Since the grinders in this review are all commercial grinders, I accepted Dan's offer to test them out in my shop, New World Cafe
. For the last few weeks, I've alternated between these three grinders; I hope you find this feedback useful. All the grinders have similar size 64/63mm flat burrs and in blind taste tests, they produced virtually similar taste results, so I focused on functionality and build quality. First up, the Quamar M80.Ceado E7, Mazzer Super Jolly, Quamar M80Quamar M80
This grinder deploys a flip switch on/off button. In a fast paced mode, it becomes a bit tedious to "feel" for the switch because you may not be looking directly at the right side of the grinder while speaking to a customer. However, this shouldn't be an issue in a home kitchen.Toggle switch with protective cover
The Quamar seems to grind just a tad slower and the doser dispenses a bit slower then the other two. However this was not measured so perhaps it's the way it sounds combined with the slower moving doser. Adjusting the grind setting is easy with the stepped turn and lock lever. Unless you really want to dial it into the millimeter, the stepped settings will work just fine.Steps are closely spaced
The Quamar does not have a removable grind tray like the Super Jolly or the Ceado, which makes clean up a bit more difficult. The built-in "ledge" keeps coffee grounds off the counter, but because it's not removable, a small brush is needed to clean spillage.
Despite the differences in design I found with using the Quamar in a shop environment, for the price, you get Super Jolly quality grinding with seemingly good build quality at several hundred dollars less. If you're opening a small, low volume café and need to maximize every dollar without sacrificing on quality shots, the Quamar is the way to go. Bottom line:
- Smallest housing and lightest of the group
- Difficult to clean chute
- Lowest cost
It's a steal at the current introductory price. Next up, the Ceado E7.Ceado E7
Straying from the traditional dial or flip switch, the Ceado uses a push button with an innovative second mode. If you press the button all the way in, it grinds until you push the button all the way in again. However, if you to press the button in halfway in before the "click" , it will grind until you release your finger. The only caveat is that as I removed my hand from the dosing lever to find the on/off button, I often missed and allowed a few extra seconds of grinding. If you like to prevent any unnecessary waste with your coffee, then you'll understand.Combination momentary/stay on pushbutton
Innovative design, quite performance, super easy grind adjustments and nice look give the Ceado a warm welcome to the market. The only negative is the slightly higher cost compared to the Mazzer and essentially double the cost of the Quamar. Bottom line:
- Attractive grinder with a nice brushed aluminum housing and a "polished look".
- Unit seems well constructed. Buttons and levers all have a nice feel.
- Easy to clean chute.
- An even easier to use stepless lever for grind adjustment. The best of the group.
- Smaller grind tray than the SJ but still removable so a leg up on the Quamar.
- Quietest grinder of the 3 so if noise is a factor, this is your best choice.
For the typical home user, the Ceado is a great choice if you really like the aesthetics and quiet performance (think spouse approval). If you're proudly displaying your espresso machine on your counter, then you will want the Ceado beside it. Just make sure you have enough room under your cabinet for the tall hopper!Smooth, easy adjustment; knob can be re-centered
Finally, the Mazzer Super Jolly.Mazzer Super Jolly
I won't go into too much detail on the Mazzer Super Jolly since there have been so many reviews, including the Titan Grinder Project
, but the dial switch is the easiest to use (and find without looking). Also the grind tray is the largest of the three and makes for very convenient clean up. Solid easy-to-find turn switch
The Super Jolly's retail price is between the Quamar and Ceado. With a proven history for build quality and good performance, it's hard to go wrong with the Super Jolly.