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Fiorenzato Grinders - Keith B's Review
Posted: May 6, 2010, 4:25am
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Andrew Mar 0.00
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Previous Review  
Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.4
Product Reviewed: Conico
Manufacturer: Fiorenzato Quality: 9
Average Price: Varies Usability: 10
Price Paid: $1,099.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: 1st-line Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 1 month Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: K10 WBC
Bottom Line: This is one heck of a Titan 72mm conical grinder
Positive Product Points

72mm conical burrs @ 350 rpms

700w motor

Stepless Adjustment

NSF 8 Approved

The stock doser is the cleanest I've ever used

Spring loaded polished brass burr carrier

Everything fits tight as a drum and turns extremely easily and smoothly

The stepless grind adjustment is without a doubt the best I've ever run across

Negative Product Points

The first couple of seconds of operation are a little loud but not objectionably so.

Detailed Commentary

When I first thought of buying a Conico I noticed that the specs were slightly different than the one that Jim reviewed in his Titan Grinder Project @ HB.  Jim's had 68mm conical burrs, where mine has 72mm and his motor was a 500 watt version, where mine has 700 watts.

When I received my Conico, one of the first things that I noticed was that access to the chute was blocked by the automatic grinding function control box, with auto-stop.  However, John at 1st-line walked my though how to remove that box and jump the wires.  Now I have unfettered access to the chute, so I can brush out any accumulated grinds.  The other items that I removed were a finger guard in the throat and the pf fork.

Since the Conico lacks a soft start capacitor, I was expecting to hear the 2 seconds of loud clatter that Jim reported.  However, while the first couple of seconds are slightly louder, there is no clattering.

Upon disassembling the Conico, I can only echo Jim's comments "the burr carrier is beautiful -- a springloaded, floating system" "that is made of polished brass, and which" "turns easily and smoothly."  Having never owned a Mazzer, I can't compare their burr carrier to the Conico's but I have no reason to doubt Jim's comments comparing the two.

Over the last couple of days I did a fair number of comparison shots between the Conico and my K10 WBC but had the dickens of a time discerning any differences between the two.  In that regard I've simply got to call it a draw.  However, I do feel that the build quality of the WBC is slightly superior to that of the Conico.  The price difference between the two is ~ $150, which leads me to again call it a draw.

While I'd love to say that one simply whipped the others butt, that's not the case and frankly that makes me pleased as punch to own these two Titan grinders.

Buying Experience

Jim and John, at 1st-line, were extremely helpful and made the buying experience one of the best I've ever had.

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