Ryuji writes (wrt increasing the dosage on an SM5K) :
Not at all. I'll append it at the bottom of this article.
Ouch! You're gonna wear out that grinder in a hurry. Remember, it's
Solis Molino and they're famous for grinding their own burrs together at
the lower settings. Personally I'd stick with 5-oz Café Cremas, =
at setting 5.
As far as all your wishes go, all but the change in location of the
waste basket and the "make me a cup after you warm up" items are
included on the SM5K-Digital. BTW, I have never reprimed the pump.
When I run out of water in the middle of a shot I just cycle power and
everything works fine.
Following are my instructions for how to change the doser setting from
7g to 9g. It's the "dummy" version. Oaxaca Charlie claims to know a
way to do it more easily, but he won't tell us what it is.
One modification to the following: Since I did this I've found out that
after you remove the bean hopper a hole is exposed through which you can
insert a probe and release the steam knob. It is directly over the axis
of the knob, and about an inch from the edge of the machine. You *can*
get the top cover off without it, but it would be easier if you remove
Here're the instructions:
First, get a philips screwdriver and a T-5 torx driver handy. If your
light or your eyesight isn't all that great, a flashlight will come in
1) Remove the bean hopper cover and get all the beans out. <--
2) Inside the bean hopper there are two plastic "towers." The one
toward the rear has a large adjustment knob on the top and looks sort of
like a water tower. Ignore that one. Near the front, on the left as
you face the machine, is a smaller "tower" with no adjustment knob.
Remember where this one is.
3) You'll see two screws, one at the very front of the bean hopper (this
one is the torx screw) and one at the very rear of the bean hopper -- a
philips. Remove them.
4) Lift up the bean hopper and set it aside. Look at the top of the
machine where the bean hopper was sitting. Specifically, look just
underneath where the smaller "tower" was. Now, look about 3" to the
left (facing the front of the machine), underneath the part of the top
cover that is the cup warmer, and you'll see some wires, and a little
lever, with a cover over the shaft, held down with two screws.
At this point you may be tempted to stick something under there to get
hold of the handle of the lever and pull it toward the grinder. I was
pretty sure I'd be able to move it that way but didn't want to take the
chance. It was a good thing, because after I removed the lid I tryed
moving it just to see if I could have done it without loosening the
screws holding it in place. I couldn't. However, if you have a small
pair of needle-nose pliers with a knurled face on them, it might be
possible to grasp the nearest screw and try to loosen it with the
pliers. If you could get it loose a couple of turns I'm sure you could
move the lever without removing the top cover of the SM5K. On the other
hand, it's not that hard to remove the cover and it's definitely the
5) Now, lift off the water reservoir and the lid to the cup warmer and
set them somewhere out of your way. You may as well remove the "service
door" (the vertical one that you open to clean out the insides of the
machine. You don't really have to remove it (although you must open
it), but I think it works like the doors on the front of some PCs, you
know, you just flex it a little bit and lift it off the hinges.
6) Look at the top of the machine, where the bean hopper was. You'll
see a couple of moderately deep holes with philips screws in them -- one
in the front and one in the back. Remove them. Check out the other
side where the water reservoir was, you'll find two screws there, too.
Don't mistake the deep holes that the feet on the bottom of the
reservoir go into. That's not them. The hole in the back (on my
machine) was another T-5 torx. Now that you've got those four screws
out, note that there are two long ones and two short ones. The short
ones go in back. The torx screw is one of the short ones. By the way,
when I take something apart, I usually try to leave the screws in the
holes so that I know where they go. Don't bother here, because you'll
never get the lid back on with the screws in the holes, so take them out
and set them aside.
7) Open the service (front) door. You'll probably have to pull the
coffee "spout" down so that it will clear the squirty thing inside.
Notice that behind the door, at the left and right upper corner is a
black philips-head screw. Remove them.
8) Ok. For the rest of this operation you'll have to have the door open.
Almost all the way. If I was doing it again I'd remove the door.
9) Grasp the grey upper lid assembly and gently work the left side
(facing the machine) up a little bit. You'll notice that the control
panel and its knobs and buttons stay in place. You'll also notice that
the steam knob interferes with removing the lid. If you've taken many
things apart, you're probably thinking that the knob should pull right
off. It doesn't. You'll have to work around it.
10) As you get the left side of the cover to start coming up you'll be
able to tilt the lid toward the steam knob to help clear it. I'm pretty
sure you could just warp the plastic (ABS is pretty strong stuff) to get
it over the knob, but I was patient and just fiddled around with it for
a while, and it finally just slid off. It *is* possible to do it
without forcing it. This is another place where you'll have a lot more
trouble if you didn't fully remove the screws in step seven, and the
darned door keeps getting in the way.
11) Once you get the lid lifted (be careful because there is a hose
attached to the fitting for the water tank), take your philips
screwdriver, loosen the two screws covering the doser lever, and slide
the doser lever all the way towards the grinder. I considered leaving
the lever cover off, but I remembered that the adjustment on my Digital
machine tends to walk, so I tightened the lever cover back down.
That's it. As my old Kawasaki 500 repair manual used to say "Now do
everything backward." The only pain is getting the cover back in place
over the steam knob. Again, if you're patient you won't have to find
out how strong ABS is.