The Mahlkoenig EK43 grinder was built as a deli and retail coffee grinder, yet got thrown onto the world stage when Matt Perger took it to the World Barista Championships and became the World Brewers Cup Champion in 2011. This was the start of a cult following, both for Matt Perger and his Barista Hustle blog, and the EK43 grinder.
This burr grinder is insanely fast producing 1200-1500 grams per minute, has next to no retention, and the 98mm flat cast steel burrs, paired with the grinder’s unique burr construction, produce grounds that have an extremely accurate particle distribution.
The 98mm flat-burrs on the EK43 make light work of any volume of coffee you need to throw at it without losing quality. And most impressively with the right workflow the EK43 grinder removes the need for multiple coffee grinders on the counter as its super flexible easily grinding both espresso and traditional cupping grind-settings, as well as all stops in between like drip, filter, batch, French press, Turkish, and more. The front-facing stepless grind setting knob features 12 reference sizes, but still offers full control over the grind setting. This makes the EK43 a filter grinder and an espresso grinder all in one, and has the ability to switch between blend with only a couple grams of coffee in-between needed to season the blades.
So the Mahlkonig coffee grinder is an exceptionally robust grinder with high grinding capacity, suitable for different grinding coffee at different grind levels, from French Press to Espresso. "Most uniform particle size" - Matt Perger, World Brewers Cup Champion 2011. It’s no wonder why the EK 43 is the grinder of choice for the World Brewers Competition.