A little grinding powerhouse -- fantastic results, great value
Positive Product Points
PERFECT GRIND -- that's the most important bit. Otherwise, the minimoka M 203 grinder is small, looks nice, is really well built. It's doserless (that's good), it can be tuned with really high precision.
Negative Product Points
Some coffee spill as the coffee falls from the chute into the piston (goes for all grinders without some kind of catching device). Some people report more spill as the chute gets static charge -- I haven't noticed this over the past months.
This is what a beginning barista, who's gotten familiar with a rancilio silvia, and hungry for more -- even better taste, more crema, etc, learned. There's basically 2 very different groups of consumer grinders, *) cheap ones: small burrs, high RPM (usually, small, plastic machines) *) more expensive ones: large burrs, low RPM (usually a bit bigger -- rocky, mini mazzer are the celebrities here)
Here's what to do (all in my humble opinion, of course) 1) Get a grinder! Some people say it's just fun and you can perfectly well get your coffee grinded at a shop. What I found out is that this is absolutely untrue. The difference is nothing short of astounding. Really, get a grinder already. 2) Get one from the 'expensive group'. It's about the grinding, which must be good. The cheap group with the higher speed small burrs burns your coffee and doesn't last. 3) Get a cheaper one in the expensive segment. Only the basics are necessary. Doserless is the way to go (a doser will only make coffee stale unless you make hunders of cups a day). Timer thingies will break. Additional gadgets need cleaning.
Now, for the choice: the Demoka Minimoka M203 is really awesome value. It's cheap in its segment (a whopping 100 euros less than the bigger, clunkier Rocky) and grinds like mad. The results are just fantastic: delicious espresso, with bucket loads of crema.
Note, get the 203 or 207 -- the 205 is ugly, with plastic blobs tacked on. Also, don't get the T version -- the timer is bad quality and will break.
Great -- koffie cultuur centrum will tell you like it is.
Three Month Followup
Still standing tall as a great purchase. Spill is not increasing with static (or, there is no static -- either way works for me).
One Year Followup
This is actually a SIX year followup. This thing is built like a little rock and still working great. I am surprised I haven't even had to service the burrs yet. That said, I don't use it daily (although it does get used more than half of all days). One note: the bottom of the bean holder is a bit fragile, so be careful pulling it out from the base as it's easy to get cracks in it.