The distant future, a one in which robots clean your house and make your breakfast, is getting closer every day with the Mahlkonig K30 Vario Grinder. Not only can this grinder give you a single quality shot of espresso in two seconds, it can do it with professional consistency that other less evolved grinders can only aspire to. This grinder will fulfill every coffee scientist's dream, with intuitive programming, easy adjustments, electronic shot counters...the list goes on.
Features & Functionality of the Mahlkonig K30 Vario Grinder
High Capacity: The Mahlkonig K30 Vario has a huge bean hopper (3.3 pounds!!), and is one of the fastest grinders we have ever used, able to grind a single shot quantity of espresso beans in under two seconds.
Technologically Advanced: Programming this grinder takes another variable out of the picture when brewing espresso, making it even easier to achieve the consistently perfect shot once you get the K30 dialed in for your machine.
Precision, Precision, Precision: Don't sit there and worry about how consistent the grinds will be that come out of this machine, it can handle most settings with ease, which won't leave you guessing if your grind consistency is an issue.
Intuitive:This grinder might be a robot from the future, but it still focuses on ease of use. With a press of the your portafilter against the power switch, this grinder will produce any quantity you need.
Large Hopper: Definitely big enough that you won't need to be filling beans every day. However we do recommend keeping your whole beans stored air tight, or as close to air tight as possible, to ensure maximum freshness.
Professional - The K30 Vario is capable of any espresso grind setting you could ever dream of, with nothing short of consistent, professional grinds falling into your portafilter basket
From The Future - This grinder is as much of a personal computer as it is an espresso grinder, with programming, an illuminated display and digital timers all included features
Precise - This grinder takes a lot of the variables out of grinding espresso, both with quantity, texture and quality of grind
Too Much Machine? - This is a commercial quality grinder with superior grind quality and output. Before investing for home use make sure these features are worth the price tag.
Heavy - The K30 Vario is quite a bit heavier than even some small espresso machines, making it harder to easily move around if need be
Coffee Press, Drip Coffee, Espresso, Fine Drip / Pour Over, Turkish
Tall Hopper: 9.50 inches | Short Hopper: 9.50 inches
Tall Hopper: 12.60 inches | Short Hopper: 12.60 inches
Tall Hopper: 21.75 inches | Short Hopper: 17.50 inches
Bean Hopper Capacity
Tall Hopper: 3.30 pounds | Short Hopper: 1.25 pounds
One more question. I have a expobar expresso machine which likes very fine coffee grounds. I also have a french press. Can this machine satisfy both them? and me. Ha Ha thank you jeff
A shopper on Nov 6, 2014
Best Answer:I think the crew at SCG would be better qualified to give you answers specific to your machines. I don't know anything about the Exobar and don't make French press coffee. For my needs the K30 is a fantastic grinder and worth ever penny I spent upgrading from an excellent Mazzer Mini. I grind for espresso 100% of the time so don't do extremely fine grinds. The K30 does a great job adjusting when I try different beans. I believe the K30 would handle any grind you need. Still, I suggest you talk with the crew at SCG. If it helps, I currently own La Pavoni (Professional and Europicolla), my everyday machine is a La Marzocco GS3 and previously an ECM Giotto. If counter space is a premium, keep in mind that the K30 is a big grinder. Cheers
Unfortunately, it only grinds variations on a theme of espresso. Which is odd, since it's powerful enough to grind rocks. I bought it knowing it was only going to be used for espresso, but I too enjoy french press and since this thing operates so quietly, smoothly, and efficiently I find myself sneering at it while my Capresso's grand-mal seizure grinding routine wakes my neighbors at 5:30 a.m. Would designing in a lever to separate the burrs to a nice course grind be too much too ask, especially since I had to take out a home equity loan to buy it?
I'm using this grinder for espresso only, and the dial is hovering around 1 most of the time. Since it goes all the way up to 10, I guess that it should be fine for french press. Do note that I did not try french press, so this is simply my opinion.
Regardless, the grinder is great with very low retention!
I have owned this grinder for about a year and it is the most consistent, well made grinder I have used. Precision and the qaulity of the grind is awesome. Like any precision took it took a little time dialing it in. I bought the low hopper so it would fit under the cupboard on the counter.
I have a question about the MahlKonig K30 Vario grinder. The manual mentions a Prefuse 16A slow. Is this a machine that can be plugged into a 20 amp USA outlet or are main breaker box modifications required?
A shopper on Apr 9, 2016
Best Answer:20 A breaker will carry a 16A load, but the fuse will blow first, though very unlikely to happen unless motor is completely stalled
What is the difference between the k30 and k30 air?
A shopper on Jan 8, 2016
Best Answer:They're essentially identical except that the K30 Air has a fan to provide additional cooling. Maybe this could be important in a commercial or extremely high use situation. I've been using my "normal" K30 for a year in my home, for everything from a single cup of espresso in the morning to multiple espressos for dinner party guest and have never noticed ANY kind of heat build up. The grinder is a massive heat sink - I think it would take an enormous amount of grinding before ever heating up. How hot can it get when it only takes 3.2 seconds to grind the coffee for an espresso?
Well, I'm not familiar with the Air but I can say the Vario that I have is top notch. I use it at home so it doesn't take much abuse but I saw one at a coffee shop at Schipol Airport. I asked the barista his thoughts and got two thumbs up. Very solid grinder!
The " Air " version has a built in fan to keep the internal components cool. It's mainly used for commercial environments or for heavy use. Not that this grinder gets hotter than any other high end grinder.
In the video, I noticed that the gauge was set close to zero (fine) and yet the coffee came out too fast. If I am interested in expresso coffee only, should I avoid the Mahkonig K30 that focuses on everything from french press, drip to expresso. Is there more choice of fine selections in a Mazzer MIni type A doserless?
A shopper on Aug 6, 2013
Best Answer:I use the Mahlkonig K30 Vario strictly for espresso, paired with the Izzo Alex Duetto 3. The grinder is very fast and eerily quiet at grinding coffee regardless of the setting for how fine or coarse. To give you an idea, grind setting at 0.5, programmed for 3.7 seconds on double, I get roughly 18.5 grams. Grinds are fluffy, uniform without much clumping even when ground much finer than needed to pull a shot with ideal flow rate / extraction parameters. I highly recommend the K30 and can definitely say that you will not be disappointed with its performance, build quality and ease of use.
I bought mine for a full time coffee shop and plan on using it for espresso ONLY. This is a top of the line grinder that should be adaptable to any use you have for it but it is designed primarily for espresso. I also have the Mazzer mini which sits next to it which I only use for decaf. Both grinders have an equal number of settings for fineness. Hope that helps!
Not sure what you saw on the video. I actually replaced my Mazzer Mini Type A with the Mahlkonig K30. The Mahlkonig K30 is far more consistent, faster and much easier to change the grind setting. I am far from being at the finest setting. It was one of the grinders used at the Chicago Coffee Fest espresso competition. Couldn't be happier.
That is a huge discount. Is the machine being discontinued, and if so would service/parts become difficult?
A shopper on Jan 18, 2015
Best Answer:No, the machine is not being discontinued. We're glad to see it at this nice low price too, as we have been happy with it's consistency. However, it can clog if you use an oilier bean, so be sure that you're not grinding too fine if you're using a darker roast, and be sure to do thorough and regular maintenance to clean the burrs! We do not anticipate service or parts becoming hard to come by, as the grinder hasn't been discontinued.