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    Getting to know my Mazzer Mini

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    Hi Guys,

    Just got my Mazzer Mini from Di Bartoli. As always great service.

    Whilst Im still deciding on an espresso machine Ive been using the grinder for Syphon and would greatly appreciate some help getting the most out of it.

    The sticker on my machine is right on the number 2. Using that as a base what are the ballpark adjustments you guys would make for filter, french press, espresso, and turkish coffee? From my reading online the sticker should be used as the ballpark for espresso. Is that right?

    So far Ive found the following:

    1) Turkish coffee setting on 1.
    2) Espresso on the sticker (cant test this)
    3) Syphon on 2.5 to 3
    4) Filter on 3.5 to 4

    Sound about right?

    Also, what sort of sound would I be hearing if the burrs were touching?



    Really appreciate your help.

    Danny

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    Re: Getting to know my Mazzer Mini

    Quote Originally Posted by 3A28273A163A263C2A20490 link=1295815341/0#0 date=1295815341
    Sound about right?

    Also, what sort of sound would I be hearing if the burrs were touching?
    Congratulations on the purchase.

    We cant judge the appropriateness of the settings for you Danny as grinders are not all calibrated at the same number. For example, my sticker is on the 6 mark on the collar. The common (and best) advice is ignore the numbers.

    The best setting is what produces the best result in the cup. Trial and error will tell you that.

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    Re: Getting to know my Mazzer Mini

    Welcome Danny,

    In my experience, the mini manual is pretty consistently setup and if the sticker lines with the notch in the body of the grinder beneath the collar, youll most likely be in the ball park for espresso (using stale, store bought beans). In general it seems that the setting for fresh beans is a little coarser than that (3-5mm). This will of course depend on what machine you get and how you dose. With Mazzer conicals, all bets are off for sticker placement.

    Setting for the other methods you have mentioned are a touch less critical and if youre obtaining a brew which works for you, youre on the money. Dont worry about numbers as they will most likely be specific to you. ;)

    Enjoy the new Mazzer.

    Chris

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    Re: Getting to know my Mazzer Mini

    Thanks guys, really appreciate the response.

    Arent the grinders calibrated to the sticker? So if using my grinder with the sticker on 2 and yours on position 6, my 3 would be the same as your 7?

    Any ideas on the sound of burrs touching? If the grinder is running and I go from a filter to an espresso grind I get a high pitched whir sound. If I back off and then go back again the sound goes away. Im worried the burrs are touching.

    Thanks again.

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    Re: Getting to know my Mazzer Mini

    Hi Danny,

    I bought the same grinder less than a month ago.

    The burrs touching is quite a distinct sound. I would suggest hopping onto youtube and looking for a video so *you can hear the sound yourself. Its a very metallic, high pitched sound.

    The sound you are quite likely hearing is caused by grounds stuck in the burrs, hence the point at which you hear this sound changes slightly. I had this happen to me, which had me a little worried at first.

    I would take the top burr carrier off, and give the burrs a good clean. Once you have it back together tighen the burrs to the point where you cant turn the adjustment ring anymore. Then loosen it off a bit.

    When you run the machine you can slowly tighen the burrs until you hear the distinct sound (do this without running any beans through).

    And always do your grind adjustments with the motor running :)

    Cheers,

    Darren

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    Re: Getting to know my Mazzer Mini

    Hi Darren,

    Thanks mate that did the trick. Phew it would have been a difficult machine to work with if that was the case.

    If I tighten the burrs without the motor running and then turn it back on the motor doesnt run. I take it this is because of grinds stuck somewhere in the burrs? Backing off a little and then turning it back to the same position fixes it.

    I promise not to tighten without the motors running from now on :)

    Danny



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