stealth Senior Member Joined: 9 Sep 2003 Posts: 58 Location: Detroit Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: Isomac Relax Grinder: Nuova Simonelli MCI Vac Pot: No Drip: No Roaster: Mail order
Posted Mon Mar 21, 2005, 11:58am Subject: Re: Do I need a stepless grinder?
This thread just makes the case for a Nuova Somenelli MCI grinder even stronger. I've always wondered how stepped grinders can allow for the fine tuning of a shot that seems to be absolutely necessary. The Mazzer Mini is arguably the best grinder for home use but at $400.00 + it is expensive and does not fit under many kitchen cabinets. The heavy duty build and consistent performance of the MCI, coupled with its 14" height make it a really attractive candidate. What really makes it a fine choice is the $ 240.00 price tag at Chris' and how beautiful it looks next to our Isomac Relax.
In a *perfect* world, we would only need to adjust grind settings as beans age. Adjusting tamp or dose is just as valid as adjusting grind for small changes and teaches you to be flexible and adaptable in your approach.
I'm anxiously awaiting my mazzer and getting ready to dump the rocky. It's a really good deal and if it'll fit in the kitchen then you should probably go for it.
I guess this gives you a nice excuse for the upgrade but this forum shows too much conspicuous consumption at times. Get a Mini E if you can afford it though. That is better again than the doser models for home use.
For my money Rocky or Mini - you'd be just as happy with either and will make great coffee with both. My view is that for Mini you are paying for better build quality. Equivalent grind quality starts around AU$245 for a Lux grinder. As you go up in price you get better build - which you pay a fair price for which reflects that better build.
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