Eureka Mignon is one of the big names if you are after a dedicated home espresso grinder. The Eureka Mignon Specialita is a popular burr grinder that has a small footprint while still packing a punch. Equipped with 55mm flat steel burrs, stepless adjustment, and low grind retention, it ticks all the boxes for those seeking a prosumer espresso grinder.
In this review, we will cover the pros and cons of the Specialita to help you work out whether it is the right coffee grinder for you.
Eureka Mignon Specialita
The Eureka Mignon Specialita is a stunning coffee grinder packed with features. It’s equipped with 55mm hardened steel burrs that offer superb grind consistency, complemented by a stepless grind adjustment system for precise grinding. Finally, an LED touch screen offers programmable timed dosing. This is a superb espresso grinder that is worth its weight in gold and an excellent investment for both beginners and experts alike.
Eureka Mignon Specialita Review
Eureka stands as an esteemed name within the coffee industry, with a legacy spanning over a hundred years. Renowned for crafting high-quality coffee and espresso grinders, as well as various accessories, all of their grinders are manufactured in Italy and painstakingly hand-assembled to ensure unparalleled craftsmanship. The company prides itself on its faultless service and innovative designs.
The Eureka Mignon Specialita espresso grinder was released several years ago and was one of the first in its class to bridge the gap between domestic and commercial grinders – a prosumer grinder. The Specialita is primarily designed as an espresso grinder, and although it can handle other brewing methods, it truly excels when used for espresso grinding.
The Eureka Mignon Specialita espresso grinder has a thoughtful and well-executed design. As mentioned above, the Specialita offers some of the hallmark traits of a commercial grinder, such as excellent grind consistency and a stepless grind adjustment. Despite this, it has a very compact footprint, comparable in size to the Breville Smart Grinder, that fits comfortably on your kitchen counter.
Distinguished by its modern, square body and bean hopper, the Specialita exudes Italian flair and comes in a variety of color options to complement your espresso machine. As you would expect, the build quality of this grinder is superb. Weighing a substantial 12 lbs, it is encased in steel that can withstand rigorous use.
Another noteworthy feature of the Specialita is that it is an extremely quiet grinder, thanks to the motor being carefully cased in noise insulation. This is a significant advantage, especially if you’re grinding beans early in the morning. You can grind without waking the whole house.
The grinder is equipped with an adjustable portafilter holder fork that accommodates the various portafilter sizes available in the market. However, from our experience, it does not perform as effectively with smaller 54mm portafilters, as some of the ground coffee tends to miss the basket. We’ve opted to remove the portafilter fork altogether and just hold the portafilter in place as we grind. The only other complaint we have had with this grinder is that the plastic bean hopper and portafilter holder feel cheap compared to the rest of the build. However, this is a relatively minor issue, Eureka has spent the money where it counts- on a high-quality motor and burrs.
Burrs and Grinding Speed
The heart of the Eureka Mignon Specialita is its 55mm flat burr set, which grinds coffee beans with remarkable consistency. The hardened steel burrs are tough and resistant to chipping, promising long-lasting performance. These steel burrs are also razor-sharp, delivering a uniform grind size and high clarity in the cup. It’s worth noting that steel burrs often require a “seasoning” or “breaking in” period before performing at their best.
The size of the burrs on the Specialita is a step up from some of the other models in the Mignon range. However, it is still not on par with many commercial grinders, which are usually 64mm or more. The 55mm burrs offer a slight boost in grinding speed, allowing the Specialita to grind 18g of beans in approximately 10 seconds.
Grind Consistency and Adjustment System
The Specialita stands out for its exceptional grind consistency, particularly at the finer settings. The ground coffee falls out of the chute light and fluffy with little clumping. The Specialita has what they have termed an ACE system- an anti-clumping and electrostatic system, and we have to say it does a pretty impressive job! Watching the Specialita in action, you will see the ground coffee fall evenly out of the chute, like a waterfall, directly into the portafilter. Eureka’s confidence in their system is evident, as they didn’t find it necessary to include a grind catcher underneath the chute.
While the Specialita coffee grinder excels at espresso, the grind quality does diminish at the coarser settings, with less consistency and more fines produced. In saying this, while the Specialita is technically capable of grinding for drip coffee or French press- we wouldn’t recommend it. And the reason for this is because of the adjustment system.
The grind size is adjusted by turning a small knob on top of the machine. The knob doesn’t directly move the burrs but instead moves a shaft inside the motor which in turn raises or lowers the bottom burr. This system caters to the incredibly precise grind changes that are required in espresso grinders. However, a drawback of this system is that switching between espresso and filter settings requires rotating the knob through several turns, and coming back to a grind setting is challenging. This is why many owners opt to use the Specialita exclusively as an espresso grinder.
Grind Retention and Single Dosing
Grind retention (or how much ground coffee is left in the grinder) and single dosing are trending topics at the moment, particularly in the wake of the Niche Zero’s release. It is common knowledge that coffee beans should not be stored in a hopper where they will be exposed to light and oxygen. Yet, the majority of grinders available do have large hoppers. While this would make sense in a commercial setting, single-dosing grinders are a far more practical option for the home barista, allowing the user to easily switch between brewing methods and beans.
One of the main selling points of the Eureka Mignon espresso grinder is that it has very low grind retention, as little as 1.3 grams of ground coffee. This means it can effectively function as a single-dose coffee grinder, where you weigh your beans out and grind the exact amount you need. If you mod the grinder with a single dosing hopper and bellows you can get this retention almost down to zero. The benefit of this is that you don’t need to purge when changing settings or switching between different coffee beans. There are now a lot of single-dosing mods for the specialita and even a single-dosing hopper designed by Eureka if you are interested in dosing this way.
Another option for dosing with the Eureka Mignon Specialita espresso grinder is to use the time-based dosing it was designed for. The LED touch screen on the front allows you to program the Specialita to grind for a set period of time and thus achieve a precise dose each time. Adjustments can be made using the + and – buttons on the touch screen, which modify the grinding time in 0.1-second increments. Once you have found your ideal grinding time, you can program both a single and double dose time and jump between them effortlessly. It pays to note that if you are using the coffee grinder this way when you adjust the grind size, you will also need to change the grind time to achieve a consistent dose.
In addition to this, you have the option to manually grind without using the timer or to grind continuously if you need to grind through a bag of beans.
Ease of use
The Specialita is easy and intuitive to use. The LED touch screen is simple to navigate and set up. The time-based dosing feature enables you to achieve an accurate dose each time without weighing. You can also effortlessly switch between single or double shots. The hopper allows you to pull back-to-back shots quickly, or you could use it as a single-dose grinder.
All in all, the Specialita offers ease of use and the flexibility to grind as you prefer. The only limitation of the grinder is that it is not easy to switch between different brewing methods, but as we have already mentioned, this is an espresso-focussed grinder.
Maintaining the Eureka Mignon
The Specialita is a notably tidy and hassle-free grinder to use. There is minimal static and mess when it comes to using it, and its maintenance is straightforward. What sets the Specialita apart is its unique adjustment system, featuring lower burr adjustments instead of the upper. This means that when you open up the burrs to give them a deep clean, you won’t lose your grind setting.
When it comes to cleaning out the burrs, the hopper has a hopper stopper that allows you to remove it, even when it’s full of beans. You then undo the screw holding the hopper in place and the screws fixing the upper burr holder in place. Once done, you can remove the top burr and brush or vacuum out the burrs.
Who is the Eureka Mignon Specialita Espresso Grinder for?
Retailing at around $700, the Eureka Mignon Specialita Espresso Grinder is a significant investment. However, when you take into account the outstanding quality and craftsmanship of the Specialita, we firmly believe it is a wise investment. The Specialita is simply a stunning coffee grinder that will pair perfectly with your prized espresso machine. Moreover, it’s a grinder that can grow with you if you become more invested in your espresso hobby.
The Specialita is really designed to be an espresso grinder so offers excellent grind consistency, stepless adjustment, and precise dosing. All in all a solid espresso grinder for the home barista looking to step up to a prosumer-level grinder. This is a burr grinder that won’t disappoint.
There are a few alternatives to the Eureka Mignon Specialita espresso grinder that are worth considering.
The Niche Zero is a superb single-dosing grinder boasting a beautiful and elegant design. Equipped with impressive 63mm steel conical burrs, it excels in delivering exceptional grind quality for both espresso and filter coffee. This is an outstanding coffee grinder that we cannot rate highly enough.
Baratza Sette 270
The Baratza Sette 270 is another solid option if you are looking for an espresso grinder. It features 40mm conical steel burrs and a stepped grind adjustment system, offering both macro and micro adjustments that allow for over 270 grind settings. The Baratza Sette is simple to use, quick to grind, and also provides time-based dosing options. While it may not match the Eureka Mignon Specialita in terms of aesthetics, it’s a compelling alternative.
DF64 Gen 2
Finally, there is the DF64 Gen 2. The DF64 Gen 2 has been redesigned to address many of the issues with the original model. This grinder is now a compelling alternative, offering excellent value for money. The DF64 Gen 2 is a multi-purpose grinder that works for both manual brewing methods and espresso. It’s equipped with 64mm flat burrs and offers the option to upgrade to SSP burrs for enhanced performance. The DF64 ticks all the boxes, with a stepless grind adjustment system, single-dosing, and low grind retention. The Gen 2 model introduces enhancements such as a plasma generator to reduce static, an anti-popcorning disc, and an overall more premium build. This single-dose grinder delivers exceptional grind quality out-of-the-box without breaking the bank.
Eureka Mignon Specialita Espresso Grinder- The Verdict
The Eureka Mignon Specialita is an excellent espresso grinder offering unparalleled construction and quality. It skillfully combines commercial-grade capabilities with low grind retention, precise dosing and quiet grinding. In addition, it simply is a stunning coffee grinder worthy of pairing with your favorite espresso machine. Investing in the Eureka Mignon Specialita is a decision you won’t regret.