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A sensible question which many have been asking – which grinder? It would be somewhat self-defeating to put all this development effort into a precision water device and accompany it with a poor grinder. Here in the labs, we use a Mahlkönig Tanzania for testing the Über Boiler. It’s a good counter-top size and has a really nice single peak profile. This grinder comes from the Ditting wing of Mahlkönig, and is the same as the Ditting K805.

[caption id="attachment_95" align="aligncenter" width="102" caption="Mahlkönig Tanzania / Ditting K805"]tanzania[/caption]

You can see in the plot below, there are an amount of fines in the Tanzania profile, but it is comparatively tiny, and the best we’ve seen so far. As it is really is a shop grinder, having a clamping lock and vibration panel for bag filling, it is not operationally ideal. This isn’t really suitable for dosing directly into a French Press. In practice we grind into a vessel, then empty the vessels on the Über, using the built in scales to check dose. Despite this the consistency of grind on the Tanzania is top class. Thanks to Mahlkönig who provided me with and allowed me to publish the profiles, particularly Christian – top man. [caption id="attachment_94" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Comparative grind profiles for the Mahlkönigs Tanzania, Guatemala and Vario."]805_guat_vario[/caption]

We also include the Vario as it is being marketed as a Filter Grinder, so thought it might be interesting to compare profiles. In Marco we generally use a Guatemala to grind for filter, again from Mahlkönig. It’s a great grinder with presets and single peak profile. See the plot below.

[caption id="attachment_99" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Guatemala Profiles - note finer grind - more fines."]Guatemala Profiles - note finer grind - more fines.[/caption]

Malykke have been in touch about their grinder. It is a beautifully designed piece of machinery with gorgeous pressure sense control for French press dosage and clever clicky-clunk fittings which make me go ‘oooh’.

[caption id="attachment_103" align="aligncenter" width="153" caption="Malykke Countertop Grinder"]Malykke Countertop Grinder[/caption]

I haven’t seen a grind profile yet but look forward to playing with one over the coming months. See the video here (if you haven’t seen it before).

At the WBC booth in Atlanta, a Mahlkönig will partner the Über Boiler, but I’m not sure yet which flavour. James uses a Ditting 1203 in Square Mile. Intelligentsia haven’t decided yet what to use in Atlanta. I know they have expressed interest in the Malykke and may be using it at the show, which would be interesting to contrast with the Mahlkönig.

The best we have seen from a grind point of view is the Mahlkönig Tanzania. I will be asking Mahlkönig if a Tanzania with presets but without the bag clamp & vibration panel is available. That would be a great match for Über.

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