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Bruceleeroy
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Posted Tue Nov 26, 2013, 12:44pm
Subject: Pairing a Mazzer Mini with a Breville BES870XL Good Idea?
 

Hey guys,
I got a Breville BES870XL a while back and I really enjoy it but I know as I take baby steps toward the perfect cup of coffee I'll want a Expobar eventually but until I tire this machine out does it make sense to get a Mazzer Mini as my grinder and then still pull the shots on the Breville? That way whenever I upgrade to a Expobar or whatever I already have a solid grinder.
Thanks!
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Posted Tue Nov 26, 2013, 5:31pm
Subject: Re: Pairing a Mazzer Mini with a Breville BES870XL Good Idea?
 

I would suggest a Mazzer Super Jolly instead. Look for a good deal on a used one.

 
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Posted Tue Nov 26, 2013, 5:41pm
Subject: Re: Pairing a Mazzer Mini with a Breville BES870XL Good Idea?
 

Bruceleeroy Said:

Hey guys,
I got a Breville BES870XL a while back and I really enjoy it but I know as I take baby steps toward the perfect cup of coffee I'll want a Expobar eventually but until I tire this machine out does it make sense to get a Mazzer Mini as my grinder and then still pull the shots on the Breville? That way whenever I upgrade to a Expobar or whatever I already have a solid grinder.
Thanks!

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you can't go wrong with any Mazzer.  The mini is more "home sized" and with the optional small hopper it will slide under an 18" tall cabinet over your kitchen counter which makes placement of it a lot move convenient than the larger models.

It will be the single best improvement to your espresso and a grinder that you can live with and be satisfied with for decades to come.
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Posted Tue Nov 26, 2013, 5:55pm
Subject: Re: Pairing a Mazzer Mini with a Breville BES870XL Good Idea?
 

Not a fan of the Mini, when you get into those classes of grinders and price range it's kinda outclassed by others (nothing against owners on here). I would either look for a used Super Jolley, or get a Baratza Vario which is cheaper and will outperform the Mini in terms of grind quality, taste, retention/single dosing etc (competes more with the Super Jolley and K6 etc in taste).

Either way getting any of these types of grinders now will only make your setup better and then when you upgrade to a different machine you'll be set on the grinder.
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Posted Wed Nov 27, 2013, 1:40am
Subject: Re: Pairing a Mazzer Mini with a Breville BES870XL Good Idea?
 

CMIN Said:

Not a fan of the Mini, when you get into those classes of grinders and price range it's kinda outclassed by others (nothing against owners on here). I would either look for a used Super Jolley, or get a Baratza Vario which is cheaper and will outperform the Mini in terms of grind quality, taste, retention/single dosing etc (competes more with the Super Jolley and K6 etc in taste).

Either way getting any of these types of grinders now will only make your setup better and then when you upgrade to a different machine you'll be set on the grinder.

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Which Mini did you own - the standard mini or the mini-e ?
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Posted Wed Nov 27, 2013, 4:36am
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__________ Said:

Which Mini did you own - the standard mini or the mini-e ?

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Friend had the standard Mini, then he got the Vario and out went the Mini.
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Posted Wed Nov 27, 2013, 5:50am
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moosepucky Said:

you can't go wrong with any Mazzer.  The mini is more "home sized" and with the optional small hopper it will slide under an 18" tall cabinet over your kitchen counter which makes placement of it a lot move convenient than the larger models.

It will be the single best improvement to your espresso and a grinder that you can live with and be satisfied with for decades to come.

Posted November 26, 2013 link

Excellent thanks so much for the responses everyone. Can't wait to get it.
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Posted Wed Nov 27, 2013, 6:27am
Subject: Re: Pairing a Mazzer Mini with a Breville BES870XL Good Idea?
 

Just a word of caution. I can not advise pairing ANYTHING  with a Breville machine, esp one of the thermocoil units. There are better machines for the same money but I guess if one MUST have one, good luck.

 
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Posted Wed Nov 27, 2013, 6:36am
Subject: Re: Pairing a Mazzer Mini with a Breville BES870XL Good Idea?
 

I agree. Look around for a used Super Jolly. You'd be getting bigger and better for cheaper.  You can get a mini hopper to drop the height on the machine for $30 or just use it to single dose. It will out perform the Vario in adjustments and speed.  There are a bunch on Ebay right now going for the price of the Vario.
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Posted Wed Nov 27, 2013, 7:58am
Subject: Re: Pairing a Mazzer Mini with a Breville BES870XL Good Idea?
 

I hate to say this as I have had it a long time and it is an old friend, my first real quality grinder but I suppose I could let my doserless (factory parts) SJ go. I have not used it for a few years. Low usage on new OEM burrs, a few scuffs on OEM paint, silver in color, mini hopper included
$500 + ship.  That is less than I have in it. No hurt feelings if you don't want it, (please say no!)

 
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