Baratza is offering a free upgrade kit for the Solis Maestro Plus. "The improvments are: More than double the strength of the "hopper tabs"- The hopper tabs on the adjusting ring have been increased in their thickness to more than double the earlier ring. This makes the tabs almost unbreakable insuring that further replacement of the ring will be unnecessary. Coarse grind adjustment increased by 1.1mm- The range of grind has been modified resulting in the ability to grind MUCH coarser coffee, such as for French Press. The earlier model was limited in its ability to grind coffee ideal for press pot brewing. Espresso grind setting matches with icons- The grind adjustment mechanism has been modified in such a way as to allow for better correlation between the icons on the grinder and the resulting grind. In the past the "Drip" setting was close to an espresso grind and the "Espresso" setting was more like Turkish. Felt bean gasket for better coffee powder management- A felt gasket is now fitted around the throat of the bean hopper where it meets the ring burr. This gasket helps to minimize unwanted migration of coffee powder into the adjusting mechanism, hence eliminating jamming of the rotating adjusting ring. This allows for longer operational periods between cleanings. To get a free Adjustment ring and felt gasket e-mail us with your address and we will send it out. Send e-mail to support" Respectfully, Rich Adams
Thanks Rich. Done. Mike (just plain)
Right after I saw this post from Rich, I e-mailed Baratza to ask about an upgrade for my lowly Maestro. Less than a half hour later they replied asking for my address, and they're sending the kit out. So if you have a Maestro, or a Maestro Plus, you're covered. Just specify which, and include your shipping info. Great service! peter
Rich this is a wonderful offer from Baratza and I am glad you posted. I have had to leave my Mastro Plus on the drip setting for over a year because of my tabs breaking. Jared On 6/9/06, Rich Adams wrote: <Snip>
I never broke anything on the damn grinder. My SMP grinds well enough for my friend, Ray, who only does drip. The bodum antigua that Hufford slipped me is doing OK for my friend, Jamie. Don't get me started- Cheers -RayO, aka Opa! Got Grinder? Sure?