Mahlkonig PEAK vs Mythos 2: Which is Better?
If you’re looking for a high-end grinder for your coffee shop, then you’re expecting a grinder that will give you the greatest guaranteed results.
They’re both so well-suited for professional use that looking at them may have you asking:
Which grinder is the greatest for you?
You’ll want to pick a grinder that meets your needs and helps boost your business. This complete guide will help you make the decision between these two grinders.
By the end of this guide you’ll know the answers to these questions:
- What features do the Mahlkonig Peak and the Victoria Arduino Mythos 2 have in common and how does this affect you?
- What differences are there between these grinders and what do those differences mean for you?
- How do you know which one to choose?
Let’s dive right in.
The Peak and Mythos 2 implement flat burrs, which have become increasingly popular in coffee shops globally – and with good reason.
Flat burrs are, like their name, flat grinding discs that sit on top of each other. The sides which face each other are built with sharp, toothed ridges.
Coffee beans drop down and are pulverized between these discs into homogenous particles.
What flat burr grinders are well-known for is their ability to create consistent particle sizes, promoting uniform coffee quality. They also accentuate a depth to the coffee’s flavor, bringing out luxurious sweet tones.
On top of that, the sizes of the flat burrs in the Peak and Mythos 2 can protect your coffee beans from getting burnt.
The reason for this is that the larger a burr is, the less it has to rotate to grind coffee. The less it has to rotate, the less friction there is, leading to smaller amount of heat being created.
In the Mythos 2, the burrs are an astonishing 85 mm in diameter, while the Peak boasts a still-impressive burr diameter of 80 mm.
The shape and size of the burrs in these grinders together ultimately leads to much better-tasting espresso.
STEPLESS GRIND ADJUSTMENT
Those who are into exploration or customizing their drinks to the finest degree will love stepless grinders like the Peak and the Mythos 2.
What makes stepless grinders amazing for customization is their bottomless capacity for fineness adjustments.
Rather than being limited to manufactured fineness settings in notches, like you’d see in stepped grinders, stepless grinders operate on a sliding texture scale so that you can choose any level by dialing anywhere between fine and coarse.
On the Mythos 2, you’ll be able to make adjustments by turning a user-friendly knob.
To adjust the Peak, you’ll slide the adjustment collar from side to side between fine and coarse settings.
With either model, the options truly are endless so any coffee profile can be accentuated.
Customers expect the same level of quality each time they get a drink, and with precision dosing, you can ensure this happens.
The Peak and the Mythos 2 both come equipped with programmable timed dosing. You can set your grinder to grind a specific amount each dose by inputting the time for different doses down to a jaw-dropping .01-second accuracy.
This level of precision is nothing short of remarkable, and your customers will notice the results.
LED ILLUMINATED WORK AREA
Making delicious, memorable drinks takes a bit of quality monitoring, and this is also true when it comes to grinding.
Baristas need to be able to check the quality of the grounds coming into the portafilter. In order to do so, they have to be able to clearly see.
LED lights that come with the Mythos 2 and Peak will keep the area around the portafilter beautifully lit so that you can keep a close eye on the coffee grounds.
On-demand grinding is beneficial to you for two main reasons:
It keeps your drinks fresh-tasting and helps prevent needless waste.
This feature is used in both these grinders. What this means for you is that espresso is freshly ground to order, rather than being ground in advance and stored in containers.
When grounds are stored in containers, they can quickly become stale due to oxidation. If you’re not going through your grounds fast, this can lead to unusable or inferior-tasting coffee.
Grinding on demand also means that you’re getting just the right amount you need for each order, so you never end up having to throw away any excess coffee grounds.
In any business, there’s always more work to be done, and it’s oftentimes more efficient when multiple tasks can be completed at the same time.
Multitasking is made amazingly easy with the Mythos 2’s and Peak’s hands-free grinding.
You or your baristas won’t need to stand at the grinder and hold the portafilter in place, because these grinders will hold the portafilter for you.
In fact, either one of these grinders will automatically start grinding the moment you put a portafilter in their convenient portafilter holders. This means baristas are freed to build relationships with customers or attend to other matters while grinding occurs.
Many customers go to coffee shops to work in a quiet and relaxing atmosphere. An overly noisy espresso grinder can shatter the peace and quiet, irritating customers.
The quiet motors in the Mythos 2 and the Peak are an absolute breath of fresh air.
You’ll be able to reduce interruptions to your carefully cultivated atmosphere (and keep your customers happy) with these low-volume grinders.
FEATURES THAT DIFFER
The Mythos 2 offers an astonishing range of programmable settings for its users.
Its intuitive touch screen display allows baristas to program up to six different coffee profiles. On top of that, you can program three different doses for each coffee profile, including time and temperature settings.
These programmable settings can make it easy for new users to produce high-quality drinks and save time by preventing your employees from having to fiddle with settings each time they grind espresso.
On the other side, the Peak is slightly more elementary with its ability to program single or double doses using buttons on its OLED display. It’s much simpler, but still very practical.
THERMAL REGULATION SYSTEM
Keeping your beans cool during grinding is imperative to safeguarding them from being burnt.
The Mythos 2’s ingenious Clima Pro 2.0 technology does just that.
It works by using elements of heating and cooling systems together to stabilize the temperature in the grinder.
This translates to an improved level of thermal stability. Even when the grinder is used continuously and burrs expand from temperature changes, the brilliant temperature control structure of the Mythos 2 keeps it cool and collected.
Users even have complete control over the temperature, with the ability to alter the temperature settings to whichever is ideal for each drink.
The Peak’s dual ventilation system is also legendarily efficient at maintaining a cool temperature.
It has an extra fan that can operate nonstop to keep the grinder cool during lengthy periods of grinding for those times when your lines of customers go out the door.
The Peak’s central OLED display provides users a convenient location to monitor the internal temperature of the grinder, as well, so baristas can check at a glance that the settings are optimal.
When you’re in the middle of the rush, having to stop to refill a hopper frequently can interrupt the natural flow of your work.
A gigantic 4.4-pound capacity in the Mythos 2’s hopper means you’ll be able to push through a rush without having to stop often to refill it.
In addition to its size, it’s simple to open or close. You can either lift the hopper’s lid or slide it shut.
Depending on the layout of the area you keep the grinder in, this flexibility to open or close the hopper in different ways can be beneficial.
At 3.3 pounds, the Peak’s hopper is also huge. Although it is roughly one pound smaller than that on the Mythos 2, the difference may not be very noticeable depending on the amount of customers you are serving.
It’s often best to grind directly into a portafilter to cut down on oxidation and ensure the coffee grounds are evenly distributed.
So if you use portafilters of different sizes, you’ll need a grinder than can accommodate those sizes.
The Peak deals with this issue with an adjustable spout. Baristas can move the spout so that it can grind into the center of portafilters of any size.
In the Mythos 2, the portafilter fork itself is adjustable and can be repositioned to hold portafilters of different sizes, as well.
With either of these grinders, you’ll be able to reap the benefits of grinding directly into your portafilter – no matter how large or small it is.
Size can come into play for businesses with limited counter space, such as small coffee shops or restaurants that have to fit many other appliances in.
The Mythos 2 is well-designed to fit into small spaces. It measures at 21 inches tall, 8 inches wide, and 17 inches deep.
Measuring at 22 inches tall, 10 inches wide, and 13 inches deep, the Peak is slightly larger and therefore needs a bit more room.
You can shorten the height of the Peak to a petite 17.5 inches by using its option for a shorter hopper. If your situation is one where every inch of space matters, this can be a huge difference.
VICTORIA ARDUINO MYTHOS 2 GRAVIMETRIC SYSTEM
The Gravimetric version of the Mythos 2 comes with ingenious gravimetric technology.
While other configurations of the Mythos 2 (as well as the Peak) use timed dosing settings, in addition to timed dosing, the Mythos 2 Gravimetric can also dose by weight.
Through use of a built-in scale, the machine weighs each dose of espresso for the most extreme level of accuracy. It accounts for particular variables such as density, helping you cut down on waste and promote consistency.
VICTORIA ARDUINO MYTHOS 2 TITANIUM BURRS
Just as burr size and shape are crucial to how a grinder works, so is the burr’s material.
You’ll commonly find steel when you look into burr construction, because it’s well-known as durable and long-lived.
Special cast steel burrs are used in the Peak. They’re remarkably sturdy, which means you won’t need to worry about replacing them too often.
The Mythos 2 steps it up a notch with titanium burrs. These burrs are even more durable, capable of lasting twice as long as the average burr with a lifespan that can grind up to 3,500 pounds of coffee before replacement.
VICTORIA ARDUINO MYTHOS 2 VARIABLE SPEED MOTOR
When lines of customers form, you’ll want to make sure you can serve each one quickly.
The Mythos 2 Gravimetric and Premium options are built with the ability to control the speed of the motor in the grinder.
This brilliant technology lets baristas adjust the speed anywhere from 700 to 1,200 RPM with ease.
When you need to speed through a rush, this grinder will be able to keep up with you.
VICTORIA ARDUINO MYTHOS TWO CLUMP CRUSHER TECHNOLOGY
Clumps in coffee grounds can disrupt extraction and lead to inferior espresso shots.
If you want your grounds to be fluffy every time, the Mythos 2’s Clump Crusher technology will be a notably intriguing feature.
When you turn on the grinder, the machine automatically smooths out any clumps and evenly disperses grounds into the portafilter.
This means you won’t need to worry about defects in the grounds that can cause channeling, and you’ll be one step closer to guaranteeing balanced espresso extraction every time you pull a shot.
We at Majesty Coffee strive to offer you high-end technology at the lowest prices.
We’re offering the Mahlkonig Peak model in our store in Black or White color options for $2,375.
The Victoria Arduino Mythos 2 comes in various prices to suit different needs and budgets, with prices ranging from $4,500 to $5,600.
WHICH GRINDER IS THE GREATEST FOR YOU?
Even if you’ve carefully studied the features of the Mahlkonig Peak and the Victoria Arduino Mythos 2, you may still be asking yourself:
Which grinder is the greatest for you?
Before we go any further, it’s important to note that either one of these grinders would be excellent in businesses with a high volume of espresso or coffee orders, such as coffee shops, hotels, or restaurants.
If yours is a high-end business, however, the Victoria Arduino Mythos 2 will deliver the results you need. Its advanced features, such as Gravimetric technology, Clump Crusher technology, and its unique temperature control system means it will easily withstand daily heavy use while providing fluffy grounds every time.
These bells and whistles may not be essential for you, though. If you’re not likely to notice or use the additional features in the Mythos 2, then the Mahlkonig Peak will be more practical for you.
The Peak still offers users a legendarily high level of precision, making it suitable for large businesses or even offices looking to provide employees with a powerful grinder for those interoffice coffee trips.
To top it off, the Peak’s more affordable price tag makes it an attractive choice for those on a budget.
The bottom line is this:
Higher-end coffee shops will get much use out of the advanced features of the Victoria Arduino Mythos 2.
Those on a budget who just need a grinder that will stand up to high demand and use will find the Mahlkonig Peak is a perfect match.
For more information and the lowest prices online for these grinders, take a look at the Victoria Arduino Mythos 2 and the Mahlkonig Peak in the Majesty Coffee store here: