All the barista kids are raving about this one. And why not - it's a $3,000 grinder that no one could afford, and it certainly doesn't place in their kitchen, and so, it makes our list!
All the rage really started about this spice mill grinder (yes, Mahlkonig initially developed this grinder as a high volume spice mill grinder) because a fellow by the name of Matt Perger used it at the World Barista championship to do both his espresso shots and his brewed coffee drinks. Then notable barista pros like Colin Harmon wrote up some comments on it, Prufrock Coffee in the UK did their bit on it and then the flood really started, and all the cool kids got in on the action, begging their shop owners to get one!
Is it all that, for particle size and grind distribution and exacting tolerances on the grind you want for espresso? I honestly don't know. I personally think that the best possible coffee grinder is one that doesn't exist yet for cafe use - a drum grinder (these are ginormous grinders designed to grind tons of coffee at a time). I also think grind distribution into a portafilter is very important to the grind process, and this grinder lacks in that.
But, don't take my words on it - take the words of noted barista professionals around the world. This year at least, this is the "it" grinder to have if you want the absolute ultimate in espresso (or drip) grinders! And if one isn't enough, there's even a double version!
Column Description Whether it's up to the minute, happening this day, this week, or in the recent past, this column's goal is to present coffee and attempts to make the experience truly culinary. You'll find short reviews about past events, interesting coffees coming on the market, new and different ways to enjoy espresso and other brewing methods, and give an insight into efforts around the globe to make coffee a truly culinary thing. Column written by Mark Prince.