cafemolino wrote:after 3 weeks at home do you like it? and more important what is your opinion on grinding quality / as good as the 5/6/8 or 120 Compak
I think I already posted about the etzMAX / R120 comparison. I hope to do that again with a friend who's a Q grader, but he was extremely busy before going on a vacation and a trip to origin, so that has to wait a bit.
I gave away the E6 and I sold the E5 and E8 so luckily I can't compare with those. Over the past 2 weeks I've been practically only single-dosing the etzMAX to see how that goes and it goes well. In the coming days I will then switch back to a filled hopper and try to find out if I notice a difference in the cup.
When I single dose, I use 18-18.1g of beans, chuck it in the small hopper, use the "22g" grind by weight setting so the last seconds the grinder is spinning the burr without any beans. The same weight comes out as goes in and the extraction is very good.
The little Forté is also reasonably precise in 'grind by weight' but by a wider margin. If I want 18g, I set it to 18.3g and then I get 18.0-18.1g or thereabouts. No one would blindly taste the difference but it is all the more impressive how Acaia / Etzinger get it so insanely precise on the etzMAX which also grinds much faster, so it has much much less time to estimate when to stop right on target.
This afternoon I tried to compare two espressos from the same Costa Rica beans from both grinders but I was unable to make a clear distinction. Both had that blast of rich taste, the bean and the roast more loud than any subtle grinder difference to discern for me yet. Maybe later.
The etzMAX is much faster, more precise, bigger, better looking and more valuable/espensive too.