Fantastic find this year - a full blown commercial doser grinder, stepless grind selection, and it's under $500!
This is the Macap M4 grinder. A few years a go, we used one extensively in the CoffeeGeek lab and it performed flawlessly. It's not as fast as a Compak K10 or a Mazzer Robur, but it's plenty fast enough for home use. The dosers on the Macaps are quite nice too - they sweep really clean for the most part and have a nice tactile feel.
This grinder is, of course, a full metal body design that is coated with glossy black enamel. It is 16" tall (so it should fit under most kitchen cabinets). The burr set is 58mm hardened steel and it is powered by a nice 250 watt motor running the burrs at around 1600 rpms. And it is no lightweight: it weighs 22 pounds before you put any coffee into it.
A perfect gift for a home espresso enthusiast who likes dosers.
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