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  • Sunbeam EM0450 Coarse Grind

    Ive got the EM0450 (Sunbeam) and this is a bit of a saga for me as I purchased the unit brand new from someone who got it as a gift.

    Anyway the grind of the coffee is very coarse. Almost like Instant coffee. I called Sunbeam and they sent me the shim kit/washers.
    Ive placed them in the unit and theres no change at all.
    Whether on setting 25 or 1, its the same coarseness.

    I really push down on the top burr to place it in and no change.
    While on the top Burr, its not meant to click into place is it? All I can seem to do is drop it in to its slot/hole. Only fits in 1 way, wont twist or turn or click into place.

    Im just concerned that altho its a brand new unit, Its a gift item so no receipt or anything.
    Sunbeam did send me the shim kit though regardless.
    The other thing is it came as a kit (PU5900) so was in a combined box with the EM5900 machine.

  • #2
    Re: Sunbeam EM0450 Coarse Grind

    Its impossible for the shims to not make a difference if installed and the unit reassembled correctly.

    Did Sunbeam send you instructions?
    Have you at least carefully followed the instructions that came with the grinder for how to remove and replace the top burr?
    You have to line up the white arrows for a start.

    Where are you located?(please update your profile)

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    • #3
      Re: Sunbeam EM0450 Coarse Grind

      Hi Zac,

      It should turn and lock in. I kinda do it on autopilot, so Ill have to run thought it when Im at home and take note of what Im actually doing... but off the top of my head, Im quite sure the top burr turns to lock into the top collar. This would be your problem, I would imagine.

      Cheers,
      Damien

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      • #4
        Re: Sunbeam EM0450 Coarse Grind

        Actually, just tracked down the manual, and if you follow its direction, you would take the following steps (taken from pages 8 & 9 of the manual... co-incidentally, they are steps # 8 & 9):

        8. With the grind adjustment collar in hand align the graphic line on the collar with the line on the rear of the motor base, press down.

        9. Replace the top burr back into position in the grind adjustment collar. Ensure the marker on the top burr is aligned with the marker inside the grind adjustment collar and push firmly into place.
        Turn clockwise to the desired grind setting.

        So, the burr stays in place, and the collar turns around it till you get to your desired grind setting... seeing as you have a number of shims in place, Id start coarse and work your way back... if it is a case of having not been fitted quite right up till now, you could notice an overly fine grind if it does finally click into place for you.

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        • #5
          Re: Sunbeam EM0450 Coarse Grind

          Yeah I wondered if its the top Burr, and I find that altho there are 2 white marks to line up that I dont need to line the marks up as it slots into the cavity in the same way regardless of marks lined up or not.
          Ive tried pushing and twisting the top burr with the marks lined up and get no joy.
          When I drop the top burr in, all I seem to really be able to do is push it and even then theres no give. Definitely cant twist it or lock it any further into place unless im overlooking something.

          BTW im from Adelaide

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          • #6
            Re: Sunbeam EM0450 Coarse Grind

            After all this time, I just figured it out. I took the other piece off that the top burr slides into and fitted it on while it was off of the rest of the machine. Seems its the only way I can actually get the Burr in.
            I will have to take a spacer or 2 out now as at the finest setting it wont grind at all.
            Im glad its all sorted now, and now I can start to experiement a whole lot more.

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            • #7
              Re: Sunbeam EM0450 Coarse Grind

              Good to hear youve got it up and running.

              And be careful not to try to grind on the finer settings until some spacers are removed... you can imagine what sort of damage could be done burr on burr

              Like I mentioned before, Id be starting on the coarsest grind and working back from there.

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              • #8
                Re: Sunbeam EM0450 Coarse Grind

                ah ok, id better do that, as im on about setting 20 at the moment, around 10 it wont produce anything at all.

                Maybe I need to get a UN-pressurised basket but I find that the coffee pour blondes too quick, ie starts black, quickly goes the nice stripey coffee pour and then blondes pretty quick until I stop the pour.

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                • #9
                  Re: Sunbeam EM0450 Coarse Grind

                  What beans are you using ?

                  Fresh from a known local Roaster not Stale Supermarket stuff.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Sunbeam EM0450 Coarse Grind

                    Originally posted by 6D7674486476170 link=1300990310/7#7 date=1301310361
                    Maybe I need to get a UN-pressurised basket
                    Un-pressurised basket and fresh beans (as AM alluded to) would be a good move.  What machine do you have?  I can recommend taking GregWormald up on his very generous offer of free basket modification (for Breville/Sunbeam baskets).  I did this with the stock basket from my Breville Ikon and am more than happy with the results.

                    Once you have unpressurised basket and good fresh beans, its a case of tweaking your process until you get to the point that it works for you on a consistent basis... a bit of good old trial and error!

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                    • #11
                      Re: Sunbeam EM0450 Coarse Grind

                      I have a sunbeam EM5900, so my next move will be unpressurised baskets.
                      As for the fresh beans, i was given 2kgs of coffee beans when I bought the unit.
                      I guess for the love of coffee Ill put them aside

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                      • #12
                        Re: Sunbeam EM0450 Coarse Grind

                        Originally posted by 7863615D7163020 link=1300990310/10#10 date=1301388668
                        I guess for the love of coffee Ill put them aside Smiley
                        I gonna go out on a limb here and guess hat they are not the highest quality beans - put them aside in the bin and be done with them.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Sunbeam EM0450 Coarse Grind

                          My em0450 works a treat, but grinds espresso-grade on 20. That doesnt leave much latitude for a coarser grind to suit the work plunger. Has anyone tweaked theirs to open the burrs slightly? (Im a bit worried Ill stuff it up completely and get nothing out of it.)

                          Peter

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                          • #14
                            Re: Sunbeam EM0450 Coarse Grind

                            Originally posted by 2D30313C323B2A5E0 link=1300990310/12#12 date=1302045498
                            My em0450 works a treat, but grinds espresso-grade on 20. That doesnt leave much latitude for a coarser grind to suit the work plunger. Has anyone tweaked theirs to open the burrs slightly? (Im a bit worried Ill stuff it up completely and get nothing out of it.)

                            Peter
                            If the cause in not putting it back together properly, Id be looking to see if there are some shims you can remove.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Sunbeam EM0450 Coarse Grind

                              Thanks TG. I havent had it apart yet - thought it best not to until I had an idea of how others had adjusted it.

                              Peter

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