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Topic: Top or bottom burr more important? (6 msgs / 136 lines)
1) From: Jeff Oien
In a grinder like the Solis Maestro or Bodum Antiqua,
do you think the top or bottom burrs play a more
integral role in the grind or do you think they're
both just as important?
It's much easier to just replace the top one.
JeffO

2) From: Brett Mason
Which wing of an airplane is most important?
Brett
On 10/20/06, Jeff Oien  wrote:
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3) From: Ken Bozarth
It's kind of like when your dentist asks you to floss your teeth, and you
ask which ones.  He says "Just the ones you want to keep."
Ken Bozarth
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Subject: +Top or bottom burr more important?
In a grinder like the Solis Maestro or Bodum Antiqua, do you think the top
or bottom burrs play a more integral role in the grind or do you think
they're both just as important?
It's much easier to just replace the top one.
JeffO

4) From: Ken Mary
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I am familiar with the Antigua. The bottom burr appears to be well made and
much harder than the top burr, as if it was designed to last the lifetime of
the grinder. The top burr looks as if it was designed as a last minute
replacement for an earlier version that matched the bottom burr quality but
put the grinder out of its price range.
If the Antigua is not modified to grind for espresso, and sees a usage of
about one cup per day, it should have a lifetime of many years. I have two
Antiguas that have seen several years of such use and the top burrs appear
like new. Another modified for finer grind has severe wear on the top burr
but the bottom is like new. That one is in the parts bin.
Check the thrift shops. I found a seldom used Antigua for $6, much less than
the cost of a replacement upper burr. It is one of the two mentioned above
that sees semi-regular use.
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5) From: raymanowen
"In a grinder like the Solis Maestro or Bodum Antiqua... It's much easier to
just replace the top [burr]."
Actually, Jeff- it's just as everyone has been saying: the burrs actually
grind against each other, but you obviously know that.
I'll lay out a modest wager. If these grinders have the misfortune of being
owned by a dont-clean-it, just-run-it brain donor, get out a stopwatch.
An operator, that removes his upper burr all the time, will remove the brain
donor's upper burr. Time him from the instant he first touches the grinder.
Record the time it takes him to have the upper burr out, in his hand.
Now give him a pair of locking pliers (Vise Grips(r)). Time him from the
instant he locks the pliers on the center burr. Give him a drag on some
Horse. Savor the Horse.
Bump the burr in a clockwise direction- it is left-hand threaded. Remove the
pliers and spin out the burr. Stop The Clock. If he doesn't beat the clock
removing the center burr, I will have to consume all the rest of the
Ethiopian Harar!
There is a caveat. You have no need of replacing the center burr each time
you replace the upper burr.
The upper ring burr is soft iron, Very poorly cut in the Solis grinders. You
can replace the worn-out upper burr 5 times and not yet see much wear on the
very hard center burr.
If you want to upgrade a Solis, call Baratza and order a set of Virtuoso
burrs. The Virtuoso burrs are sweet! Swap them as a set, and you might as
well lose the Solis burrs instead of saving them.
Check the Slinger under the center burr- if it's missing many of the 6
radials, what in Blazes have you been grinding? (Mine was missing one, but I
figured it was just infant mortality- not critical.) You can see the radial
fingers when you pull the upper burr.
Yeah, they drop into your PF or filter. So what? Adds a long chain polymer
to your compost, that's all
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
"...The indisputable truth is that no coffee is fresh if it isn't fresh
roasted." - -Martin Diedrich

6) From: David Liguori
What is the sound of one hand clapping?
Jeff Oien wrote:
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