Want to impress your coffee loving friends with a name? Buy a Mazzer or Macap. Want to impress with sensibility? Buy the Anfim Best and save your cash...
Positive Product Points
Its Italian!! Solid heavy build quality. Large burrs and powerful motor. Effective doser for very little waste or residue. Quiet operation. Aesthetically pleasing. Does not take up 2 acres on our limited kitchen counter. Stepped adjuster is actually quite effecitve and easy to use. Nice small hopper.
Negative Product Points
Annoying and useless tamper extension built into front of doser (removeable with a little ingenuity).
Bought it locally at a sales/repair facility in Dallas (ifyoulovecoffee.com). Sales rep was courteous and helpful. Got it home, unpacked it, turned it on, turned the adjuster until we heard the burrs touch, then backed it down three points.....vavoom!! our first double shot was beautiful and tasted amazing!! No really, it was that easy.
For a bit of tech info, the Anfim Best grinder has a 54mm burr set and a 300 watt motor. This is more than ample power to rip through some beans. The motor clicks on with a solid powerful drone...hinting at its sense of purpose. Will never bog or slow during grinding. Actually a very quiet machine while running with beans being ground.
DO NOT confuse this grinder with the very similarly designed Anfim Haus grinder (50mm burrs and 100w motor). The Haus is sold commonly here in the US market as the Pasquini Moka as well. Ironically the Pasquini Moka is priced higher than the best in many places just due to branding even though it is Anfim's 'step down' grinder in their lineup. You can descipher the the Best from the Haus (Moka) in that the Best has an angular design on the the housing and the power switch is near the middle on the right, where the Haus/Moka has a rounded case design and the power switch is near the bottom. The Moka/Haus is still a great grinder, just not the same level as the 'Best'.
The adjustable doser is very effective and not overly messy. Waste is at a minimum and the doser sweeper leaves very little residue once the ground coffee has been portioned out.
Cleaning has been very easy as well. I just grab a shop vac with a pointed extension and she looks good as new in 2 minutes. Vac inside the bean entry point, at the ground bean exit chute, and inside the doser and your in good shape. No impossibe to reach crevices that will hold funky stale beans.
Highly recommended to anyone in the market for a solid semi-commercial grinder and not too excited about ponying up $550-700 for a Macap M4 or a Mazzer Mini. Compared to these two, I would say this grinder would easily hold its own.
$375 for a grinder this well made?? Its a no-brainer. Go get one before the price jumps up!! (No, I dont work for the company I bought it from:)