Eureka Atom Espresso Grinder in Black
The Eureka Atom is a multi-purpose, 60mm burr grinder that makes quick work of beans for any brew method. Grind manually, or, program single and double shots by time for automatic dosing. The Atom features stepless adjustment, and, bonus, it never needs to be recalibrated.
Owning the Eureka Atom
A step up in size and power from the Eureka Mignon is the Atom. Though it’s not as impressive as when Einstein split the actual atom, this baby can sure split a bean. Similar to the Mignon, the Atom is stepless, and its easy-grip knob glides between fine and coarse grinds in a twist or two. The Atom’s portafilter catch can be adjusted to fit any portafilter, and easily lifts off so you can slide the included grounds container into place. We love this functionality, but we have to say that it’s impractical to make the switch back and forth if you’re brewing for both every single day. In that case we’d recommend picking up another grinder for coarse brews, and dedicating the Atom to espresso. Speaking of espresso, the Atom can be programmed to dispense a single or double shot at the press of a button, and, of course, manual grinding is always an option too. Programming the Atom is much easier than many other grinders we’ve seen. There’s no menu, none, just select a shot and press plus or minus to make adjustments within 1/10th of a second. Color us impressed. Speaking of color, choose between white, black, and chrome, whichever is suited to your tastes. Personally, we like the shiny one, but the black one gives us an Atari vibe, and the white one reminds some of us how much we love our Macs. So, what we’re saying is, you really can’t go wrong.
The Atom is equipped with a speedy 450 watt motor and 60mm burrs, and we were amazed at just how quiet it is during grinding. One of our favorite things about the Atom is the fact that you can lift off the burrs for cleaning without having to calibrate them once you’re done. Meaning, no need to dial back in your grind afterwards, because the grind setting is adjusted using the bottom burr, which stays locked in place. Extra-fluffy grounds disperse evenly into the middle of your portafilter, with little to no spillage short of that of an overflowing basket. In all, we think the Atom is not only intuitive and versatile, it has a great vibe. For those in need of a bit more power and capacity, take a look at the Zenith; or, for the space-conscious, the Mignon is a great fit.
Programmable Timed Grinding
Grinding times can be programmed for both single and double shots within 1/10 of a second, with counters on the main display for how many times you’ve prepared each. For one-time dispensing, or if you need just a little extra, manual mode allows you to grind on a whim.
Using the Atom’s adjustment knob, you can refine your grind with your thumb and forefinger. The stepless design allows for infinite play between burrs to ensure perfect extraction once you get it dialed in.
Adjustable Portafilter Catch
To accommodate portafilters of varying sizes, the Atom’s catch fork can be adjusted to various heights beneath the spout. For easier grinding for drip devices, the catch can be removed entirely for greater clearance, which allows the included container to slide seamlessly into place.
The top burr is easily removed by taking out three screws that hold it in place. Because the bottom burr is used to adjust the grind thanks to Eureka’s patented Stepless Micrometric Regulation System, that means you can clean your burrs without affecting your grind settings.