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Fiorenzato is an Italian manufacturer of coffee equipment, based in Padova, Italy. The company produces grinders with brilliant technological advantages for specialty grade coffee service, such as the ability to problem-solve in a given brewing environment using readings of both temperature and humidity. They produce a range that aesthetically is all very similar, but with substantial differences in specification underneath the grinder casing. Below we’ve outlined what those main differences are, and how you can figure out which might best suit your needs.
One of the reasons that we are big fans of their grinders is the technology above with temperature and humidity sensors being a priority for them as a manufacturer. In addition, all of the grinders below come with the option of adding titanium blades, which increase the throughput of coffee you’ll get from your blades before needing a replacement, due to the metal’s impressive durability, and thus slower wearing process. Please do read on to see more of the nuances creating differences between the range available.
The F64 range has fast become our minimum standard set of models for espresso grinding. For coffee service in our customer base we generally recommend the F64EVO as it includes speedy dosing and a cooling fan for the grind chamber (allowing consistency of grind performance despite typical ambient temperature and humidity changes during service).
The F64E in this range offers the same key grinding technology, though without an in-built cooling system to manage heat within the grind chamber! By specification, both are excellent, holding 64mm burrs and a good grinding speed, without creating an excessive amount of heat during grinding relative to the motor’s RPM. What does it mean to you? Recipe consistency and ease of use to meet specialty coffee needs at most output levels.
Since we began selling the Fiorenzato range, the F64E and F64EVO have shown impressive grind performance in terms of particle size uniformity and consistency of dosing, relative to their price points. We would earmark it as the grinder of choice for you, if your initial budget was less than £1000. It features enough of a robust build at a competitive price point to guarantee value for money and reasonable longevity. Moreover, it features a quick enough dosing speed to guarantee espresso quality of the highest levels needed, along with step-less adjustment (aka micrometrical adjustment) and programmability to beat most other manufacturers’ offerings at such a price.
The F64 range is due to gain more popularity and reputation as this year they have pioneered a more robust version of technology that allows the barista to grind by desired coffee weight, not simply by time. We’ve always found that great grinders have a strong correlation between tiny dosing time adjustments and tiny coffee dose fluctuations. Unfortunately this correlation has never been strong enough for us to trust grinders without having to weigh each espresso dose before brewing. Fiorenzato’s XG, XGR and XGi technology will hopefully revolutionise this scenario, allowing us to control grinding by weight and not by time, effectively enough to guarantee trust in grinder performance from cup to cup. The abbreviations refer to calibration and usage differences, but right now mean little to us as codes prior to any in-house testing taking place.
Hopefully though that technology will mean we can calibrate and dial in grinders more easily and focus our attention to our espresso’s brewing time and yield in the cup, as opposed to constantly adjusting to grind for a set period of time, as we’ve always done things to date. In specialty coffee brewing, small differences in coffee dose caused by grinding for a set time have always meant a lack of consistency in coffee dose. Even with the highest quality grinders, we expect variations of 0.3 grams or more in the usual constraints of espresso service, where the ambient environment plays a role in your grinder’s performance.
We love the F83 range as it essentially builds upon the technology found with the F64 range above, but with everything stepped up a level. 83mm flat burrs provide slightly quicker and more consistent grinding than is found with 64mm burrs, and also less of a heating effect on coffee being ground or waiting to be ground. Why is this? The larger burrs mean a large grind chamber, and therefore more heat dispersion relative to the same amount of coffee ground. Generally this means your recipe stays consistent for longer before the environment changes it, or looked at differently it would simply take a much larger throughput of coffee to cause significant changes to your grind performance. In short, it’s lower wastage and more effortless grinding than would be found with a 64mm burr set, applicable through each day of service, regardless of coffee output.
The F83 range will also become a much more impressive grinder towards the end of 2018 and beginning of 2019, as it will also feature the XG, XGR and XGi technology that has been long-awaited in the grinder world. They mean little as codes and abbreviations, but mean a lot to us using grinders, as they will grind coffee to a specified weight, as opposed to grinding for a set period of time. Grinding for a set period of time is how we’ve always done things in the specialty coffee world, but of course grinding for a set time does not always mean you get the same coffee dose. As stated above, even where expensive, high-quality grinders are employed, we expect variations of 0.3 grams or higher in usual espresso service, where brewing environments differ, and alter grind performance.
The F71 range is a strong partner to most higher output needs in coffee shop environments. Although it does not offer in-built cooling fans controlled by thermostats as with the F64EVO’s technology (the F71 has ventilation only for its grind chamber) it does not necessitate it until a much higher output level is reached, and generally speaking the build of the F71 suits anyone looking for a conical burr grinder to lower grind retention and increase dosing speed. 71mm burrs are reasonably large (most espresso grinders hold smaller burrs) and these provide great dosing speed. Conical burrs typically do retain less coffee than flat burr grinders (at least where the flat burrs run parallel to your worktop, and not perpendicular as they would be in an EK43 or Mythos grinder – those are famed for the lowest retention as of 2018). Conical burrs tend to disperse coffee more effectively downwards than flat burrs, which often push it sideways into the grind chamber rather than down and outwards to the dosing chute. For us, we see the F71 as a user-intuitive, high quality grinder for achieving specialty grade coffee quality control procedures at larger than usual output needs, for example in high-volume coffee services in busier footfall locations of cities.
Note also that the F71 housing is different to the F64 range which is smaller. The casing of this grinder is both taller and slightly wider due to the housing of the conical burrs and not flat burrs. User technology such as the programmability and menu controls are identical across the range, though. Again, as describe above and pictured, the grinders will be shortly revolutionised with XG, XGR and XGi technology reaching distributors in the UK at the end of 2018 / beginning of 2019. A great time to be looking into the Fiorenzato options while they are innovating how we can produce consistent quality in espresso.
If you’d like to learn more about Fiorenzato coffee grinders or other manufacturers, simply get in touch with us here at North Star Coffee. We can help provide a bespoke quote based on your requirements and help you find the most suitable grinder for your specific needs. Please note that a grinder we recommend for one high quality site will rarely be a great solution for another, as the choice is quite easily influenced by brewing environment, staffing, roasted coffee in use and much more.
We would advise choosing between the different models above based on your specific brewing environment and coffee output requirements. We’d love to speak to you on the phone to discuss this, as we really have seen many businesses make relatively inefficient choices for their grinding equipment, where style, superficial features or unnecessary technology have been prioritised or mis-sold to business owners.
With purchasing, we are happy to discuss leasing options, or pro forma payment for buying outright.
We use Fiorenzato commercial grade coffee grinders on a daily basis, so we are perfectly positioned to offer advice and tips so you can get the most out of any new piece of coffee equipment. 🙂