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    New Hopper/Lid for Cimbali Grinder?

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    Hi guys, just bought Cimbali Cadet grinder and its missing the lid and im just wondering where i can find one and about how much they would be? Maybe a new hopper while im at it, though im guessing that will probably cost a bit more and i can probably fix the one thats on it..


    I tried coffeeparts, but they dont have parts for Cimbali grinders....anyone got any suggestions?


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    Re: New Hopper/Lid for Cimbali Grinder?

    Hi Zakal1,

    The La Cimbali agents have them / can get them..... genuine ones only :(

    And they are VERY expensive (for a piece of moulded plastic)!!! :(

    So get a bank loan and go visit the La Cimbali agent in your state.

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    Re: New Hopper/Lid for Cimbali Grinder?

    by the looks of the image on ebay it may be possible just to trim the damaged part of the hopper off as long as the damage doesnt extend past the straight edged upper section. Many people do this anyway to reduce the overall height of the grinder. A custom lid could then be easily fabricated from wood or your material of choice.

    that was my plan if I had won it, which I thought I had with 10 seconds to go >:(

    you got a bargain!

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    Re: New Hopper/Lid for Cimbali Grinder?

    Quote Originally Posted by mauricem link=1163083374/0#2 date=1163114027
    I thought I had with 10 seconds to go >:(
    Sounds like another candidate for BidNip.
    Drop me a PM. ;)

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    Re: New Hopper/Lid for Cimbali Grinder?

    haha was that you?!

    I saw a bidder with "maurice" in their name but it didnt click.

    Whatd you want a third one for! hehe ;)

    I thought you were trying to sell some not buy more hehe.

    It was weird actually, i think 3 people (myself included) put in our final bids with about 20 seconds to go...it had been sitting at 112 for ages, then all of a sudden it was at $158 and ended.


    Back to the grinder though, yeah the guy was saying he was just thinking about trimming it back with a jigsaw, and upon closer inspection i think that is probably the best way (as you said).

    When looking around for a makeshift lid last night, i actually came tantalisingly close to being able to fit a rectangular icecream lid to it....it is about 1-2mm to small on all sides.


    In making a custom lid, is it necessary that it has some kind of rubber seal? or is there other areas of the unit that will allow air in making an air-tight lid redundant?

    Also, who is the Qld Cimbali agent just in case in my adventures with a jig-saw i inadvertantly chop the hopper in half?


    Oh, and just a question about the grind setting...its on 17 atm...is that about what it should be on?


    Thanks guys,

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    Re: New Hopper/Lid for Cimbali Grinder?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zakal1 link=1163083374/0#4 date=1163121850

    In making a custom lid, is it necessary that it has some kind of rubber seal? or is there other areas of the unit that will allow air in making an air-tight lid redundant?

    Also, who is the Qld Cimbali agent just in case in my adventures with a jig-saw i inadvertantly chop the hopper in half?


    Oh, and just a question about the grind setting...its on 17 atm...is that about what it should be on?


    Thanks guys,
    Re custom lid... no seal necessary!

    QLD agent.... havent a clue - You should find then listed under "coffee" in the yellow pages.

    Settings on La Cimbali (like most grinders) dont mean that much from one grinder to another but mine is usually about 16 or so.

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    Re: New Hopper/Lid for Cimbali Grinder?

    ah okay, well that makes the job a lot easier if it doesnt have to seal. I can just trim the hopper down make somethign that fits over it.

    Or i could just make a nice wooden (or something) lid that would fit inside the existing hopper and ignore the damage all together (maybe some filing to make it smooth).

    Might put it al off until ive pulled it apart to clean it though. Too busy to do anything like that at the moment.

    The boiler on the LSM is still begging to be descaled and itd make more sense to tackle that before i start cosmetic surgery on the grinder. hehe.

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    Re: New Hopper/Lid for Cimbali Grinder?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zakal1 link=1163083374/0#6 date=1163165962
    ah okay, well that makes the job a lot easier if it doesnt have to seal. I can just trim the hopper down make somethign that fits over it.

    Or i could just make a nice wooden (or something) lid that would fit inside the existing hopper and ignore the damage all together (maybe some filing to make it smooth).

    Might put it al off until ive pulled it apart to clean it though. Too busy to do anything like that at the moment.

    The boiler on the LSM is still begging to be descaled and itd make more sense to tackle that before i start cosmetic surgery on the grinder. hehe.
    Hi Daniel,
    coffex have a branch in qld and can give you price on parts but id just make one to fit.

    I wasnt the bidder maurice*, *Id never bid that early on an item, *mine was a bit of a last minute impulsive bid, if it went cheaply enough itd be good to have just for spare parts but youre right, I really dont need another one :-[and wasnt too disappointed (almost relieved actually :o) to be outbid. At least it went to a good home!

    The photos looked pretty grotty, I wonder what the burrs are like, Id get the grinder sorted before the espresso machine, then when youre tuning the LSM at least youll know the grind is not an issue

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    Re: New Hopper/Lid for Cimbali Grinder?

    Yeah, the photos did look that way.
    Usually photos make things look better than they really are (mask defects and a flash makes everything shiny) so i was half expecting it to be quite tatty when i got there.

    But apart from the hopper and a minor hairline crack in the spill tray it actually doesnt seem to bad.


    However the previous owner said they didnt really know too much about it, (just told beans go here...push his, click that etc) so i shudder to think how gunky it will be inside.

    Ill post pictures as i go when i start cleaning it.

    Before i start though, theres no seals or anything that will need replacing purely by virtue of my opening it up is there? (like gaskets do).


    Is a bit of a nuisance that Coffeeparts doesnt have the burr-sets for these grinders cos i wanted to get those, along with the boiler gaskets etc. I did manage to find another place selling them for $45+ though, which seems pretty cheap.

    So once i open it up, ill see if it needs a new set (or rather, ill post photos and ask you guys if it needs them) hehe.



    Trying to dial it in earlier today...so many variables atm. Shit beans, not sure what grind setting to use, dosing variable given that the doser keeps stuffing up my estimates.

    Closest ive come was a 17.5s shot. Although i was thrilled to bits when i managed to finally get a grind fine enough and a tamp hard enough to produce a 1:04 shot. Not cos it was drinkable (cos it wasnt) but it was just nice not to have the shot end after 3 seconds for once. hehe.

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    Re: New Hopper/Lid for Cimbali Grinder?

    Zakal1

    Nope, no gaskets, seals or anything....

    Just remove the screws in the hopper to expose the burr set.... remove the grind setting dial.... disengage the worm drive and unscrew the top burr....CLOCKWISE to unscrew!!

    Burrs are held onto carriers with slot headed bolts which might be a little hard to undo but other than that.... its plain sailing.

    The Cadet is the same as the Jnr (as far as I know) just with a taller hopper and auto refill on the doser.... in which case CoffeeParts do have the burrs.... they are the DRM type 64 mm.... suggest you give them a ring.

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    Re: New Hopper/Lid for Cimbali Grinder?

    Ah okay, that doesnt sound too complicated (fingers crossed).

    Thanks for pointing out the grinder sets on coffeeparts, now i can save postage. hehe.

    Good point about the reverse-threads too, i probably would have been banging away on it tightening it otherwise.



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