spressomon wrote:Every time I've checked their website they have been "sold out". Are these made in small batches or are they still tweaking the design/construction?
They're small batches, I think, but I also suspect they're holding stock. I ordered mine about a month ago, and I emailed them about changing the color because I changed my mind last second. None of the colors were sold out at the time, so I figured they could - and they did, but then they marked all colors as sold out the same day.
Yesterday, they had a listing for Apollo Hand Grinder - Korea Expo with no option to purchase that's gone today, so I'm guessing they pulled all stock so they could display and sell them at the expo.
It seems like a bit of a bad move for popularizing the grinder, since they totally missed their new release + Coffeegeek M47 comparison momentum, but maybe it was never intended for large-scale production or distribution.
I was able to compare it to the Commandante C40 the other day. The Commandante outperformed it in distribution for coarse grinds, but the Apollo had the edge for Espresso. I can't say it made a huge difference to the flavor profile, though, but maybe my palate isn't sensitive enough.
The Apollo is considerably harder to turn, but it only took ~20-25 seconds for 18g of beans at Espresso settings while it took the Commandante ~35-40 seconds. I really enjoy the amount of effort it takes to turn the Apollo though - it's really nice tactile feedback.