The Mazzer twins arrived safe and sound. I can remember when I was this excited, maybe Christmas long ago when I was a child. The packing is sturdy but simple.
A few quick photos and notes.
How big is a Kony? Big, very big. I hate to say it, but almost too big for me. Here is a photo of it sitting on the floor with my 7 year old son standing beside it for reference. It is substantially larger than the Super Jolly and makes the Mini, well, look mini.
Mazzer lists the Kony's dimensions (with the hopper and catch tray) at 9 ½ inches wide, 16 ½ inches deep and 25 ½ inches tall.
As much as I hate to admit it, I am having mixed feelings about the Kony. I don't care for how the doser feels. Maybe it is just stiff from being new, but I prefer the feel and large horizontal handle on my Cimbali Jr over the handle on the Kony. It feels small in comparison to the grinders size. The doser and handle are the standard size Mazzer uses on all their grinders. The switch is a little clunky but that may just be an issue of getting use to it. Again, I like the power switch on my Cimbali better. It is under the doser and you can hit it with your thumb as you dose. With the Kony, you have to let go of the doser handle and twist the power switch.
The switch has three positions, off, on, manual on. In the on position the grinder activates every 12 pulls of the doser handle. It grinds until the doser is full and a pressure plate switches it back off until the next 12 pulls. To manually turn it on for a single dose grind, you turn the switch to the on position, then rotate it back one more stop. When the appropriate amount of coffee has been ground you twist the switch forward to the off position.
The standard Mazzer finger guard is in the doser. Two screws and it comes off. Here is where I find the Kony's largest annoyance. Under the finger guard is another plate over the grind chute. That is attached to a large black shelf that sits over the chute. That is the doser full switch. When the doser fills, the grinds lift that plate which trips the switch in the black plastic housing shutting off the grind. That thing makes cleaning out the grind chute a bit of a pain. You have to work from either side of it to sweep it out. I am sure that can be removed and the switch wires crimped and capped so the grinder is in perpetual grind mode. Since this is a loaner for the review, it will remain as is with the finger guard off.
Now, onto the good stuff. Does this puppy grind! I can see a difference in the grind over what I get from the Cimbali Jr and Mini. It looks much more uniform and light although it still has some clumps. Vigorous thwacking of the doser breaks them up and gives you a nice dose with minimal clumps.
Usually the grind is very close to the start here sticker Mazzer puts on its grinders. However, I had to loosen up the grind by nearly a quarter turn of the adjustment ring. Once I stopped choking the Elektra and got some espresso to flow I could tell there was a difference without even tasting. The shots flow much thicker and syrupy than either my Cimbali or Mini. I know the shot should flow like warm honey, and until now I thought that was what I was getting.«Google video "-754422103277107107" missing»
The shots flow much thicker, syrupier and creamier than anything I have used (although I have not used the Super Jolly yet). So I am somewhat torn. The grinder is very big, I think the doser, switch, and pressure plate could use some work, but damn, are the shots good. I am just starting and I already taste flavors I have not noticed before. The grind speed is not bad. I would not say it is fast by commercial standards, but it appears to be just as fast as my Cimbali and faster than the Mini.
I will have to see if I get use to the grinder controls over the next few weeks as things break in.Mazzer Kony, Mazzer Super Jolly, Elektra A3, Cimbali JuniorDown the belly of the beast.