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Topic: [coffee] +Solis Master 5000 Question (4 msgs / 249 lines)
1) From: Rick Farris
I don't know, Harry; I never looked.  And I'm not going to, either!  The
Café Cremas I make taste just fine and I'm not taking a chance on =
making
myself think maybe they don't.  :-)
I *can* tell you how to increase the coffee dose by a bit more than 1/4,
though.  Perhaps that would bring your drinks up to the strength you
like and you could quit worrying about it, too.
-- Rick

2) From: Ryuji Suzuki
From: "Rick Farris" 
Subject: RE: [coffee] +Solis Master 5000 Question
Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 15:57:10 -0700
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Do you mind explaining how? I'd like to increase the dose a bit. My
grinder is set to 1 or 2 and I get best espresso at 1 oz setting.
(Yet I can make better espresso with machines cheaper than this... I
know I know I paid for convenience.)
One thing I wish Solis Master 5000 had... warning lamp when the waste
basket becomes full. Or at least count how many shots were pulled and
give warning at a threshold value. I thought it had such a function
before buying it, but it didn't...
Another thing I wish Solis Master 5000 had... water supply shortage
warning.  How many shots worth of Yemeni coffee did I lose? A lot.
Sometimes I can quickly fill the tank and re-prime the pump with the
steam nozzle, but most of the time, this sort of mistakes happen when
I am half sleeping so some sort of obvious alarm would be useful.
One thing I with Solis Master 5000 did differently... waste basket
sould be removable to the front, not to the side. Or even better,
waste basket should be removable to both front or the side. Currently
I ahve to leave some empty room on the countertop just for occasional
cleaning of the waste basket.
Most important thing I wish Solis Master 5000 could handle... Why
can't I switch it on and put a cup and tell the machine to make a
double shot as soon as the machine warms up? These days, even a stupid
photocopy machine can scan originals and store them to memory while
the printing engine is warming up... and remembering an advance
request for one cup seems a lot simpler thing to implement.
--
Ryuji Suzuki
"I can't believe I'm here.
People always say that I'm a long way from normal."
(Bob Dylan, Normal, Illinois, 13 February 1999)

3) From: Rick Farris
Ryuji writes (wrt increasing the dosage on an SM5K) :
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Not at all.  I'll append it at the bottom of this article.
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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, =
ground
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
the knob.
-- Rick
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
handy. 
1) Remove the bean hopper cover and get all the beans out. <--
Important!
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.
An Aside
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
safe road.
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.  
--

4) From: Oaxaca Charlie
--- Rick Farris  wrote:
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 OK, OK, I just didn't want to even look at the danged thing for
a while. Seeing this post I went and looked closely. It's just
as I seemed to recall. By opening the front and removing the
brew unit you can see an opening up top, on the right hand side,
closest to you. Right up in there is the dosage lever. The
wooden handle of the cleaning brush that comes with the machine
is good to use for poking up into the hole and moving the lever
to the right as far as it will go. If that's too scary (because
you can't see what you're pushing on) then remove the bean
holder over the grinder (2 screws)and look down to the left of
where the plastic "tower" that sticks up on the left was
stationed, front side of the grinder, a couple of inches in. You
can clearly see the dosage lever and reach it with your finger
to move it. IMPORTANT-I never had to loosen the screws over that
lever like Rick did, which would mean you'd have to go to all
the trouble of removing the whole top cover and steam control
knob. If firm pressure on that lever doesn't move it, then
follow all of Rick's instructions, because of course, breaking
that plastic lever would kinda suck.;o) I also agree with Rick
that grinding on "1" will wear out your grinder and choke your
machine, all in the pursuit of a short shot that will never be
great. Baratza doesn't like to hear about you grinding on any
setting finer than 5 or 6.  5 oz. cremas, grinding on "5" will
always be heavenly.
 
Charlie
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