Eureka Mignon Silenzio Review: The Quietest Coffee Grinder?
Making an early morning espresso can be a noisy affair. The grinder, espresso pump, and steam pressure conspire to disturb your peace and quiet.
You could opt for a fully manual set-up – eliminating the noise but increasing your workload. Or you could spring for one of the quietest electric grinders on the market: the Eureka Mignon Silenzio espresso grinder.
Summary: The Eureka Mignon Silenzio
- Prosumer coffee grinder with 50-mm flat steel burrs
- Sound-insulated case for quieter grinding
- Manual timer dosing mechanism
It’s very quiet, easy to keep clean, and shockingly well-built. It lets you get a bit geeky with fine-tuning your grind without getting overwhelmed by the options.– Customer
A Full Review of Eureka Mignon Silenzio Espresso Grinder
Eureka, a famous prosumer grinder brand, is known for its beautiful and powerful machines, with a huge product line-up holding something for everyone. All Eureka grinders are handmade in Florence, Italy – a city that knows a thing or two about espresso (1).
The claim to fame of the Eureka Mignon Silenzio espresso grinder is its sound-insulated design, but as you’ll see, it has much more to offer.
Design – 4.5/5
Eureka’s Mignon series of grinders, including the Silenzio, are immediately recognizable by their square design, including the iconic square bean hopper. The bean hopper capacity is 300 g, but it can be swapped for a 500 g version for heavy users.
The Eureka Silenzio espresso grinder has a compact frame, perfect for anyone with space restrictions.
Its footprint measures 12 x 18 cm, and it’s 35 cm tall, so it will slot easily under the upper cupboards. It’s available in a huge array of colours, making this an obvious choice for the style conscious.
Durability – 4/5
Every Eureka Mignon Silenzio is hand-built in Florence, Italy. The interior components are all commercial grade, and a sturdy aluminium shell protects them. Indeed, the Eureka Silenzio is so well made that its labour warranty even extends to the rigours of commercial use.
Maintenance is easy thanks to Eureka’s “high-speed maintenance” system. You only need to remove nine screws to access the burr set for cleaning or replacement, an important component of grinder ownership (2).
Coffee oils stick to the teeth of the burrs. Over time, if left there, the odour and flavour of stale coffee will affect any new coffee you are grinding.
The base of the hopper is fitted with a blocker, so it can be removed without emptying the beans.
Ease of Use – 3/5
It’s about time we talked about the technology that gives this grinder its name; silenzio is Italian for silence. The Silenzio features a custom-designed, sound-insulating case. The thick metal case filled with rubber mounts around the motor works to minimize noise.
It works! We tested it with a decibel meter and found it was, on average, between 20 and 30 dB quieter than other grinders. I was shocked that such a powerful grinder could be so silent!
The Eureka Silenzio uses a basic manual timer for dosing, an affordable choice. There is no display screen or programming option other than setting the timer.
I appreciate the cost-saving nature of timed dosing, but Eureka could have made the mechanism more user-friendly. The tiny timer knob is awkwardly positioned, and there are no real reference points to guide you. Prepare for a bit of trial and error to find the ideal dose.
The portafilter holding fork is easily adjustable to support most portafilters for hands-free grinding. While it was compatible with the standard 58-mm portafilters I tried, it didn’t work particularly well with smaller options like the 54-mm and 51-mm portafilters of Breville and Delonghi. I ended up with as many grounds on the counter as in the filter basket. If you have a smaller portafilter, I’d suggest grinding into a separate vessel first.
Grinding Capability – 4/5
The Mignon Silenzio espresso grinder has a set of 50 mm flat burrs made from hardened steel. The flat burrs produce uniform, clump-free grinds with few fines or boulders. The 310-Watt motor spins the burrs at 1350 rpm to output between 1.0 and 2.3 grams of ground coffee per second, depending on grind size. In my experience, grinding for a double shot took under 15 seconds.
Eureka’s Famous Features
The ACE System (anti-clump and electrostatic) is used in all Eureka on-demand grinders. It removes clumps and limits static for smooth grinds, more consistent dosing, and less mess. And this anti-clumping technology continues to be improved. The current generation of Mignon grinders features a wider chute and redesigned grind path.
The patented Stepless Micrometric Regulation System has infinite steps to perfectly dial the grind setting, from espresso to French press.
It works using bottom burr adjust, which means you can remove the top burr for maintenance without losing your grind setting.
Suitability for Espresso and Filter Coffee
The Eureka Mignon Silenzio is primarily an espresso grinder. It shines when parked next to an espresso machine, and I’d recommend it to someone who brews mostly or entirely espresso. However, it’s equipped with Eureka’s “Espresso & Brew” burrs, so it is capable of coarser grinding. Plus, you can purchase a grounds catch bin to replace the portfilter fork.
Value for Money – 4/5
The Mignon Silenzio espresso grinder offers excellent value for money. No, it’s not the cheapest grinder on the market, but you get your money’s worth in grind consistency and build quality – not to mention the style points. The Silenzio coffee grinder costs under $700, which compares favourably against other brands with similar burr sets.
Eureka Mignon Silenzio Vs Specialita
The Eureka Specialita costs about $200 more than the Silenzio, and for many home users, it probably isn’t worth the upgrade. Both coffee grinders share the same design, build quality, ACE System, and micrometric adjustment.
The biggest difference from a usability standpoint is that the Specialita has a touchscreen and two programmable doses. If you regularly pull single and double shots, this is definitely a time-saving feature. The Specialita also has a larger 55-mm burr set, which outputs coffee slightly faster.
Things we liked:
- Quiet grinding
- Consistent dosing with little static build-up
- Stepless adjustment to dial in espresso
- Attractive and durable design
Things we didn’t like:
- Timer is awkward to set
- Doesn’t work well with smaller portafilters
Don’t Buy The Eureka Mignon Silenzio If…
- You mostly brew drip coffee: If you never or rarely make espresso, choose a grinder designed specifically for filter coffee. For example, the Eureka Mignon Filtro keeps the same aesthetic and technology as the Silzenzio but halves the price.
- You prefer conical burrs: Many espresso fans prefer the fuller body of coffee ground from conical burrs (3). If you count yourself among them, the Niche Zero is an obvious pick. Though a bit pricier than the Silenzio, the 63-mm Mazzer burr set justifies the cost.
- You want something less expensive: There are more affordable all-around grinders, though you will sacrifice build quality and/or burr size. The new Baratza Encore ESP is one great option, or check out our complete list of top coffee grinders for home use for more ideas.
The Eureka Mignon Silenzio is a wonderful companion for your espresso machine. It lives up to its name as one of the quietest grinders, but it offers so much more than just that. It features anti-clumping technology, a 50-mm flat burr set, stepless grind adjustment, and outstanding build quality that make it a worthy choice for your coffee bar.
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