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Swift Grinder - Corey Diamond's Review
Posted: July 5, 2004, 3:49am
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Swift Grinder
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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.0
Manufacturer: La Marzocco Quality: 8
Average Price: $3,200.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $3,200.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: Five Senses Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 6 months Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: Professional Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Rocky, Mini
Bottom Line: A fantastic grinder, but you need to be a millionaire to justify one for home!
Positive Product Points

The Swift is easy for espresso newbies and aids consistency in shot making. All you have to worry about is getting the grind right and texturing your milk correctly. The Swift wastes very little coffee.

Negative Product Points

Exxxxxpensive!!!! The Swift is hideously expensive. the outer case is very hard to take off for cleaning purposes and the bean cut off plate is very awkward to setup!

Detailed Commentary

I bought my Swift about six months ago for my shop. I wanted a grinder that would be easy for my then untrained staff to use that would be fast (CBD crowd) and would allow us as a staff only to have to focus on correct grind and milk texturing.  The Swift is certainly easy to use. Two hoppers, one for my normal blend and one for my decaf blend. All you have to do is lock in the portafilter (just like in your machine) and press one of two buttons (decaf or standard) the grinder then grinds on demand. Exactly 18 grams of coffee and tamps and then applies a finishing polish. The dosage is adjustable but tamping pressure is not, this is not really an issue because you can compensate by adjusting your grind fineness.

The grind quality of the Swift is very good, it uses ceramic burrs which apparently will outlast standard brass burrs by three times. the Swift looks really cool and surprisingly is a bit smaller then you would think.

The Swift grinder is relatively easy to clean once the outer case is removed but the outer case itself is a little hard to remove. The screw holes do not line up correctly and you have to wiggle the outer case quite a bit before you can screw it back up. The Swift makes very little mess and your ground coffee wastage is extremely minimal. The Swift also allows for greater consistency in shot making and allows for greater attention to things like texturing milk and even latte art. Certainly at its price and relatively large size the Swift is overkill for home. Personally for home I use Rocky and soon will purchase a Mazzer Mini, but even if I had the money for a Swift at home I still think I'd probably purchase a Mini.

Buying Experience

I bought my Swift through Five Senses coffee in Perth Australia. Very good price and support I would definitely recommend them.

Three Month Followup

After having the Swift grinder for 3 months I would continue to say that I'm very happy with it. The amount of wastage the grinder makes is tiny. Probably about 20 grams a day, so it's certainly economical. I've not had major problems with the Swift but I do take it apart and clean it once a week. I would definitely buy it again. Some people think it takes some of the romance out of coffee when you're not hand tamping. I think you have the opportunity to make a much more consistently good quality shot using this grinder, despite different Baristas. If you want coffee romance then do great milk texturing and latte art like we do! Then you coffee will both look and taste superb.

One Year Followup

After one year I have mostly positive things to say about the Swift. It works relatively reliably, although it has broken down on a couple of occasions. One issue I have with the Swift is that I don't think it always doses exactly the same amount each time. I think it probably doses within a couple of grams but not exactly repeatably. This can cause one shot to run at 25 seconds and then the next shot at 55 seconds. I've trained my staff to regularly watch shots and adjust almost continously. I have just got another Swift (and another machine) so I still think they are pretty cool, however at home it's hand tamping all the way.

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