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Mazzer Mini - Nate Mayweather's Review
Posted: September 21, 2004, 5:19pm
review rating: 7.8
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Arrow The Mazzer Mini has 58 Reviews
Arrow The Mazzer Mini has been rated 9.29 overall by our member reviewers
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Andrew Sullivan 9.17
Teemu Pihlatie 9.00
Andre Preoteasa 8.63
Brendan Getchel 8.60
Michael Aneiro 8.57

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.2
Manufacturer: Mazzer Quality: 9
Average Price: $595.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $349.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: WholeLatteLove Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 3 months Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: I can't imagine upgrading to another grinder, or this ever breaking -- but if a new doser(less) kit  were to come out, I would definately upgrade the machine with it.  Other than that, this is pretty much the standard for quality grinding.
Positive Product Points

Solid Machine - Built Like a Tank
Quiet
Stepless Adjustment
Finish On Doser

Negative Product Points

Realistically, only for  espresso use
Adjustments can be hard
Finish on Body is a little matte and blah (silver version)
Dosing fork is low
Doser makes a mess
Doser leaves a lot of grinds behind

Detailed Commentary

In terms of grinding espresso, I can't think of any better grinder for home use.  I bought this unit to avoid upgrade fever, and there's hasn't been one moment i've even imagined doing so.

My purchase was a replacement for a Mr Coffee burr mill grinder.  Mr Coffee didn't grind fine enough for espresso until i took him apart and removed the restrictor notch.  Mr Coffee didn't grind quietly - he sounded like an airplane.  Mr Coffee made lots of dust, 90% espresso or french press and 10% turkish coffee.  Mr Coffee made a mess.

Well, Mr Mazzer is extremely quiet.  With no beans grinding, the motor is barely audible.  With beans grinding its loud, but not obnoxious like many other grinders.

Mazzer grinds reliably, no dust.

Mazzer grinds fine enough, and can grind finer.

Mazzer is great.  For grinding.

The doser, however, is a hassle.  Grinds come out unevenly, and spray like crazy on the  countertop.  The resting fork could be higher up to alleviate SOME of this, but honestly holding the PF right under the spout it still sprays.

Grinds build up in the doser like crazy.  I know this is home use and grinds are supposed to collect in the doser till full -- aside from super high  volume shops though, most places I know with Minis or Super Jollys grind to order and click the doser a dozen times.   Same thing is at home, and I'm fine with that.

What I DONT like, is how randomly a lot of stray grinds get stuck in there.  Some people brush it out, I don't really bother doing that.  I am bothered though, by how poorly the dosing arm sweeps the  chamber.  I don't expect to see no grinds in there, but I dont expect to see as many.

A bit of grinds collect in the chute between the burrs and the doser.  It would have been nice to have something to automagically clean that out, because in the morning those grinds often stand between my half-awake self having a full basket or clicking the grind button again.  A spoon handle works well though.

It comes with a tamping attachment for the front of the unit.  I took that off.

I didn't like the idea of the timer at first, now i kinda fancy it.  I set it, leave, come back and either have to grind more or its all ready.  Yay.

My main criticism though, is that this really is an espresso only grinder.  I tried to grind for the french press once, it was a hassle rotating the color and dialing in.  Going back to an espresso grind, i found the machine to operate slightly louder.  

The stepless adjustment idea is great, but the tension on the collar is a bit too strong -- you need to build up a decent amount of pressure to nudge the machine, and once you do it kind of jumps.  Its possible to make super-minute  adjustments, but realisitically adjustments are about as fine as the little notches on the collar -- those could really have just been adjustment notches instead of simple markings.

Buying Experience

I ordered it online, i got it a few days later.  The end.

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