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MACAP M4 Grinder - Noah Brewer's Review
Posted: November 11, 2008, 10:40pm
review rating: 8.5
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MACAP M4 Grinder
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Arrow The MACAP M4 Grinder has 17 Reviews
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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: 9.0
Manufacturer: Macap Quality: 9
Average Price: $575.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $509.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Chris coffee Service Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 6 months Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Does a great job of grinding espresso, built like a tank, fast, consistent, not too noisy, good price, great machine.
Positive Product Points

It's heavy and doesn't easily move around when it's on.  The cord placement is very good.  It creates a very consistent grind. With the worm gear you can dial in on the perfect grind size.

Negative Product Points

A few problems this grinder has is the shoot it tends to hold onto a little of the coffee.  The been hopper can be easily cracked by the tightening screw if you're not careful.  The worm gear can be hard to transition from an espresso grind to a French Press grind on the fly.

Detailed Commentary

After having MACAP MC4 dosserles grinder for over five months I can happily say it was a great purchase.  The Shoot does hold onto a little coffee about 6 g At a time for this can be easily overcome  by taping the machine or by using a spoon or something to reach inside the shoot to pull out the coffee.  The worm gear is great for dialing in on the grind size but can be a hindrance when trying Transition from espresso to French Press and back again it's kind of a double edged sword.  Cleaning the burrs is fairly easy just by removing a couple of screws and a bolt to remove the entire assembly I only do this once a month or less.  Of course you could always use a product like grinds or I have heard that rice is also a way to clean the burrs though I have never use rice myself.  The burrs themselves look pretty indestructible of course this is considering normal use the only way I can see that you could cause damage is by dropping a metal bolt or something inside and trying to grind it.  Some people have complained about the plastic sheet over the on off switch that it gets in the way or makes it hard to use I disagree it keeps errant grounds of coffee out of the on off switch and protects it from water splashing into it, I have no problem using the switch with the sheath.  The little tray that is supposed to catch grounds is a nice idea but fails to deliver, most of the grounds end up blowing away, maybe if the tray had some sides to it but it doesn't all that aside i do leave it on. The been hopper has a little trap door to keep the coffee from spilling out when removing the hopper  which makes it easier to switch coffees .

You might ask yourself is $500 for a coffee grinder worth it, if you have to ask then no.  The grinder is the most important part of good espresso, and a high quality grinder will last nearly forever and they generally hold a good resell value.  If you're like me and are trying to achieve the perfect cup of espresso this will help you get a little bit closer.  And if you're asking me if I am suggesting this grinder to you the answer is yes.  There are lot of good grinders on the market but from my experience you can go wrong with the MACAP MC4 grinder.

One last word on this grinder I would never suggest getting it with the doser unless you own a coffeehouse, restaurant, or have a lot of friends over all the time a doser only proves itself  viable if you plan on making 10 are more shots consecutively otherwise you're just wasting good coffee because it just sits in the doser and go stale on you.  If you just plan on making 1 or even 4 espressos at a time the doserless is the way to go.


More of my reviews are at   http://letsseewhatsticks.blogspot.com/ Thank you :)

Buying Experience

My order with Chris coffee service it was a good experience no complaints the web site gave good information on the products and made it easier for me to make my decision.  Prompt shipping and good customer service if you're gonna  buy a grinder you can go wrong with them.

Three Month Followup

works like new, after three months.

One Year Followup

over a year and works like a champ.

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