Mazzer Mini Review

Any coffee equipment website worth its salt has a Mazzer Mini review, and you’ll find the product touted in forums and other online communities throughout the web.

We wanted to see if the Mazzer Mini was truly able to live up to all the hype, so took a cold, hard look at the facts. The verdict? You’ll just have to read to find out.

The Mazzer Mini coffee grinder comes in 2 variations: The Mazzer Mini Espresso Grinder (the base model) and the Mazzer Mini Electronic Coffee Grinder Type A Doserless (added computerized doser system).

Features

If you pay attention to Mazzer’s sales pitch for the Mazzer Mini, it’s evident that they intend for the unit to be used as a secondary grinder in a commercial establishment, perhaps to be used for decaf or a less popular roast.
Reading between the lines this means the Mazzer Mini coffee grinder boasts a handful of features best suited for commercial settings. Perhaps the most obvious of these features is the doser, which is a temporary storage space for grinds before they are released to a portafilter.

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A slot machine-style lever is used to release one portafilter’s worth of ground coffee. Note that not all versions of the Mazzer Mini have a doser, and if you’re buying this unit for use at home, you’d be better off purchasing a doserless unit to keep the grinds from going stale (unless you drink 20+ shots in an hour – we’re not judging).

Besides the doser, another popular feature of the Mazzer Mini is auto shutoff. This operates based on time, rather than weight though the unit also features a manual grind button if you want to extend the time or grind directly to a scale. If you purchased the Mazzer Mini with doser, you’ll also notice an automatic auto shutoff setting. This features automatically starts whenever six shots worth of ground beans have been removed from the doser, and stops only when the doser is full. As you can imagine, this feature would be extremely helpful for a barista during the morning rush, as it essentially eliminated the need to weight for beans to be ground before pulling a shot.

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Build Quality

Simply put, the Mazzer Mini is built to last. This grinder uses almost exclusively metal pieces, which means that it can withstand many years of rigorous use without any pieces failing. Should the unthinkable happen, Mazzer is more than happy to help you assess which piece is broken and provide information on ordering replacement parts, if at all possible.

The only real downside to using so much metal in the design is the enormous weight of this product. Without adding any beans to the hopper, the Mazzer Mini coffee grinder weighs a hefty 22 pounds, quite a bit more than most other grinders on the market. However, as long as you’ve got a sturdy counter, this weight isn’t much of a problem after shipping. It also helps to ascertain the product’s durability.

Grind Settings

The Mazzer Mini grinds its beans quite differently than most other grinders in its class. First off, it features flat burrs instead of conical burrs. Most coffee aficionados will tell you that conical burrs are mechanically superior to flat burrs, and they’d be right. However, in the context of the Mazzer Mini, the 58 mm flat burrs perform admirably and have no trouble producing a consistent grind time and again.

A second distinguishing feature of the Mazzer Mini’s grind settings is the stepless grind setting scheme. Most grinders quantize their grind range, allowing users to access 40 or so different settings between coarse and fine. The Mini, on the other hand, uses a lever that pulls smoothly throughout its range, allowing for extremely small adjustments to the grind size. This precision comes at a cost, however, which is often glossed over by other Mazzer Mini reviews.

Because of the stepless design, it’s impossible for the unit to make presets. This isn’t that big of a deal if you mostly stick to one brew method, but if you make espresso one day, then drip coffee another, you’ll constantly be having to fiddle with the machine to get the right settings.

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Price

We’ve mentioned it several times now, but it bears repeating: the Mazzer Mini coffee grinder is best suited as a secondary unit at a café. Therefore, it’s priced like the industrial grade machine it is. As of 2015, the unit’s list price is $899, and it usually retails between $750 and $780. It’s not a cheap machine, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a good value.

In a commercial setting, this grinder will easily pay for itself by saving workers the hassle of constantly grinding and by providing a high-quality product. Even for those wealthy enough to buy one for their kitchen, the grinder is a very high-quality unit that will last many years. Not everyone who drinks coffee needs a commercial grade grinder, but if you find yourself in need and have the cash to spend, few options are a better deal than the Mazzer Mini.

Aesthetics

We’ll round out this Mazzer Mini review with a discussion of the unit’s aesthetics, keeping in mind that this is a very subjective topic. In our opinion, this grinder looks very sleek. It’s available in one color, steel. What really makes it so attractive, however, is the lack of distractions. It doesn’t feature any gimmicks like a clock or a huge LED screen; instead, it’s just an attractive, traditional grinder, focused on getting the job done. That’s a message we can get behind.

Mazzer Mini E

In case you haven’t picked up on it yet, the previous review focused on the original Mazzer Mini grinder, but there is another model. Called the Mazzer Mini E (or the Mazzer Mini Electronic), this unit is quite similar to the original except for the inclusion of a computerized doser system. This system is capable of measuring and administering doses through the use of buttons. It also features a digital display with a shot counter.
Though these features are secondary to the actual grinding process, some buyers might find they make the Mazzer Mini Electronic attractive though they probably won’t like the price increase over the original. In conclusion, the Mazzer Mini E is basically the original unit plus a few convenience features.

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