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If you're a serious espresso fanatic looking for a quality grinder to pair with your semi-automatic or prosumer machine, the Ceado E6P should be right at the top of your list. Ceado, a maker of some serious commercial coffee grinders, produces their E6 grinders in both doser and doserless models, much like many of the competing grinders in this price range.
Ceado’s two dosing models, the E6 Semi-Automatic and E6 Timer grind coffee into a secondary hopper. With a quick pull of a lever the grounds are then “dosed” into the portafilter. These grinders are convenient in small coffee shops and for larger use homes as you can grind large amounts of coffee to store for later use. However, for many people, the dosing function is not necessary or even desired. For these customers the doserless Ceado E6P is the perfect choice.
The E6P utilizes the same 300 watt motor and the same 64mm burrs as the other E6 models, but removes the doser on the front of the machine. This in turn makes the E6P a more convenient option for home users looking for a “grind on demand” experience. With the added electronic programmable buttons for both a single and a double dose, you now have machine that will do timed grinding directly into your portafilter. The dose amount is very easy to program using adjustment screw just below the portafilter holder, with timing cycles adjustable from 1.5 to 18 seconds. Additionally, because the Ceado E6P is a stepless grinder, you have an infinite number of grind settings to work with while dialing in your shot.
Overall the Ceado E6P retains the overall look and style of a commercial grinder but features a few thoughtful additions. There’s an adjustable clip that will hold you portafilter in place for hands free grinding. In my experience with the grinder I found that it will fit almost any portafilter size out there. Something else worth noting is that the grinding spout has been rounded and placed at a steep angle. These two features seem to limit grind retention in between doses. Grind retention, for those who are unaware, is the amount of leftover coffee grinds still in the machine after dosing.
Overall the Ceado E6P is an excellent choice for a commercial quality grinder in a compact size. It’s sure to be a staple in the kitchen for years to come for any espresso aficionado.