Bluecold wrote:@rytopia, LaPeppina
This is a Monolith copy. From the red collar, the exposed motor, the sliding pillar upper burr mounting, to the magnetic chute.
You can delude yourself any which way you like. In the long run, the coffee community will suffer as no one will invest in bringing a new product to market if it will be copied within a moment's notice, and people support that behavior.
On well, luckily I am not one of those.. haha.. my color scheme is full black, on wait, its has already been taken by the Monolith damn..
Magnetic chute design has been around for ages, surprisingly my first encounter with it was in a Made in China HC-600 Model ODG Heycafe in 2012, if going by your logic, Monolith has been copying Heycafe. Tilted burr design was first showcased in the Mythos which was in 2013 which is commonly found in the Monolith design.
Maybe it would be better to talk about differences, the Ultra upper burr mounting looks very different from the Monolith with its exposed springs + 4 screws compared to the Monolith 2 screws, however, I have no in-depth knowledge about how both of it works, so i shall skip this portion.
The magnetic chute on the ultra has been cleverly designed with a small metal strip between the chute and grinder, which the user can use to "flick" out the remaining grinds without removing the chute. Right after the chute, there is a " sloping path" for the grinds to flow, guiding it and making it land nicely on to whatever receptacle. Again right at the end of the sloping path there is a metal strip that the user can flick to agitate whatever grounds are left.
The Motor is a servo motor that does up to 1400 rpm, radically different from the MOnolith DC motor.
I have the unmost respect for the Monoliths and what they have done, however its very disrespectful to drop blanket statements without having a thorough comparative knowledge of both products on hand, both to the users using its and the Ultra creator himself.