My experience with the Mahlkonig E65S vs. the K30 Vario - Page 2

Grinders are one of the keys to exceptional espresso. Discuss them here.

Postby PeterRSK » Jul 03, 2019, 4:59 pm

I am also interested in upgrading to this grinder.

True is that only very recently I upgraded my Mazzer Mini Electronic Type A with SSP burrs. As a home barista only, there is no way for me to do proper evaluation of it in less than 3-6 months. This upgrade is supposed to bring it more to the quality of K30, but I've never owned one, so couldn't tell.

Although I love my Mazzer, I am impressed by Mahlkonig E65S features that can be objectively observed. So I am still playing with idea of upgrading. Taste in cup, being subjective, is completely different story. Not much information I can find in this area - comparisons to K30, PEAK, EK43, other grinders. No scientific observations like particle distribution tests either (which would be great if some people have time to do as there is free software to do them).

Marshall, thank you so far for all the notes on this grinder. It would be great if you keep us updated with your experience, especially as previous K30 owner.


Postby lagoon » Jul 03, 2019, 8:41 pm

Thanks for a very practical review of the machine Marshall.

Out of interest, what grinding time are you using for a double?

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Postby Marshall » replying to lagoon » Jul 03, 2019, 9:40 pm

Two 2.10 second grinds (+/- 0.2 seconds).
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Postby lagoon » Jul 03, 2019, 11:45 pm

That's extremely quick. It must involve some serious rpms from 65mm burrs.

Here in Australia, the E65S is actually a few hundred bucks cheaper than the K30 Vario, so it appears to be a clear winner based on your review.


Postby jpsm » Jul 11, 2019, 10:57 pm

Thank you for this awesome review. Will be getting mine next week. Cant wait! :P


Postby lagoon » Jul 12, 2019, 12:00 am

Is this machine identical to the Anfim Pratica? They look the same and the specs all line up.

If so, is Anfim or Mahlkoenig the OEM?


Postby sirknighting » replying to lagoon » Jul 12, 2019, 12:14 am

Anfim, Mahlkonig, and Ditting are all under a single group, known as the Hemro group.


Postby lagoon » Jul 12, 2019, 12:46 am

Thanks, I knew about MK and Ditting, but wasn't aware that Anfim was in the family too.

So given it appears to be the same machine, just go for whichever brand is better priced I guess?