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    Convert Anfim "Best" grinder to stepless?

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    some will know that Anfim make a nicely designed, quality, smallish grinder - the "Haus" and the higher-specified, but same size "Best" (sometimes known as the ECM Best), - the only problem being that it is stepped adjustment. Anfim rebadge the Haus for Pasquini as the Pasquini Moka, but in doing so make it with a stepless adjustment. Incredible that the inferior Pasquini Moka has stepless, compared to the Anfim Best.

    Has anyone tried to use the stepless adjustment mechanism on the Pasquini Moka to convert an Anfim Haus or Best to stepless?

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    Re: Convert Anfim "Best" grinder to stepless?

    Hi Stephen,

    the Best is a great grinder- well manufactured and of excellent quality...

    I wouldnt worry too much about the steps...they are small enough to be of little concern....

    Im happy to discuss this grinder in more detail if you would like further info..

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    Re: Convert Anfim "Best" grinder to stepless?

    Hi again, Stephen,

    Good job untangling all of the rebranding. If you think that that was bad, try working out the differences between HX machine components!

    Im not entirely sure that the Haus has stepless adjustment. Its not uncommon to see webpages throw in misleading or downright incorrect buzzwords. eg. every now and then I see HX machines referred to as dual-boilers.

    The truth is that if youre handy, have the right tools and parts, are willing to take the risk of completely screwing up your grinder and dont mind voiding the warranty straight away, you can mod your grinders in any number of ways. Cutting down the hopper or disabling the auto-refill are two relatively straightforward examples. To get any stepped grinder to be stepless, you only have to do two things; remove the locking pin and come up with a way to hold the burr carriers in place, whilst still allowing yourself to change grind settings. People have done this in a number of ways; jamming the threads full of teflon tape, drilling a hole in the side of the grinder and using a screw to jam against the upper burr carrier, or even coming up with some hose clamp/screw arrangement. I have my doubts about the ability of any of these mods to function well.

    Personally, I cant for the life of me understand why you would want to spend in the ballpark of mini mazzer/compak/cimbali and then modify the grind adjustment. The actual grinding and the adjustment are the heart and soul of any grinder. The hoppers, switches, dosers ... whatever; mod the hell out of those, but why risk screwing up the ability of your grinder to actually give you the grind that you want? And if youre prepared to modify a top $$$ grinder to make it stepless, why not do that to your rocky? Is it really down to the looks?

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    Re: Convert Anfim "Best" grinder to stepless?

    Re: ".......the only problem being that it is stepped adjustment...."

    Errm sorry, but the greatest majority of commercial grinders are stepped and in the main they work properly with no "problems" as a result...

    For individuals on the other hand that just want to have a stepless grinder, by far the easiest way to get into one is to buy one that came that way out of the box. Trying to modify equipment from a different "standard" can be time consuming, costly, and in the end very frustrating when it doesnt work as well *as a "bought one" or is ruined.

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    Re: Convert Anfim "Best" grinder to stepless?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fresh_Coffee link=1158973283/0#3 date=1159093897
    Re: ".......the only problem being that it is stepped adjustment...."

    Err sorry, but the greatest majority of commercial grinders ( this topic is about a small commercial grinder) are actually stepped and they work properly with no "problems".

    By far the easiest way to get into a stepless grinder, is to buy one that came that way out of the box. Trying to modify equipment from a different "standard" can be time consuming, costly, and in the end very frustrating when it doesnt work as well *as a "bought one" or is ruined.

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    I have to agree with Attilio on this one for the Best grinder.

    I used this grinder extensively during the Aroma Festival in Sydney this year. We freedosed all day and did the best part of 15 kilos of beans through 3 Giotti and 3 Best grinders....The grinder is well up to the task and the steps are not an issue...

    Bean quality and freshness along with barista inconsistency are by far the biggest challenges in the pursuit of espresso nirvana. A very wise man once suggested to me that the most common fault with machinery is often the nut on the group handle! ;) ;D. I know thats the case when I try to do exactly the same thing a thousand times....

    2mcm

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    Re: Convert Anfim "Best" grinder to stepless?

    OK, OK, I hear everyone loud and clear (really, thanks everyone). Realise I was not wanting to go and do a self-modification - I was wondering if anyone had used the (presumably) different adjustment part on a Pasquini Moka, and tried to fit that to a Anfim Best. Perhaps one could then simply buy the Moka part, and fit it to a Best.

    Anyway, from the advice here, I am pretty sold on the Best. And yes, the size (height) is an issue, not the looks. By the way, an alternative for those with similar height restrictions would be to cut down the hopper of a La Cimbali Cadet (which I think is the Max on the Cimbali website). This should not be a difficult mod.

    Stephen

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    Re: Convert Anfim "Best" grinder to stepless?

    OR, if height is a major issue for someone wanting an excellent small commercial grinder, you can buy a Macap M4, which is an M5 grinder with the short hopper as supplied by the factory....no need to cut up anything there. So, an M5 with short factory hopper = M4.

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