Eureka Mignon MCI

Name: Mignon MCI
Brand: Eureka
Operation: Electric
Capacity: 250 grams

Eureka | Eureka Mignon MCI Espressomühle mit Timer | Weiß
Eureka | Eureka Mignon MCI Espressomühle mit Timer | Weiß
Eureka Coffee Grinder; Grinder: Disc grinder with 50 mm disc diameter; Output in Watts: 225 revolutions/min: 1350/50 – 60 Hz

The Eureka MCI or Eureka Mignon coffee grinder is an ever-present alternative in the range of top coffee grinder options. If we don’t mind spending more money on the grinder than on our coffee machine (in fact any expert will recommend you to do just that, but that’s another matter), then this Eureka Mignon MCI grinder should be held in the highest regard.

The Eureka MCI Mignon is an electric coffee grinder, with flat steel wheels, made piece by piece almost by hand, and with components of the highest quality both inside and outside. It has a dispenser, a timer (from 1 to 14 seconds) and a 250 gram capacity hopper, which can be doubled if required (the latter is optional).

NOTE: The photos and purchase links provided in this review refer to the Eureka Mignon Instantaneo model, although there is another model of the Eureka Mignon more specifically for espresso. For more information, you can consult the Eureka website, although we will give a brief outline of this version later.

Eureka Mignon Specialitá

The Specialitá version of the Eureka Mignon is available in two different finishes (here we can see the black casing), and features a digital timer with a touch screen. It is the precision and technology of the best domestic milling taken to the limit.

The grinding wheels in this model are 55 mm in diameter.

Eureka Mignon Perfecto

On the other hand, we find the Eureka Mignon Perfecto, with 50 mm wheels and ultra-silent technology. There is also no lack of anti-electro-static systems and micrometric regulation of the grinding process.

This Eureka Perfect Grinder also has a touch screen, as the previous version, although this time it is used to choose between two programmable doses.

Eureka MCI coffee grinder: micrometric adjustment

One of the qualities of this Eureka Mignon model most appreciated by experts is the manual adjustment of the grinding wheels, with micrometric precision. This means that it does not have predefined “steps” or “levels”, as is the case with other conventional electric grinders, but rather you can adjust the separation of the grinding wheels to your convenience.

The usual procedure is to start from the zero point, or grinding point (where the grinders are next to each other) and test a poorer quality coffee until you get the finesse you really want for your espresso. Not all grinders offer you this possibility, and that’s one of the reasons for the price difference of this Eureka Mignon compared to other electric grinders.

In return, of course, this process somehow forces the user to know the particularities of the espresso, to know exactly what kind of grind and coffee you want to get with your coffee maker… because otherwise it will be impossible for you to take advantage of benefits like this. It would not make sense to make the investment required by an appliance like the Eureka Mignon MCI to grind ordinary coffee.

We cannot do less than mention, even if only briefly, the attractive external appearance of a mill like this. Starting with its square-shaped hopper, unusual in this segment of mills, which not only enhances the original prism shape of the whole piece, but also maximises its capacity. The one that comes as standard when you buy the Eureka Mignon MCI gives you 250 grams of storage, but you can fit a larger one up to half a kilogram capacity. Gigantic!

On the other hand, the small dial on the left hand side of the front serves to change the grinding settings manually. The precision, as we have already mentioned, is excellent. And it also allows you to switch from the finest to the coarsest granulate very quickly.

A good detail is that this thickness dial is numbered, not because the levels are predefined (we have already said that this Eureka MCI Mignon has micrometric precision) to make it easier for the user to repeat or not to lose the reference for future use.

The grinding adjustment device only moves the lower grinding wheel (up or down), not the upper one. This detail, apparently irrelevant, is revealed in practice as a magnificent aid when cleaning our Eureka grinder: the grinding wheels and the container of ground coffee can be reworked without the need to modify the thickness of the grinder that we have configured at that time.

Eureka MCI grinder: main features

  • Available in various colours.
  • Hardened steel flat wheels, 50 mm diameter.
  • Direct drive motor, which can turn at a maximum of 1350 revolutions per minute.
  • Manual and micrometric wheel adjustment. Adjustment dial located on the left side of the front of the grinder.
  • Maximum storage capacity in the hopper: up to 250 grams of coffee. Can be optionally extended to a 500 gram hopper.
  • Maximum dose: 7 grams of coffee (just enough for an espresso).
  • Timer included, with intervals of between 1 and 14 seconds.
  • On/off switch with pilot light, located on the right side of the grinder.
  • No built-in dose counter.
  • It has four fixing points or anti-slip pins at its base, which also absorb vibrations and help to make it even quieter.
  • Ground coffee dispenser capacity: 100 grams.
  • Power: 260 watts.
  • Dimensions: 11 cms. wide and 16 cms. deep. The height of the grinder without the hopper is 32 cms. With the hopper bell, it goes up to 40 cms. and a half.
  • Weight: 4.5 kg.

Advantages of the Eureka Mignon grinder

  • Aesthetically it is a marvel: it is difficult to find a coffee grinder so beautiful and with such perfect finishes.  And one that doesn’t necessarily “look” like a coffee grinder.
  • Within this premium range of coffee grinders, the Eureka Mignon is reasonably compact, especially because of its height.
  • The very high quality of the materials it uses.
  • It is handmade.

Disadvantages of the Eureka Mignon grinder

  • Obviously its price. It is a mill of the highest quality, and the design of the grinding wheels is excellent… but it can cost you twice as much as others with the same size wheels.
  • Sometimes, as they are almost entirely handmade, some units can present slight problems of misalignment of the grinding wheels (nothing that can’t be fixed by tightening a few screws).
  • If you are not a real espresso fan, or you regularly drink other types of coffee, this coffee grinder is not for you.

Eureka Mignon MCI grinder: how it works

An excellent demonstration of the use of this Eureka Mignon grinder can be found here:

And if you’re hesitating between two of the best coffee mills on the market, here’s the ultimate comparison between the Eureka MCI and the Rancilio Rocky:

Why buy a Eureka Mignon grinder?

It is clear that a coffee grinder such as the Eureka Mignon MCI targets a very specific consumer sector. Not everyone is prepared to spend £200 or £300 on a coffee grinder and most users confirm that they are less demanding. This is understandable.

However, for those who really enjoy the qualities of espresso, and take great care in preparing and pampering it in every detail, the Eureka MCI grinder goes straight to the top of the range. We assure you that you will have to spend an indecent amount of money if you want to improve the quality of the grind offered by this Eureka Mignon coffee grinder.

There are only a few models on the domestic market that can provide you with shade, such as the Baratza Virtuoso, the KitchenAid Artisan coffee grinder and, of course, the famous Rancilio Rocky. A matter of taste, and of course, of budget.

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