Chris' Coffee Service sells the Mazzer Mini switch model for $375 as of this writing, but this is subject to change and to price fluctuations. Also, the switch model may be discountinued; this review is also applicable to the timer model.
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The Mazzer line of grinders are ubiquitous and well known in the world of commercial espresso. With a wide lineup that covers different sizes and volume production, Mazzers are often sold as rebranded grinders, under the Rio line, Astoria, and other names.
CoffeeGeek has had the opportunity to do a very long term evaluation of the smallest model in the Mazzer lineup - the Mazzer Mini. This is a grinder marketed to smaller cafes as a primary grinder, and to larger cafes as a second grinder, or a decaf grinder.
Mazzer does not actively market the Mini to the non-commercial marketplace, and they really should - the Mini could very well be the ultimate home grinder for the serious espresso aficionado.
But not to worry - that's where the CoffeeGeek site steps up to the plate - it's our job to let you know what machines are the ultimate driving machines... for espresso and coffee making. And we had an inkling early on in this test that the Mazzer Mini could very well be the ultimate grinder for the home. By the end of this Detailed Review, we'll tell your our definitive take on this often debatable subject.
CoffeeGeek would like to thank Chris' Coffee Service (website), who provided us with a Mazzer Mini way back in April, 2002. Many of you probably don't know this, but the reason why websites like Illy and many of the major online machine vendors are now selling the Mazzer Mini for under $400 is directly related to Chris Nachtrieb and Chris' Coffee Service.
Now, enjoy the rest of the Detailed Review!