- Enid Sep 28, 2005 10:35 AM
I'm in the market for a new coffee grinder. Googling suggested the Solis Maestro (this was a 2002 Chowhound recommendation). What is the current favorite??
I've had the Maestro for a few months, and I've been pretty happy with it. I've only used it for my French press so far, and the grind is nice and even. It's a bit messy, though, because static electricity causes the grinds cling to the sides of the receptacle. But it's the first burr grinder I've ever known, so I don't have anything to compare it with.
I'd suggestion checking out http://coffeegeek.com/ -- they take their grinders *very* seriously!
What are you grinding for? If espresso, the favorite out there is the Mazzer Mini, with the Rancilio Rocky in second. For non-espresso brews, the grind quality becomes less critical.
My Maestro is now used for vacpot. Compared to the Mazzer, the Maestro is light and plasticky. I accidentally dropped the upper burr while cleaning and the plastic ring separated from the steel burr. Superglue is holding it together. Still, the Maestro is good for general use, but I wouldn't recommend it for serious espresso applications. As mentioned, check out coffeegeek.com for more info.
I've had a Mazzer Mini for almost a year now, and it is excellent. I use it for espresso, fresh grinding exactly what I need each morning. A bit pricey, but it has paid for itself compared to the cost of a daily Starbucks Vente Mocha Frappa Chino or whatever they're called nowadays.
I love my Cuisinart grinder, which has 16 different settings from espresso to coarsely ground and which cost me $49.99 at Meier and Frank. The best thing is that I can do a large batch at once without having to grind, empty, grind, empty, etc., avoiding coffee grounds allllll over my kitchen.