When you are serious about making the best possible espresso, you put a high priority on owing a top-quality grinder. The Mazzer Mini is designed for professionals and the most discerning home baristas who love to experiment their coffee. Their are a lot of settings and options to try every day with this grinder.
Features and Specifications
– Sturdy die-cast aluminum body
– Doser can be adjusted to hold 5.5 to 8 grams
– Timer with automatic shut-off
– Hopper has an 1.3 pound capacity
– 18.5 inches tall, weighs 22.5 pounds
– Shorter hopper also available as an add-on
Commercial grade grinder
The Mazzer Mini is a small commercial grinder: a café might use it for low-demand items such as decaf or single-origin beans, or as a backup grinder. It is also small enough for home use. Though it might look small and unassuming in a café setting, compared to most home appliances it is a big, heavy-duty tank of a grinder. You won’t need to replace it any time soon.
Quality of grind
This model, as its name implies, is intended for espresso. It comes with a clearly marked factory setting for the grind, which you can easily adjust by turning the collar. You will have to adjust this from time to time according to the freshness and moisture quality of your beans, among other factors. You can also get a good Turkish grind or even a drip grind from the Mini, but it is really designed to grind into a portafilter for espresso.
This is the top of the line for home grinders, and the consistency and quality of the grind are flawless once you master the settings. The grind speed of 1 gram per second is also more than sufficient for home use.
Dosers are not always popular with home baristas because of the extra coffee left behind in the mechanism between grinds. The Mazzer Mini gets around this problem by allowing you to set the dose you want in one of two ways: you can choose the dose by weight, or you can time how long you want to grind. This eliminates the problem of coffee going stale in your doser when it’s not in use.
The Mini, despite its name, is a big machine and you may have trouble finding room for it on your counter top. One option is to purchase a shorter hopper to use instead of the 1.3 pound capacity hopper that comes standard on the model. The shorter hopper does not come with a lid, but the lid from the standard hopper will fit on it.
This is the grinder to buy if you’re ready to invest in a model that works flawlessly and will last you for years to come. An excellent choice for a serious home barista or a small café.