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    Sunbeam cafe series grinder

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    Hi guys,

    Finally upgraded to a EM6910. Sick and tired of buying pre ground from super market. Quite determined to get a grinder.. are the sunbeam cafe series ones good at all? budget ard 300. Can i get something with a doser even if second hand?

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    Re: Sunbeam cafe series grinder

    also, what should i look out for when buying second hand?


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    Re: Sunbeam cafe series grinder

    You would be best served to buy second hand from here as Coffee Snobs look after their equipment.

    In the big bad outside world youd be buying a pig in a poke.

    That Iberital Challenge you asked about in the for sale section would be great.
    I nearly bought it myself as a spare.

    To answer your question, the Sunbeam 0450 or 0480 are the minimum Id recommend but not for the long term.
    I have one and soon upgraded to something better.
    The coffee from a better quality grinder tastes better too because of the consistency of the grind.

    Whre are you located as I may be able to point you to a nearby site sponsor so you see some grinders in the flesh?

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    Re: Sunbeam cafe series grinder

    hi there ,

    i am located in brisbane.. i have refreshed my shortlist..

    I am thinking of either a Iberital challenge or a Isomac Granmacinino.

    do you have any comments on which one is a better buy?

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    Re: Sunbeam cafe series grinder

    Just bought a Sunbeam EM0480 on eBay as my previous $65 grinder packed it in. Got a Sunbeam Cafe Series Espresso Machine. Which setting should I use to grind the beans? How long will the EM 0480 last?

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    Re: Sunbeam cafe series grinder

    Hi Dave

    It really depends on the grinder and the beans involved. *If you are using freshly roasted beans (ie; roasted in the past 1-4 weeks) then Id start around the 12-14 mark and adjust from there. *If you are using supermarket beans, stop right now and get some fresh roasted beans. *The older the beans are, the staler and drier they are, so you need to adjust your grind to suit.

    The problem with most 0480s is that each one is a little bit different - mine grinds fresh beans on around 16 or so, but others grind at around the 8 mark or so. *Thats way Id suggest (and Sunbeam also) to split the difference in half and start around the 12-14 mark.

    If its too fine, the machine will pour really, really slowly and your shots will come out overextracted, but if you grind too coarsly, the water will pour through and you wont get the full benefit of your beans.

    As for how long it will last, that really depends on how well you look after it (and, if you bought it on Ebay, how well the person before you looked after it). *You should give you grinder regular cleans (ie; take it apart and get rid of any old grinds). *If you didnt get a manual with it, Id suggest you jump on the Sunbeam website and download a manual.

    When did you buy your 6910? *If its only reasonably recently, grab your receipt and register for one of the Sunbeam Coffee Schools if you are nearby one of Capital Cities - its well worth the trip.

    Cheers
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    Re: Sunbeam cafe series grinder

    Ive had a 480 for 2 years never cleaned it before I started reading this site, never had a problem with it, its done 1 kg give or take 100 grams every week. The first time I cleaned it, I was suprised I expected to find it a bit dirtier than it was. I brought another one for de caf not long ago. I think they are pretty good. I know that the grinder makes a difference but the coffee I get out of my machine is pretty good, I sometimes find it hard to believe it could be better with a different grinder. But will be wating a while for a better grinder, so I wont find that one out for a while.

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    Re: Sunbeam cafe series grinder

    Siblings bought me a coffee course at brookvale, where you can take your machine. $99.00 for 3 hours. Also looking at doing a course on milk designs for drinks. Any clue?

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    Re: Sunbeam cafe series grinder

    I think the former World Latte Art Champion Scott Callaghan runs courses through site sponsor Di Bartoli.



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