The Mazzer line up of grinders are arguably one of the more famous lines currently available. From the massive Super Jolly right down to the Mini (the grinder which is the subject of this review), Mazzer provides a full line up of products designed to suit a wide variety of commercial use and volume.
Unfortunately, I was not able to get any solid historical notes from Mazzer SRL before the publication of this Detailed Review. I don't have much, but here's what I do know.
Mazzer was founded in 1952 outside of Venezia, Italia, by Luigi Mazzer. From the get-go they manufactured coffee grinders, and quickly became one of the premier names in coffee grinders in the Italian market.
Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the company worked hard to establish markets in countries around the world. By the early 1990s, Mazzer grinders were available in over 50 countries.
They produce a substantial amount of grinders and related appliances globally - the company claims some 30,000 appliances made in 2001. Their products are also ISO9001 certified.
Mazzer owns many patents in the grinder technology, not the least of which is the stepless grind system found in most of their commercial grinders (and something I'll detail later in this review). The company continues to develop new products, including auto dosing grinders and other technologies.
This company continues to develop new products all the time. At the SCAA show in Anaheim, I saw the latest incarnation of the Mini - the Mini E model, which features a stainless steel cone in lieu of a traditional doser, and (supposedly) provides precise volumes of grinds. With a touch of a softpad button, the grinder will turn on, grind for a set time, and stop. The smooth walls inside the new dose chamber should put almost all the coffee grounds in the portafilter.
The Mazzer lineup today is varied. Their "Major" model is a huge beast designed for the highest volume cafes, with big 83mm burrs and a 650 watt motor that can crank out dozens upon dozens of shots per hour. The Major must be seen to be believed - it's massive.
Stepped down from this model is the Super Jolly model. To give you an idea of how big and fast the Major is, the Super Jolly is that huge honkin' grinder you see in most coffee shops, but the Major makes the Super Jolly look like a total lightweight (which it is not). The Super Jolly comes in at 350 watts, and features 64mm burrs. This is a workhorse commercial grinder, and is one of the most common ones found today in coffee houses and cafes.
Mazzer has a variety of other grinders to suit a wide variety of espresso and coffee use, including two models in the Mini lineup - the Mini, and the Mini Electron (the auto dosing grinder).
Mazzer also sells their grinders to companies who rebrand them. The most popular versions include the Astoria line of grinders, and the Rio brand, found in the US.