Expensive, yes. But how many coffee grinders are you going to buy in your lifetime?
Positive Product Points
Grinds consistently and uniformly.
Negative Product Points
Doser doesn't help us much. Beans stick in hopper for us.
This grinder does an excellent job of producing uniformly and consistently ground beans. The coarseness/fineness setting is continuous, so it took only a little experimenting to find the right place for us. The timer is also continuous, so we can set it for very little time, which is what we do most, because we only grind enough to make one or two cups. We use the drip-filter method of making coffee. (I use a gold metal filter; my wife uses a paper filter. She objects to the sudge in the bottom of the cup. I just quick drinking when I get there.) The doser doesn’t help us much, because we never grind enough to fill it up, so we grind by the amount of time, which is something of a guesstimate, and then flip the doser lever until it all comes out. We use dark, oily coffee beans, so they cling to the sides of the hopper, and we have to push them down toward the end of the pound. The hopper holds about 7/8ths of a pound or so. But both these negative comments are very minor compared to the better cup of coffee we get from the Mazzer Mini. Of course, the previous grinder was a whirling blade device, what I call a “helicopter chopper,” so any grinder at all was going to be a step up. We went for the Mazzer based on reviews here. The price was daunting at first, but then we figured we were only going to buy a grinder once maybe twice in our lifetimes, so why not get a top-rated one.
Three Month Followup
Still love it.
One Year Followup
We are still enamored of our Mazzer. I've recommended it to some of our friends who are interested. My advice to them was, "Sure it's expensive, but you are only going to buy it once."