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Topic: SM5k excess grounds (2 msgs / 146 lines)
1) From: Andy Tanis
I've been a happy SM5k owner for half a year now, but my main disappointment
with the machine is how it "pre-grinds" about two shots worth of beans.
This was broken down experimentally a while ago by resident coffee scientist
MM, so I won't go into the details.  This is a problem for me, because
during the week I have my precious Solis sitting next to me a work, and I
make a 6oz cafe crema about six times a day.  This means that my first cup
in the morning is 100% coffee that was ground the day before.  Even later in
the day my coffees are made with beans that were ground one or two hours
previously.  Obviously, this isn't as freshly ground as I'd like, and I
don't have the heart to dump the first couple cups in the morning--they may
be a bit stale, but they are still beans that I lovingly roasted with my own
hands.  
It's not as big a deal on the weekends, when all my neighbors swarm into my
apartment, wondering if Solis is up.  They always get the first couple cups,
leaving the freshest stuff for me--and if Solis has been idle for a few
hours, before I make a cup for me, I tell my wife that I'd *love* to make a
cup for her.  :)
Anyway, I've taken the SM5k apart as much as I think is possible--vacuuming
out the grinder, etc., and was wondering if there was any way to hack the
machine so it only grinds enough each time for *that* cup.  I emailed
Baratza, since they are always very helpful, and their reply is below.
Unfortunately, it doesn't look possible.  I also asked if there was a "new
improved" version of the SM5k in the works, and they replied "not one that
addresses this problem".  Oh well, I guess I'll just have to ramp up my
coffee drinking schedule to a cafe crema every 10 minutes, so that the
majority of cups are super fresh.
Andy Tanis

2) From: John Abbott
Andy,
	That is one of the problems with the SM5k. I have created a small cone to
drop into my bean hopper for rapid change of beans when I know I'm going to
be running several sources.  However there is no "good" way to overcome the
grind ahead, but it can be minimized.  I bought a Dirt Devil for $19 at
Wal-Mart and dedicated it to the coffee systems.  IF you pull the mech out
you can vacuum out the excess grind.  I remove the beans from the hopper,
pull a one ounce shot and allow the grinder to time-out and alarm for the
empty hopper, then pull the mech and vacuum it. It works - but its a lot of
work - more often I simply throw out the first TWO shots.
John


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