Eureka Mignon Brew Pro Review
Are you a serious coffee lover who prefers filter coffee to espresso? Perhaps your coffee bar is littered with pour-over drippers, a French press, or a Moccamaster. Then you undoubtedly want the best grinder to fuel your passion.
The Eureka Mignon Brew Pro is one of the top coffee grinders on the market explicitly designed for drip coffee. But it’s also one of the most expensive. Do the features justify the cost? Who is this coffee grinder really for? This in-depth review has the answers.
Summary: The Eureka Mignon Brew Pro
- Electric coffee grinder with 55 mm hardened steel flat burr set
- Easy-to-set stepless grind adjustment
- Touchscreen display with programmable timed dosing
Beautiful design, quality execution, sturdy construction, aesthetic appeal, and small footprint are all strong pluses.– Customer
A Full Review of the Eureka Mignon Brew Pro Coffee Grinder
Now that you know where to buy the Brew Pro coffee grinder, let’s determine whether you should. This section covers what to expect from the Eureka Mignon Brew Pro Coffee Grinder, from build quality to grind quality and everything in between.
Design – 4/5
The Eureka Mignon Brew Pro coffee grinder features the same iconic square design as the rest of the Mignon series. These grinders are immediately identifiable by their unique square bean hoppers. While the square hopper is distinctive, and something is to be said for crafting a brand identity, I have found that beans sometimes get stuck in the corners – especially oily dark roasts.
The Brew Pro bean hopper holds up to 300 g of coffee beans, which is suitable for most households. If you’re running a small cafe or need more capacity, there is the option to upgrade to a 500 g version. Though note that it increases grinder’s height. A more practical upgrade for most users is the dark grey version of the hopper. It blocks more UV, keeping your coffee beans fresher for longer (1).
A plastic stopper at the base of the hopper slides in and out to block bean flow. So you can remove the hopper to access the burrs without emptying the coffee beans.
The Eureka Mignon Brew Pro has a small countertop footprint, measuring 19 cm deep by just 12 cm wide. It is relatively tall, however, at 35 cm with the 300 g hopper. It fits under upper cupboards, but you may need to slide it out to fill the hopper. It weighs a very manageable 5.6 kilos, so moving it around is easy.
The Eureka Mignon Brew Pro coffee grinder is available in many colours, another feature common to the entire Mignon line. There are six standard colours – white, black, red, grey, blue, and green – plus another 17 specialty colours that will cost you a few extra dollars. These include fun choices like pearl gold or Tiffany blue. It’s easy to match the Mignon Brew Pro to your coffee machine or decor.
Durability – 4/5
All the top Eureka coffee grinders are exceptionally high quality, as you would expect from a long-standing and well-regarded brand (2). Each one is hand-made in their Italian factory. The aluminium casing of the Eureka Mignon Brew Pro coffee grinder feels bombproof, and the internal components are precision engineered.
The grounds container and the hopper are the only plastic components of the Eureka Mignon Brew Pro coffee grinder so you could encounter an issue with durability. You can get away with dropping them on the floor – speaking from experience – but I’d avoid more dramatic mishandling.
The connection between the hopper and the grinder feels flimsy for this price point. The plastic hopper doesn’t slot in with a very satisfying feel, and the attachment is a single tiny screw. It stands out in contrast with the excellent feel and fit of the rest of the Brew Pro. I’ve owned mine for over a year with no problems, but I could see it being an issue if you frequently take the hopper on and off.
Ease of Use – 4/5
The Eureka Mignon Brew Pro is equipped with the same touchscreen and timed dosing system as the other higher-end grinders in the Mignon line-up. It makes coffee prep effortless.
With the dual function timer, you can easily program two timed doses to dispense at the touch of a button, or you can grind continuously.
You can program the first setting between 0 and 30 seconds and the second between 0 and 50 seconds. So, for example, you could program one to dose a single cup of coffee and the second for a full carafe.
The Eureka Mignon Brew Pro coffee grinder features Eureka’s patented Silent Grind system, which offers effective sound insulation. They pair an anti-vibration design with a sound-insulated case to reduce the volume when grinding coffee by 20 dB compared to similar grinders from competitor brands. If you have a light sleeper in your house or are just sensitive to loud noises before that first-morning cup – who isn’t? – the silent grinding is an incredible perk.
Easy Setting System
The Easy Setting System is another bit of patented Eureka technology that makes it simple to adjust the grind size with the Eureka Mignon Brew Pro coffee grinder. This is a nifty grind system if you find yourself changing the brewing method regularly.
Grinding capability – 3.5/5
The Eureka Mignon Brew Pro, true to its name, is a grinder explicitly designed for brewed coffee. It is not an espresso grinder, like the Eureka Mignon XL and the Specialita. Technically, it can produce grinds fine enough for an espresso machine and good enough for a pressurized portafilter. But its burrs’ geometry is designed to deliver the most consistent grounds between medium-fine (as for a Moka pot or Aeropress) and coarse (for a French press or large pour-over).
Grind consistency is crucial if you want to achieve the most flavourful drip coffee, according to expert Scott Brodie from Driftaway Coffee (3).
The amount of particles extracted is affected by the surface area of the beans, which is why the consistently sized grounds produced by a burr grinder brew better-tasting coffee.
The fact that the Eureka Mignon Brew Pro coffee grinder comes with a grounds catch bin rather than a portafilter-holding fork is further evidence that attempting espresso grinds is not worthwhile.
The Eureka Mignon Brew Pro has 55-mm flat hardened steel burrs that spin at 1350 rpm (4). Depending on grind size, they permit a coffee throughput between 1.9 and 2.5 g/s. A finer grind takes slightly longer, and this is plenty fast for a home user and suitable for a small cafe. For example, if you want to grind 15 g of coffee for a French press or drip coffee, you’re looking at less than 10 seconds of grind time.
The flat versus conical burr debate continues to rage among coffee experts, and everyone has their preference. But the majority opinion is that flat burrs are preferred for brewing filter coffee, whereas conical are more popular with espresso lovers.
The hardened steel flat burrs of the Brew Pro produce consistent coffee grounds with few fines for a crisp morning cup with excellent clarity.
Flat burrs typically have the downside of greater grind retention, though Eureka’s Anti-Clumps & Electrostaticity (ACE) technology has somewhat alleviated the issue in this coffee grinder (5). Lower static means fewer grounds retained in the grinder and more consistent dosing, not to mention less mess.
You adjust the grind on the Brew Pro using the patented Stepless Micrometric Adjustment System, which allows infinite grind sizes. It’s smooth and easy to use, and the marking on the adjustment knob makes it easy to switch between finer and coarser grind settings. The system works by adjusting only the lower burr relative to the upper. Thanks to this unique design, if you need to remove the upper burr of the Eureka Mignon Brew Pro for cleaning or maintenance, you won’t lose your grind setting.
Value for Money – 3.5/5
The Eureka Mignon Brew Pro coffee grinder retails for just under $700 US, which is certainly not cheap. It is comparable with other prosumer grinders like the Niche Zero or the Mahlkonig X54. These justify their cost by being suitable for both espresso and drip coffee. Filter coffee-specific grinders like the Fellow Ode or Wilfa Uniform are more often under $500.
So how does the Eureka Brew Pro justify its price? You are paying a premium for two reasons.
First, there is the build quality and the patented technology specific to Eureka grinders. In my opinion, these aspects are worth the cost. The quiet grind, anti-static system, stepless grind adjustment, and easy setting improve the user experience and grind quality. And the precision engineering and durable parts will pay dividends when your grinder outlasts the competition.
The second thing upping the cost of the Eureka Mignon Brew Pro coffee grinder is the touchscreen and programmable. This is harder to justify, especially if you have a tight budget. A grinder with a basic timer (or a single-dose grinder) paired with an inexpensive scale will yield the same functionality for a much lower cost and only slightly more effort.
- Easy-to-use touchscreen with programmable timed dosing
- Infinite stepless grind adjustment
- 55 mm flat steel burrs produce consistent grounds
- One of the quietest burr grinders
- Not suitable for espresso
- Beans can get stuck in the square hopper
Don’t Buy the Eureka Mignon Brew Pro Coffee Grinder If…
You mostly drink espresso: The Brew Pro won’t meet your needs if you prefer espresso to drip coffee. Fortunately, there are some excellent alternatives. If you want to keep the Eureka Mignon design and build quality, the Mignon Specialita is an espresso-focused model at a similar price point. The Baratza Vario is a more affordable option, though it’s a small step down in build quality.
You want to single-dose: Single dosing is becoming increasingly popular among specialty coffee lovers. It makes it easy to change your coffee regularly and removes the problem of beans going stale while sitting in a transparent plastic hopper. If the single-dose workflow appeals to you, the Wilfa Uniform is an excellent European coffee grinder launching in the USA in early 2023. Alternatively, the beautiful and compact Fellow Ode Gen 2 will fit the bill. Both are significantly less expensive than the Brew Pro without the screen or timing mechanism.
You’re on a budget: If you can’t justify the cost of the Eureka Mignon Brew Pro, the Eureka Mignon Filtro is an impressive alternative for less than a third of the cost. It looks identical and has the same build quality. It is more affordable because it has a slightly smaller burr set and lacks the touchscreen and silent grinding technology. Or if you want a more affordable grinder that’s suitable for grinding beans for large-batch brewing, consider the Eureka Mignon Crono instead.
Eureka Mignon Brew Pro is an undeniably great grinder. It has a fantastic flat burr set. It’s built to last, and it’s one of the quietest grinders on the market. And the touchscreen makes for a simple and enjoyable user experience. Anyone can use this grinder to make delicious drip coffee.
The Brew Pro is also one of the most expensive grinders designed only for filter coffee. You will need to read this review carefully and consider your available budget to decide if you think the features are worth the price.
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