Why have quality burrs, quality housing, but a plastic burr mount and skinny plastic tabs that break? why, why, why?
Positive Product Points
The weight and functionality were good. The broad range of settings were nice, at least in theory. The hopper stayed relatively static free under morning latte load.
Negative Product Points
The plastic tabs used to control the grind are absolutely ridiculous.
There is a plastic collar that the hopper mates to surrounding the burrs. The plastic collar rotates, thus setting the grind coarseness, by rotating the hopper clockwise or counterclockwise. Unfortunately, the only thing that mates the horizontal hopper rotation to the collar is a pair of 1mm plastic tabs. The tabs start to stress at *any* pressure greater than a perfect rotation. So if the machine stays at a fine espresso grind for more than a couple weeks without a burr-removal level cleaning, grounds build up will occur in the plastic mechanism. This build up will add so much resistance to the adjustor that the tabs will start to fracture if any grind adjustment is attempted. This is virtually unavoidable because the hopper must be completely rotated back to super-coarse (or super-fine) to remove it and clean the mechanism.
Basically a $150 paperweight until the 3rd collar arrives. Aabree was kind enough to repair it the first time, even though it was one week out of warranty, but this time it's up to me. As such, I think I'll be getting a better grinder.
Fine. Aabree coffee was cheap enough and had fine customer service. I'll buy from them again.