Yeah the retailers I’ve spoken to in the UK said they had no plans to stock it. Looks like it will indeed be Mazzer direct.
I can see the reviews being disappointing. There’s no shortage of low priced 64mm flats and people who don’t care about build quality, place of build and manufacturer heritage are going to say it’s overpriced and find plenty of flaws I’m sure.
It’s an interesting price point because you can get capable single dosers for half the price or less, and it’s obviously not going to compete with the top-end grinders like Kafateks etc. I think the only way this will sell well in the current market is if influencers really get behind it. Then again, I don’t think Mazzer necessarily need it to sell massively well as the home market still isn’t their bread and butter.
I’m excited for it and have said before, will be buying it regardless but I don’t expect it to be a flawless grinder.