Posted on January 5, 2008 by Mike
Yesterday our newest toys arrived in the form of a pair of Anfim Super Caimano’s.
While the subject of some discussion on various forums and blogs, these grinders are not common here in the States (at least not on the East Coast) due mostly to their limited availability. Imported from Vince up at 49th Parallel, they just arrived for service at our forthcoming Nolita espresso bar. The first thing I noticed about them is how much lighter the packages were than I expected. Weighing in at just under 40lbs, they’re about 20lbs lighter than the Robur.
The second thing I noticed is that the titanium (coated?) burrs are flat and not conical (which I admit is something I should have already known).
Although flat, they do however provide a large amount of surface area to grind with at 75mm, compared to the Robur’s conical 71mm (single phase). Along with an increased burr size, the Anfim’s are rated to spin at 800rpm, also an increase over the Robur (420rpm).
The dosing however, seems to be an area in which the Anfim really gains significant advantage. They dose so well that distribution is rendered practically unnecessary. They also eliminate almost all waste typically caused by the doser sending errant grounds all over the bar.
The built in timers are cool, although long term fans of modifying our Mazzer’s to operate on Waring timers have rendered this feature mandatory. This timer is definitely a bit trickier to adjust, as there are no indicators on the knob and adjustment is necessary each time you change the grind.
Most importantly (to me) is that the grinders should produce less heat than the Roburs, an issue that has plagued us for a while in our Brooklyn store.
We shall see…
UPDATE: I should also mention that there’s no way to “pulse” just a few more grinds through the chamber. If you come up short on your dosing, you must start the cycle over entirely. That means another several seconds of grinding even if you need just a gram or two more. The only remedy is to start the grinding and then cut the power entirely to stop it when you’ve topped off your portafilter. When you’re in the zone this shouldn’t be an issue, but who never needs another second or two of grinding once in a while?