The Eureka Mignon Specialita is one of the big names if you are after a dedicated home espresso grinder. This popular burr grinder has a small footprint while packing a punch. It ticks all the boxes for a prosumer espresso grinder with 55mm flat burrs, stepless adjustment, and low grind retention.
Eureka is an esteemed company in the coffee industry. They were established over 100 years ago and are known to produce quality grinders and accessories. All of their grinders are manufactured in Italy and hand-assembled to ensure excellent craftsmanship. The company prides itself on its faultless service and innovative designs. The Eureka Mignon Specialita 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.
Eureka Mignon Specialita Review
Specs: 55mm flat steel burrs | Steel casing | Step-less adjustment | Sound insulation | Doser- less | 13.87 x 4.75 x 5.5” | Weight: 12.34 lbs. | Burr Speed: 1350 RPM | Bean hopper capacity: 300g
The Eureka Mignon Specialita has a thoughtful and well-executed design. As we mentioned above, the Specialita offers some of the hallmark traits of a commercial grinder. This includes excellent grind consistency, precise grind settings, and all packed into a compact body that will fit comfortably on your benchtop. The grinder is comparable in size to the Breville Smart Grinder. The Specialita has a unique and contemporary design, with a square body and hopper. It is available in a range of colors to match your espresso machine. The Eureka Mignon Specialita has an excellent build, weighing a substantial 12lbs. It is housed in a steel casing and is very robust, standing up to heavy-duty use.
The grinder is packed full of features, including an LED touchscreen, programmable timed dosing, and stepless grind adjustment. One of the other notable features of the Eureka Mignon Specialita is that it is an extremely quiet grinder. Eureka has carefully cased the motor in noise insulation to minimize the noise and vibration caused by the motor.
The only complaints some users have had are about the quality of the plastic hopper and portafilter holder. However, we would consider this relatively minor. Eureka has spent the money where it counts- on a high-quality motor and burrs.
Burrs and Grinding Speed
The Eureka Mignon Specialita is loaded with 55mm hardened steel flat burrs. So let’s unpack that a little bit. The hardened steel means the burrs are tough and resistant to chipping- these babies are going to last a while! Steel burrs are also razor-sharp, delivering uniform grind size and clarity of taste. It pays to note that steel burrs often need to be seasoned or broken in 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. The 55mm burrs slightly boost the grinding speed, with the Specialita able to grind a basket or 18g of beans in around 10 seconds.
Grind Consistency and Adjustment System
The Eureka Mignon Specialita produces excellent grind consistency, particularly at the fine settings. The grinds come 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! If you watch a video of the Specialita grinding, you will see the grinds fall evenly out of the chute (they have often been likened to a waterfall) straight into the portafilter. Eureka was so confident of their system they didn’t even need a grind catcher underneath.
While the Specialita excels at espresso, the grind quality does diminish at the coarser settings, with less consistency and more fines. In saying this, the Specialita is technically capable of grinding for filter or french press- we just 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. It is a stepless dial with infinite settings, making it excellent to dial in your espresso accurately. You turn it clockwise for finer grounds or counter-clockwise for coarser settings. The only problem with the knob is that it is small and doesn’t have any markings. So if you want to switch between espresso and filter settings, you have to rotate it several turns, and then it is hard to find your way back to that sweet spot. This is why many owners use the Specialita exclusively for espresso.
Grind Retention and Single Dosing
Grind retention and single dosing are trending topics at the moment, particularly since the release of the Niche Zero. 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 sensible option for the home barista. This also allows you to switch between brewing methods and beans more easily.
One of the main selling points of the Eureka Mignon Specialita is that it has very low grind retention of around 1.3 grams. This means that it can effectively be used as a single-dose grinder, where you weigh your beans out and grind the exact amount you need. Because there is so little coffee stuck in the chute, you don’t need to purge when changing settings or between beans. Some enthusiasts have even created single dosing mods for the Specialita- see here if you are interested.
The other way of using the Eureka Mignon Specialita is with the time-based dosing it was designed for. The LED 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. A + or – button on the screen increases or decreases the grinding time by intervals of 0.1 seconds. 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 grinder this way when you adjust the grind size, you will also need to change the grind time to achieve a consistent dose. Aside from this, there is also the option of grinding manually without using the timer, or grinding continuously if you need to grind through a bag of beans.
The Eureka Mignon Specialita is easy and intuitive to use. The LED screen is simple to navigate and set up. The time-based doser 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. Overall the Specialita is convenient to use and allows you the flexibility of grinding how you like. We would only see an issue if you wanted a grinder that allowed you to switch easily between different brewing methods.
Maintaining the Eureka Mignon Specialita
As we mentioned above, the Specialita is a relatively tidy grinder to use. There is minimal static and mess when it comes to using it. Maintaining the grinder is also uncomplicated. The Specialita has a unique grind adjustment system, where the lower burr is adjusted rather than 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 enables you to remove the hopper even when it is full of beans. You then unscrew the screw on the lid and the screws fixing the upper burr holder in place. Once this is done, you can remove the top burr and brush or vacuum out the burrs.
Who is the Eureka Mignon Specialita for?
Retailing at around $700, the Eureka Mignon Specialita is a significant investment. However, we would say that given the quality and build of the Specialita, it is an excellent investment. If you seek an espresso grinder, the Specialita is a solid option- offering excellent grind consistency, stepless adjustment, and precise dosing.
There are a few alternatives to the Eureka Mignon Specialita.
The Niche Zero is a superb single-dosing grinder that is beautifully and elegantly designed. It boasts an impressive set of 63mm steel conical burrs and exceptional grind quality for both espresso and filter coffee. This is an outstanding grinder that we cannot rate highly enough. See our full review here.
Baratza Sette 270 Wi
The Sette 270 Wi is another good option if you are looking for an espresso grinder. It has 40mm conical steel burrs and a stepped grind adjustment system. A brilliant feature of the Sette 270 Wi is that it has built-in Acaia scales allowing you to dose by weight.
The Final Verdict
The Eureka Mignon Specialita is an excellent espresso grinder offering unparalleled construction and quality. It has melded commercial grade with domestic functionality. The Specialita boasts consistent grind size, low grind retention, and accurate dosing. You won’t be disappointed if you decide to invest in the Specialita.