New here - just got a used Rancilio MD80 AT - advice?
I'm new on the boards. I've lurked before, but just started posting yesterday.
My espresso "history" - I had a cheapo $150 delonghi espresso machine with a blade grinder about 2 years ago, then upgraded to a bodum bistro burr grinder about 1.5 years ago, then about 1.25 years ago the crappy delonghi machine broke, so I went out and got a Rancilio Silvia V3 and a Rancilio Rocky at esspressotec in Vancouver. I've been using this setup for roughly 1 year.
Last night I installed a basic AUBER PID on my silvia, pulled my first two shots with it this morning, and was VERY impressed with the improvement.
Also yesterday I found a good deal on a used Rancilio MD80. I've taken it into espressotec this morning to be serviced (check the burrs and stuff, fix a wonky action in the doser), then i'm going to clean it up and hopefully start using that instead of the Rocky. I've been looking on craigslist for maybe 6 months for an upgraded grinder, but Mazzers are really expensive here in Vancouver used ($600 + for a newer one). I saw a Rancilio MD50 go for about $300 a few weeks ago from a coffee shop, but I missed out.
Now I managed to snag this beast the MD80. There is little info online about it since it isn't really used in the home a lot, but I know it has massive 73 mm burrs, very fine adjustment (stepped, but essentially stepless), and will last me my lifetime.
Now for where I need advice. I've read that the biggest problem with this thing is that you can get 10-15 grams of coffee STUCK IN THE GRINDER spout going into the doser! Since I have to automatic version (MD80 AT), I plan on removing the switch at the top of the doser to make it "manual" if I can figure it out, which will also then give me access to the grinder spout. I'm guessing i'll just get a brush or something and scoop it out after every use. Seems like a pain in the ass compared to the ease of my Rocky, but for the big upgrade in grind quality and adjust I think I can live with it.
Does anyone with an MD40/50/80 have any tips for helping to minimize this buildup? Any tips for easy removal? Just a brush? I was thinking if I could remove the spout, I could line the inside with teflon tape to maybe help it stick less, or maybe I can partially block off half the spout so that there is less physical volume for coffee to get stuck (but i don't want it to build up pressure and keep grounds stuck in the grind chamber).
Any tips would be appreciated!
Haver attached the User Manual which includes schematics for various models; to help you sort out the auto-fill switch stuff. Remember, be very careful working with 240V AC equipment - No second chances if you get it wrong. If you're not confident doing it, pays to involve a Pro.
Regarding cleaning out the spout... This isn't really a biggie. A small (13mm) paintbrush with synthetic bristles and a shortened handle make cleaning out pretty painless and effective. Have been doing this with every grinder I've owned over the years.
Thank you for the help!
After reading all of the fuss about coffee stuck in the grinder spout, i've been using a toothpick to clear out the spout on my Rocky after grinding, and a lot of coffee even gets stuck in there! Shouldn't be a problem I think!
Originally Posted by Dimal