B and have been getting used to it.  It's brought out flavors I hadn't experienced with the Preciso before it but with less body.  I've just switched to a darker roast so maybe opinions will change yet.

One thing to note is it needs WDT to get a decent shot.  Otherwise it's gushing out the back half of the portafilter basket and spraying all over the place.  I've considered going to a SJ with doser for this reason.  Don't have similar issues with my Mini Manual with doser.
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Posted Wed Feb 27, 2013, 6:12am
Subject: Re: Mazzer Mini Electronic Doserless Espresso Grinder Type A
 

dyno Said:

I've got the Type B and have been getting used to it.  It's brought out flavors I hadn't experienced with the Preciso before it but with less body.  I've just switched to a darker roast so maybe opinions will change yet.

One thing to note is it needs WDT to get a decent shot.  Otherwise it's gushing out the back half of the portafilter basket and spraying all over the place.  I've considered going to a SJ with doser for this reason.  Don't have similar issues with my Mini Manual with doser.

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What is WDT?
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Posted Wed Feb 27, 2013, 2:41pm
Subject: Re: Mazzer Mini Electronic Doserless Espresso Grinder Type A
 

WDT is the Weiss Distribution Technique - you can read more about it click here

Basically, a technique used to evenly distribute your coffee grounds in your basket in order to reduce channeling and defects in your shot.

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Posted Sat Mar 2, 2013, 4:45pm
Subject: Re: Mazzer Mini Electronic Doserless Espresso Grinder Type A
 

coffeestig Said:

What is WDT?

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Today I received my:
Click Here (www.orphanespresso.com)

Removed finger guard and god-forsaken anti-static grid per:
http://coffeetimex.wikidot.com/mazzer-mini-e-modifications

First shot, no WDT, no mess, nice even flow, easy to clean out chute (which held 1.2g).


Life is good.
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Posted Sun Mar 3, 2013, 5:04pm
Subject: Re: Mazzer Mini Electronic Doserless Espresso Grinder Type A
 

Hey, there.

I've been working with the Type B for a couple months or so.  As you know, Type A vs. Type B is just the timing mechanism, but the mechanics are the same.  I actually got an RMA from SCG, but never returned it to them.  I complained that it was slow and a bit clumpy.  It's slow enough that I can't adjust the timing screw enough to get 24g (for a triple) out of it in one shot.  I think it might have been WLL that actually suggested to just set the time to be 1/2 of what I need, and then do it twice.  It's all actually moot, as timing a grind results in grind masses all over the map -- especially if you're adjusting grinds (coarse/fine) or changing beans.  I'm currently just measuring the mass on a scale to get the desired output.  I use the grind timer to get close, but measure to be more exact.  

I like the dosing funnel that the guy above posted, and I mean to buy one myself.  In the meantime, I've been using the cut-off yogurt cup.  I was doing WDT to get a good distribution, but I find that if I just grind into the yogurt cup evenly (moving the PF around as it comes out of the machine) I get good distribution and typically no spritzes out of the bottomless PF.  I do a few taps on the tamping mat to level things out and tamp from there.  

I called WLL and asked about the Ceado E37 vs. the MMB.  The guy I talked with said it's a really tough call between those two (about $200 price delta).  He said that the E37 *is* faster, but it clumps more.  I like the E37 because it's faster and I prefer the look, but I think burr sizes are the same and RPMs are similar.  I've also continued to look around online and on these forums for other grinders, and I think to get to that next level of grinderness, I'll probably need to spend around 2x the cost of the Mazzer Mini B ($1,400 - $2,000).  I think the Mahlkonig K30 Vario, Compak K10 Fresh and some others are very nice in that price range.

In the end, what made me NOT return the MMB was a barista class (side note: interesting that this forum's software flags the word "barista" with a red underline, indicating that I've misspelled something).  I was talking to the head barista about my MMB grinder concerns and he seemed to think that they weren't terribly important and that the MMB was a good/great grinder.  I said "maybe I should just stop worrying about the gear so much" and he agreed.

All in all, at this point, I can make better coffee than most of the coffeehouses in town.  Might I see an improvement with a $2K grinder?  Maybe.  But...  at this point, I'm getting excellent results from what I have, and I find MUCH more variance in the beans I'm getting, and my own processes.  That said, I'll bet I have a "better" grinder within two years.
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Posted Sun Mar 3, 2013, 7:24pm
Subject: Re: Mazzer Mini Electronic Doserless Espresso Grinder Type A
 

OEM Super Jolly burrs will give you a faster grind. I see about 18g in 10 sec but depends on your bean.  Haven't had issues with stalling nor any indication that stalling may occur.

Like the results - notable improvement in flavor/smoothness over the stock burrs and a large improvement over the 58mm Mini Manual burrs.
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