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Lelouch
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Posted Tue Apr 23, 2013, 3:06pm
Subject: Mazzer mini for my Gaggia classic?
 

Hi everyone!

I'm new to this circle. I recently purchased a Gaggia Classic espresso machine. It works really good. However, I use the coffee pre-grounded by Starbucks, which tastes really bad. After hours of research on the internet, I realized the importance of the grinder. I searched for lots of grinders for this machine. In general, people suggests rancilio rocky for the Gaggia classic. But some said the rocky is hard to clean.

Yesterday, I got a 15% promotion code form illy USA. I can get a Mazzer mini for $460. Nonetheless, I have to pay $40 tax and $51 shipping. In total it's $550. Is it a bargain?  If it is, I'll definitely get this one. If not, can you recommend some other grinders for me?

Thanks for your help!
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Posted Tue Apr 23, 2013, 3:12pm
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A dosered Mini or the Mini-E?
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Posted Tue Apr 23, 2013, 3:17pm
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It's a doser mini.Thank you!
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Posted Tue Apr 23, 2013, 3:35pm
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Well, for me, I got the Mini-E, no doser.  If you want the doser model, I think that's a fairly good price -- it looks like they're out of stock right now, but SCG sells them for $600 shipped, no tax, every day.  If you'd be interested in a Mini-E, I'm selling my lightly used machine (3 months old) -- could make you a deal to get into something that's normally pushing $900.

I personally didn't want the mess & perceived waste of the doser.  I ended up upgrading to a different doserless machine, so I'm still on that angle of it...

You're right in that you definitely don't want pre-ground, especially Starbucks.  Grinding at home will make a huge difference.  There are some good choices for grinders at that price point, or a little higher.  I always end up stretching my budget a bit to try to get what I really want/need for the long term.  

Good luck!
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Posted Tue Apr 23, 2013, 3:53pm
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Thanks for the response!

I do want that MINI with doser. The Mini-E is good, but too expensive for me. At first, I wanted to buy super jolly from Illy with discount. Unfortunately, they do not offer super jolly. Besides, I also considered the Baratza Vario. However, i don't like its plastic housing. I guess mini with doser is a better option. You mentioned
There are some good choices for grinders at that price point, or a little higher.  I always end up stretching my budget a bit to try to get what I really want/need for the long term.  

Can you tell me which specific grinder/s around that price?

Anyway, thanks for help!
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Posted Tue Apr 23, 2013, 4:06pm
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Well, I was interested in the Pasquini Moka, but never really played with it.  You mentioned the Vario, which is right there.  A knowledgeable friend swears by the Macap M4D, and I probably would have bought one if I could have found it (might have been a bit more, around $600+).  There are a few at least...   If I were absolutely at the $500 range, I would definitely test drive the Moka at a local shop, or try it & return it if it sucked.  I liked the look and the size, and "heard" it performs well.  Don't hear much about it around here, though...
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Posted Wed Apr 24, 2013, 11:22am
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Lelouch Said:

But some said the rocky is hard to clean.

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The huge steps are a much bigger problem.  I think there's a mod but I'd recommend skipping the Rocky.
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Posted Wed Apr 24, 2013, 11:40am
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CCS sells the Macap M4, stepless with doser in black for $500...actually, I'm wrong...it's only $495. :)

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Posted Wed Apr 24, 2013, 12:10pm
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Thanks for all the suggestions.

Considering the longevity, reselling value and, mental housing, I bought the Mazzer mini from Illy for $559 plus 3 cans of Monoarabic whole bean coffee. I'll probably receive the grinder next week. I also received a new tamper today. I just realized how significant the difference is between the plastic tamper and the mental one.

Thanks again for your help!
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Posted Wed Apr 24, 2013, 12:27pm
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Lelouch Said:

Thanks for all the suggestions.

Considering the longevity, reselling value and, mental housing, I bought the Mazzer mini from Illy for $559 plus 3 cans of Monoarabic whole bean coffee. I'll probably receive the grinder next week. I also received a new tamper today. I just realized how significant the difference is between the plastic tamper and the mental one.

Thanks again for your help!

Posted April 24, 2013 link

You're right about the Mazzer - when it arrives you'll realise that they are built such that your descendants will probably inherit it.....still working too....long after much plastic stuff has been trashed.

I do have a plastic grinder for non-espresso purposes, so provided they're cheap I have nothing against them in principle.  Don't know how long it will last though, as it has a few flimsy bits to it.

Intrigued about the mental tamper - if only I could just "wish" it perfectly tamped and it was so.

(Sorry to poke fun, it is just a concept that amuses me  ;o)
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