swift grinder?


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Staff member
Aug 14, 2003
Boca Raton
people who own them swear by them...I tried one once...I feel it takes away from the art...that is just my opinion though


New member
Sep 25, 2003
Syracuse NY
If you have consistency problems due to an inability to find or retain motivated baristas (regardless of why that issue exists)... the Swift will offer a certain consistency to the dose and tamp. It will never ever exceed or perform better than a trained and motivated barista. All other things being equal (beans, machien maintenance etc) you'll get consistently good shots but never truly stellar ones.

I've been working on a Swift since last october but still do my own grinding and tamping at home on the weekends. I get better shots and better cream at home with my prosumer Isomac machine and Mazzer Mini grinder than I do at work with a brand new Swift and La Marzocco FB70. The shots I serve at work are good... don't get me wrong... but they could be better. But they won't be with that grinder. It's not a knock against the Swift - just a recognition of its limitations.

Here's a thread at the SCAA forums that discusses this issue at great length