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Topic: Filter Basket (16 msgs / 340 lines)
1) From: Jamie Dolan
Good afternoon;
I know I need to upgrade my Espresso machine and grinder, but have not
yet brought myself to send the money on the ones I would like. (i.e.
Mazzer mini doserless, and possibly the Andreja at some point).
I am using a Ariete Espresso.  It is a 15 barr unit with a solid brass
portafilter.  It had a rubber boot on the steam wand, I found I am
much happier with the results with that removed.  My biggest complaint
with it is that the basket is one of the stupid single pin hole
baskets.  I would like to replace this with a "normal" filter basket.
That leads me to 2 questions.
1. Is there any reason that I can't / shouldn't replace this basket
with a "normal" filter basket?
2. Where do I find a "normal" filter basket for this one and which
one? (I measured the inside of the portafilter and I believe it to be
2 & 1/8". (52mm Is my guess from my 2 & 1/8" measurement)  I use a
double shot basket.
Thanks
Jamie Dolan
Neenah Wisconsin
P.S. I admit with embarassment; My grinder is a dismal Cusinart that I
modified the burr heads on so they grind closer.  It actually produces
remarkably finely ground coffee for a cheap grinder.  It is clumpy
however due to the heat from grinding, so I try to grind small amounts
at a time.
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2) From: Eddie Dove
Jamie,
You could convert is to a naked portafilter by drilling out the entire
bottom ... maybe with a hole saw.
Just a thought ...
Eddie
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3) From: Barry Luterman
Dremel is easier. Or so I have been told
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4) From: miKe mcKoffee
Until you get a decent grinder I suggest leaving the pseudo crema enhanced
PF as it is. Or go ahead and switch to a normal style PF and find out fast
why you need to get a decent grinder!
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5) From: raymanowen
"... I know I need to upgrade my Espresso machine and grinder..."
I recommend you upgrade a.) your grinder and b.) your Espresso machine.
The espresso machine isn't the only use for your grinder, but the grinder
can be the single bottleneck to all of your brewing methods. If the grinder
is good enough for your espresso brewing, is it too good for your drip
brewing?
Or don't you like drip brew? Wonder why?
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
Got Grinder?
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6) From: Floyd Lozano
I second that.  We started with a Gaggia Evolution ($200) and a
Capresso Infinity grinder ($90).  Upgraded to a Rocky ($230 refurb),
and then to a Super Jolly ($350 used), and each upgrade was a huge
step up in quality and consistency.  While it was possible to get a
good shot from the Capresso, and very often possible to hone in
quickly on a good shot with the Rocky, the Mazzer makes it soooo much
easier to get there quickly and stay there.  If you can afford it, I'd
go that route quickly for espresso.  It's less necessary, in my
opinion, to shoot for the upper tier when grinding for drip (Rocky
does great and even the Capresso does fine), but it sure doesn't hurt
=)
-F
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7) From: Jamie Dolan
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We don't make a lot of drip at all.  Espresso machine  is used 20 to 1
to coffee (pour over, machine, or french press).  I crank it up to a
corser grind when I am making coffee and the results seem pretty good,
most of the time.
I am torn, not because I don't think the commecial machines are a good
value, I am sure many of them are great pieces of equiptment.  The
think is really that with my little machine / grinder setup there are
days that it seems to work great, I pull 30 second shots, they taste
great, it seems like it stayed right up there at a good tempature,
etc.  Then I have days when it all seems to go to hell, where my
basket clogs up, shot times are very inconsistant, doesn't feel like
it is at the proper tempature, taste is off, etc.
So it gets me where I am quite happy with the results, maybe 50% of
the time (maybe less) and the other 50%+ of the time, it is just in
the acceptable range.
I read alot about grinder and machines back a few months ago, and have
a hard time selling myself on getting anything other than stuff that
is into the commercial range $$.  And I am not quite sure I want to
invest that much money into my home coffee setup, even though I know
it would last the rest of my life....
I might go to SCAA.  I am sure I would see all kind of cool machines
and learn alot there.
Thanks for the thoughts / suggestions.
Jamie
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8) From: Jamie Dolan
\> I second that.  We started with a Gaggia Evolution ($200) and a
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I am watching a few mazzer super jolly and other mazzer models and a
rocky on e-bay right now.  The Mazzer I really like in the Mini
doserless, but it is running close to $800.  Still trying to convince
myself to buy the high end coffee equiptment.  My coffee equiptment is
fighting for a chunk of my budget, so is a hot tub and hard wood
flooring. :-)
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:-)
Jamie
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9) From: Sandy Andina
Using an espresso grinder, especially a stepless one, as an all- 
purpose grinder is a colossal PITA.  I find that changing even the  
Rocky's settings between decaf espresso and decaf press or drip is a  
chore compared to dedicating a grinder to non-espresso grinding.
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10) From: Sandy Andina
Holy guacamole!  Mine with doser was under $400!!!
On Apr 18, 2008, at 6:45 PM, Jamie Dolan wrote:
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11) From: Jamie Dolan
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I would keep my cusinart for drip coffee grinding, since I do so
little drip coffee.
Jamie
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12) From: Floyd Lozano
The mini E and mini B doserless are under 800 brand spankin new.
Don't get them from eBay ;)  The plain ol' Mazzer Mini with short
hopper (and doser) is $530 brand new.  If you're doing espresso, the
doser is useful for busting up clumps, not so much the dosing, once
you do the 'tape' mod to get it to sweep the doser clean (otherwise,
there's a few grounds left behind).
-F
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13) From: raymanowen
"... I do so little drip coffee."
I hate to hear that- the Mazzer grinds everything from press to Turkish to
wheat flour...
" If the grinder is good enough for your espresso brewing, is it too good
for your drip brewing?
Or don't you like drip brew? Wonder why?"
Well? If you wouldn't use the Costco grinder for espresso brewing, or for
drip brewing, why keep the shiny toy? I guess you might grind spices with
it...
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
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14) From: stereoplegic
really? just took my *$ Barista (before any bashing ensues, it's a 
rebadged Solis Maestro (no plus)) off the counter today as my Rosito 
Bisani (rebadged Rossi) RR45 does so much better for 'spro AND drip AND 
press. for me it's an easy adjustment from its usual 'spro setting of 
(from where i'm reading, no real mark to match the following numbers up 
to (yet)) 6-8 (5-6 for ristretto) to 30ish for drip or 40ish for press. 
granted it's not a completely fair comparison, as the RR45's young burrs 
have ground about a tenth at most of what the Barista's burrs have 
ground. even when ppl said Maestros and their kin couldn't grind fine 
enough for 'spro, i found a way and it's done one hell of a job. if you 
can find a Barista or a Bodum Antigua for well enough under $100 (i 
believe the former is below that now @ *$) and are willing to do a 
little tinkering they can be hellacious workhorses of grinders for those 
w/ a sub-$100 budget. and then there's always RayO's Virtuoso burr 
swapout mod, plus the Maestro upgrade kit for more adjustability/more 
durable adjustment ring (free from Baratza, even shipped).
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15) From: Jamie Dolan
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Good Idea!
I've been considering leaving a grinder setup just for grinding
pepper,, either that or get that pretty brass hand mill tom has at SM.
 Anyone tried one of toms hand mills for pepper?  (the $80 ish one).
Well I am planing to go to the SCA conferance, so I hope to see some
grinders in action and see first hand what some of these "big boy"
grinders can do!
Jamie
Stereoplegic; Intresting, I will have to read more about those grinders.  :-)
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16) From: Brian Kamnetz
On 4/19/08, Jamie Dolan  wrote:
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I look forward to your posts describing what you learn.
Brian
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