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Topic: used Faema grinder (6 msgs / 159 lines)
1) From: steven willis
Hello all,
I just bought a used Faema shop grinder on EBay.  It
has a hopper that will hold 2 lbs, and a doser and
holder for a portafilter.  I expected that the grinder
would be worn out, but adequate for coarse grinding
pounds of coffee for the occasional customer who
doesn't grind his/her own ( a shameful thing, but
there you are).
What I am discovering is that the machine grinds
better than my Mazzer Mini, with noticeably better
tasting shots (both in Silvia at home and a smaller La
Pavoni at work).  What really surprises me, though, is
that using the built in convex plastic tamper in my
crotchless portafilter seems to give me a better shot,
also.  I'm referring to one of those spring loaded
plastic tampers attached to the grinder doser.  I've
seen them in use in coffee shops, but never had
occasion to try one, and had assumed that they were
inferior to a well handled, flat bottomed metal
tamper.  The shot is pressed down so that the center
is a good 1/4 " lower than the rim, and the puck comes
out with some water still pooled in the recess, but
the shots are consistent and quite good.
I'd be interested in any comment on  this from more
experienced listers.  As I said, I'm surprised.  I'm
tempted to keep this grinder at home in place of the
Mazzer, but it's quite large and loud.  Still, a
better shot is a better shot.
Steve Willis

2) From: David M. Lewis
At 4:22 PM -0700 4/9/05, steven willis wrote:
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What I've found is that it depends on the basket to some extent. On 
my Techno, the bottom of the basket is curved enough (or maybe it's 
the tapered walls) that if I use a flat-bottomed tamper I can see the 
shot start quite clearly in a ring around the center. With a convex 
one, it starts evenly all over the bottom. Additionally, with the 16 
gram basket, I have to screed with a curved piece of plastic to get 
it to start evenly, whereas with the 18 gram one, I have to use a 
straight edge. The shots that don't start evenly taste worse, I 
assume because the outer part of the basket gets overextracted, while 
the inner part gets underextracted.
Best,
	David
-- 
"A fool and his money are soon elected."
	- Kinky Friedman

3) From: miKe mcKoffee
I have preferred a convex tamper for a long time. (RB)
Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer etc.http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htm

4) From: Mike Eyre
I've also bought a used Faema a little over a year/year and a half ago,
and I've used it at home the whole time. I find it makes a very good
grind and I've never replaced the burrs, as the local Faema guy here
said that they looked OK to him. I only have two gripes with the
machine, one is that it isn't the easiest thing in the world to
maintenance (cleaning and such..) because there's a lot of screws and
weird pieces. It's not nice and simple, like a Mazzer. And the second is
that the doser is so complicated and traps a bit of grounds.. and it's
only a tiny little hole in the top to get into the doser to sweep it
out. The only thing that's ever failed on the machine is the switch,
which cost me about $15.00 to replace. When I ordered the replacement, I
asked the fellow there how old my machine was.. he said there was no way
to be positive, because mine didn't have the new date code on it like
the "newer ones" did (starting some time in the mid to late 80's!!) so
this one is probably 20 years old. This is, of course, if memory
serves.. I think it does! Overall, I love my Faema.. but I'd probably
still trade it for a Mazzer in good condition, for the looks and ease of
maintenance side...
Mike
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5) From: Mike Eyre
I've also bought a used Faema a little over a year/year and a half ago,
and I've used it at home the whole time. I find it makes a very good
grind and I've never replaced the burrs, as the local Faema guy here
said that they looked OK to him. I only have two gripes with the
machine, one is that it isn't the easiest thing in the world to
maintenance (cleaning and such..) because there's a lot of screws and
weird pieces. It's not nice and simple, like a Mazzer. And the second is
that the doser is so complicated and traps a bit of grounds.. and it's
only a tiny little hole in the top to get into the doser to sweep it
out. The only thing that's ever failed on the machine is the switch,
which cost me about $15.00 to replace. When I ordered the replacement, I
asked the fellow there how old my machine was.. he said there was no way
to be positive, because mine didn't have the new date code on it like
the "newer ones" did (starting some time in the mid to late 80's!!) so
this one is probably 20 years old. This is, of course, if memory
serves.. I think it does! Overall, I love my Faema.. but I'd probably
still trade it for a Mazzer in good condition, for the looks and ease of
maintenance side...
Mike
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6) From: Mike Eyre
I've also bought a used Faema a little over a year/year and a half ago,
and I've used it at home the whole time. I find it makes a very good
grind and I've never replaced the burrs, as the local Faema guy here
said that they looked OK to him. I only have two gripes with the
machine, one is that it isn't the easiest thing in the world to
maintenance (cleaning and such..) because there's a lot of screws and
weird pieces. It's not nice and simple, like a Mazzer. And the second is
that the doser is so complicated and traps a bit of grounds.. and it's
only a tiny little hole in the top to get into the doser to sweep it
out. The only thing that's ever failed on the machine is the switch,
which cost me about $15.00 to replace. When I ordered the replacement, I
asked the fellow there how old my machine was.. he said there was no way
to be positive, because mine didn't have the new date code on it like
the "newer ones" did (starting some time in the mid to late 80's!!) so
this one is probably 20 years old. This is, of course, if memory
serves.. I think it does! Overall, I love my Faema.. but I'd probably
still trade it for a Mazzer in good condition, for the looks and ease of
maintenance side...
Mike
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