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    Hi newbe here just purchased a Sunbeam EM6910 and a Delonghi Grinder Burr type...

    I feel i may have made a rookie mistake in purchasing the Delonghi grinder i have a funny feeling setting 10 is not really cutting the cheese if i want to achieve the elusive creme ...My Vitoria beans feel grainy after a grind setting of 10 not powdery ...Any tips appreciated :-[

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    Re: Delonghi Grinder

    Originally posted by 504D4D47475B220 link=1336255330/0#0 date=1336255330
    Hi newbe here just purchased a Sunbeam EM6910 and a Delonghi Grinder Burr type...

    I feel i may have made a rookie mistake in purchasing the Delonghi grinder i have a funny feeling setting 10 is not really cutting the cheese if i want to achieve the elusive creme ...My Vitoria beans feel grainy after a grind setting of 10 not powdery  ...Any tips appreciated :-[
    Hello rooeey and welcome,

    Two mistakes here as I see it:

    1. The grinder just wont cut it. At the absolute bare minimum, you will need the matching Sunbeam grinder. If you purchased both from the same place and a sales boffin advised that the grinder was appropriate, you have received a bum steer. Take it back as it is not fit for purpose, nor the machine- unless you compromise and use the dual floor baskets which will produce decidedly average coffee.

    2. The coffee. Not up to scratch either. If fact you really couldnt do much worse. The bonus is that it will act as a good natural insecticide if required in your garden

    Choose one of the many specialty roasters here or a roaster close to you. You need fresh beans roasted within the last 2-3 weeks.

    Good luck!

    Chris

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    • #3
      Re: Delonghi Grinder

      I had a feeling this was the case...Thanks for your information.....I have a reputable roaster near by {Forsythes}
      Now which grinder do i need ?

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      • #4
        Re: Delonghi Grinder

        I have used a Solis grinder which I understand is the same as the Delonghi.

        It was grinding too course and I found a site on the web where someone gave a method of modifying the grind which I did.

        I now use a Breville Smart Grinder which I am happy with. For what it costs the Breville SG is hard to beat.

        Nothing wrong with Forsyth’s Coffee. It will be fresh. I have used some of theirs.  I now home roast.

        Barry

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        • #5
          Re: Delonghi Grinder

          Hello to all, this is my first post on this wonderful site.
          I hope that I can shed some light on this grinder and help some hapless owners. I have to admit up front that I know SFA about coffee grinders, but I am learning fast and I am well versed at working on intricate fiddly and fussy machines.
          For those who don’t want to read further the problem with my machine is longitudinal shaft free play from new. Please feel free to read on. This issue may affect other machines.
          I have owned one of these grinders for some years now and have never liked the way it grinds. For a Swiss machine it is unacceptable. It is way too coarse for espresso and I use it only when in a hurry, and have elected for drip coffee.
          Anyway, finally, I decided to have a look at it, as I was interested in a challenge. I stumbled on the web site after looking on Coffee Snobs.
          They tell me that I am not allowed to post the link but I followed the instructions for adjusting the machine for a finer grind. I must say that pulling the machine down was quite a challenging exercise. Extreme care must be taken to strip the machine bare to enable access for assessment. It is not for the faint hearted.
          The machine was adjusted as suggested, only two clicks but the adjustment made absolutely no difference. The ground coffee was just the same mixture of fine and coarse grounds.
          Now I have just had a look at the basic design of my wonderful Sunbeam grinder and it is basically the same as the DeLonghi. The difference is that there is a lot of longitudinal movement on the shaft of the latter machine.
          Call me a genius if you like (please) but to my brain cell, this explains perfectly why there is coarse and fine grinds in the processed beans from the DeLongi.
          As I explained previously, I have no previous experience with these machines and to put it in layman’s terms there are two sets of burs in the grinder and the reaction to the burs on the shaft is in opposing directions.
          The beans from the hopper are dragged into the machine by the primary burs and the reaction from the shaft is in a vertically up direction. The secondary bur takes the product from the primary bur and the action of the shaft is then vertically down. The free play in the shaft, it would seem results in an oscillation of the shaft, allowed by the free play, resulting in the varying grind.
          My DeLonghi machine has been the same since new, and from my reading it would appear not to be an isolated case. So, as I see it the question is has anybody sorted this shaft free play, how, and is it worth the effort?

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