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mennamorato
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Posted Fri Dec 13, 2013, 1:00pm
Subject: Re: Mazzer mini vs Vario vs Macap M4 vs Compak K3
 

I would love a hand grinder, but it would be hard for my friends and family to use. Currently I've narrowed it down to the mazzer, macap, and compak. Thanks for your opinions in the matter. - Mike Ennamorato
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Posted Fri Dec 13, 2013, 1:29pm
Subject: Re: Mazzer mini vs Vario vs Macap M4 vs Compak K3
 

Personally I would look for a used SJ, the Vario may not last 20 years lol, but it'll outperform the others mention in taste in the cup quite easily (on par with the SJ), and it's (Baratza in general) low/little retention is a huge plus. Had a friend who got rid of his Mini for a Vario. In your case I would def look for a used SJ, you have the Compak K6 tc in that class but the SJ is easier to find used then any others. It will last, easy to fix, and excellent grind quality.
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Posted Fri Dec 13, 2013, 2:10pm
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I would, but like I said earlier there are no used SJs in my area.
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Posted Fri Dec 13, 2013, 2:57pm
Subject: Re: Mazzer mini vs Vario vs Macap M4 vs Compak K3
 

mennamorato Said:

I would love a hand grinder, but it would be hard for my friends and family to use. Currently I've narrowed it down to the mazzer, macap, and compak. Thanks for your opinions in the matter. - Mike Ennamorato

Posted December 13, 2013 link

Mike - at this point, where is your head at, and which direction you leaning??  I am in the same boat as you, and really appreciate all the heavy weights weighing in here...

... I will temporarily live vicariously through your knowledge accumulation and ultimate decision... ;-)
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Posted Fri Dec 13, 2013, 3:01pm
Subject: Re: Mazzer mini vs Vario vs Macap M4 vs Compak K3
 

uscfroadie Said:

Bought a HG One...oh man, that is one awesome grinder!!!!  It addressed everything I disliked about the Pharos - wondering adjustment, bean loading, EMPTYING THE GROUNDS BIN!!!!!  The HG One is over your price point, but man is it sweet, and the cup quality can't be beat by anything.  Still, a manual grinder is not for everyone.  

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Dang if you aren't giving me cause to think... I have a Pharos, and hearing this about the HG one really piques my curiosity... maybe I need to add a fourth grinder to the mix.  You aren't the first one of course to like the HG ;-) but hearing again... you get it...

Would also love to hear your thoughts on the Forte once you get a few cycles under the belt...

Sorry OP for the mini-hijacking!!  Lol
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mennamorato
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Posted Fri Dec 13, 2013, 3:02pm
Subject: Re: Mazzer mini vs Vario vs Macap M4 vs Compak K3
 

I'm leaning towards the Macap, or a barely used Mini for $300.
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Posted Fri Dec 13, 2013, 3:03pm
Subject: Re: Mazzer mini vs Vario vs Macap M4 vs Compak K3
 

If you want an SJ, WLL has them for $675.  Sign up for their newsletter and you get 10% off, so under $610 delivered to your door.   WLL Super Jolly.  Only you can decide if the ~$150 extra is worth paying for a new versus a nice used grinder.  Ones that are $350 usually need work, and sometimes lots of it.  If buying used, it's best to see it in person.
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mennamorato
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Posted Fri Dec 13, 2013, 3:05pm
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I'm going to see it tonight.
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Posted Fri Dec 13, 2013, 3:36pm
Subject: Re: Mazzer mini vs Vario vs Macap M4 vs Compak K3
 

mennamorato Said:

I'm leaning towards the Macap, or a barely used Mini for $300.

Posted December 13, 2013 link

Are you talking a Mini Type A or B for $300?  If so, wow....

That with some 64mm Jolly burrs, and... you would have yourself one smoking deal.
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mennamorato
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Posted Fri Dec 13, 2013, 3:56pm
Subject: Re: Mazzer mini vs Vario vs Macap M4 vs Compak K3
 

I wish... Just the regular Mini. But I do plan on installing SJ burrs.
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