Ceado E37S Quick Set Review: Should You Buy This Coffee Grinder?
How serious are you about espresso? Serious enough to spend as much on a coffee grinder as most people spend on their first car? Then keep reading. Because if you’re going to drop that kind of cash, you want to know what to expect.
This review delves into the expensive but impressive Ceado E37S Quick Set. It’ll cost you a pretty penny, but for the hardcore espresso enthusiast, it’s money well spent.
Summary: The Ceado E37S Quick Set
- 83 mm flat steel burr set yields impressive grind quality.
- Easy-to-set stepless adjustment of grind size thanks to the worm gear and quick set technology.
- Touchscreen allows you to pre-program three timed doses for hands-free grinding.
Absolutely love this grinder. Feels sturdy and well built. Grinding is fast and super consistent. The touchscreen is very responsive, and the start/stop mechanism is very sensitive.– Dario C
The Full Ceado E37S Review
Founded in 1952, Ceado is an Italian company that manufactures coffee grinders for both home and commercial use (1). The newly updated E37S lies in the middle of their line-up in terms of price and features. It is a substantial step up from the base J model, which puts it in a neat middle ground that allows it to be both a home grinder (for very enthusiastic home users) or a commercial grinder (for light or medium duty work).
The E37S was updated in 2021 with a new set of upgrades that we’ll discuss in more detail below. These include a better base tray, an internal flap in the coffee chute to prevent clumping, and an improved touchscreen display.
Design – 3.5/5
Starting with the aesthetics, the Ceado E37S is an attractive though industrial-looking grinder with a similar style to all the brand’s models. It has a round body and bean hopper, an in-built tray at the base for catching stray coffee grounds, and chrome accents. It’s available in black, white, or silver to suit any decor – or to match your espresso machine – and the subtle touchscreen display gives it a modern look.
The Ceado E37S is a beefy grinder. There is no other way to put it. That’s not bad unless you plan to do a lot of moving. It weighs in at a hefty 12.5 kilograms, a good indicator of the quality of the components within. It measures 55.7 cm tall by 21.2 cm wide by 30.9 cm deep, similar in size to the more compact prosumer espresso machines. And those dimensions include the shorter 600 g bean hopper that comes standard. Upgrading to the larger 1600 g hopper will add another few centimetres.
Technically, the E37S is considered a home espresso grinder, but only the most serious of home users will get their money’s worth. It is also NSF rated and would be perfectly capable in light or medium-duty commercial setting – think catering business, espresso cart, or small cafe (2). Though large for home use, it is still considered compact by commercial grinder standards.
One of the nicest design features of this model is the sound dampening strategy, which Ceado calls the Silent System. Important mechanical components have been insulated, and the motor is suspended, resulting in one of the quietest grinders on the market, on average 30% quieter than the competition. This is especially nice in commercial contexts, where a loud grinder can put a damper (no pun intended) on lively conversation and even impact ordering habits (3).
Notably, there are two other models of the Ceado E37S that we won’t consider in this review as both are considerably more expensive. I’ll mention them here in case they are of interest.
- The E37SD is a single-dosing version that uses a bellows rather than a bean hopper.
- The E37SL offers additional thermal expansion control measures, making it a better choice for high-volume situations when it will be in continuous use.
Durability – 5/5
I already described the Ceado E37S as “beefy” and told you it weighed more than 10 kilos, so it should be no surprise that this is a very durable grinder. It’s almost entirely made of metal, with steel interior components and an aluminium outer casing. The only exception is the bean hopper, which is a thick polycarbonate.
Adding to this grinder’s longevity is that it is very easy to clean and maintain. Removing the top burr is as simple as undoing three screws, which gives you access to the grinding chamber for cleaning or burr replacement.
But what’s special is that the burrs don’t require recalibration when you reassemble the grinding chamber. If you have the grind size perfectly dialled in for your favourite coffee, you don’t need to worry about losing it. Just screw the top burr back, and you’re ready to grind.
Ease of Use – 4/5
Ceado’s higher-end coffee grinders are some of the easiest to dial in, thanks to their patented Quick Set Revolution technology. The worm gear with ergonomic knob is one of the significant differences between the E37S and the lower-priced J model, and the design makes it easy to make fine adjustments. And coupled with the stepless adjustment, you have essentially unlimited grind settings for dialling in your espresso shots perfectly.
I appreciated that the grind adjustment knob is thoughtfully labelled. It’s obvious which direction to turn for finer or coarser, and it’s easy to return to particular grind settings. While this seems obvious, it’s an unfortunate rarity among prosumer grinders.
The upgraded touchscreen display on the latest Ceado E37S makes it even more straightforward to use than previous models. You can program three different timed electronic dosing settings. Most grinders only offer two settings (to program single and double shots), so it’s nice to have the third option here. Recently, we’ve seen more coffee enthusiasts experimenting with non-traditional shot styles at home and in cafes, making the third setting a helpful inclusion. Want a unique grinding option for turbo shots? Done. Of course, you can also dose manually by holding down the grind button.
One of the nicest features of this grinder is one you might not even appreciate unless you’ve wrangled other grinders that are less well designed. It doses straight down from the grinding chamber rather than outwards at an angle. That means you can slot the portafilter into the portafilter holding fork and grind directly into it hands-free, whether with a standard or naked portafilter. You don’t have to watch it or adjust the position of the portafilter during grinding, leaving you free to multitask. This makes for an efficient workflow and less mess, especially in commercial settings.
Grinding Capability – 4.5/5
With a stepless grind adjustment and whopping 85 mm flat steel burrs, the Ceado E37S Quick Set has far more grinding capability than most home users require. This is the sort of “end-game” grinder designed for someone who takes espresso very seriously and pulls many shots daily on a prosumer espresso machine. But if that’s you, and you have a refined espresso palate, you will notice the difference in quality when upgrading to the Ceado E37S from something like a Baratza Forte AP.
There are pros and cons to flat burrs compared to conical burrs, but most top prosumer coffee grinders today rely on flat burrs because of their consistency (4). The grind size distribution from a flat burr grinder is smaller than from a conical burr grinder (5). While some people enjoy the extra body conveyed by the “fines” produced by conical burrs, many experts, like Ollie Sears of North Star Coffee Roasters, prefer the more even extraction and cleaner cup resulting from a flat burr grinder (6).
High quality burrs are important for the grinding process. They produce an [even] distribution of ground coffee particles.
The two main disadvantages of flat burrs are that they suffer from higher grind retention and generate more heat. Luckily, both of these problems can be overcome using engineering solutions in the grinder and grind chamber design. For example, the Ceado E37S uses a unique motor mount that dissipates heat quickly, and the straight-down geometry of the grinds chute helps limit grind retention. Additionally, larger burrs grind coffee faster; the faster grinding is complete, the less heat is generated.
Unique Grinding Features
The Steady Lock System is unique to the Ceado brand, which ensures a consistent distance between the burrs. They achieve this using a patented motor mount design that keeps the burrs perfectly steady within the grinding chamber – and has the added benefits of generating less heat and making less noise. A win-win-win! Ceado also operated a 1/100 mm manufacturing tolerance when assembling the system, much stricter than most of the competition. The Steady Lock System guarantees that every shot you pull tastes the same, whether the first of the day or the hundredth.
These sorts of details are why the Ceado E37S is expensive, but also why it outperforms many comparable coffee grinders.
The motor spins the burrs at a rapid 1400 rpm, resulting in an output of about 5 grams of ground coffee per second. This is notably faster than the average home grinder. To put that in perspective, it takes about 4 seconds to grind enough coffee for an average double shot, which is certainly suitable for light-duty commercial work. On the other hand, grinding a half kilo of coffee takes over 90 seconds, so we wouldn’t recommend it for wholesale grinding.
Ceado E37S vs Niche Zero
Interestingly, there is a lot of interest in how the Ceado E37S stacks up against the popular Niche Zero grinder. This is interesting because it would be hard to find two different grinders. But here is a brief comparison in case you are wondering which is for you:
- The Niche Zero burr size is much smaller, at 64 mm, and they are conical rather than flat burrs.
- The Niche Zero has a stepped grind adjustment and is designed for both espresso machines and filter coffees.
- The Niche Zero is a single dosing grinder with no programmability.
- The Niche Zero is a slower grinder, outputting about 1 – 2 g/s.
- The Niche Zero is about a third the cost of the Ceado E37S.
The Niche Zero is a competent grinder offered at an affordable price for the average home user. But it is not comparable with the Ceado E37S in terms of quality or speed. It very rarely finds use in commercial settings.
Value for Money – 3/5
As I’ve already mentioned, the Ceado E37S is a serious grinder for serious espresso lovers only, be that at home or a small cafe. It is priced accordingly. Retailing between £1300 and £1600, this is not an inexpensive grinder. However, you do get what you pay for. The burr set is among the largest of any home grinder and even bigger than some of the more expensive commercial grinders. The build quality is outstanding, guaranteeing years of loyal service. And the technology unique to the brand (the Quick Set, Silent, and Steady Lock systems) makes it stand out from the crowd.
The value you get from this grinder depends on how much you intend to use it. If you only make a few espressos a day, it will be hard to justify such a serious piece of equipment, and you may regret the money spent. A cheaper coffee grinder can meet your needs, and I’ve suggested some options below.
Equally important is your palate. Can you taste the difference when grinding with 83 mm burrs versus 64 mm? Do you notice when your grind size is only dialed in 98% perfectly rather than 100%? Then you are the person this grinder was designed for, and you won’t be disappointed.
Don’t Buy the Ceado E37S If…
You want a conical burr grinder: If you prefer the texture of a coffee produced using a conical burr grinder, there are several great options. The trendy Niche Zero, which uses 64 mm conical burrs, is popular for a good reason. It’s attractive, affordable, and has remarkably low grind retention. The Baratza Sette 270 coffee grinder, with 40 mm conical burrs, is a great entry-level choice. It’s even less expensive than the Niche but is still a good pairing with a prosumer espresso machine.
You want a less expensive grinder: The Eureka Atom 75 is one of our top prosumer grinder picks, landing next to the Ceado E37s. It is an espresso-focused grinder that comes with a programmable timed-dosing that is precise to 0.05 seconds. It is not cheap, but it costs around 200 quids less than the E37s.
If you want a quality flat burr grinder for under £1000, check out our DF64 grinder review. Compared with the Ceado E37, it has a smaller burr set, no programmability, and less patented tech. But it’s only about a third the cost and still a very capable grinder. Introduced a few years ago as a flat burr alternative to the Niche, the DF64 is beloved by prosumer espresso enthusiasts worldwide.
If you’d prefer to stick with the Ceado brand, the J model shares many features with its big brother, the E37S, but has a smaller burr set and a smaller price tag to match.
You want something for filter and espresso: The Ceado E37S is firmly an espresso grinder. It can grind for filter coffee, but that’s not the brew method it was designed for. That’s why it has a portafilter holding fork, not a catch cup for ground coffee.
If you want a grinder that can do it all, we like Eureka Mignon Specialita, which has 65 mm flat burrs. Like all Eureka grinders, it’s well-made and easy to use. Of course, the Niche is also very versatile, provided you’re on board with the conical burr set.
The Ceado E37S Quick Set is an exceptional grinder that more than justifies its price tag. But that doesn’t mean it’s for everyone. If you’re a home espresso expert or professional barista looking to get the very best out of your coffee beans, the E37S will deliver. But if you’re relatively new to good espresso, still looking to develop your skills and refine your palate, start with something less expensive and work up to the E37S.
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