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Topic: Solis Maestro Grinder (25 msgs / 587 lines)
1) From: Kenneth Roberts
I bought a Solis Maestro last spring based on WLL ratings.  Then I
started reading this group and freaking out that the thing would wear
out quickly grinding for espresso.
In any case, it's still performing on the finer settings.  I noticed one
day early on that if I put a little weight on the hopper with my hand to
steady it while grinding, it helps.  Runs quieter, none of those
*thumps* that you just know must be making the top burr wobble hard into
the bottom burr.  And it feeds better as well (quicker time to grind a
quantity of beans).  I also noticed that more frequent cleanings help a
lot.  
I'm still getting a good tasting espresso with this grinder, 8 months
out (1 to 2 shots a day).
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2) From: Julian Manders
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I received mine earlier this week and have used it with great success.  I
started out at the factory setting of 8.5 on the grinder and recently
changed it to 7.  Do you normally set it lower for espresso?
Also, where do you apply pressure?  Do you place your hand over the hopper
cover as it grinds?
I'm in coffee heaven in the morning, getting espresso and crema in 20
seconds.  Cleaning out the press pot was a pain and manually filling the
espresso cup with grounds was getting old.
Julian

3) From: Kenneth Roberts
I'm end up at 1-3 'stops' back from finest setting.  My model doesn't
have numbers and doesn't really "click" (have a Maestro, not a Plus),
but you can feel the positions.
I just rest my hand on the top of the closed hopper, gentle pressure.
Don't really know if that's having any effect on burr life, but it runs
quieter, feeds faster, avoids those thumps and is still giving good
grind--beyond where I was worried about seeing degradation.
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4) From: rnkyle
Thanks I get nice espresso grind that suits my Gusto, nice double 25 sec.
The setting is 1/2 between drip and espresso marks.
Ron

5) From: Les & Becky
All this debate about grinders sent me to Ebay!  I just picked up a Mazzer
Super Jolly.  I think I am set for the long term now!
Les

6) From: Ed Needham
Way to go.  Set for life.
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7) From: AlChemist John
Wow, good going Les.
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8) From: Dhruva Hein
First of all, thanks to all those who shared their profiles and advice 
on the iRoast. It's amazing to see how far the suggested profiles differ 
from those built in. So far the suggestions are perfect.
I'd also be grateful for any advice on how to get a Solis Maestro 
grinder to output a fine ground without it turning into the equivalent 
of an indoor crop duster. Today, while running it normally at a 6 
setting I ended up with a fine mist of coffee grinds all over my shirt 
and pants, the countertop and most of the kitchen. Luckily there was 
also some left over to use for brewing.
The grinder appears to be a powerful static electricity generator. There 
is coffee dust sticking to just about every plastic part of the output 
hopper. I suppose I could get one of those grounding pads or wrist wires 
people use when building computers. But would that help?
If anyone on the list has discovered the secret of using this grinder 
and getting all -- or even most -- of the ground coffee into the brewing 
process, please let me know how you managed it.
Thanks very much,
Dhruva Hein

9) From: J.W.Bullfrog
Get the humidity up in the area around the grinder? not much of an 
answer, not an easy solution.
Dhruva Hein wrote:
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10) From: Philip Keleshian
Someone posted the very same question on the Coffee Geek forum.  That =
prompted me to experiment with a cheap Melitta pseudo-burr grinder I =
have at my daughter's house. This thing rivaled the infamous Braun KMM30 =
for static.  With my mod it is completely civilized as far as static is =
concerned. It still is a cruddy grinder but static is no longer a =
problem.  Look at this string, in particular the third and fourth pages:http://www.coffeegeek.com/forums/coffee/machines/135315?LastView=113518=3613&Page=1
Phil

11) From: mIke mcKoffee
Wash the grinds catch container in dish soap, rinse and dry. This will
usually eliminate the static cling for awhile.
miKe
 
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12) From: Brett Mason
What if I look for an aluminum or steel cup to catch the grounds
instead - what type of metal should I consider?
Thanks,
Brett
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Regards,
Brett Mason
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13) From: Paul Goelz
At 11:28 PM 12/21/2005, you wrote:
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I have the Starbucks version of the Solis and it has never EVER done 
that.  I rarely wash the plastic cup.  As far as I can tell, there 
has never been a single ground that has escaped onto the counter 
unless I fail to get the cup all the way in.
Not sure I can explain the differences.... one thought is that I 
DON'T wash the cup.  Maybe the oils dissipate the surface charge on 
the plastic?  Another is that we keep the humidity between 25 and 30% 
in the winter.... not sure what would happen at lower humiditiy.
Paul
Paul Goelz
Rochester Hills, MI USA
paul at pgoelz dot com
www.pgoelz.com

14) From: Wesley Simon
Someone else mentioned this before...
Add a couple drops of water to the beans before grinding them.  The static
will be gone!
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15) From: Demian Ebert
I found with my Solis that if I wasn't careful a little pile of ground
coffee would accumulate at the back of the chamber into which the plastic
hopper fits. It didn't take much to keep the hopper from fitting all the wa=
y
into its slot. The resulting gap could lead to airborne coffee...
Static also varied buy bean, but I never worried about it too much. And it
never made the mess you're talking about.
Demian
(who replaced the solis with a rocky)

16) From: Angelo
I, too, have experienced no static with the SB version.
I heard that rubbing the outside of the container with a sheet of Bounce, 
or other softener eliminates static...
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17) From: Philip Keleshian
Hi Brett,
I would guess that any metal you can work with and which doesn't scare =
you (I would say lead should be out) would be OK.
I would think that lining your present grounds hopper with sticky-back =
aluminum or copper tape would be about as good.
Did you check the link which I posted? =http://www.coffeegeek.com/forums/coffee/machines/135315?LastView=113518=3613&Page=1  The machine in the example is a cheap pseudo burr thing =
but someone reported doing the same thing to a real grinder and getting =
excellent results.
Phil

18) From: Brett Mason
My daily grinder is a 1950's Cory Electric, and the grounds hopper is
but a small juice glass.  I am thinking of looking for a brass or tin
cup instead...  I anticipate any of the consignment stores in the
neighborhood will do...
Thx,
Brett
Further advice always appreciated...
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g to a real grinder and getting excellent results.
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Regards,
Brett Mason
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19) From: David Felser
The only way I could beat the dust and static electricity was 1-2 
sprays of water over the coffee beans before grinding.  Was pretty 
successful for me.  I used the Solis Maestro+ for vac brewing on a 
setting halfway between "Drip" and "Espresso".
David
"Not all things that are countable, count, and not all things that count,
are countable". Albert Einstein

20) From:
S-S-Solis has, with the dissemination of their "electric burr grinder,"
taught me a $149 lesson on the liklihood of my ever purchasing any other
thing thus branded and ballyhooed.
My final solution to the pile of ground coffee would that accumulate at the
back of the bin, the negligible static problem and the attenuated grind
range was to replace the power connector and line cord.
The new connector is a three-prong grounded male plug. The whole line cord
and plug is a molded assembly. Of course, the other end leads to a Mazzer
Major. With new burrs. Sans doser thing.
The SMP and the neat-looking Solis/Bodum Antigua that Hufford slipped me no=
w
have new homes.
George Orwell wrote of a "Hole in the wall." I, too, have one. Solis and
Hufford live in mine.
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
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"When the theme hits the bass, I dance the Jig!" - -Virgil Fox at the
Wichita WurliTzer

21) From: miKe mcKoffee
Ray, you're a fast learner! I bought FOUR burr grinders in under two years,
first two sub $100 "real winners" then two of them Solis (Mulino then
Maestro) before FINALLY LISTENing to the advice from others and getting a
Rocky for grinder number Five. I spent more on the first four than for
Rocky. Gave the other four away too.
miKe
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	S-S-Solis has, with the dissemination of their "electric burr
grinder," taught me a $149 lesson on the liklihood of my ever purchasing any
other thing thus branded and ballyhooed.
	
	My final solution to the pile of ground coffee would that accumulate
at the back of the bin, the negligible static problem and the attenuated
grind range was to replace the power connector and line cord. 
	
	The new connector is a three-prong grounded male plug. The whole
line cord and plug is a molded assembly. Of course, the other end leads to a
Mazzer Major. With new burrs. Sans doser thing.
	
	The SMP and the neat-looking Solis/Bodum Antigua that Hufford
slipped me now have new homes. 
	
	George Orwell wrote of a "Hole in the wall." I, too, have one. Solis
and Hufford live in mine.
	
	Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
	-- 
	"When the theme hits the bass, I dance the Jig!" - -Virgil Fox at
the Wichita WurliTzer

22) From: Gary & Diana Steinberg
Can anyone advise how you can tell when the grinding blades need to be
replaced?  I'm currently using a Solis Maestro, like a work horse, and at
times it sounds like it's straining to complete the grind. I've had it for
about 2 years and use it for home use only.
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They say to replace the blades every 50-60 lbs. For me at about a pound  week equals once a year.
Dean De Crisce
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24) From: Bill S.
Because all burrs degrade slowly over time, it not like there is a sudden
change which prompts replacing burrs.  Pounds ground is the best indicator.
Dull cutters will take more torque to grind, so that may be what you are
seeing.. a fresh cleaning may see some improvement.. Most notice a
remarkable change with new burrs, on any grinder..
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25) From: Bill
Change those burrs!!!  and thoroughly-thoroughly!!! clean that grinder!
order from www.baratza.com the site has trouble, or at least, I have trouble
getting the web site to work easily, but I just ordered new burrs last week.
 Will install them on Saturday.
I am a bit crazy about my burrs, so I replace every 6 months, just to make
sure there's not a problem!
When you pull the center burr, there is an impeller wheel below that.  clean
that really well.  You can order a new one from baratza if you would like
to, as well.  Vacuum out the chute.  perhaps you want to order the plastic
brush as well to facilitate cleaning.  anywhere you see coffee oils, make
sure you brush it off!  That's just waiting to degrade your daily cup of
homeroast!
change those burrs!!!
it's really simple on the Maestro.
peace
bill
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