A great grinder for the money, with a small footprint to boot.
Positive Product Points
A grinder that delivers a very fine grind for my espresso machine, with a nice, small footprint and quality build.
Negative Product Points
Awkward-shaped container to scoop grinds out of, and a little messy on the countertop.
Previous to purchasing this Gaggia grinder, I had tried the Capresso grinder sold at Williams Sonoma, but it just would not grind to the level required by my Gaggia Espresso machine (it was a terrible grinder, truth be told). This model costs a bit more, but the difference is immediately noticeable. The grinder delivers consistent results, and is adjustable to varying degrees of coarseness. I use the second-to-finest setting on the unit, and it seems to be just right. On some grinds, you may experience some stray grounds around the unit on the countertop, and this is due to its design. As the beans are ground, they are sent through a 1 cm square hole to the removable plastic container. The container does "lock in" to the housing, but there's still a bit of space that can come between the pieces. This is something I can live with though, given the decent price and size of the MM. I just don't have the counter space for a full-size doser grinder, so this seemed to be the best solution, and I'm very happy with the results. It's a bit loud, but I find that contributes to the overall experience (I've used a Faema doser grinder previous to this, and it was no quieter). I wish the removable container could better fit a coffee scoop into it however, as it is a bit narrow for scooping the grinds out of its awkward shape. Overall, I'm very happy to own this grinder, and the only reason I would "maybe" buy it again, is because my next grinder will probably be a larger unit with a dosing mechanism.
I had to wait for a black unit to arrive from Italy for about a month, but no other complaints in this regard.
Three Month Followup
Three months later, and the grinder is still functioning quite well! No changes to report of.