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    Sunbeam EM0480 & Rancilio Silvia - What grind?

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Hi All, I purchased a Sunbeam EM0480 in anticipation of buying the Sunbeam EM6910 but I decided to get the Rancilio Silvia instead (which arrived today).

    I have pulled about 10 shots which have not been great at all, to fast or to slow..

    What grind setting are people using with the setup I have?

    Any help / advice would be greatly appreciated.



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    Re: Sunbeam EM0480 & Rancilio Silvia - What grind?

    Welcome to Coffee Snobs.

    No two EM0480s are guaranteed to grind to the same level of fineness if set to the same number so I cant answer that question.
    Especially since I dont have a Silvia.
    The instruction book for the 0480 suggest around 13 IIRC.

    When you say 10 shots all too fast or too slow, did you only adjust by one number at a time?
    Im guessing not because otherwise one number would be too slow and the next number too fast and I dont believe thats possible.

    So, find a starting point, either too fast or too slow and only adjust by one number at a time in whichever direction you need to go.
    The speed should change accordingly and eventually youll hit the right number for the current beans, their age and the humidity on the day.

    That should work providing all other things remain unchanged. e.g. amount of coffee and tamp pressure.

    I hope you arent using the single basket because I hear that its almost impossible to use.

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    Re: Sunbeam EM0480 & Rancilio Silvia - What grind?

    As T/god said dont use the single basket, it is useless, hide it somewhere!! Use the double basket and follow tgs advice and you should find the grinder setting you need. I used an EM450 with my Silvia and got quite good results. Keep trying and you will soon be pulling decent shots. Silvia takes a little while to become familiar with her little traits, but shes a great machine, good luck...................

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    Re: Sunbeam EM0480 & Rancilio Silvia - What grind?

    So, can I assume my new EM0450 will be an ok grinder if I buy a Silvia ? I know the Rocky is somewhat of a perfect marriage, but I thought the 0450 should get me in the ballpark, with attention and/or tweaking. Any help here ? Thanks.

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    Re: Sunbeam EM0480 & Rancilio Silvia - What grind?

    I had an EM0480 with my Giotto for about a week and it was OK not ideal but OK.

    The shots I pulled were still drinkable and better than most Cafes. Better than the 6900 I had but not as good as the are now.

    Mazzer Mini really cool 8-)

    In short a EM0480 is better than no grinder or a whirley blade grinder/chopper. IMHO

    As for what grind setting play around a little and do some experimentation. Like the others have said no 2 grinders are exactly the same.

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