Owning the Ceado E7 Espresso Grinder
The E7 automatic burr grinder is, like its semi-automatic counterpart, a step up in size and capability from the E6X, and also boasts automatic grinding functionality. Ceado swaps out the on/off grinding switch for an intuitive microswitch, that automatically kicks the motor on when the doser is empty. Like the semi-automatic version, the E7 features a powerful 400 watt motor that’s mechanically suspended so as to be soundproof, and we’re grateful for it. It’s also stepless, and capable of infinitesimal grind adjustments, just like the other Ceados; but, rather than twisting a collar, the E7 has an ergonomic handle and a reduced pitch thread for much easier adjustment. Having used both styles, we’re impressed at the difference threading can make. The doser also underwent the same upgrades as on the semi-automatic version. It can still be adjusted between 5.5 and 9 grams in 0.5 gram increments, but now features a narrow conical chute for mess free dosing when you pull the lever. It’s easier to clean the doser, too, since the opening is wider than on the E6X. The E7 is both NSF and UL certified here in the states, meaning it’s rated to perform in high volume cafes or entertaining homes.
Ceado prides themselves in rolling out innovative design elements in their grinders, which we find as thoughtful as they are useful. For example, the E7 automatically cuts off its power when confronted with a blockage, due to the integration of a high capacity overload switch. Plus, it features Ceado’s Steady Lock Burr technology, a favorite of ours. This design keeps the E7’s 64mm burrs at a constant distance apart from one another, whether they’re grinding for one shot or one hundred. Not only does this make the grind seriously consistent, Steady Lock Burrs never need to be calibrated. So, if your E7 is dialed in already, you can literally lift the burrs apart for cleaning, screw them back together, and grind a great shot right away without any adjustment necessary. If you like what you see, but don’t need any automation, the E7 semi-automatic grinder is a great alternative; or, for higher capacities and quicker grinding, take a look at the E10.