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Macap Grinders - Charles Burd's Review
Posted: March 29, 2013, 11:13am
review rating: 8.0
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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.0
Product Reviewed: mxk
Manufacturer: Macap Quality: 10
Average Price: Varies Usability: 7
Price Paid: $800.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: 1st-line Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 1 year Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: macap mxt, ceado e7
Bottom Line: conical burr grinder rocks
Positive Product Points

consistent grind quality
build quality
low 400 rpm
ease of use

Negative Product Points

huge bean hopper
large doser chute needs clearing

Detailed Commentary

i use the grinder with metropolis coffee redline beans and a la spaziale mini vivaldi ii espresso machine.  i single does the grinder with 16 grams of beans to brew about a one ounce double ristretto.   i replaced the original hopper with about half of a styrofoam cup and a small glass dish to keep the beans from flying out while grinding.

previously i used a macap mxt and a ceado e7 grinder.  both are 64/65mm flat burr super jolly class grinders.  i was able to get very good results with these grinders.

the mxk is a conical burr grinder.  i think this is what makes it superior.  

the shot quality with the mxk is routinely equal to the top 5% of what i was able to get with the flat burr grinders.

with the mxk, the flow through the bottomless portafilter can be seen to be consistently more uniform than with the flat burr grinders.

i agree with the titan grinder project observations that the conical burr grind gives shots with somewhat brighter and more defined flavor compared to flat burr shots.  my experience is only with redline beans.

the chute into the doser is big and needs clearing.  however, this requires little time and effort.

the doser sweeps very clean.

the grinder is built like a tank.  mine is chrome and i think it has a great old school look.  

it is analog only so there are no digital components to screw up.

the mxk has 63mm conical burrs.  i wonder what the 68mm conical burr grinders are like.

Buying Experience

1st-line were a pleasure to work with.

Three Month Followup

still grinding well.

One Year Followup

i wish the doser chute cleared itself.

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