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Topic: Used Mazzer arrived! (3 msgs / 112 lines)
1) From:
The used commercial Mazzer arrived yesterday afternoon, and sure enough,
it's a Super Jolly.  Cost about $30 less than a new Mini, so I'm thinking
it's a good deal.  Yeah baby, this sucka is *heavy*, 32 pounds the seller
says.  Hardly a scratch, mostly under the fork in front.  The doser counter
read 1720, which is about 26 pounds of coffee (if it despenses 7g at a
time), so it should last me *quite* awhile before I need to consider
replacing the burrs.  The burrs looked great, so the doser count is probably
about right.  Has the on/off switch, no timer ... nice.  The finger guard
inside the doser is switched, when you lift it the grinder cuts off; so I
haven't attempted to remove it yet.
First off, it was clogged a bit with coffee residue/grounds.  Was in service
for about 18 months, but very lightly, and I'm thinking it might not have
been cleaned too much.  Used the cleaning tools I bought from Tom:  the long
skinny bottle brush  (gets in-between the lower burr and side wall very
nicely) and the wire bristle brush (used it to clean the screw threads on
the ring that holds the top burr in place), plus a toothbrush and a
toothpick (for digging out the gunk below the inner edge of the lower burr).
Wiped out the doser, vacuumed the mess, and ready to go.
Screwed it all the way down, yep, the zero lines up with the factory 'arrow'
sticker.  Unscrewed it to about 6.25, to see what I'll need for drip
(thought I had set it to 8, but that was lined up with the front center; 6
1/4 or so was on the arrow to the left of center -- oops).  This was a bit
too course, using my Swiss One Cup it brewed way too fast (although, it
*looks* very much like the coarseness of store-bought coffee -- what I
remember of it ).  Next test was set on 5 (on the arrow this time) --
much closer to the grind I've been using for my Swiss One Cup, but not quite
it.  I'll try 4.5 tomorrow.
You may find this hard to believe, but I don't own an espresso machine yet
.... this purchase is very forward-looking.  I'm commited to my hobby, and
have been roasting coffee for friends by the pound.  The little I make is
subsidizing my own coffee purchases, and since pound-at-a-time grinding is
what killed my poor little La Pavoni, I decided I never wanted to replace my
grinder again.  Think this'll do it?  ;D
Some impressions:
 - Wow does this look nice.  The wife said it's a nice addition to the
kitchen.  Hope she says that about the plumbed-in espresso machine I've got
my eye on ... ;)
 - No Dust!  Not in the grind, not on my countertop ... awesome.
 - Nice, authoritative hum; not the jack-hammer growling of the cheap
grinders I've had.  :)
 - Without the hopper, fits nicely under my cabinets.  A cut-down hopper
should fit fine (but maybe not 1-pound capacity).  Plenty of room to slide
it out from under the cabinet, though, if I want a tall hopper, and in this
position (facing left, sitting on the right-side of my counter) the power
cord leads out to the back.  Perfect.  This is great!
 - It's surprisingly gratifying to have such a quality piece of equipment.
My normally-penny-pinching sensibilities are well compensated, knowing how
good an investment this is.
Couple of questions:
 - Any suggestions for removing the finger guard, considering the "dead-man"
circuit (if it needs handling)?
 - Is there any "stock" handle that screws into the adjustment ring; there's
machine-screw holes in it (6 holes), but no handle.  I can jury-rig
something easily enough, but thought I'd check; didn't see one on the
grinder parts websites.  I need something; it's considerably stiff, and the
knurled edge is rough on the fingers.
 - Is it safe to remove/disassemble/reassemble the doser?  There's dust
inbetween the acrylic cylinder and the metal cylinder.
-- Tod (1/2 way to a great coffee setup -- got the beans, scale and grinder,
need the great roaster and brewing systems!)

2) From: Simpson
Are you sure you don't have an 'autofill' version? What you are calling the
'fingerguard' may be the microswitch that detects a full doser . Does your
fingerguard look like this?:http://mywebpages.comcast.net/tnjsimpson1/ugly3.jpgThis is a Major doser which wasn't as nice as you describe yours as being!
You've made a great purchase.
Ted
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On 5/29/2003 at 7:39 PM tarnim wrote:
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3) From: Prabhakar Ragde
Tod wrote, of his new Mazzer:
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My Mini came with such a handle, basically just a cylinder of metal
with a plastic cap on one end and the other end threaded to screw into
one of these holes. I don't know if it would fit yours, but maybe one
of the people on this list with every measurement tool known to man
[1] can tell you its bore, pitch, yaw, and ambient temperature.  If it
does, I bet you can order one. --PR
[1] Sexist formulation intentional.


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