I voted for the Mod B Mini E, but with a caveat, or actually several (and if these were seen to my Mazzer this would be a clear cut case):
- it is too expensive for what it offers over the standard Mini
- as far as I understand it is not easy to clean, or it is if you remove the finger guard and the wire mesh in the chute, but according to the reports I have read you then end up with static problems and uneven coffee particle distribution in the PF - in fact the Mini E might be more difficult to clean than the dosered Mini where the removal of the finger guard does not have such implications regarding static or distribution
- the dose adjustment runs short, i.e. you will end up grinding for the double and the topping it up slightly with the single dose or continuous grind functions - no personal experience, but a friend who has one verifies this
- the doses are not consistent as they are purely based on the duration of the grind and you will still need to tweak as with any other grinder - again, there are several reports suggesting this
So, the Mini E appears great on first look, but it is by no means perfect as far as I understand (I therefore very much look forward to reading Dan's experiences on it). Personally, for the reasons listed above, I have just purchased a dosered Mazzer Mini. I have had my Mini for three days now so I cannnot yet comment on its shortcomings, although there is a lot of collective wisdom available. I had a Rocky doserless up until this weekend, but it started annoying the heck out of me. So yes, I moved from doserless to doser. Shoot me
I agree with JonR on the preference of the Mod B over the Mod A, and the reasons behind this preference.
As regards the Macap and Cimbali, I dropped the former because I cannot see it offers anything that the Mazzer doesn't after some mods and the latter because of the looks (and price - it's 50% more than the Mazzer doser here in Europe). Between the Mazzer and the Macap, the Mazzer has the stepless adjustment and a great reputation - this sealed it for me. As a side note to this, a friend might be bringing his doserless Macap over tomorrow...
Last, but definitely not least, I'd like to congratulate Dan on the recent happy news and wish all US members (and readers) Happy 4th of July.