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Posted Thu Apr 25, 2013, 2:05pm
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Hi all

I've just joined, been browsing around for a while now and have decided on a Rancilio Silvia as Rancilio has a  branch in South Africa. Have the option of pairing with a new rocky or a used Mazzer mini for sale @ Click Here (www.gumtree.co.za) . I live in South Africa so don't have too many options and would like to know if the Mazzer @ $200 is a better buy than a new rocky @ $300. Also, the owner says its 3 years old, can anyone tell me when this unit, serial number: 0409454 was manufactured? Would appreciate any advice on this.

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Posted Thu Apr 25, 2013, 3:17pm
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Buy the Mazzer Mini if it works.  I wouldn't waste $300 on a rocky and I would never get a rocky for espresso.  That is great price for the Mini.
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Posted Thu Apr 25, 2013, 4:12pm
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+1.  I don't see anything in that number that looks like a date - unless the 04 is April and the 09 is 2009 (making it 4 years old - so maybe the seller just has a bad memory)?  Maybe someone who knows Mazzers well can help?  I know with Macap grinders the serial numbers include the month and year of manufacture, and it just takes a few second thought to figure it out.  Anyhow, if it's really 3 years old or if it's 10 years old, it doesn't matter as long as it works.  A little cleaning...ok, maybe a lot of cleaning should get you up and running good to go if it's only 3 years old, but if it's 10 and works, then a lot of cleaning and a new burr set will get you there...either way, a much better deal than the Rocky

 
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Posted Fri Apr 26, 2013, 10:24pm
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If the Mini works, i.e. the motor turns with no bad noises, buy it.  New burrs can be had for less than $50 (shipping might cost a tad more to SA but they are small).  The Mini is a quantum leap better than the Rocky.  And $200 is a really good price... I just picked one up for $300.  The cheapest I've seen them new is just under $600.
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Posted Mon Apr 29, 2013, 6:32pm
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I wish I could find a Mazzer for $200.
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Posted Tue Apr 30, 2013, 2:33am
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I bought a Mazzer mini-e in September 2005 (New).  It has a serial number of 0501096.  I don't know if there is any logic in the serial number, but I suppose the first 2 digits could just be the year - honestly don't know. However, it does have a higher serial number than the one advertised, whatever that means in terms of manufacturing dates.  

Even if the seller is being a bit more than optimistic about its age, Mazzers are pretty well bullet proof. So provided it's in working order, unless it has had an extremely hard life or been abused it still looks a good buy for the price.
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Posted Wed May 1, 2013, 12:30pm
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Thanks to everyone for advice given. The sellers not replying to my emails so not going to bother with that unit. Will definitely keep an eye out for others. Any thoughts on the Baratza Vario? I need a grinder for both French press and espresso and it seems that the Vario makes it fairly easy. Is it a pain to switch the Mazzer mini from espresso to French press and vice versa daily?
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Posted Wed May 1, 2013, 1:20pm
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Powers Said:

Is it a pain to switch the Mazzer mini from espresso to French press and vice versa daily?

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Yes ;o(  and you also have to purge out any remaining "wrong size" grounds each time you change.   It's doable though, and provided you mark EXACTLY where the Mazzer was set, you can return it very precisely.  Given the space though, life is so much simpler with 2 grinders. Although you need a competent grinder for non-espresso, it doesn't have to be state of the art or uber-expensive.  

There's a widely held view that grinders designed for espresso aren't at their best grinding for other brewing processes. Haven't ever tried it for the above reasons.
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