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Gaggia MDF - Simon Wilson's Review
Posted: December 19, 2001, 11:15am
review rating: 7.1
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Gaggia MDF Espresso
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Arrow The Gaggia MDF has 32 Reviews
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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A C C 9.00
B T 9.00
Lance Goffinet 8.88
Mark Babbe 8.20
Patrick T 7.66

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.4
Manufacturer: Gaggia Quality: 8
Average Price: $249.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $175.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: London UK (100) Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 1 year Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Rocky
Bottom Line: Good/Excelent FIRST espresso grinder
Positive Product Points

Easily available in UK - Great first grinder for serious espresso newbie.
Good grind & sturdy. Good quality of grind for the price.

Negative Product Points

Grinder is very noisy and a little on the slow side.  My dosing handle fell off after about 5 months!

Detailed Commentary

In the UK finding a good burr grinder for the home is difficult.  I bought my MDF from Selfridges and I paid about 100 in August 2000.  It is a good grinder that is perfect for someone embarking (as I was then) on the trail for excellent espresso based drinks.

Having watched barista's handling espresso grinders, I copied and was a little rough on my MDF's doser handle.  It fell off or to be more acurate the plastic sheered making repair impossible.  I have never replaced the doser unit and just rotate the fins inside now - it works fine.

Since then I have replaced my MDF with a Rocky which is a more robust, quieter and faster grinder.  I get slightly better shots with the Rocky but I must emphasis it is marginal.

The MDF is noisy, and takes about 20-25secs to grind 14g of beans, where the Rocky takes about 15.  The shute between the burrs and the hopper is longer than on the Rocky - which makes using this grinder as a dual purpose machine for espresso and filter, more awkward.

Having said all this, this IS a good/excellent home grinder, and as a first espresso grinder any purchaser would not be disappointed.

Buying Experience

I read many reviews about espresso grinders before buying, but was limited at that time by availability.

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