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Anfim Doserless - Fred Houts's Review
Posted: March 27, 2004, 12:08am
review rating: 8.3
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Carl S Lau 8.75
Fred Houts 8.27
Dwight Anderson 6.25

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.6
Manufacturer: Anfim Quality: 10
Average Price: $400.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $194.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: 1st-line Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 1 month Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Solis Maestro
Bottom Line: A first-rate grinder that is built like a tank.
Positive Product Points

This thing screams, "I know what I'm doing."  (Alternatively, "Behold the wonder of me.")

Negative Product Points

Pretty much impossible to keep a certain corner of my counter free from espresso dust, but hey.

Detailed Commentary

The price on this unit is below cost because it came as part of an espresso machine package at 1st-line.  The Anfim is essentially a doserless Pasquini Moka sans nameplate.  Compare the pictures.

I didn't get a doser, because I tend not to make more than two or three drinks at once.

Having read prior reviews of this product, I did the following within a day of getting it:

  1.  I removed the screw from the chute, so that I could dump out the chute to top off my portafilter and minimize stale grinds.  I also washed the chute in the dishwasher.

  2.  I removed the fork/rest for the portafilter.  To prevent coffee from getting in through the resulting  hole, I re-inserted the bolt for this forkrest with a rubber washer.  This required removing the base, which was easy.

  3.  I removed the numerical calibration sticker from the adjustment wheel, cranked the wheel until the burrs touched, and re-attached the calibration sticker, marking the spot where the burrs touched as zero.  This required a small piece of clear packing tape.

  4.  I plugged it into a surge protector.

Within a few days of purchasing this unit with my Le'Lit (a Quaha Junior to those of you Down Under), I was pulling golden-rule shots.  I now set it on 6.

Here's my little procedure:  First, fill the portafilter.  Then, lightly tamp, top off the portafilter with another zap of the grinder and a chute emptying, and then fully tamp.

EZ.  23-27 second shots.   Swoosh.  

For Easy clean-up, place one of those rollable thin plastic cutting board thingies under the unit.   They're like two bucks.

It's been said that this unit can be used for anything from Turkish on up to French press, and that is true.  That being said, I use a different grinder for my drip and press pot coffee because any time one adjusts up or down, the burrs will never go exactly back to where you had them before, plus you'll always have a chute full of the wrong size of coffee grounds.  Plus, since there is not collection bin on this unit, I wouldn't use it for anything but espresso.  (Another reason for the two-grinder argument is that I seldom use the same coffee beans for espresso that I use for drip.)

The unit is not "infinitely adjustable," but I found that each click at a similar dosage and tamp translated into a two to three second step from shot to shot.  Anyway, there are lots and lots of clicks.  And one thing that the "clicks" offer is a repeatability.

Buying Experience

Jim at 1st-line spent so much time with me on the phone that I almost felt guilty.  He rocks.  (A breath of fresh air after my negative experience at Whole Latte Love.)

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