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    I was at Karrinyup shopping centre yesterday and when walking past Gloria Jeans I noticed an unusual grinder, it was La Marzocco but had two hoppers, this stopped me in my tracks and I went to investigate, I asked the kid at the counter if they ground two types on beans and he said they were their house blend and decaf, they dont adjust the grinder between the two which didnt really surprise me. One way to cut down on bench space but quality would have to suffer. ;D ;D ;D : :

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    Re: Dual hopper grinder

    Originally posted by 20352222292A2629470 link=1237017843/0#0 date=1237017843
    I was at Karrinyup shopping centre yesterday and when walking past Gloria Jeans I noticed an unusual grinder, it was La Marzocco but had two hoppers, this stopped me in my tracks and I went to investigate, I asked the kid at the counter if they ground two types on beans and he said they were their house  blend and decaf, they dont adjust the grinder between the two which didnt really surprise me. One way to cut down on bench space but quality would have to suffer.  ;D ;D ;D : :
    Yeppers- its a LaMarzocco Swift.....

    As I understand, grind and volume can be set independently for either side. Little surprise that they dont (or was that dont know how to) adjust them!

    There are quite a few swift grinders around

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    • #3
      Re: Dual hopper grinder

      What are they like, Chris?

      Im a bit suss on them just because (at least on the one I saw - in a usually reputable cafe) they dose AND tamp for you. Seem lazy at best; dodgy at worst. But maybe okay?

      Cheers
      Stuart.

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      • #4
        Re: Dual hopper grinder

        Originally posted by 686F6E7A696F7C697A756F1B0 link=1237017843/2#2 date=1237033339
        Seem lazy at best; dodgy at worst. But maybe okay?

        Yep, the Synesso agents here in Perth use / sell them.... and they are **very** expensive!!

        Ben (the current Australian Cupping champion) demonstrated its use when we visited to do some cupping.... they make a very nice espresso.

        You use the matching swift baskets.... and the grinder tamps as it doses..... giving a completely uniform tamp top to bottom!!!

        And a single swift basket isnt necked in like most single baskets.... it just looks like a shallow double basket.... and also makes a very nice espresso when teamed up with the Swift grinder....

        Nope, not a toy nor an "el cheapo" lazy mans grinder.... but a very clever piece of engineering! And if you need to ask the price.... you cant afford it! :.... ok so you DO want to know.... about US$4,500 :-[

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        • #5
          Re: Dual hopper grinder

          I saw a new swift at one of the cafes on the Optus campus when I was working there.
          I was invited behind the counter for a demo.
          The owner bought it to introduce some consistency amongst the crew that might be making coffee.

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          • #6
            Re: Dual hopper grinder

            In capable hands I think the Swift can be a top addition to high turnover cafes. The cafe Im at at the moment used to use one before I got there when the morning/lunch rush hrs headed in. They have a habit of breaking down though (I think). So its back to the old manual routine for now with the Robur/Robur-e combo. They said it used to speed things up without compromising the quality. Id like to try it myself though.

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            • #7
              Re: Dual hopper grinder

              we had one at work for a bit. things i remember

              - lightweight (moved around)
              - wasnt a fan of the pours that it produced. the pours seemed to close up two thirds into the pour
              - goodtime saver (but i prefer the robur e for that)
              - i would sometimes feel the need to manual tamp after it had finished as there was a good amount of loose coffee around

              i guess i didnt walk away with good feelings about it, but then again i didnt give it a VERY good shot.

              aaron

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              • #8
                Re: Dual hopper grinder

                Ditting also have two twin hopper grinders http://www.dittingswiss.ch/en/produkte.asp?sub=p_espresso me I would go with the ked 640 looks a bit more serious.

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                • #9
                  Re: Dual hopper grinder

                  Had one at The Maling Room about 18 months ago, became too slow and Andrew replaced it with a robur.

                  Yes Chris, both sides have grind adjusments.

                  Great grinder for a place looking for consistency, especially if there are many staff making coffee.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Dual hopper grinder

                    superb for franchises or cafes with a lot of ill-equiped staff, but you can definitely squeeze greater sweetness, and perhapse a longer shot (ie/ more time before blonding) from a robur.

                    They serve as a good get out of jail free card for busy times (though, i dont know that theyd be busier than a robur-e with a fast barista), especially as a grinder for milk based coffees.  And are very consistent with very little wastage.

                    And while the price is expensive, it is worth noting that you are essentially getting two grinders for the price of one.  Well, sort of.

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