The MiniMoka coffee machines are a reference point with a great presence and, above all, great popularity in the espresso market. What is the reason for their fame? Mainly because of their combination of basic features with a price that is the most competitive on the market, well below the average for other brands.
For this reason, they can easily be found in large shops and more general household appliance shops. And in the end… if the quality is good, the prices rule the consumer, or is it not so?
The MiniMoka brand was acquired in 2011 by the Spanish firm Taurus. Since then, they have managed to maintain their name and their experience of over four decades in the coffee sector, and also to carve out a niche for themselves in the increasingly tight market (with the arrival of pod coffee machines, espresso machines have seen their competition increase).
Mini Moka Coffee Makers: A first approach
On this page, we are going to introduce you to the different models of MiniMoka coffee machines and tell you what the main differences are between them. The differences between MiniMoka coffee machines are a key aspect that you need to understand if you want to be clear about which one to buy.
We will also tell you what the approximate price of each one is, although you know that this is only a reference because the prices of the coffee machines vary over time (especially the offers on Amazon).
To begin with, all MiniMoka coffee machines are manual espresso machines that work with ground coffee or ESE single-dose bags, with the exception of the CM-2185 (or MiniMoka 4-in-1), which stands out precisely because it accepts other types of capsules such as the compatible Marcilla capsules or the reusable CoffeeMotion capsules.
This versatility is to the detriment of other details, such as the steamer or the cup warmer, which the MiniMoka 4-in-1 does not have. It also has the smallest tank.
Of course, MiniMoka also has its own automatic coffee machine, the CM-4758, although this model has not yet been reviewed by Coffeemaker.top.
The rest of the MiniMoka coffee machines have very similar features; they only differ in the capacity of the water tank (it varies between 1.25 litres and 1.5 litres in all models) and logically in the design and year of manufacture.
The CM-1622 is the oldest and has an unobtrusive design, while more modern models such as the CM-1695 have a much more modern look.
As a curiosity, the MiniMoka CM-1637 has a design almost identical to that of the German Beem Espresso Perfect Crema, and the CM-1682 is made of stainless steel.
MiniMoka coffee machines: Prices
For the rest, few differences in performance as we have already said, and logically little difference in price. All MiniMoka coffee machines range from £70 to £90 except the CM-1682, which can be considered the top of the MiniMoka range (especially because of its stainless steel body) and goes up to £145.
MiniMoka coffee machines: Opinions
In our opinion, the main advantages of MiniMoka coffee machines are that they are considerably underpriced. On the other hand (of course, no one gives a hard time), you cannot expect overly advanced features or very exclusive details in MiniMoka coffee machines, with the exception of the automatic coffee machine MiniMoka CM-4758.
Differences between MiniMoka coffee machines: All models
We are going to take a look at the extensive catalogue of this firm, knowing that many of its models are already discontinued, and there are only two or three left in our market.
MiniMoka CM-1622, the oldest model of MiniMoka, but also the cheapest and simplest.
The most exclusive model of all MiniMoka manual coffee machines. It offers similar features to its peers but with a much higher quality external housing made of stainless steel. Cleanliness and durability are assured. Naturally, it is also the most expensive.
The standard and basic model of MiniMoka The CM-1695 is a mid-range espresso machine whose main virtue is to combine all the basic features of this segment of coffee machines with a below-average price. This is aided by design, which is quite sober and unobtrusive.
The MiniMoka CM-1821, a very basic coffee machine dating from 2016. 1.6-litre capacity, very simple operation and a very affordable price. It is identical to the Solac CE-4480.
This is a more recent model and equivalent to the CM-1682 mentioned above. It presides over the top range of MiniMoka espressos and stands out for its 15 bar pressure, its stainless steel coating and its 1.5-litre capacity tank. It has a fairly compact design to house a tank of these characteristics. It is therefore located on the upper step of the CM-1695 (which would be mid-range within the firm).
MiniMoka 4 in 1
An espresso machine that goes beyond the norm. The MiniMoka 4 in 1 has fewer features than other MiniMoka coffee machines. Still, in return, it allows you to use a lot of compatible, private label pods on the market, such as those from L’Arome Marcilla, the reusable CoffeeDuck (or similar) pods or the traditional ground coffee bags.
This is a feature that is also offered by another coffee maker, the Solac FreeCoffee, for example, but with the difference that the latter does not allow the use of ground coffee while the MiniMoka 4 in 1 does. A sure hit and a forerunner ahead of its time of modern multi-capsule coffee machines.
The MiniMoka representative in the segment of super-automatic coffee machines. Logically, it is the most advanced MiniMoka coffee machine with the highest price.
MiniMoka coffee grinders
The range of Minimoka coffee grinders is made up of three clearly differentiated models aimed at very different types of customers:
- The GR-020 is the most basic. It is a multi-purpose, 60 gram capacity blade grinder.
- The GR-0278 is the intermediate model, an electric grinder with flat wheels, which has 110 watts of power and 12 levels to regulate the thickness of the grinding.
- Finally, the GR-0203 is the best Minimoka mill. A semi-professional mill with no less than 500 grams of capacity in the hopper.
If you are thinking of buying a Minimoka grinder from Amazon, we suggest that you read the cards and analysis of each one carefully so that you can choose the one that best suits your needs. Here they are:
The cheapest of the firm, MiniMoka GR-020. It has 220 watts of power and uses double-bladed stainless steel blades. It can grind a deposit of up to 60 grams of coffee beans.
The MiniMoka GR-0278 is a very balanced electric grinder with an excellent quality-price ratio. You can even use it for espresso coffee (with reservations, but the result is acceptable).
MiniMoka GR-0203, a top-of-the-range grinder with 200 watts of power, which can be classified as perfectly professional, and which mounts hardened steel flat wheels with a diameter of 49 mm.