THat is a impressive grinding machine!!!
I recently posed a query here about my La Marzocco grinder. There was some mild interest shown, and I promised to post a few pics. Here they are with a bit of an explanation.
The main machine body is made of chromed brass (I assume), and weighs in at 20kg.
What really drew me to the machine is that the hopper is made of glass, which can be seen in the above pics, with a polished conical metal portion that the upper burr is bolted to. This can be adjusted by a fine thread to the body.
My query was in regard to the type of burr to use. The old ones are on the left. The old ones have been replaced with Mazzers of nearly identical size. The difference in grind ability was remarkable. Instead of it sounding like a hammer mill, the blades grind the coffee with a seductive swishing sound...all in about a quarter of the time it took for the old blades, and a more consistent particle size to boot. Gawd, they mustve been blunt!
One of the interesting features of this unit is the left hand threaded spindle lock nut. Its not just a locknut! LM went to the effort of making a scroll on the outer surface to encourage the beans to make their way smoothly down to the burrs. I love hidden touches like this in a bit of gear.
The chute is also chromed brass, but was unpolished and dull. The grounds hang up in there a bit, so I attempted to address that by laboriously polishing the chute. I then applied a coat of Dry-Glide, a teflon lubricating treatment. Dont worry, it doesnt pollute the beans. Its more like a laquer that leaves a micro thin layer than a standard teflon lube oil; fully cured after 24hrs. All to no avail, the grounds still stay in there! Ive modified a nylon spatula for that purpose; seems to do the job well, but Id be interested to hear of other work-arounds.
Well, thats a short summary of the machine; I hope there are others out there who like the older stuff as much as I do.
THat is a impressive grinding machine!!!
Thanks Grendel! It seems like vintage grinders dont get the love; I mean whens the last time you saw one for sale or auction? Surely for every vintage espresso machine there would have been a grinder next to it?Originally Posted by Segrave link=1174962624/0#1 date=1174964363
My ultimate plan is to have a vintage LM single group to sit next to La Vulcano..........
What did I say?
Ahh yes, that is indeed an impressive grinder. . .
Ive been watching old cafes in the burbs to see if they are upgrading and disposing of old grinder that are in good nick.
Ooh-wa, how embarrassment!
I have no idea how I mixed up your names, sorry guys! I mustve been reading something by Grendel, and answered while that name was in my head. I knew that having half a dozen browser pages open would get me in trouble!
Good luck with your search Grendel...now back to regular programming,
What is it with you Grendel? You seem to get mistaken for almost everyone here on CS!
I think grendel should get off grendels case.
grendel said he was sorry for mixing up grendel and grendel.
With regards to the grounds staying in the chute you may be able to pump them through with a blast of air.
I use a brush myself day to day but when cleaning I have a small plastic concertina style pump that forces a blast of air down the top of the grinder which blows the chute clean.
All you need is something similar so long as it covers the hoppers top opening.
It doesnt have to be air tight like the click-clack lids (you may even be able to find a small enough one of those) so long as it covers the opening enough to force most of the air into the hopper as you squeeze the pump.
Then most of it will exit via the chute, taking the remaining coffee with it.
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Haha, grendel... trying to copy the Badger, Badger, Badger, Badger, Badger, Badger, Badger, Badger, Badger, Badger, Badger, Badger, Mushroom, Mushroom? :DOriginally Posted by grendel link=1174962624/0#8 date=1174998243
Snake, snake, snake... ooohhh... iits a snake.....
hmm, and heres me thinking that i am the only really really weird one ...
Sweet looking grinder. Id bet that it was manufactured for LM by conti valerio.
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Very nice i am looking for a vintage grinder myself
Holy thread revival Batman!