So while there has been some discussion about grinders for a pour-over bar, I haven't seen much direct comparison between the Ditting grinder and Mahlkonig Guatemala grinder. I am interested to know from the fans of each of these grinders why you like one and/or dislike the other. There is a significant price difference between the two, but lets put the price difference aside. I want to know the details about why you prefer one. Technical advantages, usability, durability, etc.
I can't compare the two, but I use the Guat for my pour over bar. Static electricity build up is my only complaint. The thing clearly needs a longer metal shoot to eliminate that. Otherwise, it's fast and grinds well.
It really depends on what you're looking for. I've seen both last for years and years. I think the build quality on the machined surfaces on the Mahlkonig are superior. I think you will get a more consistant particle size from the Mahlkonig. The Ditting, if you are talking about the tall big one with the multipound hopper, is a fantastic all around shop grinder. If you need to grind a lot at once it would be the grinder for you. Both are excellent and will last for decades to come. The Mahlkonig is just a little more refined.
We actually have both at the roastery right now and I like the Ditting a lot more.
Static cling is the biggest understatement I've read to date. Be ready to do a lot of pounding on the shoot to break away the clinging grounds. Either that, or be prepared to have .5-1 gram of coffee loss. No kidding.
The Mahl certainly has the coolness factor as far as looks go, but that's about it for me.
I hate the little push button to start up the grinder. It's too small and too hard to push in and have STAY in. Imagine if the toggle switches on your espresso machine pushed back until you forced them into "lock" position. It's not a huge deal at all, but I do find it annoying.
The catch tray on the Mahl is of laughable build. You could snap the plastic in half with 4 fingers and the strength of a toddler. Then again, the Ditting doesn't have one... but I kind of like it. Quick brush swipe and the counter is clean.
I like the adjustment on the Ditting way more as well. Mahlkonig's adjustment knob feels cheap and chinsey... ours actually cracked while adjusting the grind. The knob being directly above the on/off switch was a smart move by Ditting.
Speaking of moving...
The Mahlkonig starts HARD. Makes the lights flicker upon motor fire and the whole damn thing rotates left unless you put it on a non-slide material. It's only about 1/2" per start up, but that's 4 inches in 8 pour-overs. If you find the slow rotation of an espresso grinder from "thwacking" the doser annoying, get ready for a whole new experience.
... then again, I suppose you could bang on the shoot from only the left side as you attempt to break away the clinging grounds and force it back to the right with each vicious blow and it would put the grinder right back in place! lol
The Mahlkonig isn't a bad grinder, but I would take the Ditting any day, and actually, I would take a Bunn G HD over a Mahlkonig Guat.
Long story short, the Mahlkonig is a back up grinder for us at the moment...
... Now start talking R2D2 Mahlkonigs and we've got a whooooole different story.
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