February 2006 Newsletter
Australia have finally released their new grinder, the EM0480, and it's
a beauty. So good, in fact, that I'll be selling it as soon as I can
Excerpts from my review are below; the full text (with pictures) is up at http://www.coffeeco.com.au/articles/sunbeamgrinder.html
This grinder is Sunbeam's companion to the EM6900 Espresso Machine, see http://www.coffeeco.com.au/articles/sunbeam.html . It is based on the Lux conical burr set http://www.coffeeco.com.au/articles/september2002.html housed in plastic burr carriers.
How does the
Sunbeam grinder perform? Very, very well indeed, given the price it's
sold for. Recommended retail price is A$199.00, and it's already been
available on sale for A$179.00. (Note that I can't buy a Lux grinder
wholesale for that price.) Listed below in point form are what I
believe to be the pros and cons of this grinder.
Grind Quality: Excellent, equal to a Lux or Rocky, at all settings from plunger to commercial espresso.
Grind Speed: Faster than a Lux by about 40%, faster than a Rocky by about 10%.
Coffee Retention: Very little ground coffee remains in the unit after grinding.
Adjustment Mechanism: Excellent, virtually foolproof for a home user.
Adjustment Repeatability: Excellent, plunger to espresso and back again.
Design and Build Quality: Excellent.
Noise Level: Less noisy than a Lux, noisier than a Rocky.
User Manual: Absolutely canes anything I've ever seen out of Italy.
Grind Speed: Coffee exiting the little spout is quite fluffy and prone to static in dry conditions.
Makes it difficult to fill portafilter to the correct level by the
overfill/sweep/tamp method. You need to fill, tamp lightly, then fill
again and tamp.
Adjustment Mechanism: The distance between "clicks" represents
about a 9 second difference in a 60ml 14g double shot pour time,
similar to the Lux, and double that of the Rocky.
Adjustment Mechanism: The two little top burr "ears" will break at some stage. Fortunately a new burr carrier should be an inexpensive replacement.
Mess Level: The
Sunbeam is no worse than the Lux or Rocky Doserless when it comes to
the amount of coffee scattered about, but it is definitely messier than
a doser grinder.
Australian appliance company has finally done it; they've produced a
"Category Killer" grinder. I don't know of any other grinder in this
price range worldwide that produces as good a grind and is as well
constructed. I plan to start selling these grinders as soon as possible.
policy is to always sell the best coffee I can find. This month's
special coffee will become the "standard" from now on, replacing the
New Guinea Keyup.
of aroma and flavour, more intense than even Keyup. Fruity, strawberry
mid palate, medium acid and body, smooth complex sweet finish. This is
probably the best PNG coffee I have ever tasted, which is saying a bit.