Groovy Conical Burr Grinder that would look sexy on anyones counter... K, maybe not "anyones".
Positive Product Points
Groovy Conical Burrs that spool at a LOW RPM Shiny Chrome Housing Giant Hopper that every home user will discard or mutilate
Negative Product Points
Doser Only Discontinued Too? Slowish
I am writing this review for an arguably obsolete grinder, as most everyone wants a doserless model and this model never came doserless, although I believe, but have been told otherwise by sources more intelligent than I, that the MC4 Chute would fit nicely on it. Regardless, I can't seem to find the MXK anymore, I suppose it didn't fare too well as a commercial unit because it couldn't keep up and therefore got dropped.
Wait a minute- couldn't keep up? It replaced a 10 year old Luigi in a small coffee shop for a brief span of one week, albeit intermittently, but couldn't take the heat- literally. It overheated constantly and was forced into early retirement where it's been for the past 5 years? making my own morning espresso.
So why write a review for an obsolete grinder? Well it's not really obsolete in the CG sense- there are plenty I am sure popping up for sale on the used market, and a fellow CGr is bound to want to know if it's a legit grinder. And so the review-
Those groovy conical burrs are amazing... I mean from a home-use point of view I can't imagine conical burrs tipping the scale that much over say a Mazzer Mini, but ten or so shots in and the grinder is just rock solid. The stepless-worm-drive adjustment makes adjusting a breeze, but that's just it- once it's dialed in, it pulls shot after shot and never waivers. I wish I could say the same for the Luigi, but that is not the case with Mazzer's flat burr workhorse.
The hopper holds approx 3.5# of beans. 'Nuff said.
It looks SEXY! While Mazzer is experimenting with different shades of grey, Macap is dipping theirs in Chrome. I mean c'mon, it's a no-brainer. Somebody in marketing needs a raise!
And... it overheats. Lest you worry, it isn't going to happen on your kitchen counter. But run that sucker in five minute intervals with maybe a minute in between for an hour and it'll fall on it's shiny face. It has overheat protection built in that shuts it down until it cools off. What it should have had if it wanted to survive as anything more than a decaf grinder in the commercial environment, is overheat protection that activated a cooling fan. But whatever.
Jim at 1st-Line has replacement burrs. Use Grindz and throw a new set of burrs in, you'll love yourself for it.
1st-Line has free shipping on most equipment, parts available for all the stuff they sell, lots of coupons to help with those big purchases, and you get a percentage back on all purchases as well!