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NobbyR
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Location: Germany
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Poccino Opus One, Ariete
Grinder: Eureka Mignon Istantaneo
Vac Pot: N/A
Drip: Melitta Linea Unica de Luxe
Roaster: N/A
Posted Thu May 9, 2013, 10:05pm
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jwoodyu Said:

K-30 = 1600
Budget = 900
Deficit = 700

Forte = 900
Budget = 900
Deficit = 0

Vario = 450
Budget = 900
Surplus = 450

Posted May 8, 2013 link

You got your math right, but I'd always go for the best grinder possible. And on a $900 it's definitely not the Vario(-W), even though it's a highly capable grinder. Aim higher!

 
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DuncanIdaho
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Posted Fri May 10, 2013, 7:13pm
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Well picked up my new grinder today from Clive coffee i actually got to go touch and play with them so i went with the Macap M4 great grinder after dialing it in i really did taste a difference from my rocky, i didn't realize that the grinder could make so much of a difference, on a side note the Clive coffee people in Portland are awesome after i  decided on the grinder i wanted he showed me how to use it in the show room, i didn't realize they roasted there own coffee so i said i will buy a bag to try out when i checked out i go you forgot to add the bag of coffee "$14.00 for 12oz" he told me its on the house that i would use most of it up in setting the grinder up.. there service is a+
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NobbyR
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Joined: 10 Jul 2011
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Location: Germany
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Poccino Opus One, Ariete
Grinder: Eureka Mignon Istantaneo
Vac Pot: N/A
Drip: Melitta Linea Unica de Luxe
Roaster: N/A
Posted Mon May 13, 2013, 6:31am
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DuncanIdaho Said:

... Macap M4  ...

Posted May 10, 2013 link

Congrats! Good choice, albeit a stepped grinder, too.

 
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Espresso: Duetto II; Twist v2
Grinder: M Major, Macap M4 x2, VDD...
Drip: Espro presses; Aeropress
Roaster: H-B "List of Favorites"
Posted Mon May 13, 2013, 7:15am
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NobbyR Said:

Congrats! Good choice, albeit a stepped grinder, too.

Posted May 13, 2013 link

I don't know where you got that idea?  Both of my M4s are stepless...and the one on the Clive Coffee website is stepless as well.  In fact, I'm pretty sure Macap no longer makes ANY stepped M4 models (at least the current data sheets on M4 models on their website only list stepless mechanisms).

As far as tasting the difference in grind quality between it and the Rocky...my experience was the same, the Macap is far superior - enough to make me a believer that the grinder is as important as all of us here on CG make it seem.  As I've never compared it to any grinder in the same class, I can't say much more than that regarding taste (other than that I am convinced the commercial titans are another huge step up)...but I think it is a great grinder for the home user.  I have been very, very happy with mine.  I hope you like yours as much, Duncan!

 
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Espresso: Poccino Opus One, Ariete
Grinder: Eureka Mignon Istantaneo
Vac Pot: N/A
Drip: Melitta Linea Unica de Luxe
Roaster: N/A
Posted Mon May 13, 2013, 8:00am
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emradguy Said:

Both of my M4s are stepless...

Posted May 13, 2013 link

I guess we're both right. There are two versions of the M4, the stepless was introduced in 2006. Also the increments between settings of the stepped M4 are so very small, that it can be dialed in correctly.

 
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Grinder: M Major, Macap M4 x2, VDD...
Drip: Espro presses; Aeropress
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Posted Mon May 13, 2013, 8:33am
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so you're saying the stepped version is still available?

 
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Posted Mon May 13, 2013, 11:57am
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NobbyR Said:

Congrats! Good choice, albeit a stepped grinder, too.

Posted May 13, 2013 link

Its stepless
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