Of the little I know about coffee, I’ve always understood that when it comes to making that perfect cup of espresso, the grinder you choose plays a pivotal role. I assumed that when ECM sent me an Automatik 64 it would be good. I’ve come to understand that “good” is an understatement.
With great power comes great responsibility
One of the standout features of the ECM S-Automatik 64 is its sheer grinding power. Equipped with a formidable 450-watt motor, this grinder boasts a set of 64mm stainless steel burrs, outperforming many competitors in its price range. The grind is a always consistent, a crucial factor in extracting the perfect espresso shot.
Precision in Every Grind
ECM obviously understands the importance of precision when it comes to espresso, because they’ve integrated several features to ensure an optimal grind. The inclusion of a vented housing promotes better airflow and cooler operation, safeguarding the flavor of the coffee beans during the grinding process. Furthermore, the addition of an o-ring inside the grinding chamber prevents grounds from interfering with the adjustment threads, making calibration of the burrs a breeze.
Setting up and using the S-Automatik 64 was a breeze. Its stepless grind adjustment, controlled by a worm gear adjustment key, allows for an extensive range of grind settings with the utmost ease. Moreover, you can program shot times for both single and double shots down to 1/10th of a second, ensuring consistency and precision in your espresso-making process. If you prefer a more hands-on approach, manual grinding is also an option, providing you with complete control over your grind. I’m not there yet. But it’s motivational to know that ECM believes I’ll get there.
Stylish and Durable
The S-Automatik 64 grinder is not only a tank of a grinder but also a stylish addition to your coffee setup. The stainless steel housing exudes durability and class, making it a perfect match for any prosumer home espresso machine. The LED display is also a nice touch.
One aspect that sets the S-Automatik 64 apart from the competition is its impressive grinding speed. With the ability to grind about 11 grams of coffee in just 2.5 seconds, this grinder significantly reduces the time between grinding and brewing. This feature alone places it well ahead of most grinders in its price range.
The silver-colored display on the S-Automatik 64 allows you to program your shot times with precision, down to 0.1-second intervals. It comes pre-programmed with settings for both single and double shots, making it easy to achieve your preferred espresso flavor and strength.
In the world of espresso grinders, the ECM S-Automatik 64 stands out as a solid companion for those who demand precision, power, and style. Its stepless grind adjustment, powerful motor, and durability make it an excellent choice for prosumer home espresso setups. Whether you’re a seasoned barista or a coffee enthusiast, like me, the ECM S-Automatik 64 espresso grinder is a reliable partner on your journey to the perfect cup of espresso. It certainly has been exactly that for me.