Value for the money! Machine that provides very consistent grind results if you're willing to learn how to use it yourself and can live with its appearance and size.
Positive Product Points
Virtually unlimited grind settings
Build like a tank
Negative Product Points
User manual is weak...very weak
Bulky and large
Not enough clearance for power cord underneath unit
"Bittersweet" buying experience
Let's start with the Negative points:
The User manual is nearly worthless. It gave very little help in determining how to use the machine, particularly with the grind settings. Also, Cunill is a Spanish company, so the instructions were translated into English very poorly. Further, the machine's grinder settings sit atop the unit just underneath the bean receptacle. It is a "wheel" that turns clockwise and counter-clockwise to change the grind settings. But, neither the wheel nor the manual give a clear indication of the granularity of the grind that your are going to get at that setting. The wheel has some graphics on it to indicate that the further to the right you turn the wheel, the finer the grind, but that's it. I think it would have helped to number each setting on the unit and provide a recommendation in the manual as to the type of brew method typically suited for that setting (i.e., setting #1 for press pot...#10 for drip...#20 for espresso).
The machine is rather large. Even though I was aware of the measurements when I purchased it, I was nevertheless unprepared for its obtrusiveness. Wow! My Kitchenaid mixer was the largest appliance on my countertop until this thing arrived! My Wife is soooo thrilled.
The unit has small rubber feet on the bottom to keep it from sliding. These feet provide about 1/4 inch of clearance or so for the power cord to creep out of the bottom. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be enough. Add to that the fact that the bottom edge around the machine is roughly finished, and I'm fearful that eventually, the machine may cut into the cord.
In my humble opinion...it's ugly. 'Nuff said.
I purchased the unit as a Xmas gift to me from my wife from Zaccardi's who had the best price. The unit was ordered thru their website on December 11. Turns out the unit is to be shipped directly from the mfr in Calif (did not state this on website or invoice). Further, Zaccardi's provided a UPS tracking number, but it turned out to be the tracking number for the free coffee they shipped me from their shop in NY. There was no way to track the grinder itself. When the grinder had still not arrived on Dec 22, I called Zaccardi's. They told me that due to "computer problems", the mfr did not receive their request to ship the unit and I would not get it for Xmas. I was so furious I simply hung up on them after a few choice words. Interestingly enough, the unit showed up the next day having been shipped overnight air express (the original free shipping method was ground). So in the end, I guess my experience was "bittersweet" since Zaccardi's (or the mfr) came through. Take that for what it's worth.
Thus far, the unit has produced unbelievably fine grinds with no hint of powder - consistently...every time. In the end, isn't this what it's all about?
While the grind setting wheel takes time to learn, the possibilities of grind settings seem endless. Nice!
The unit is quite heavy and made mostly of metal construction. It definitely lives up to its "commercial" quality.
I was surprised at how quiet the unit runs. It is quieter than my Braun burr grinder purchased specifically for home use 10 years ago.
Well, there you have it. I know it sounds like the negative outweigh the positive, but as I said, the grind result is perfect and in the end, that's what it's all about. Eventually, I will learn how to use the machine inside and out. I will post a follow-up at that time.
PS. I should note that I purchased the version with a manual doser, so can't comment on the doserless version. The dosing unit works well and dispenses a dose of espresso directly into my filter basket. But there is also enough clearance under the doser to place my drip maker's basket and dose out 10-12 doses easily and effortlessly! The unit also comes with a tamper but it was too big for my basket, so can't use it (hopefully can use it with next espresso machine).
Started off pleasant...turned ugly...and ended up somewhere in between I guess. See detailed commentary.