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Topic: Mazzer Mini settings~ (12 msgs / 418 lines)
1) From: Lisa J. Carton, LICSW
Hi all~  I am shocked to see grinding for espresso at the 6 on the dial of =
the mini!  Actually, i had a problem with my mini stalling, sent it back fo=
r "repair" and it came back fine and hasn't stalled since, BUT, now i am cu=
rious to hear about others' setting preferences......becasue I have to have=
 mine REALLY low to get a fine grind..........UNDER the zero mark on my mac=
hine (i know they all have different zeros...)  ALso, i tried adjusting cou=
rse recently and it came out VERY UNEVEN---i was  disheartened at this---th=
en it was difficult to get the dial back to the low mark for espresso so i =
gave up using it for different grinds altogether.......is this normal????  =
ANy comments/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!
~Lisa
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From: MichaelB 
To:=
 homeroast
Sent: Monday, January 29, 2007 9:32:15 A=
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Subject: Re: +Does roast level determine grind?
Mike,
 
I r=
egularly use my Mini for all types of coffee. Mostly espresso (6 on the dia=
l) but also Turkish (5), Vacuum (7) and French press (8). One really easy w=
ay to dial in the proper grind is to get an extra collar adjusting pin, tha=
t metal pin with plastic handle that sticks out of the collar. Using two on=
 opposite sides of the collar make it very quick and easy to steer the mach=
ine to the grind you want. 
 
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2) From: Greg Scace
Don't lose any sleep.  The setting iz what it iz.  Mazzer just sticks 
on the sticker to provide a nominal setting which doesn't mean a 
whole lot.  WRT difficulty in turning the adjuster - I dunno if your 
machine is new or old.  There's a little grease on the bottom of the 
adjusting collar, where the adjusting collar bears against the 
stationary-burr carrier.  The collar's get hard to turn when that 
grease gets old and gummy.  It's pretty trivial to unscrew the collar 
from the grinder (left hand thread is the only tricky part), clean up 
the adjustment collar threads, mating threads in the grinder body, 
and burr carrier mating surface, then reapply  grease to the threads 
on the adjustment collar and the contact surface between the collar 
and the burr carrier and reassemble the bits.  I don't think grease 
for food-service is required because there ain't no way that those 
surfaces come into contact with coffee.
-Greg
I used to use my first mini for both espresso and vac pot 
grinding.  Worked just fine.
At 01:17 PM 1/29/2007, you wrote:
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3) From: Barry Luterman
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When moving the dial on the Mini keep the motor running. Very easy that =
way. The Mini gets difficult if there is ground coffee between the =
burrs. Running the motor while adjusting clears it out. All are adjusted =
differently. I use 6 for drip and 3 notches below the black arrow for =
espresso.

4) From: Lisa J. Carton, LICSW
thanks for the quick reply greg! It is a new machine......what do you mean =
"left hand thread?"  To take it off do i just keep twisting? it seemed to g=
et to a point then STOPPED......
Thanks!
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From: Greg Scace 
To: homeroast=
marias.com
Sent: Monday, January 29, 2007 1:44:41 PM
Subject: Re: +Mazz=
er Mini settings~
Don't lose any sleep.  The setting iz what it iz.  M=
azzer just sticks on the sticker to provide a nominal setting which doesn't=
 mean a whole lot.  WRT difficulty in turning the adjuster - I dunno if you=
r machine is new or old.  There's a little grease on the bottom of the adju=
sting collar, where the adjusting collar bears against the stationary-burr =
carrier.  The collar's get hard to turn when that grease gets old and gummy=
.  It's pretty trivial to unscrew the collar from the grinder (left hand th=
read is the only tricky part), clean up the adjustment collar threads, mati=
ng threads in the grinder body, and burr carrier mating surface, then reapp=
ly  grease to the threads on the adjustment collar and the contact surface =
between the collar and the burr carrier and reassemble the bits.  I don't t=
hink grease for food-service is required because there ain't no way that th=
ose surfaces come into contact with coffee.
-Greg
I used to use m=
y first mini for both espresso and vac pot grinding.  Worked just fine. 
=
At 01:17 PM 1/29/2007, you wrote:
Hi all~  I am shocked to se=
e grinding for espresso at the 6 on the dial of the mini!  Actually, i had =
a problem with my mini stalling, sent it back for "repair" and it came back=
 fine and hasn't stalled since, BUT, now i am curious to hear about others'=
 setting preferences......becasue I have to have mine REALLY low to get a f=
ine grind..........UNDER the zero mark on my machine (i know they all have =
different zeros...)  ALso, i tried adjusting course recently and it came ou=
t VERY UNEVEN---i was  disheartened at this---then it was difficult to get =
the dial back to the low mark for espresso so i gave up using it for differ=
ent grinds altogether.......is this normal????  
ANy comments/suggestions=
 would be greatly appreciated!!!
~Lisa
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Fr=
om: MichaelB 
To: homeroast=
om
Sent: Monday, January 29, 2007 9:32:15 AM
Subject: Re: +Does roast l=
evel determine grind?
Mike,
 
I regularly use my Mini for all type=
s of coffee. Mostly espresso (6 on the dial) but also Turkish (5), Vacuum (=
7) and French press (8). One really easy way to dial in the proper grind is=
 to get an extra collar adjusting pin, that metal pin with plastic handle t=
hat sticks out of the collar. Using two on opposite sides of the collar mak=
e it very quick and easy to steer the machine to the grind you want. 
 =
 
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5) From: Eddie Dove
Lisa,
Yes.  To remove it, if you are looking down on top of the grinder, keep
turning it counter-clockwise.  The threads are lubricated with White Lithium
Grease and you should be able to get that in a squeeze tube any any hardware
or automotive store.
Respectully,
Eddie
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6) From: Greg Scace
Prolly stopped because you didn't remove the little phillips head 
screw that prevents you from doing so.  It's located on the top of 
the graduated ring part of the adjustment collar and sticks down into 
a groove cut into the top of the grinder housing.
If it's new you shouldn't have trouble moving the adjustment 
ring.  Did you install the long screw / knob into the side of the 
adjustment ring.  That knob makes adjustment considerably easier.
-Greg
At 01:52 PM 1/29/2007, you wrote:
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7) From: raymanowen
The grind pitch is determined by the setting of the adjustment ring. If I s=
et as high as 200 or 300, I'd sure get something like brown rock salt- brok=
en pieces.
If I set at  ,  the burrs on BUFF will give a talcum-fine dust. I'll try=
 my first Turkish brew soon, but the method seems to defy the rules. After =
the initial extraction, re-boil, re-extract X 2 or 3, a' la percolator, the=
 universally bad player. 
No complaints- I'll try it and play around with it first.
For an espresso brew, I've ground as fine as 6, up to 25. 25 worked well wi=
th aggressive packing and tamping, and it didn't stall. What do I know?
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
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8) From: RK
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5.5 is my setting for press pot and 6.5 for drip.
Espresso ranges from 3.5 to 4 
I wonder if your burrs are not seated properly, the may be uneven due to =
a piece of grind or other foreign object under one part of them, keeping =
them from seating flat.
Just a thought
RK

9) From: Dan Bollinger
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Lisa,  Left-hand threads turn the opposite direction of normal, =
right-hand threads.  But, a new machine should not need lubrication.
Just so you know, the numbers on the dial are arbitrary, don't get hung =
up on the number itself.  Rather, find which numbers corresponds to the =
grinds you want then you can return to it later. 
It is not uncommon to have to pull a few shots to get zeroed back in =
when returning to grinding for espresso.
Dan

10) From: raymanowen
"...it was difficult to get the dial back to the low mark for espresso so i
gave up using it for different grinds altogether.......is this normal????"
I have reread your post a few times, and I think I understand your problems.
I do not know why, but when I follow a coarse grind with a finer setting, I
must always have the grinder running as I turn to the finer setting.
A few grounds spit out the chute as I crank it down, so they must be sitting
between the burrs. That would block any finer setting until they were ground
and discharged.
Also, when you reset to coarse, you will still have some fine mavericks in
the grind chute, chamber and under the burrs from the last grind. Although
it would be a trivial blend, some might be able to detect it unless you
grind a few clean up beans to clear the spooge.
I have a glass oven repair gig in the morning. It's a couple of blocks from
Baroness Coffee, so that's where I'll be about six hours from now. John
pulls exquisite doubles!
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
Goodnight, Gracie-

11) From: Brentley Beerline
The Mazzer tends to keep grounds in burrs and chute.
I have experienced a=
 couple of times where an oily roast can be ground so fine as to clog the e=
xit chute, leading to a situation where it just sort of mushed the beans up=
 in the bottom of the hopper and didn't spit out any coffee.  In order to c=
lear it I had to turn it (while it was running) to coarse until it started =
dispensing grounds again.  
Once I do that it is easy to adjust the gr=
ind.
You do have the little handle on the adjustment ring (which makes=
 things 1000% easier)?
regards
Brentley
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ge ----
From: "raymanowen" 
To: homeroa=
st
Sent: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 11:50:35 PM
Su=
bject: Re: +Mazzer Mini settings~
"...it was difficult to get the dial=
 back to the low mark for espresso so i gave up using it for different grin=
ds altogether.......is this normal????"
I have reread your post a few =
times, and I think I understand your problems. I do not know why, but when =
I follow a coarse grind with a finer setting, I must always have the grinde=
r running as I turn to the finer setting. 
A few grounds spit out the =
chute as I crank it down, so they must be sitting between the burrs. That w=
ould block any finer setting until they were ground and discharged.
\

12) From: Barry Luterman
This is a multi-part message in MIME format.
Right just push pull to adjust ring. Not a micro anything. If ring hangs =
up turn on motor while adjusting ring.


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