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    Im going for it... EM6910 here I come

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    Hi all,

    I posted (http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1233703765/new and http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1233786997/new) almost a year ago about getting some form of manual brewer (like the presso) and the em480 grinder...

    Well here I am, after reading and reading CS for the last 48 hours (and seeing one in store for $590) Ive decided to take the plunge and go for the EM6910 (It helps that the missus is in on it this time :P)

    Probably gonna hit up the store on Friday, *so I just wanted any last minute tips, warnings, suggestions or any other input about the EM6910 and potentially the EM480 (they have one in store for $180) or suggestions for a different grinder :P
    Thanks everyone!!!


    (p.s. Ive missed my daily CS reading, gonna have to start up again *;D )

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    Quote Originally Posted by 557473636E010 link=1264892927/0#0 date=1264892927
    suggestions for a different grinder
    That would depend on whether you are willing to spend a lot more money on a grinder.
    Remember, the 0450/0480 is the minimum level grinder recommended here.

    The 0450/0480 is noisy and messy and known to have QC issues these days (might need a washer or two).

    Quote Originally Posted by 557473636E010 link=1264892927/0#0 date=1264892927
    any last minute tips, warnings, suggestions or any other input about the EM6910 *
    Make sure you read AngerManagements posts about the 6910; he knows more about them than even I do. *;)

    Specifically the "5c test" and the "sweet spot".

    If you look after it the 6910 can make you very good coffee and not need to go in for user induced repairs.
    If you get the 0480 make sure it comes with the spout extension (new stock) as that will cut down some of the mess.

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    Hi Turbo,

    You might want to get the extended warranty for your piece of mind. I think it costs $100 and covers you over 4 years. (plus one year manufacturer warranty). :)

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    Get the warranty or dont get the machine. I have heard so many stories of peoples 6910 dying just after the 12 months. Mine included. It has never worked properly since...

    Nick

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    Thanks all, will definitely go for the warranty... :)

    Quote Originally Posted by 7C405D464C4D5A4F474C280 link=1264892927/1#1 date=1264894995
    That would depend on whether you are willing to spend a lot more money on a grinder.
    Remember, the 0450/0480 is the minimum level grinder recommended here.

    The 0450/0480 is noisy and messy and known to have QC issues these days (might need a washer or two).
    I think thats all Im prepared to spend at the moment, and I honestly (at this point in time) dont mind the noise/mess of lower end grinders (got some family reject atm, cant be worth more than $50 :P).

    Quote Originally Posted by 7C405D464C4D5A4F474C280 link=1264892927/1#1 date=1264894995
    Make sure you read AngerManagements posts about the 6910; he knows more about them than even I do.Wink

    Specifically the "5c test" and the "sweet spot".
    Ive found what I thought were relatively vague posts about the sunbeam sweet spot and mentions of a 5c test, but I cant find details re the 5c test or where on the gauge the sweet spot is... although that could be because at this point Im not entirely familiar with the machine :P Im assuming all will become more clear when I get it...?

    Quote Originally Posted by 7C405D464C4D5A4F474C280 link=1264892927/1#1 date=1264894995
    If you look after it the 6910 can make you very good coffee and not need to go in for user induced repairs.
    If you get the 0480 make sure it comes with the spout extension (new stock) as that will cut down some of the mess.
    Yeah, Im getting quite fond of the idea of taking one home (oogling reviews, comparisons etc online :P) so Ill be pretty picky on the cleaning/care of it ;) Will definitely make sure to get the extension for the em0480!


    Im pretty keen to get into it... probably going to head in sooner, cant help myself ;D

    Ill keep in touch, specially after the first coupla runs and see what else I need, although from the searching I have been doing today Id suggest most of the info is there, I just need to look harder :P Forgive any PMs that may come your way re 6910 :)

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    Forget the extension
    Just get used to measuring the correct amount of beans into the hopper and grind into a can (or a spare milk jug as I do)
    Makes zero mess and reduces clumping
    5 cent piece test: Grind, dose, tamp, place 5c on top of puck, lock into place, unlock and inspect, 5c should be slightly impressed into to puck, get used to how high your tamper sits inside your tamped basket to achieve this, this is a good starting point.

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    Champion!!!

    Thanks heaps for that shawty!!!

    Have you had a good run with your 6910 and 0480?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 78595E4E432C0 link=1264892927/6#6 date=1264969293
    Have you had a good run with your 6910 and 0480? *
    No problems so far (fingers crossed)
    except for wife not cleaning/flushing as I would like after use.... but she is learning slowly

    My grinder came with 3 washers already installed and my grind is about 13-15 on the scale now. When new was about 18 but bedded in fairly quickly to 13-15, depending on bean and conditions

    I could see the benefit of a better grinder, but this one isnt too bad. It makes a coffee most of my and my wifes friends rave about.
    Although I thinks a lot of this could be due to home roasting and not using supermarket crap

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3B20293F3C31480 link=1264892927/5#5 date=1264968872
    Forget the extension
    Just get used to measuring the correct amount of beans into the hopper and grind into a can (or a spare milk jug as I do)
    Makes zero mess and reduces clumping
    5 cent piece test: Grind, dose, tamp, place 5c on top of puck, lock into place, unlock and inspect, 5c should be slightly impressed into to puck, get used to how high your tamper sits inside your tamped basket to achieve this, this is a good starting point.
    Forget the extension?

    What makes you say that shawty?

    I bought a 0450 to use with the 6910 at work.
    It WAS messy and noisy and I replaced it after a while with a Gaggia MDF.
    However, I did obtain the extension spout as soon as it was available, as well as some spare washers even though mine didnt need any.
    I found the spout helped a little with the mess as it directed the grinds better into the basket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 536F7269636275606863070 link=1264892927/8#8 date=1264984244
    I found the spout helped a little with the mess as it directed the grinds better into the basket.
    +1

    That little spout greatly reduces the amount of mess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0539243F353423363E35510 link=1264892927/8#8 date=1264984244
    Forget the extension?

    What makes you say that shawty?
    Well... if you read the rest of the reply you would see I say to grind into a can/jug which results in ZERO mess and reduced clumping.

    I guess the extra metal reduced static somehow.

    I used the extension and still found it to be too messy for me

    This solution killed 2 birds with one stone for me [smiley=wink.gif]

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    Thanks heaps guys for replies :) turns out the bloke who got us a decent deal doesnt work until Wednesday... getting pretty excited though ;D

    If the extension comes with, Ill be happy, if it doesnt Ill probably give shawtys suggestion a go and see from there :)

    Thanks again all!!!

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    I would definately ask for the extension, because if you really like grinding directly into the basket, then it reduces the mess compared to not using it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 342F2630333E470 link=1264892927/10#10 date=1264988705
    Well... if you read the rest of the reply you would see I say to grind into a can/jug which results in ZERO mess and reduced clumping.

    I guess the extra metal reduced static somehow.

    I used the extension and still found it to be too messy for me

    This solution killed 2 birds with one stone for me [smiley=wink.gif]
    Fair enough. I used to use the supplied plastic container but once I got a hold of the spout found that a lot more convenient.

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    Hi, mind sharing where you saw one for $590?

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    Unless its old stock the 0480s should all come with the extension spout now.
    Im actually about to take mine back tomorrow for a replacement after six months use - and yes its been cared for and cleaned.

    It also has three spacers (washers) but has dropped from the 11-13 it used to grind on down to 4-5, so using that warranty and getting a new one.

    Other than that the combo has done me well, still learning to pull a proper shot and also yet to get my milk texturing perfect all the time but that just means more practice, its so painful! *;)

    In saying all that, the next big purchase will be a better grinder but currently I cant afford what I want so I am happy with what I have.

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    beauty :) thanks heaps for that Wambesi! pretty keen... :)

    I love this forum!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 567770606D020 link=1264892927/6#6 date=1264969293
    Have you had a good run with your 6910 and 0480?
    So far very good. I am quite impressed what can be achieved with a bit of care and practice + decent equipmnet :D

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    Hey Turbo, i bought the 6910 and 0480 just before christmas, have been having a great time learning how the master the machine and as wambesi has said milk texturing is a challenge,but worth it, enjoy

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    good stuff redcapsicum!!!

    Im going to pick them up in about 30 mins!!!

    getting pretty excited... think we all know what Ill be doing this arvo ;D

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    Quote Originally Posted by 163730202D420 link=1264892927/19#19 date=1265070285
    getting pretty excited... think we all know what Ill be doing this arvo ;D
    ...and what you wont be doing tonight!
    I dont think I managed to be able to sleep until just after 1am when I got mine, mega overdosed on coffee!

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    Just make sure you get some fresh locally roasted beans as well. ;)

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    Re: Im going for it... EM6910 here I come

    already found something wrong with them...

    I HAVE TO WAIT 4 HOURS TO USE THEM!!!

    :P

    found a coupla places that roast daily, one place in particular that makes a fine coffee that roasts in house :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6B4A4D5D503F0 link=1264892927/22#22 date=1265080210
    I HAVE TO WAIT 4 HOURS TO USE THEM!!!
    Why?

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    work... sigh... not sure they would approve me bringing in my OWN machine and grinder middle of the day :P

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    You could ask.

    Work had a 6910 and I took in my own grinder - no argument.

    Taking both might be stretching it though.
    Hang in there.

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    Im so keen its not even funny... Picking up some fresh beans this arvy on the way home... ;D

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    Just thought id share this spacer I made up for direct grinding into my 6910 basket. *It just slips on and off and makes for no mess grinding with the 0408.

    http://img707.imageshack.us/i/dsc00047c.jpg/

    http://img96.imageshack.us/i/dsc00048gr.jpg/

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    Much better than a yoghurt container.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 061F373E3620273F520 link=1264892927/27#27 date=1265084862
    Just thought id share this spacer I made up for direct grinding into my 6910 basket. *It just slips on and off and makes for no mess grinding with the 0408.

    http://img707.imageshack.us/i/dsc00047c.jpg/

    http://img96.imageshack.us/i/dsc00048gr.jpg/

    Very nice indeed. ;)

    How much for one? :-?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0438253E343522373F34500 link=1264892927/28#28 date=1265093930
    Much better than a yoghurt container.
    Certainly flashier, and more durable, but I bet it acts as more of a heat sink than 2 gm. of plastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 333B232934500 link=1264892927/29#29 date=1265094693
    Quote Originally Posted by 061F373E3620273F520 link=1264892927/27#27 date=1265084862
    Just thought id share this spacer I made up for direct grinding into my 6910 basket. *It just slips on and off and makes for no mess grinding with the 0408.

    http://img707.imageshack.us/i/dsc00047c.jpg/

    http://img96.imageshack.us/i/dsc00048gr.jpg/

    Very nice indeed. *;)

    How much for one? *:-?

    Chris
    Wasnt really planning on making any more to be honest, for what people would pay etc it wouldnt be worth the messing around. If I come across another spare bit of alumium ill give you a shout.

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    Nice work i will be having a chat to our machinist at work ;D
    got to get me one of those, you havent patent it have you ;)

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    Yer no worries, i can give you dimensions if you want...

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    yeh thanks XA that would make it a bit easier for him. ;)



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