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    Using commercial grade grinders without their hoppers?

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    The main thing preventing me from getting something like a Mazzer or equivalent is its imposing size on the kitchen bench. I currently use the rocky which is about the most I can get away with without getting on the missus bad books. Could the Mazzer Mini or other commercial type grinders be used without the hopper and whenever I want to grind coffee, I just feed beans in 20-30g at a time from the top (without the hopper)?

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    Re: Using commercial grade grinders without their hoppers?

    Yep, the mini is perfectly fine without a hopper. The (now pretty standard) short hopper means its not terribly tall either.

    Google for mazzer hopper mods... some people get plumbing supplies, others put a tamper in the top... I used to just put my hand over the top while grinding but now I use the short hopper.

    If you go with a Robur or Kony (or maybe the Major, not sure) they wont operate without the hopper in place due to a sensor.

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    Re: Using commercial grade grinders without their hoppers?

    I use a Macap with the large hopper and she puts up with it.

    But if I was in your situation I could use the Macap without the hopper just like jamvers Mazzer.

    Tell her the coffee will taste better (it will).

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    Re: Using commercial grade grinders without their hoppers?

    my 4 day old K3 Touch has the top 5cm of a juice bottle as a hopper, just wide enough to tip enough beans in and more than enough to contain any jumpers ;D

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    Re: Using commercial grade grinders without their hoppers?

    I made a small hopper out of a cheap stainless cocktail shaker, for my Macap M4D. The hopper is only 8 cm tall and the machine fits right where Rocky did.

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    Re: Using commercial grade grinders without their hoppers?

    With the outcome of my latest upgraditis, a Fiorenzato Doge 83, I can easily fit enough beans for one double shot (I am the only coffee drinker in the house) in the throat of the grinder. Sit a coaster or similar on top and grind.
    If visitors come over I can always put on the hopper just for the moment.

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    Re: Using commercial grade grinders without their hoppers?

    Ive seen peeps using Jam funnels too that seem to fit Mazzers pretty well and are only about 60mm high once its in from memory, and dont look half bad.

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    Re: Using commercial grade grinders without their hoppers?

    There is no problem using a commercial grinder like a Super Jolly without the hopper. Many of the posters at CG (my home board but I am getting very fond of the people here too!) use SJs without a hopper and then use the worthless plastic tamper that comes with most espresso machines in the throat of the grinder to keep a little pressure on the beans and to keep everything inside the grinder. I did this myself for more than a year until I found a deal on the mini hoppers for use on my SJs. I do not have a height issue though as there is nothing above my grinders.

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    Re: Using commercial grade grinders without their hoppers?

    OK I confess, another Mazzer Mini user without the hopper. When only making one a day, I find it easier (and fresher) to tip the beans straight in the throat till about 15mm from the top, then drop the blind filter basket from silvia on top. Fits perfectly - well thats where it lives, only comes off to add beans.
    Once finished grinding, this also provides enough of a seal to push most of the remaining grinds down into the doser (with the aid of a brush), when "pumped" lightly down onto the throat. Hope thats not too confusing !
    So for this low volume user, I cant think of a simpler solution.

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    Re: Using commercial grade grinders without their hoppers?

    I use an antique glass canning funnel as a hopper on the SJ I use for espresso. To keep the beans from popcorning I place a wooden tamper upsidedown in the funnel throat.[img][/img]


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    Re: Using commercial grade grinders without their hoppers?

    I have a wooden funnel made for my Nino at a small height,because of small clearance in the kitchen,for Euros 15.0.(I will put some photo).
    I had to "trim" the wood from the lower part of kitchen cabinet,to fit the monster.

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    Re: Using commercial grade grinders without their hoppers?

    2 Mazzers, thats just greedy :p

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    Re: Using commercial grade grinders without their hoppers?

    I grind between 20-25g at a time in my SJ without a hopper and think it works fine. any loss in grind quality would be more then made up for by the fact I dont have beans sitting in their going stale. my results are consistent, Popcorning isnt really a big issue on a flat bur grinder. different story on conicals.

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    Re: Using commercial grade grinders without their hoppers?

    Since my last post in this thread I moved up to a Major & then to a K10WBC. The K10 works great as a Single Dose grinder & there is very little waste. In place of the hopper I use a spice jar containing some screws that weighs 175g in the grinder throat to control popcorning & to approximate the weight of a small load of beans. Very, very happy with the K10.

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    I know this is a very old thread, but I found a lot of the content very useful to sole my problem. I have a Mazzer Major (which does have a safety sensor which doesn't let the machine grind when the hopper is taken off, by design) - To get around this I made a chunk (using cardboard folded over wrapped in tape) and placed that on the sensor trigger which is accessible when you unscrew the cap behind the collar of the grinder.
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    Now I'm using my blind filter as a cap as suggested in your post jamver0 - Good idea! Perfect for single/double doses. The pop corning just hits the filter makes a tink sound and all is good. It also has a smooth finish look about it
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