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Zipp303
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Location: Stockholm
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Espresso: Gaggia Classic
Drip: Hario V60
Posted Tue Jun 25, 2013, 4:01am
Subject: Please help me choose a grinder:)
 

Hi all CG members,

I have read multiple reviews and threads about the various grinders and what to look for what not... Still, I am not an expert and would appreciate your comments and experiences! I am in the phase of upgrading my espresso gear as my interest in coffee is ever increasing. Currently I use a Gaggia Classic for the espresso shots and a cheap stepped grinder.. Figured I would start with the grinder as this will be the limiting factor whether I buy a $1000 or $3000 machine! However, my budget is not sky high and I have tuned in on three grinders:

- Mahlkönig Vario W
- Mazzer Mini
- Compak K3

What are the pros and cons? What could be other potential contenders?

I leave in Sweden and prefer European/UK shops.

Hope you can help and thanks in advance!

T-Bone
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AntWilliams90
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Joined: 4 Feb 2013
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Location: Warwickshire, UK
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Espresso: Gaggia Classic
Grinder: Mahlkonig Vario Home
Roaster: Dieckmann Rostmeister
Posted Tue Jun 25, 2013, 7:15am
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I have the Vario (not Vario-W) and it works brilliantly for me!

I'm not sure how well (if at all) the weighing function would work for direct dosing into the pf basket on the Vario W...don't know if that was something you were particularly keen on? It's one of the things I love most about my Vario!

 
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emradguy
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Espresso: Duetto II; Twist v2
Grinder: M Major, Macap M4 x2, VDD...
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Posted Tue Jun 25, 2013, 8:09am
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there was a great review of the entire "Mazzer Mini" class grinders on homebarista several years ago.  It's definitely worth reading.  I ended up picking up a Macap M4 - two in fact - and I've been very happy with them.

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Zipp303
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Location: Stockholm
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Espresso: Gaggia Classic
Drip: Hario V60
Posted Tue Jun 25, 2013, 2:03pm
Subject: Re: Please help me choose a grinder:)
 

Thanks guys.

AntWilliams90, any thoughts with regards to the stepping of the Vario although micro steps?

sprudge.com also refers to the Mazzer Mini as the preferred home barista espresso grinder, but the design and size is not as tempting as for the Vario... Might go along with the Spaziale mini vivaldi with a classic look though.

Cheers!
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Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32
Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major
Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
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Posted Tue Jun 25, 2013, 2:25pm
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Don't forget the used market, I know things are different all over the world but every place that sells and uses new equipment needs to get rid of the used equipment. For the cost of a paint job  or minor repairs, your money will go MUCH further in a quality grinder for a set price.

 
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VetranoMan
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Espresso: Vetrano; La Pavoni; Giotto
Grinder: Pasquini Moca
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Drip: Technivorm
Posted Tue Jun 25, 2013, 6:49pm
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I have the Pasquini Moca and love it.  Built like a tank.
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MikeReilly
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Posted Wed Jun 26, 2013, 1:57pm
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I have a Mazzer mini and I think I'd like a Vario instead (of course, not having tried one it's hard to know for sure).  The mini will last forever.  From what I hear, the Vario seems to give better espresso grind.
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Zipp303
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Espresso: Gaggia Classic
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Posted Thu Jun 27, 2013, 12:04am
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Seems like I'll end up with the Vario. Since it is almost half the price of the Mazzer Mini I'm not sure it is worth the difference. I will couple it with a NS Musica as well!

Thanks for you answers, I will return with my experience later!
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AntWilliams90
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Joined: 4 Feb 2013
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Location: Warwickshire, UK
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Espresso: Gaggia Classic
Grinder: Mahlkonig Vario Home
Roaster: Dieckmann Rostmeister
Posted Thu Jun 27, 2013, 12:53am
Subject: Re: Please help me choose a grinder:)
 

Sorry for the slow reply!

The stepping is fine as far as I'm concerned - the Micro steps individually have neve made a noticeable difference for me (i.e. it takes 2 or 3 of them to achieve a change) so this suggests to me that they really ARE very fine increments!
It is worth noting that for espresso the Vario only really makes use of the top 3 Macro steps - so don't go thinking that you have all 180+ steps to play with! You only really have around 40 which will make espresso!

I really like it. The hopper holds ~250g (½lb.) which is ideal for me as that is the size of bag I buy (I tend to buy 2 a week though!)

 
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Zipp303
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Espresso: Gaggia Classic
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Posted Thu Jun 27, 2013, 1:09am
Subject: Re: Please help me choose a grinder:)
 

No prob. Happy I seem to make the right choice;) What machine are you running AW90?
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