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okitoki
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Posted Mon Jun 24, 2013, 1:22am
Subject: Grinder selection MACAP vs MAZZER
 

hypothetical questions here...
If I have a choice between a MACAP MXA and a Mazzer Super Jolly... would there be much difference in results between the 2 of them?

Currently I have a Rancilio Silvia, using a Rocky... have picked up a MXA and will have a Mazzer SJ available soon.
Originally were contemplating getting either a Mazzer Mini or Compak K3 touch... but was told the MXA is a better grinder than the other 2... right or wrong?

any help would be great.

thanks
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Posted Mon Jun 24, 2013, 2:07pm
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I was hoping someone else would chime in here. I have no hands on with MACAP and some here have. I could not find a lot with a google search though and I have favored Mazzers for a very long time so I would lean that way. Perhaps now that I have said something, you will get a different opinion!

 
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Posted Mon Jun 24, 2013, 2:59pm
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Is the Macap MXA you can get a hold on stepped or step-less?

I have never played with a Mazzer, so I cannot really compare my Macap to one of the Mazzers.

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Posted Mon Jun 24, 2013, 4:42pm
Subject: Re: Grinder selection MACAP vs MAZZER
 

The macap is the step less flat burr model.
I'm currently using it for single dosing and have noticed that it takes a lot longer to grind the same amount of beans compare to the Rocky.
However, the result is fine fluffy grind with minimal grind retention left behind after each dose

I'm still waiting for the SJ to arrive so hoping I can get some expert opinions. As I'm still very new to the world of espresso so probably can't tell the difference between the 2 grinders result. However I'm hoping I can pick the right one that can provide me with many years of service :)
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Posted Tue Jun 25, 2013, 6:40am
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I have a Macap and I love it!  To me it's a lower cost of the 3.  Macap will last you a very long time!  I have never used a Mazzer or Compak grinder but I am fine with it.  More than happy with Macap. Not to mention they have a lot of different models to suite future needs where as Mazzer only has a few.
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Posted Tue Jun 25, 2013, 7:11am
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Chevrolet or Ford?

 
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Posted Tue Jun 25, 2013, 8:04am
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stefano65 Said:

Chevrolet or Ford?

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Dodge!

 
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Posted Tue Jun 25, 2013, 8:07am
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there was a very informative post a few months ago comparing Macaps and Mazzers.  It was by jmanespresso...if you're so inclined to look for it.

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Posted Tue Jul 2, 2013, 12:55pm
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okitoki Said:

As I'm still very new to the world of espresso so probably can't tell the difference between the 2 grinders result.

Posted June 24, 2013 link

That's ultimately how you need to decide.

emradguy Said:

there was a very informative post a few months ago comparing Macaps and Mazzers.  It was by jmanespresso...if you're so inclined to look for it.

Posted June 25, 2013 link

Post I found compared the M4 to the Mini and from what I understand the two are comparable.  I don't know anything about the MXA or what it competes with.  Super Jolly is always a good choice in my book but YMMV.  Seems like no one so far has used both the MXA and Super Jolly?

I suspect that either will be significant improvement over the Rocky.  I can say that I found the SJ a significant improvement over the Rocky.

okitoki Said:

I'm currently using it for single dosing and have noticed that it takes a lot longer to grind the same amount of beans compare to the Rocky.

Posted June 24, 2013 link

A lot longer than a Rocky?  Yikes.  Doesn't sound right to me.  From Googling, the MXA appears to be comparable to the SJ.  The SJ is a lot faster than the Rocky.
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Posted Tue Jul 2, 2013, 1:06pm
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takeshi Said:

Post I found compared the M4 to the Mini and from what I understand the two are comparable.

Posted July 2, 2013 link

hmmn?  I recall the one I'm thinking of being more general than that without mention of specific models, but then that could just be my memory. I'll try to look for it so we can see if I just remembered it wrong or if you found a different one than I was referring to.  My understanding on M4 and Mini is the same as yours.

 
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