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Crew Review: Nuova Simonelli Grinta

Dec 5, 2016 · coffee · espresso · nuova simonelli · reviews
Crew Review: Nuova Simonelli Grinta


How Does It Compare?

For home espresso drinkers searching for the perfect prosumer grinder, behold the Nuova Simonelli Grinta. Built with stepped grinder settings and hardened steel burrs, the Grinta efficiently grinds consistent for espresso, pour over and drip! And with how effortless it is to make adjustments, home baristas will have no problem using the Grinta to its full potential. Other prosumer grinders similar to the Grinta include crowd favorites like the Rancilio Rocky Grinder. Rancilio excellence in commercial equipment translated over to their home products like the Rocky. While the Rocky boast commercial components, the Grinta’s build is more suitable in a busier environment. That said, read on to see if the Grinta is the perfect grinder for your home or business!

Commercial Designed

Designed with commercial-styled components, the Nuova Simonelli Grinta is a prosumer grinder perfect for home brewers who need a workhorse—the Grinta can handle 10 pounds of coffee beans an hour. That’s enough coffee to caffeinate a small local cafe, the corporate office or even a home! Not only does Grinta keeps up with the pace commercial environment, it grinds uniformed grounds. Equipped with 50mm hardened steel burrs, the Grinta is built to keep the grinds consistent for espresso—crucial for pulling delicious shots! The Grinta’s precision grinding allows baristas to focus on finding the perfect setting and not worrying about the consistency. And that’s something we care about when choosing a grinder!


Thanks to the Nuova Simonelli Grinta’s consistent grind size, it is the perfect grinder to pair with an espresso machine like the recently released Nuova Simonelli Oscar II. Or a pour over coffee maker like Hario V60. Or a drip brewer like the Bonavita 8-Cup Coffee Maker. You get the idea—the Grinta’s is a great choice for pour over, drip or espresso. In our grind test, the Grinta’s finest setting created grounds with the consistency of powdered sugar—perfect for Turkish coffee! Of course, grinding beans into powdered sugar creates clumps and clumps can get messy. One of the few remarks we hear from home baristas is that the Grinta has a tendency to clump grounds and the chute gets clogged. We recommend using a grinder designed for Turkish and use the Grinta for pour over, drip or espresso.

Easy To Use

Dialing in the Nuova Simonelli Grinta is a cake walk with stepped settings! Stepped settings allow home baristas to quickly make adjustments in set increments. Not to mention it makes it easier to find your settings if you switch between brew methods—especially for beginners! It’s designed with intuitive marks and easily adjusted by twisting the base of the bean hopper. Simply release the Grinta’s setting lock and rotate the hopper to make adjustments. One of the trickier features of the Grinta is adjusting the grind finer with beans it in. With the one hand pressing the lock and the other twisting the hopper, it can be harder to grasp and change the settings. That said, the Grinta activates by a button right underneath the chute. This placement makes it incredibly accessible for containers and portafilters to press the button to grind fresh coffee.

Affordable & Stylish

The Nuova Simonelli Grinta might be built for a busy setting, but its small footprint makes it effortless to fit into any home kitchen. With a depth and width of 5.25-inches, the Grinta saves you valuable counter space. That said, the Grinta is a tall grinder at 16.5-inches tall with a whopping 1.1-pound bean hopper. That’s a lot of beans! With the Grinta’s efficient grinding and large hopper, it’s easy to see how it would fit into a commercial setting. One reason the Grinta is affordable is that it’s built with a plastic case. To some baristas, plastic is a turn-off. But alternative options like a metal case would increase the price of the Grinta, which could discourage home baristas’ with a budget. If you’re looking for a grinder with the Grinta’s features and capabilities, you’d be hard-pressed for find one at the Grinta’s price point. We should also mention that the Grinta comes in red, black, silver or chrome, a great bonus feature to complement kitchen color schemes!


The Nuova Simonelli Grinta features easy to use adjustments, intuitive settings and the consistency for espresso! With its grind efficiency and speed, this prosumer grinder would fit into a small cafe, office or home with ease. What do you think of the Grinta? Share your experience in the comments below!

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