The Eureka Mignon has been on the scene for quite some time now, and is now on its third release. While there are many other domestic coffee grinders out there, none offer the same build quality to that of the Eureka Mignon, in terms of heavyweight steel bodies and robust coffee grinder build quality.
Add to that the now-famous patented micro-metric stepless design, used across the ranges of Eureka Mignon, Victoria Arduino and Nuova Simonelli, and you have a coffee grinder that delivers way beyond its price point.
Why We Like The Eureka Mignon:
The Eureka Mignon is a beautiful coffee grinder. They are built to an incredibly high standard from a company that have been innovating and producing quality coffee grinders for close to 100 years. In our opinion, it continues to be the leading domestic coffee grinder considering build quality, grind quality and price.
Who Is The Eureka Mignon For?
The Eureka Mignon is aimed at home or office coffee drinkers, grinding coffee beans at low volumes, but at high quality. It is also ‘the domestic grinder' for those that recognise that the grinder is the most important factor in quality coffee making. Some call it pro-sumer equipment. We just call it high quality.
Eureka Mignon Coffee Grinder Re-model:
First and foremost, all the new Eureka Mignon models have received a massive upgrade from the last version. This includes:
- Restyling of the main steel body, giving it a fresh and more contemporary feel.
- Heavier weight steel body.
- Re-designed hopper with rubber vacuum seal.
- Improved motor.
- Addition of a metal clump crusher.
- Magnetised fork for the portafilter.
- Improved trigger button (Commercial grade).
The Three Eureka Mignon Versions:
Eureka Mignon Silenzio
(From £299) The Silenzio is the entry level Eureka Mignon model but still offers the same build & grind quality as the other models. There’s been a complete redesign from the last iteration bringing the Eureka Mignon straight into 2019 while retaining that authentic feel of a classic, well built Italian grinder. Like the original version, it retains the manual and timed control functions, so no touch screen on this version.
Despite being the entry level model, the Silenzio delivers amazing coffee grind quality that is both fast and very quiet. If you want a great domestic coffee grinder, and are not concerned with additional features, that offers solid value for money, then this coffee grinder is for you.
Eureka Mignon Perfetto
(From £349) The Eureka Mignon Perfetto is the mid range Eureka Mignon model that can handle both espresso and filter, which it achieves beautifully. With the addition of the touch screen you can set two profiles. For the purposes of this review, I chose the first for espresso, about a 10s grind and one for a V60 about a 6sec grind, which worked seamlessly. The touch screen also offers a continuous mode, in case you want to run in manual mode or add small volumes for correction, and a lock feature, to avoid accidentally changing the settings during use.
Changing between grind sizes is easy with Eureka’s patented grind adjustment, a simple dial you turn with a handy size guide to your desired setting. If you brew both espresso and filter (from V60 - Cafetiere), and want a super flexible coffee grinder, then this is arguably the grinder for you. Some customers have bought this model as they currently only brew coffee for filter, but aim to buy an espresso machine in the future - future proofing!
Eureka Mignon Specialita
(From £349) The Eureka Mignon Specialita is all about getting that golden shot. Larger, 55mm burrs improve consistency and speed while maintaining a lower temperature. The grind adjustment is ridiculously precise. I measured the burrs to move up or down by roughly the same thickness a two human hairs for each full, 360deg rotation of the dial. The carrier for the portafilter can be adjusted to any size necessary.
Like the Eureka Mignon Perfetto, it also comes with a digital touch screen display, offering two programmable modes, plus a continuous mode and a lock feature. The Eureka Mignon Specialita is the crown of the range, offering precision espresso grinding to the home or office to those that want great results from the best equipment.
The grind retention across the range varies from .18 grams for the Eureka Mignon Silenzio to .11 grams for the Eureka Mignon Perfetto and .07 grams for the Eureka Mignon Specialita. In comparison the Barazta Sette has been measured by some to retain up to .5 grams, even on coarse settings.
Grinder Adjustment & Controls:
The patented stepless micrometric adjustment is one of the key features of Eureka coffee grinders. It’s easy to use and very precise.
Grind speed on the Eureka Mignon is good, but not lightening fast. It can grind a 17g shot in around 12 seconds, and on the top model, around 10 seconds. Speed should not be considered to be of huge priority at this level, as it is aimed for home users, not cafes, where speed and volume are key. Waiting 15 seconds for a coffee at home is not really an issue.
Eureka Mignon Build Quality:
Build quality is amazing. Assembled like a commercial coffee grinder, the housing is strong and heavyweight. All parts are well constructed and considered when put designed.
Eureka Mignon Cleaning:
Cleaning is very easy. The badge on the rear can be removed quickly, then the top panel can be removed with 4 small screws. Once removed, the top burr set can be removed with 3 further screws and cleaning can begin.
Eureka Mignon Compared With Similar Spec Coffee Grinders:
SAGE Smart Grinder Pro: Lower build quality (plastics), Lots of features (too many that you won’t use), Stepped adjustment (limited precision), average grind quality & low-medium price tag - £199.00
Baratza Sette 30 AP: Lower build quality (plastics), Stepped adjustment (limited precision), reasonable grind quality & medium price tag - £230.00
Macap M2D: Lower build quality (plastics), Stepped adjustment (limited precision), below average grind quality & medium price tag - £279.00
Baratza Sette 270: Lower build quality (plastics), smaller burrs (40mm) and slower grind, good grind quality & medium price tag - £399.00
Baratza Vario H: Lots of features (too many that you won’t use), lower build quality (plastics), larger burrs set / different material (54mm & Ceramic), very good grind quality & high price tag - £429.00
Eureka Mignon v3 - Our Conclusion
I would happily recommend the new Eureka Mignon coffee grinder range to anyone, whether they be a home or office coffee drinker, or even as a commercial decaf grinder - perfect for precision grind at low volume. For price vs. performance, there isn't anything better. When it comes to brewing great coffee the one thing you can't escape from is your grind. It's arguably the most important factor.
EXTRA GEEK INFO:
Out of curiosity, I decided to check the alignment of the Eureka Mignon Specialita burrs, as a high-end domestic coffee grinder I wasn't sure what to expect. On the one hand it's for low volume commercial or domestic use; it's not supposed to be the coffee grinder of choice for the brewers cup but on the other hand, it's made by the same people that produce the Mythos One, which is arguably most popular speciality grinder in the world. Upon testing I was impressed to find that the burrs sat almost perfectly flat with each other, certainly better aligned out the box than most EK43's.