Category Archives: Grinders

Tech Tip: How to Clean the Nuova Simonelli MCI & Grinta Coffee Grinders

It’s time to dive into the care and maintenance of a couple of the Nuova Simonelli grinders that we carry. While you’re probably running Grindz through your grinder on a regular basis, this is great maintenance to perform at least a couple of times per year.

Nuova Simonelli MCIFirst, we take on the MCI. This grinder is so fabulous because it delivers high quality, commercial-grade grinding functionality in a super petite package — perfect for home espresso setups where space might be an issue. You can pair it with our prosumer level espresso machines and dial it in finitely, producing rich and delicious espresso.

One of the coolest things about this particular grinder is that, like its larger commercial-grade counterparts, the burr adjustment is managed by moving the lower burr up and down. What does that mean for you? Well, unlike a Mazzer or a Compak, you won’t lose your grind calibration when you take apart the burrs for cleaning — righteous, no? Watch as Gail shows us how to take apart the MCI and then guides us through best practice in terms of regular cleaning and maintenance.

Nuova Simonelli GrintaNext, we get into the Grinta. One of the more popular home grinders that we carry, the Grinta provides you with excellent grind functionality and simple features for a great price. One trick when cleaning it, however, is that the top burr is attached to the adjustment collar and the hopper, so you need to take care with removing a few extra screws in order to clean the hopper without risking unwanted moisture on your burrs. And, unlike the MCI, the Grinta will lose its calibration as you unscrew the top burr, so you will need to dial it again once it’s been sufficiently cleaned.

Check out the process of taking it apart, cleaning it and putting it back together again in this how-to video.

Tech Tip: How to Clean the Macap M4 Coffee Grinder

Macap M4 Coffee GrinderSince the Macap M4 coffee grinder resembles its Mazzer counterparts, you may be tempted to lump it into the same category in terms of performance and functionality. We encourage you not to do so, however! One of the coolest mechanical elements of the M4 is its worm drive adjustment, which makes dialing in the burr super easy and smooth. But it also means that getting into the grinder to perform a thorough cleaning requires a bit more elbow grease.

Even if you’re running Grindz through your grinder every month or so, taking it apart a few times a year to get into the nooks and crannies with a fine-toothed brush will extend the grinder’s life, improve grind consistency and positively affect your shot flavor. To help you with this process, we asked Gail to walk us through taking it apart to access the burrs, provide us with best practice and tips on cleaning them and then putting the whole, squeaky clean contraption back together again. For helpful guidance on this process, watch this step-by-step how-to video.


Tech Tip: How to Clean your Compak K3 Touch Coffee Grinder

Compak K3 Touch Coffee GrinderLast week, we delved into the inner workings of the Mazzer Mini grinders to show you how to take them apart and care for them. Today, we take on one of our favorite home grinders, the K3 Touch by Compak.

Why do we like this guy so much? Well, primarily, it’s because it’s so simple to use. You can set a dosage amount using the little screw on the bottom of the grinder and then, at a tap or two of the trigger lever located below the grind chute, it will automatically grind out either a single or double quantity of what you’ve previously selected. Or you can just kick it on and grind up a whole batch at once if you’re feeling a little wild. It’s also stepless, so you can really dial it in for your espresso prep, and doesn’t cost a fortune.

Taking care of it regularly is essential, however, to its ongoing consistency and performance. We suggest running Grindz through it each month and then diving into a more thorough cleaning process like Gail outlines in the video below. Watch as she guides us through taking it apart, cleaning it, checking the burrs to determine if they need replacement and then — possibly the most important step — putting it back together again properly.

If you own a K3 Touch and have never performed a cleaning to this level, today, friend, is that special day. Learn how easy it is in this step-by-step how-to video!

Tech Tip: How to Clean the Mazzer Mini Coffee Grinder

Mazzer Mini ETaking sweet and loving care of your burr grinder is pretty much the best thing that you can do for it. After all, it really is the most important part of your coffee making setup! So we asked Gail to guide us through the process of taking apart, cleaning and putting back together several of the different grinders that we carry.

First up in the series are the ever-popular Mazzer Mini models — both the standard doser hopper version and the electronic doser version. While they manage dosage a bit differently, their internals are pretty much the same so you get to the burrs and care for them in the same way.

Even if you’re running Grindz through your beloved every month (like you know you should!), performing this thorough cleansing a few times each year will ensure that your grind remains consistent — and also that you’re grinding only the freshest of coffee.

Ready to take this on yourself? Watch Gail break it down, clean it up and put it all back together again.

Compare: Rancilio Rocky vs. Breville Smart Grinder – Redux!

Compare - Rancilio Rocky vs. Breville Smart GrinderLooking for a budget-conscious burr grinder that’s suitable for traditional espresso preparation? Consider the feature-laden Breville Smart Grinder or the robust, commercial-grade Rancilio Rocky. Both have great consistency and a wide grind range, so you can use them for anything from espresso to coffee press.

Watch Gail as she takes us through their features and functionality, then shows us how they compare, grind-wise.


Crew Review: Mazzer Kony Electronic Low RPM Commercial Burr Grinder

IMazzer Konyf you’re pulling tons of shots every day, investing in a high capacity espresso grinder will be one of the best decisions you ever made for your business — seriously. One of the more popular models that you often see in cafes is the Mazzer Kony E, which is a robust dude featuring a stainless steel conical burr set that is not messing around. It means business, and your business means business, and so it’s a business match made in business heaven.

If you’re interested in learning more about how this exceptional grinder works, watch Brandon’s video review; he talks to us about the grinder’s features, which cafes may be best suited for it and shows off its burr set. Then he demonstrates how well it grinds so you can see for yourself how fabulous your coffee grinding experience could be.

Crew Review: Curtis GSG 3BLK Commercial Coffee Grinder

Curtis GSG Coffee GrinderIt’s true that if you’re brewing up batch after batch of drip coffee in your cafe, you need a grinder that is going to keep up with you. The GSG by Curtis is specifically engineered to quickly grind coffee for a variety of prep types — from press pot coarseness to nearly espresso fine. You just measure out how much coffee you want to grind, select a grind level and take it away! The GSG is also a great option if you’re a small grocery that would like to offer your customers the ability to grind their whole bean coffee before they head home.

Watch as Brandon guides us through the features and specs of this grinder, then demonstrates its coarsest setting and its finest setting.

SCG Crew’s Favorite Gear: Coffee Grinders

Whether you’re a pour over aficionado or an espresso maestro, selecting the right grinder for the job is one of the most important decisions you can make.

We asked the crew to share their opinions of which grinders they prefer in both the stepped and stepless grinder classes. Watch and learn what they dig and why!

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Compare: Mazzer Mini vs. Rancilio Rocky

Compare - Rancilio Rocky vs. Baratza VarioNext up in the grinder battle to the death (wait, what?!): The Mazzer Mini vs. the Rancilio Rocky. Now, these are fairly different grinders in terms of features and functionality, but when folks consider whether or not to go with the more budget-conscious Rocky or to upgrade to a Mazzer, the Mini is the entry level model that is often targeted.

Watch as we go through how these two grinders compare in specs and grind quality.


Compare: Baratza Vario vs. Rancilio Rocky

Compare - Rancilio Rocky vs. Baratza VarioA toe-to-toe, or, rather, a burr-to-burr grudge match is always fun, right? We must think so — we do them often enough!

Due to popular request, we decided to match up the Baratza Vario and the Rancilio Rocky coffee grinders. While these are in similar price ranges, they both have different pros and cons and folks are often torn on which to choose.

If you’re not sure which might best suit your needs, watch as we go through features, compare burr sets and then demonstrate their grind quality.