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  1. After making do for far too long with a cheap Krups burr grinder, which eventually gave up the ghost at finer settings, I decided I needed to upgrade to a decent grinder with integrated portafilter holder for use with my Gaggia Classic. I read around and ultimately settled on the Breville/Sage Smart Grinder Pro, as it seemed well-priced, packed full of easy to use convenient features and more or less capable for espresso (I tend to stick with dark roasts so thought it should probably suit). Having ordered the SGP from Amazon (who were going to take a week to deliver it) I then spotted a new Eureka Mignon mk2 going for about £240 in my local kitchenware shop. They also sold the SGP, but for only £20 less, so no competition I thought. I haggled for some free goodies to come with it (pointing out that a new model was about to come out) and bought it there and then. Cancelled the SGP. Having got the Mignon home, it’s clearly a well-built and lovely looking machine. But I’m worried that I might have bitten off more than I can chew. Compared to the SGP, dialling in seems tricky and whereas the stepped dial (I know generally unfavoured in these parts) on the SGP make it easier to switch between grind settings (I occasionally do pour over) and to frequently change beans, I’m always worried about losing the sweet spot on the Mignon. There’s also the clumping, and the fiddly timer. I think the fundamental issue is that, as an entry level grinder user, I was looking for something a bit simpler, rather than the Swiss watch of grinders. I know in the long-run I probably would have needed to upgrade at some point anyway, and that the Mignon is great for longevity and has better burrs. What would your advice be? Stick it out with the Mignon and learn to master it - in the long-run getting a better cup - or go for the SGP? I even wonder about buying the SGP and keeping both, for different purposes. While a bit excessive it would be just about affordable. I reckon I’d end up using the SGP for espresso in that case, meaning the Mignon risks becoming a a bit of a relic.
  2. Hi guys, im thinking of getting the Eureka Mignon Mk2 on demand, for my coffee van. The manufacture describes light commercial use, but i cant find any info on grams per second. Im worried it may be too slow, Does anyone have advice regarding this, or an alternative in the sub £400 range? many thanks
  3. Hi all, I'm currently looking out to improve my home grinder - I own a Baratza Encore and I mainly brew pourover. I recently got an old Rancilio Silvia v1 and while I'm not sure how much use out of it, I think I'd like to have the option to use it - and potentially upgrade in the future if I see it being worthwhile. So my budget is ~600 euro (based in Dublin). Pourover grind quality is still my primary focus of what I'd like to improve. Current options / research: Eureka Mignon Specialita - this would cover me wanting to play with espresso too Eureka Mignon Brew pro - still not available Eureka Atom Brew pro - also not available yet, and probably just over my budget Vario So I'd love to hear some suggestions/opinions. Thanks! Dan
  4. I have just bought a Mignon from @jerbla and while I really like this grinder, I tend to single dose it to make sure I get at least one parameter of my espresso constant. As you can see in the picture, I replaced the hopper by a cut plastic bottle. However I would like a cleaner fix and I thought I could have a custom made funnel that I would 3D print. I had never done that before, never used a 3D design software either but within 30min I came up with this: The rounded opening at the bottom was a real pain to get right. Fingers crossed dimensions are right. Will send the thing to print this week and once I have it will report here.
  5. Quick video of it along side my MK2: Just running some waste beans though, will update once I’ve made a brew.
  6. I have used a Eureka Mignon loaner for about a week now, and I have to say it is not performing well. The reason for ordering this grinder was it´s stylishness, counter-top friendly size and what one would assume to be excellent product quality. But this machine must have something of a temperament..... It has a huge and thick power cord (aesthetic let-down), produces clumpy grinds, un-consistent weight output of grinds compared to same amount of beans input and a very messy output (there really is no need to for a diy funnel system or whatnots in 2018 on a properly designed machine). The whole point is to have something inconspicuous and clean looking on the counter top - I have looked at Mazzer Mini i.e., but this is too voluminous. I do not need the big hopper either as I weigh my beans and do not make more than a couple of cups per day anyways. Suggestions are highly welcome and should not be too difficult. After all, if Elon Musks team managed to land a couple of space rockets perfectly after shooting them up into space, surely there is a grinder out there......?
  7. Good morning everyone. A little background to why I am picking the items in the title before I start. I have only just very recently started my journey into the world of real coffee, having realised that instant coffee isn't actually coffee. Whenever I have tasted coffee using real coffee beans I always seem to enjoy the flavours but have never enjoyed instant. Now my wife is also a big fan of coffee but she doesn't mind the instant. I'll explain why this matters. About a couple of weeks ago I got a cafetiere, and pre-ground coffee (shame I know, but I didn't know anything at this point). Read up a little on the best way to make good coffee using the cafetiere (which is when I realised never buy pre-ground coffee). As a beginner it took me around 15 minutes to make the coffee using the cafetiere, including pre-heating the mug, timing all the different steps and weighing everything out. So for the most of the 15 minutes I was actively doing something, whether it was timing or weighing. My wife tried this coffee and she was hugely impressed - this coming form a woman who can't drink any other coffee "cos it doesn't taste as good as her instant coffee". Why does my wife matter in this? Because if I am getting a coffee machine, she will also want to use it. The reason she doesn't mind instant is for the convenience and she has learnt to like it as priority for her is the fact it's "instant". She just doesn't have the time to be sitting there grinding coffee (2 young critters, so school run etc etc), and honestly I don't think she will ever be bothered to grind the coffee and do it right. So she needs a quick method, but using the coffee machine that I buy. She drinks coffee at least 2-3 times daily. I will be having my coffee once daily during the weekdays and twice daily on the weekends. Therefore I need to get something that can use ESE pods for convenience for her, but can use ground coffee for when I want to make it right. The SMEG ECF01 seems to be a decent machine that can do both? Decent by the reviews I read online, perhaps not decent by your lot standards? The MC2 Auto (non dosing) as that seems to be popular amongst enthusiasts? I don't know much about this grinder, can it do a range from Espresso to Cafetiere? Will I lose much of the beans in the grind path with this machine? I had picked out the Sage Smart Grinder Pro (which costs approx the same as the MC2 but it was quickly shot down by someone else on another forum, and he then guided me to this forum). Is there any other machine that can do ground coffee and also ESE pods? My price range is roughly about what those machines cost, hence picking those out. I will stretch further IF I am getting significant improvement for my money, improvement in terms of reliability, performance etc. Can anyone guide me differently, or have I picked out right given my circumstances? I do want both machines to be reliable. I doubt I will ever get to the "geeky" (with all respect) levels that can exist on a forum like this, but I know I don't like instant, and I do want a good cuppa when I make it.
  8. has anyone figured out how to mod their mk2 or older for the same effect? They look, from the outside, pretty similar / identical in the way the coffee is despensed so I am guessing there is some kind of voodery in the chute to stop clumping? The clumping on mine is annoying when I go too fine. Having dyspraxia means I end up spilling coffee everywhere trying to stir it with a cocktail stick...
  9. Grinder bought from Bella Barista in August 2017. Has had about 5/6kg through it. Transferrable warranty good until 23.08.2020. Excellent condition - no scratches, marks or cracks in the hopper, even has the cellophane on the rear branding I noticed the other day. Original packaging, and will be double boxed if you require a courier. Located near Wrexham if you prefer to collect. SOLD at £200 + Courier cost (I’d estimate £10)
  10. Trying again with £90 reduction. Won't split yet. Rancilio Silvia E and Eurika Mignon Mk. 2 (chrome) and Rancilio Base all bough from BB in July 2016. They have been meticulously looked after and are generally in very good condition. Never made more than 3 to 5 espresso's per week.....so hardly used. Always used Volvic bottled water and regular descale and back flush with Puly. Original boxes, instructions and receipt. Also included, Rancilio tamp 58mm Rancilio bottomless PF with 21g basket VST ridged 18g basket Spare unused burrs for grinder Will take more pictures if requested Not inclined to ship but collect from Helensburgh or meet is possible. Asking £560. Ex any postage [ATTACH=CONFIG]34270[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]34271[/ATTACH]
  11. Looking at another thread somebody mentioned the Mignon cost £200. I found it cost at least £280. Am I looking in the wrong place or at the wrong model?
  12. For sale is my Eureka Mignon MkII coffee grinder in black. Burrs in great condition - weekend use over the course of a couple of years. Both timer and manual mode options. UK plug. £180 collected from Manchester or £195 delivered anywhere in the UK.
  13. I may be being thick, but how on earth do you get inside the 2018 Mignon for cleaning/burr replacement etc? The older models had easily accessible screws... There doesn't appear to be any easy way in on the new ones. What am I missing?
  14. For sale due to finding myself short of time for espresso nowadays and moving more towards filter methods. Bought on this forum last October when it was only a month old. Therefore it still has almost 2 years transferable warranty left with Bella Barista. It also has the original packaging and paperwork and the original hopper and pf rest. By my (rough) calculations taking into account limited use the last few months I'd say its had 800g go through it a month but even rounding up to 1kg a month its only 12kg in the year I've had it. I never used the pf rest and hopper as I made a different hopper to fit the mignon which allowed me to single dose as shown in pictures. This works a treat and by moulding the bottom of the tube with sugru it means that the tube has a tight seal with the mignon and when the funnel is hit it effectively delivers a blow of air through the burrs/chute. I always ground directly into a small stainless steel pot which also had notch of sugru on the lip preventing it damaging/scratching the grinder when activating the switch. I am really reluctant to see this great grinder go but I really can't justify keeping it at the moment. It's in really pristine condition, I only took the protective film off in the last week because it has start to peel round the edges and look a bit tatty! £200 collected ono, postage extra I could double box it if the buyer wants it posted. I am in Huddersfield and work in Leeds so could easily arrange something in those locations or if my fuel was covered possibly travel up to an hour away from Huddersfield.
  15. For sale having recently purchased as a set with the Appartamento. I've decided to stick with the Mazzer I also have. This originally came from Bella Barista and has warranty remaining till 26/03/19. A spare set of burrs are also included and you're even welcome to the beans in the hopper (they have a citrus note that I'm not that fond of) I don't have the original box unfortunately, but If posting be assured I'll bubble wrap to it within an inch of it's life! £180 + postage but collection is welcome, I live in Armitage, Staffordshire and I work in Coventry. @branes @Andycoffee Happy to take constructive advice if I have priced this incorrectly
  16. So I've had my Mignon nearly two weeks now and put about 1kg of beans through it and think its probably time to give it a good clean and get to grips with it internally etc. Just looking for any advice on cleaning it generally and also any tips that people may have found while cleaning these or taking them apart! Any help would be much appreciated Steve
  17. Folks, Just received my Eureka Mignon Mk2 last week and when grinding on a fine setting I'm noticing that the coffee sometimes comes out in clumps (like small oxo cubes) is this normal? I end up having to break these before transferring to the portafilter. Mike
  18. LukeT

    Eureka!

    I think I can feel an imminent breakthrough on my crawl up the beginner slopes of the espresso learning curve. Changed the burrs on my mignon and I think this was an underlying problem. My distribution I'm sure has a very long way to go but I had shots looking better than before even on a first test of a guessed grinder setting. So roll on a more caffeine-friendly time of day (there's only so much cricket I want to watch tonight). I'm seeing that thickness of liquid and lack of unpleasant sourness already, and I'm on the end of a bag of beans I just couldn't get on with before. To my eye, and fingernail, the old and new burrs seemed very similar indeed, which surprised me. Grind set point quite different to before and in use it looks like quite different results. Although I have only pulled 3 or 4 shots! Working from home tomorrow too. Perhaps soon for phase 2: milk for dummies..... Thanks again for the great help this place is. Luke
  19. Hello, Long time lurker first time poster. I'm looking to upgrade my automatic bean to cup, been thinking of a Rocket Appartanento with a Mignon grinder. Does anyone know if these are likely to go on sale for Black Friday, or are these types of machines / equipment normally only reduced when newer models come in to play?
  20. Decide to sell this grinder, it has had only 15kg max through it. There is a small crack in the hopper which doesn't effect the use and the small screw which holds the hopper on is missing. Collection from Long Sutton, near Spalding preferred. I would like £200 Ono. Now SOLD
  21. Hi all Today i was cleaning my mignon and had a deeper look on grind exit part and started to question that why did they do it that way. Whats the point of having that 'cross shaped' part instead of one big open exit. Last time i removed that black plastic bit thinking grind will come out easier with less clumping but it made no difference as little squares already getting blocked easily from fine grind. I still have warranty till 2019 so dont want to grind it off that X and try yet Wondering if you have any explanation about that shape.
  22. Hi I'm selling my beloved Mignon. Still has Bella Barista warranty until 2019 January. There are little scratches on portafilter fork and metal button above it as expected from a used item but body and top is in excellent and clean condition. I have cleaned the burrs and grind chamber just before i packed it up. It has single dose mode, comes with extra brand new burr set, two hoppers, and a home made single dose weight from coins and cream cap lol. I have grinded max 10kgs of beans with it. The reason for sale is i snapped an F64E I am offering it collection from Putney/London £225 Posted £240 UK Thanks.
  23. In excellent condition. No faults, scratches or marks. Purchased March 2018 from Bella Barista and used to make 1 or 2 coffees a day for around 6 months. Link to photo gallery: https://imgur.com/a/S04zOOf £275 Collected from Chester or you're welcome to arrange a courier.
  24. Hello First time posting but have enjoyed reading this forum. I'm looking to purchase a Sage DTP as my first dedicated espresso machine. This forum has swayed me towards purchasing a Eureka grinder but I am slightly confused by the range of models that can produce a decent espresso grind. Is there a good rule of thumb on which one to purchase? Counter space and £ is an issue. Many thanks Nico
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