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Topic: Grinder Arrives (11 msgs / 293 lines)
1) From: Les
The Cimbali Max Hybrid arrived!  I was immediately impressed with the nice
size of the grinder.  The first thing I did was take the dumb "tamper" off
the front.  I actually read the spartan instructions before firing it up.
After looking it over, I really missed the simplicity of the Major.  I
looked down the hole and saw those wonderful hybrid burrs.  I took some
dated coffee and did a grind.  Not bad for espresso, but I was going to do a
test pot of vac brew.  Played with the adjuster knob and I was pleased with
the sensitivity and the fact that it was stepless.  I finally dialed in a
nice grind for a vac pot.  I did a complete clean up and brought out the
Idido Misty Valley for the big test!   Yes, Yes, Yes, the grinder is the
most important piece of equipment!  Wow, what a crystal clear cup of
coffee.  Began with an awesome hint of blueberry descending into a
cornucopia of fruit ending with jasmine notes, and a nice caramel finish.
This grinder left no hint of bitterness, and even though there are a few
things I don't like about the grinder, (I will get used to it I think.), the
proof is in the cup!  Those hybrid burrs prepared those awesome homeroasted
beans to have the wonderful flavors extracted from them into some of the
finest elixir I have enjoyed.  Based on flavor, I highly recommend this
grinder.  I can't wait to pull some shots.  I had the chance to use the
large Macaps Conical, and I would have to say based on the grind adjustments
and the quality of the first cup, I made the right choice.  My advice, don't
try to skimp on the grinder.  It would be like putting a one barrel
carburetor on a Big Block engine.
Les
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2) From: Bob Hazen
Les,
I'll be looking forward to your further experiences with the grind.  Please 
keep us up to date.  I'm thinking it's high time to replace my Gaggia MDF. 
The max hybrid might be it.
Does the max hybrid have enough adjustment range to do a press-pot grind?
Bob

3) From: Eddie Dove
Great "first-look" Les!  I look forward to more of your experiences
and insight with the hybrid.  Please do keep up posted.
That grinder sure did find a fine home!
Eddie
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4) From: raymanowen
Hold on, sir - did you properly install the grinder? There's a supplement to
the - apparently - truncated instruction sheet. Did you miss it?
I can give you a synopsis. It's important enough not to skip over these
instructions.
You will need to go to a quarry and obtain a 12,500# granite pedestal. Have
a section of your wall dismantled and removed so the Caterpillar 994 loader
can deliver the rock and set it in place.
Locate the grinder on the pedestal with diamond drills, lag shields and lag
screws, to obliterate to the maximum extent possible, collateral landscape
alteration due to delivery necessities.
In addition, a couple of passes of the 994 could accomplish any neighborhood
street widening plans you had in mind. HOA be Damned...
Then you would list your grinder as Fixed, and anything needing grinding be
brought to it...
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
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5) From: Floyd Lozano
I think he's trying to say, don't drop this one ;)
-F
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6) From: John and Emma
Thanks for the update Les. Please keep the reviews of your new grinder
coming.
John H.

7) From: Stephen Carey
Les,
Congratulations.  I remember when I got my new grinder - nothing of 
the quality of yours, but a good burr grinder sold by SMs, it made an 
unbelievable difference.
I do have a question and I ask your forgiveness in not knowing this, 
for I am sure I should be aware of it.
When you say "hybrid burs" what is the "hybrid" about - what is it 
and what effect does it have on the grinding process.  I realize you 
are not here to be my teacher, but if you can help a little I would 
greatly appreciate it.
All the best,
Stephen
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8) From: miKe mcKoffee
First Les, congrats. Look forward to the Max Hybrid making a trip to
Vancouver so I can check it out some time!
Hybrid refers to it using a combination of both flat and conical burrs, much
like the Versalab. H-B thread with lots of discussion here:http://www.home-barista.com/forums/la-cimbali-max-grinder-first-look-t3147.html
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9) From: Les
Bob asked, "Does the max hybrid have enough adjustment range to do a
press-pot grind?"  I took her up to setting 18 and I am enjoying one of the
finest Press Pots of Tree Dried India coffee I have had in a long time.
Technivorm grind was on setting 8 and was very good, Vac pot was on 12,
Espresso was between a 3 and a 4 this morning.
Things I really like about the Cimbali Max Hybrid so far is: The size.  For
a full power machine it is compact.  It isn't small, but it doesn't look out
of place on the counter.  It is quiet.  I can't believe how quiet it is.  it
seems to be very adjustable and returns to the same setting each time.  Oh
and it is powerful.  There is no slowing down when you turn it on.  I think
the progression of the grind going through the Conical burrs first and then
the flat has something to do with that.  It isn't as fast the Major, but it
isn't a slouch either.  I like the tray and the hoppers are excellent.  Most
of all I like the improvement in the taste of my coffee.  There is a big
improvement.
Things I don't like so far.  I don't like dossers.  This one will have to
have the Mike McKoffee Modifcation of the blades.  I don't like the limited
access to the chute.  There is a protector there for fools that might put
their fingers in when it is running.  I don't like the bean bounce but that
is life with a conical.  I am also wondering how it is going to handle the
larger beans like the Pacamara..  I just love that big bean.  So there you
have the first day report.  It nice to be on vacation when your new grinder
arrives.  I am going to be wired all day on coffee.
Les
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10) From: Barry Luterman
If possible on the Hybred the canning funnel modification will help
with the bean bounce
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11) From: Ira
At 08:56 AM 8/5/2008, you wrote:
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It's got a set of conical burrs that break up the beans and then 
feeds them into a set of flat burrs that do the actual grinding.
Ira
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