Built to take a bomb blast. Does a great job but has issues with grind retention. Would buy again.
Positive Product Points
- Built like it was designed to take a bomb blast and keep on grinding. Very durable, solid construction - Easy to configure grind time - Quiet in relation to other grinders I've used before in the past - Can be upgraded to Super Jolly burrs to increase grind speed as long as it is being used for home use
Negative Product Points
- Difficult to make small adjustments in grind due to the stiffness of the adjustment wheel - Grinder will clog up if grinding for Turkish coffee, so don't do it. It makes for a perfect espresso or drip coffee grinder - No thermal protection for the motor. (Not CSA certified) - Slow grinding on stock burrs for espresso. (18-22 seconds for a 19 gram dose.) - Large amounts of grind retention
(This review is for the Mazzer Mini Electronic Type B, the one in the picture is a Type A)
First of all, I'd like to say that this grinder is built like a like it could take a bomb blast. It's extremely tough and looks like it'll last a lifetime and it probably will too. Right away, I noticed the extremely durable power switch. It switches on with a loud satisfying "CLICK!" to let you know the grinder is ready for business. It looks like it came off of some piece of industrial machinery, so this gives you an idea right away of the build quality which they put into this machine.
Another thing I noticed right off the bat is that this grinder has lots of warning signs on it, just like a table saw. You get the feeling that this is a tool to be respected. Just as much as I wouldn't lick a spinning table saw blade, I wouldn't dare stick my finger into the throat of this grinder while it was running. Both this grinder and a table saw will seriously hurt and maim you if you don't show them any respect. This is a positive point because it means that no safety switches have been put in to prevent the grinder from running if the hopper hasn't been secured. This makes it easy to single dose if you want.
To use this grinder, simply adjust the collar wheel to how fine you want the grind. Hold down the Menu button for 3 seconds, select the single or double button, then use the +/- keys to select grind time. Then hold the menu button for another 2 seconds to store the grind time. Press the single or double button to make the grinder grind for that period of time or simply hold down the manual button to grind for any time you want. For those who prefer to adjust grind time with an analogue adjustment, the Type A version of this grinder has that taken into account.
I wish that this grinder had thermal protection, from a safety and longevity standpoint. It really isn't a problem for home use, but it would allow Mazzer to give this grinder CSA certification.
Compared to other prosumer grinders, it's kind of slow out of the box. On the stock burrs, Grinding a 19 gram espresso dose can take anywhere between 18-22 seconds, depending on the coffee and the grind fineness. You can swap out the stock burrs with Super Jolly burrs to cut this time in half, with the understanding that this lowers the duty cycle of the grinder because it makes the motor work harder. For a home environment, it's not really a problem.
My first pain point is the grind adjustment. While it is extremely easy to set the grind on the grinder (You move a wheel back and forth) it is a pain to make small adjustments to the grind when you need to. I found that tapping the handle with a tamper helps a lot when you just need to move the wheel just a little. For larger adjustments, you have to put a bit of effort into it to get it to start moving. A worm gear or a longer handle probably would have helped considerably. Not a big deal.
This grinder is that it really doesn't like it when you grind extremely fine for Turkish coffee. It clogs due to the anti-static screen in the output chute. If it clogs, one has to grind coarse to "Flush" it out and then it's OK. I'd say this grinder is suitable for grinding anything except for Turkish coffee, although first and foremost it shines as both an espresso and drip coffee grinder.
Dis-assembly is extremely easy and reassembly is only a smidgen difficult when you need to change the burrs. The entire grind mechanism is extremely simple to maintain.
Probably the biggest sore point I have with this grinder is grind retention. I usually grind about 1-2 shots per day, with this grinder which means that the grinder sits on the counter with stale grinds in it for the better part of a night. As a result, the first shot you pull will come out with a completely different dosage and pull than the second and possibly the third. This is somewhat annoying, but something you do need to expect.
As of March 2014, I've owned this grinder for 2 years and I've ground about 700 double shots with this machine without any problems or issues. I would recommend this grinder to anyone looking to buy it new or used.
My experience purchasing this grinder through Caffetech was extremely simple, straightforward and easy. The packaging was very well done and the grinder was absolutely flawless out of the box. I picked up the grinder in person at their retail store, which was very well laid out. All of my questions were answered thoroughly and completely. I could have found this grinder slightly cheaper somewhere else, but the level of pre-sales support from this vendor was absolutely outstanding, so they deserved my business. I can highly recommend purchasing from this vendor.