I received my KoMo Fidibus 21 last Thursday. So far I am very happy with my new mill (see also my reasons for choosing this mill). I’m also happy with the service I received from NaturalEurope.com. I sent an email asking a few questions about the mill before purchase and receive a prompt answer. The mill was shipped right away and well packed.
The Fidibus 21 is a very attractive mill with a nicely finished beechwood enclosure. It is not a terribly large mill and has a fairly small footprint. It has to be one of the most convenient mills on the market. I simply pour the grain in the top, put a bowl under the spout, and flip a switch.
Several of the mills I considered had complaints about producing dust. The Fidibus 21 does not have this problem. Neither is it excessively noisy. Depending on the grain used, it is probably about the noise level of a microwave.
One of my concerns was fineness of flour. There are very few mills out there that can beat an impact mill for fineness of flour. The Fidibus 21 produces a flour that is more than fine enough for anything I’ll ever make. It isn’t as silky soft as corn starch, but it seems as fine as any store-bought whole wheat flour I’ve ever used.
On the other hand, I can set it to produce what is basically a cracked grain for hot cereal. I have been using my blender to do this, but the Fidibus 21 produces a much cleaner cracked cereal with much less flour than my blender, and it’s easier to use.
This morning I made scones with flour from this mill. The scones were much lighter and fluffier than I’ve ever been able to make with my old mill. I am very happy with my choice of mills.
UPDATE (February 7): The seller responded to a question about milling beans or oilseeds with this:
With regard to milling beans or oilseeds, this kind of mill – which grinds rather than cuts – is generally not recommended. The beans are not nearly as dry as grain, so they tend to smear on the mill surface during the grinding, and gum up the works. Then this residue tends subsequently to flavor your grain flours and meals in unintended ways.
This is not a problem for me since I have no intention of milling beans and use my blender to handle flax seeds.
Also, in the video, I first fill the hopper and then turn on the unit. The seller recommends spinning up the unit before filling the hopper. I must agree, it does seem to work better that way.
After living with this mill for a week I absolutely love it. While the stunning good looks, fine low temperature flour, and relatively quiet operation are all excellent features, my favorite thing about this mill is its convenience. It is so easy to mill just a little bit of flour without any setup or cleanup. It makes milling almost as easy as using pre-milled flour from the store.
UPDATE (2/9/2007): I just milled 2 cups of flour and then stuck an instant read thermometer in the flour. The room temperature in our house is about 69 degrees F. The thermometer read 80 degrees. The flour that came out first was cooler than the flour at the end, so if you are milling large amounts of flour the stones will heat up some. But a 10 degree gain is miniscule in my mind.