John Crippen wrote: <Snip> I don't. The wells eventually each fill with a bean that is the perfect size not to vibrate out. I leave them there. When I dismantle, I crush the beans with a chopstick to access the screws. <Snip> Man, I hope not. After the grinder has stopped spinning, I use a wooden chopstick to clean out the connecting chute between the grinder and the dosing chamber (I have the doser unit, but I've removed all the doser mechanics and just use it as a collection chamber). FWIW, I grind 19g by weight to get the perfect double-shot in my La Marzocca double basket (also using a Silvia). If your current grinds are weighing out correctly, I doubt seriously there's an 8 gram backlog being pushed through each time. It's more likely that the initial grind had coffee adhere to the various pristinely-clean mechanicals that worked itself out slowly over ensuing grinds without it really being noticeable. An easy way to check would be to grind 16g of a really light roast, followed by 16g of a really dark roast. The color of the ground coffee will be (or, at least, should be) obviously different. Loyd
There actually is a reason for adding the extra beans, although I don't do it myself. The extra weight of the beans keeps even pressure on the beans you want to grind and keeps them from jumping all over the place and grinding funny. It's a small point, but probably worthy of at least a thought. ********************* Ed Needham "to absurdity and beyond!"http://www.homeroaster.com*********************
I cover the holes in my Rocky with electrical tape - now I don't have wedged beans going stale in my grinder... Ed's right about the pressure on top o' beans - but I just let them bounce around.... Brett On 12/27/07, Loyd Blankenship wrote: <Snip> -- Cheers, Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com
For my Mazzer I use a caning funnel and a Thor Tmper combitation to avoid my beans bouncing around. On Dec 27, 2007 2:03 PM, Brett Mason wrote: <Snip>
"Popcorning" beans bouncing around with no beans on top will grind slightly coarser than beans weighted down by other beans. So if you are grinding several shots, the last shot may produce faster running shots than the others. But if you always grind one shot at a time and empty the grinder, there is no variability. The beans always bounce around and you can adjust the grind for the perfect shot. Also, it is easy to find something to cover the grinder throat so the beans do not bounce too far and do not run away. A 58 mm tamper fits perfectly on top of a Mazzer Mini. On Dec 27, 2007 6:02 PM, Homeroaster wrote: <Snip> -- MichaelB
I find that burrs are supposed to "pull the bean in and slice it anyway, so I resist the fear of popcorn... Cionical burrs in my ZASS do even better.... Brett On 12/27/07, MichaelB wrote: <Snip> -- Cheers, Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com
On Dec 27, 2007 6:08 PM, Barry Luterman wrote: <Snip> I'm trying to visualize what function a funnel does when someone gets caned, but I don't like that image at all. So I'm going to visualize a perfect shot being poured into my mouth with a funnel instead.
I like your interpretation. But this is much more functional:http://youtube.com:80/watch?v=D_BEnIr07G4On Dec 28, 2007 6:59 AM, kevin creason wrote: <Snip>