will grind fine enough for all espresso machines good value commercial grinding burrs looks good
Negative Product Points
as the machine is going to be pretty much solely used for espresso, and any grind level about about 10 will be too coarse for espresso, I'd rather see the machine have the 40 grind levels, but between 1 and 10 (Ie setting 40 being equal to setting 10 on the current model)
Putting it simply, used even with a thermoblock machine this will give espresso equal to or slightly higher than what I'd call a "decent chain coffee shop" (ie costa or nero in the uk - and NOT starbucks)
Machine seems solidly built and has given pretty much daily use for nearly 3 years now. Still not showing any signs of wear.
only complaint is that the difference between consecutive settings gives a long difference in extraction time - i'd like to see smaller differences between these, and a finer "coarsest" grind
Other users have complained about the time to grind - it takes about 30-35 seconds to grind for a double shot (never make singles as it's difcult to get the shot right), this isn't a problem for me - and it seems that the slowness is to stop the grinds from heating up - a good idea IMO
Would buy machine again and heartily recommend it as a first step to good espresso. Although obviously if you have the money for a rocky or a mazzer then go for that!
Bought from department store - got department store type service...