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Topic: Nuova Simonelli Grinder (13 msgs / 667 lines)
1) From: Jerry Procopio
I had a strange find last week.  About 10 years ago the country club 
where I am a member remodeled the bar and installed a 2 group Nuova 
Simonelli espresso machine.  They failed to properly train anyone to use 
the machine, so the only decent shot the machine ever pulled was one 
night when I pulled shots of a SM homeroast which I ground with an old 
Zass.  We had some nice coffee martinis.  One night, a month or so 
later, the machine up and quits working.  The contract repair person 
(also a sales person) convinces the Food & Beverage manager that this 
machine, built to last a lifetime and which has seen the lightest 
service imaginable, has now died and gone to espresso machine heaven and 
what they need to replace it is a piece of crap machine that takes 
little sealed pod cups and spits out espresso like swill.  Exit the 2 
group machine, enter the swill maker.  I tried to make a deal for the 
grinder that they no longer had a use for, but the F&B Manager wouldn't 
sell it to me. (He's long gone now)  This was about three years ago.
The General Manager buys homeroast from me for his personal use so a 
couple weeks ago I asked him what happened to the grinder.  His response 
was a dumb look and a "I don't know".  About a week ago he called me and 
told me the grinder was in his office and to come pick it up.  I offered 
a coffee for grinder deal which he refused telling me to just get the 
machine out of his office.
I took the grinder home and spent nearly 3 hours taking it apart and 
cleaning it up.  I expected to have to get new burrs, but the original 
ones are still sharp.  When I finished cleaning old coffee grounds and 
greasy residue out of all the nooks and crannies and reassembled the 
grinder, what I found myself with is a nearly brand new 10 year old 
Nuova Simonelli MDX-A.  It looks as new as the day it came out of the box.
I seem to remember someone else on the list having one of these so I am 
going to throw these questions to the list:
1.)  Is a smaller hopper available?  My short Mazzer hopper is too big 
to fit in the hole and this grinder with hopper is too big to fit on the 
counter under my cupboards.
2.)  What is the approximate adjustment between an espresso grind and a 
drip/pour over grind?  I'll probably figure this out eventually, but 
help would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance,
JavaJerry
RK Drum roasting in Chesapeake, VA

2) From: Brett Mason
That was awfully kind of you to help clean out your friend's office...
Brett
On 9/12/07, Jerry Procopio  wrote:
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Cheers,
Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com

3) From: Jerry Procopio
He gave me three wine glasses with etched logos too :)
Brett Mason wrote:
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4) From: Homeroaster
Lucky guy.
Enjoy.
*********************
Ed Needham
"to absurdity and beyond!"http://www.homeroaster.com*********************

5) From: jim gundlach
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On Sep 12, 2007, at 2:53 AM, Jerry Procopio wrote:
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Jerry,
     As far as I know you may need to make a shorter one  or make the  
one you have shorter.
           pecan jim
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at 2:53 AM, Jerry Procopio wrote:

1.)  Is a smaller hopper = available?  My short = Mazzer hopper is too big to fit in the hole and this grinder with hopper = is too big to fit on the counter under my cupboards.

= Jerry,    As far as I know = you may need to make a shorter one  or make the one you have = shorter.          pecan jim= --Apple-Mail-7-848768635--

6) From: Jeffrey Pawlan
I bought a new Nuova Simonelli espresso machine and also a grinder this Spring
at the SCAA show. I have been using them every day since.
The espresso machine is consistent, stable, and the screen and water dispersing
disk are easily removed for cleaning with a slotted head screw. HX machine
owners eat your hearts out! I disassemble and clean mine weekly.
The grinder I got is the baby size compared to the one you got. That suits my
counter and also I only grind as much as needed for one portafilter full.
The blades are semi-conical which means that first the beans are ground much
like the zass then when they are small pieces they travel through the flat
portion of the burrs like my mazzer. It is cute and works well. But is it
actually producing better or different espressos than the mazzer? I cannot tell.
The grind setting is a small dial with numbers and markings. It is easy to
adjust and there is a very large difference between the espresso setting and the
drip/press setting.
I still have one computer controlled hottop roaster system "CCR" available and I
am also willing to consider selling my Cimbali Sr M27. which is a plumbed in and
larger version of the Cimbali Jr. I have Double PID'd it; both the boiler and
also the group head are on separate PIDs. It heats and stabilizes in under a
half hour owing to the head heater. It also produces fantastic crema.
Regards,
Jeffrey Pawlan
jpawlan
www.computercontrolledroaster.com

7) From: TERRY TITSWORTH
Now your just rubbing it in. All I got was a tee shirt.
TerryT
On 9/12/07, Jerry Procopio  wrote:
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Start HOT and work your way Down...
Peppers AND Coffee.
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(I'm the tall guy in the middle)

8) From: Barry Luterman
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Try finding a funnel either a grain funnel or a canning funnel which =
will fit the hole. This is a Mazzer mini with a canning funnel replacing =
the original hopper. It works beautifully. There is probably a funnel =
out there with the correct dimensions.http://youtube.com:80/watch?v=D_BEnIr07G4

9) From: jim gundlach
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Canning funnels have an outside diameter of 2.25 inches which will  
work with the Mazzers but the Nuova Simonelli has about  a 2.08 inch  
hole to accept the hopper.   If it were mine, I'd take a Dremel with  
a cutting wheel and shorten the stock hopper.
      pecan jim
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Canning funnels have an =
outside diameter of 2.25 inches which will work with the Mazzers but =
the Nuova Simonelli has about  a 2.08 inch hole to accept the hopper. =
  If it were mine, I'd take a Dremel with a cutting wheel and shorten =
the stock hopper.     pecan jim
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at 12:45 PM, Barry Luterman wrote:
Try finding a funnel = either a grain funnel or a canning funnel which will fit the hole. This = is a Mazzer mini with a canning funnel replacing the original hopper. It = works beautifully. There is probably a funnel out there with the correct = dimensions. 

10) From: Barry Luterman
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I tried that with my stock hopper on the Mazzer and it didn't work. It =
sits too low for the retaining screw to engage.

11) From: Barry Luterman
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Or how about slipping a small piece of pipe which starts at 2.25 in and =
tapers down to 2.08 in.

12) From: jim gundlach
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Barry,
    Sounds like you tried to cut off the bottom of your Mazzer's  
hopper. Given that the top two-thirds of the Nuova Simonelli's hopper  
is a cylinder, you could shorten it by cutting off some of the top  
and the lid would still work.
      pecan jim
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Barry,  =
 Sounds like you tried to cut off the bottom of your Mazzer's =
hopper. Given that the top two-thirds of the Nuova Simonelli's hopper =
is a cylinder, you could shorten it by cutting off some of the top and =
the lid would still work.     pecan jim
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Sep 12, 2007, at 3:29 PM, Barry Luterman wrote:
I tried that with my = stock hopper on the Mazzer and it didn't work. It sits too low for the = retaining screw to engage.

13) From: Barry Luterman
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Told you  I fix strange noises in my car by turning up the volume of my =
car radio.


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