No more 5 A.M. coffee grinder wake up at my house.
Positive Product Points
It fits under the counter. It is very quiet and very fast. Use is simple, neat, effective. It blends in to background, not becoming an obstacle. Looks like it will outlive me.
Negative Product Points
It helps to be familiar with weak instructions. Take note that the instruction manual covers three versions of this grinder. Look at the hopper door before you fill machine and you will understand how it works.
My small La Pavoni always awakened the household. It was resented by all. It would jam at times. I often grind large quantities of my home roast as gifts. I wanted an ultimate solution. Though the doser is hardly handy for me, ... it does function well and is neat. I removed the tamper, the espresso handle "dock" and the plastic tray on the bottom. Under the tray is the quality metal base. All that plastic is secondary. I just put my filter holder under the doser after grinding a measured dose of beans. I have not left the bean hopper full. Maybe I will utilize the sliding hopper door to cut off the bean flow if I decide to store some beans in the hopper. So far I am sticking to the measured whole bean method I am used to. The beauty of the quiet is number one. A pot's worth is ground in a few seconds. Then I dose out the entire content of the doser... a few seconds. I have more control over the grind than I know what to do with. Maybe I will try espresso again. I love it at a few restaurants where they seem to do it well. My old steam espresso machine was very weak... but I got it out of the basement to give it a try with a good grind, good coffee, and a little more knowledge. First try was best I ever did at home.
I will be looking for an appropriate machine for me. I drink about 24 oz. of coffee every morning. French press is ultimate flavor, but that extra body is not so friendly to my body. Maybe I need a better press device with better filtration. The Bunn system seems quite ideal to me... combined with my home roast. I have used it for many years. I looked at those beautiful German grinders, but I liked the combination of good looks of the La Cimbali, the brand reputation, the dealer's promise of quiet, and the height of the thing. I have used up several low cost grinders and always been devastated by the noise... I think this machine will easily outlive me.
I went to Chris because of positive comments here. They have lived up to the good word, though I have not asked for any special favor. Well that is a good thing... they offered me the discount without a song and dance. I guess they could read my mind. $500 yes, ...$600 no. It is easily five hundred dollars worth.
Three Month Followup
The machine does its job every day ... without making a scene. Zero disappointment.