1. Complexity of workflow/use on day-to-day basis
2. Complexity of changing and dialing in grind for different beans
3. Complexity of maintenance (cleaning, etc)
4. Most notable problem/limitations/downsides:
Two last questions:
- Anyone know if any Monolith has a portafilter holder that can work with the 53 mm PF of the Mini Vivaldi?
- Any Monolith owners have thoughts/concerns about what would happen if Dennis from Kafatek decided to retire/stop (repairs, maintenance, etc)?
I can't really compare, as I only own the Mono-Con.
1. Single dosing workflow. Weigh beans, RDT if desired, dump them in. Put the funnel on the PF under the spout, press the button. Several seconds later, it's done grinding. Press the button to turn it off. Take the magnetic spout out and tap it to release any stuck grinds. WDT if desired. RDT bottle and WDT tool included, as is the funnel. Tamp and pull.
2. Very smooth and repeatable adjustment. Easy to switch back and forth just by moving the pointer to wherever you liked it before. I try lots of very different beans, and it is pretty easy to dial it in.
3. Pretty easy. Requires allen wrenches. Take the top plate off, clean it with a brush and vacuum cleaner. I like to make sure the mating surfaces are perfectly clean and use a tack cloth or even just a ball of masking tape to make sure to get any tiny crumbs.
4. Can't speak to the flats, but the conical isn't my first choice for brew methods, like pour over or especially press pot. My early one doesn't have a PF holder, just a rest. I have to hold the PF in place while it grinds.
A. I think so.
B. Not really. It's brutishly simple and robust. The components that Kafatek make are not at all delicate or prone to wear. Burrs are replaceable. The motor is a mostly off the shelf unit, but the bearing is upgraded to a very robust SKF made in USA type. Nothing unusual in the wiring or electronics. There aren't any really, switch and motor capacitor.
Honestly, it should last a lifetime unless you drop it or your house burns down and it might survive that.