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MACAP M4 Grinder - Gary Scott's Review
Posted: February 8, 2008, 7:11pm
review rating: 6.3
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MACAP M4 Grinder
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Arrow The MACAP M4 Grinder has 17 Reviews
Arrow The MACAP M4 Grinder has been rated 8.74 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since September 10, 2006.
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Quality Reviews
These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
Name Ranking
Prudongs Seol 10.00
Nick Kitchener 9.00
Noah Brewer 8.50
Randy Horan 8.16
Ed Wilson 8.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.6
Manufacturer: Macap Quality: 10
Average Price: $575.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $520.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: Chris' Coffee Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 1 month Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Estro Profi
Bottom Line: A great professional quality grinder.  Comparable to the Mazzers.
Positive Product Points

Heavy, solid, and quiet.  Great adjustability on the stepless, a small tweak is all it takes.  The cord comes out the bottom and comes with a normal on/off switch unlike the Mazzer Mini.  The plastic in the doser is thick and solid.  The doser also does a great job of fluffing the grounds and preventing clumping.  Smooth, solid doser lever.

Negative Product Points

Stepless is not as convenient if you grind for both espresso and drip or french press.  The grinder does get a little messy at times.

Detailed Commentary

This grinder does a great job of grind quality and is easy to adjust, but a small adjustment goes a long way.  Like many people I only grind enough for one drink at a time.  I use a separate timer and 15 seconds is close to a double shot .  I also removed the guard in the doser and use a little brush to clean the grounds.  I also love the thwack, thwack, thwack sound of the doser lever.  Although a doserless model can be less messy and more convenient for single drinks, they also have clumping problems.  I got the black color instead of the aluminum finish and I'm very happy.

Buying Experience

I bought it from Chris' Coffee with a La Spaziale Vivaldi II espresso machine.  I could have saved some money buying on sale elsewhere, but I did get an overall discount from Chris' and I know they will be there if I ever have a problem.  They also included their own directions on how to dial in the grinder the first time and it worked like a charm.

Three Month Followup

The Macap is an absolute workhorse, solid and dependable.  I still enjoy the doser model in that I never have a problem with clumping.  The stepless adjustment is wonderful for fine tuning the grind, and even though it may take a few shots to get it tweaked when changing coffees, it works great.  The only improvement would be for Macap (or Mazzer) to redesign the doser to give it the convenience of a doserless grinder, but the mixing/ declumping of a doser model.  Or they could just make the doser attachment a lot smaller and make the grounds funnel into the portafilter to be less of a mess.

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