Not just pretty on the counter, this machine just does its job well and has been built to last!
Positive Product Points
Built to last. Takes my espresso machine (silvia) to a higher level. Machine has an industrial feeling to it. It is also a quiet machine.
Negative Product Points
Haven't found any as yet.
For me choosing a good grinder was a battle between the Mazzer Mini and the Macap. After reading the review on coffeegeek I decided to go with the Macap.
Setting the grinder course: My Macap has got the fixed (click) course settings. And I love this. I marked the grind settings that work best on average and from there I change the setting to whatever the coffee needs. When you roast your own coffee you'll have to change setting often. The click settings really help with this.
Day to day use: I bought the grinder with doser. The doser is huge. Maybe too big for using at home. Normally I grind for a few seconds and then empty the doser. For me, the doser just looks pretty but doesn't do a whole lot for the operation. The grinder doesn't make a lot of noise at all. My previous grinder (Nemox) made a conversation while grinding impossible. The Macap you hardly hear.
Results: The espresso that I now brew out of my Rancilio Silvia is of a total different class as with my previous grinder. I only now realize how important a grinder is. All I can say about the espresso is that it is heavenly. Not bitter or sour but just right.
Reliability: Having this machine for just two months it is hard to say anything about reliability. But What I can say is that it is built like a tank. It weighs a ton and is built to last. I would be very surprised if this grinder would fail.
Looks: Personally I don't care about the looks. I would rather buy a machine that's not very pretty but does a good job than to buy a good looker that does not perform. This machine has got both though. And people are impressed when the see it. Placed next to a nice espresso machine you basically turned your kitchen into an Italian coffee shop.
Overall: I never owned a mini Mazzer. So I can really not tell which one is the better. I just know that I would buy this machine again and I would certainly recommend it.
Bought it with espressocoffeeshop based in Italy. It was sent out to me very soon after I ordered it. The next day in the morning it arrived (in the UK). I never received something I ordered on the internet so quickly. Compliments