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Topic: Pebbles delivers the goods (10 msgs / 195 lines)
1) From: Vicki Smith
Despite all that everyone gas said about grinders, I really wasn't 
expecting  noticeable change in my coffee-coffee (KMB) when I switched 
from the Solis Maestro Classic to a Rocky. I knew it would be a big deal 
for espresso.
Wow. These is another level of taste in my cup now--the part that stays 
way back in your throat after swallowing the coffee itself. I find 
myself taking time between sips just to enjoy it.
Needless to say, the KMB is now upstairs with Pebbles and Bezzi, rather 
than downstairs with my Solis. In fact, Solis will go to work with me on 
Monday (I have a back office, and noise be damned) where I will use it 
for French Press.
vicki

2) From: Brett Mason
WooHoooooo - isn't good coffee good?
Glad to hear Pebbles is Rockin...
Brett
On 3/18/07, Vicki Smith  wrote:
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Cheers,
Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com

3) From: miKe mcKoffee
Of course one must ask how many pounds have been ground with the SMC (Solis
Maestro Classic) versus brand new Rocky? Pet peeve of mine is grinder A vs.
B comparisons in the cup with A being new and B being well used, they're
virtually meaningless. Take grinder A a hundred or two pounds ground later,
replace burrs in older lower end grinder B, and compare A vs. B again with
A. Guess which will likely have the superior grind and cup.
Replace the burrs in the SMC and you'll highly likely have a grind quality
and cup quite on par with new Rocky for non-espresso duties. And plan on
replacing Rocky's burrs every 75 to 100# ground if you want to keep Pebble's
grind optimum.
Kona Kurmudgeon miKe mcKoffee
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4) From: Vicki Smith
Actually, Mike, I am using new burrs on the Solis. I thought I would 
give it to my nephew once Pebbles came home, so I ordered new burrs for 
it a few weeks ago.  I changed the burrs out about 10 days ago. I think 
it is a matter of having been able to adjust the Rocky a bit better than 
it is possible on the SMC, which has fewer grind choices/steps.
v
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5) From: miKe mcKoffee
Interesting, I stand (sit) corrected. I'd of thought the SMC with new burrs
would have had fairly comparable grind quality. It has been over 5 years
since I've had my SMC, which I gave away after getting a Rocky, so haven't
done any "recent" comparisons:-) 
As you say it may be you could dial in the grind better for the KMB with
Rocky. Just curious, have directly compared Rocky vs. SMC with other
non-espresso brewing methods besides KMB, like Press, Pour-over or Vac?
Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
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6) From: Vicki Smith
OK, I had to try, once you wrote Mike. I didn't do a vac pot yet, or 
press, but I will. The pour over was no better using Pebbles than the SMC.
vicki
miKe mcKoffee wrote:
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7) From: Les
I used a Solis for the first time in years when I was in Denver.  Two things
that impressed me. (1) The Solis produced a very very good grind. (2) The
adjustablility just wasn't there compared to the Rocky or the Mazzer.  I
pulled a very nice ristretto, but couldn't really dial in where a good
espresso could be had with the new Gaggia Achille.    I would like to put a
bug in Plain Mike's ear and see what it would cost to make a good carrier
for a Solis.  I think the burrs would hold up if it had a nice metal
threaded carrier.
Les
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8) From: Michael Dhabolt
Les,
Les  wrote:
I would like to put a bug in Plain Mike's ear and see what it would cost to
make a good carrier for a Solis.  I think the burrs would hold up if it had
a nice metal threaded carrier.
I used to have a Solis (in fact went thru several) and never thought about
that particular project.  I'll have to figure out how to get one to check
out.  If I get the chance, I'll let you know how much of a project it would
be.
Mike (just plain)

9) From: Justin Marquez
On 3/19/07, Michael Dhabolt  wrote:
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I think it would be a significant upgrade, particularly for the
coarser grind levels where I can feel the hopper moving around more
and can see more variability in the grounds.
Safe Journeys and Sweet Music
Justin Marquez (CYPRESS, TX)

10) From: raymanowen
A Ford police cruiser with the 428 Police Interceptor would probably have
made a stock car circuit car, not a NASCAR racer. But you could sure pour a
lot of money into it trying.
I would suggest the better use of time on the SMP grinder with the standard
burrs would be- 1st- talk to Kyle Anderson, president of Baratza, and
discuss whether to:
   1. Replace the burrs with the Baratza Virtuoso burr set, a totally
   easy swap out, or-
   2. Order a new standard burr set and clean up the upper ring burr
   teeth with a fine triangular and small flat file. Don't try to alter the
   tooth profile, just clean it up- Deburr the burr!
The flat surfaces should be smooth, not rough, especially the outside edge
of the intersection of the two planes of the teeth. Rough surfaces leave
jagged intersections that scratch fines out of the beans.
The coarse pitch teeth are as culpable as the fine pitch teeth for
scratching out fines. Take your time- you'll be greatly rewarded. If you
fabricate a new upper burr carrier, it can't be close. It will have to be
exact.
A piece of metal will not be able to flex and capture the burr, so figure
out a solution to that before you do anything else.
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
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