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Thread: Good grinder for 2 cups a day - Profitec Pro 500

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    Good grinder for 2 cups a day - Profitec Pro 500

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    Hi all,

    After lots of research I was dead keen on a Eureka Atom but during my research I hear people complain that the machine is not good for those who are light coffee drinkers due retention?

    So now I'm really confused and sort of need to work out something fast for my Profitec Pro 500 that I get today (Saturday).

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    Confused Homer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homerlovesbeers View Post
    Hi all,

    After lots of research I was dead keen on a Eureka Atom but during my research I hear people complain that the machine is not good for those who are light coffee drinkers due retention?

    So now I'm really confused and sort of need to work out something fast for my Profitec Pro 500 that I get today (Saturday).

    Thanks,
    Confused Homer
    If you don't mind sacrificing a few grams of coffee at the start of each day (so the the stale coffee retained in the grinder is flushed out) grind retention is not a problem. Have you talked with the retailer who is selling you the Profitec?
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    Nice problem to have. When you're spending $3,500+ on a set up, purging a couple of grams is a minimal worry. You have a fantastic set up, a nice quiet grinder the envy of many people on this forum. A Sette 270 will give you low retention if that's what you're desperate for, how much flavour you will lose in the cup though is anyone's guess. I wouldn't rush your decision, even if you're without a grinder for a couple of days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry O'Speedwagon View Post
    If you don't mind sacrificing a few grams of coffee at the start of each day (so the the stale coffee retained in the grinder is flushed out) grind retention is not a problem. Have you talked with the retailer who is selling you the Profitec?
    People become irrationally anal re grind retention, (perhaps a common link between anal retention and grind retention) given a little thought, one way or another it's a problem easily dealt with.
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    Hi guys,

    Yea I thought "stuff it" and just bought the Atom. Now trying to figure out how to achieve the correct grind.

    Wow lots and lots of trial and error along with beans tossed

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    Plus the fun of keeping up with the beans aging and moving finer every day. Then stepping way coarser when going to fresh beans..
    Only suggestion is make the partners first then yours. At least 1 practice before your cup. Haha
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    Quote Originally Posted by Erimus View Post
    Nice problem to have. When you're spending $3,500+ on a set up, purging a couple of grams is a minimal worry. You have a fantastic set up, a nice quiet grinder the envy of many people on this forum. A Sette 270 will give you low retention if that's what you're desperate for, how much flavour you will lose in the cup though is anyone's guess. I wouldn't rush your decision, even if you're without a grinder for a couple of days.
    I wish it was only $3500 (although Chris at coffeemachinespecialist.com.au at Woolloongabba did a good deal for me, thanks Chris).


    So 3.5 hours later and 1/2 kg of beans down I've finally dialled into settings that offer a lovely consistency and great crema, about 6 on the grind setting and 6.3 secs for a single shot basket. I tried weighing out the coffee and either my scales are way out or 9-10g doesn't even fill a single shot basket properly so I used the trial and error method until I had good results.

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    I really liked this video on how to hone in on the best extraction recipe.

    General consensus seems to be to use the double basket for best results.
    5c test to nail in your dose, then follow the video to get your yield and time.
    Better go get another 1/2 kilo of beans!

    Video:
    https://youtu.be/-BT7-yOUMDM

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    Pleased to see that you got sorted.
    I've been meaning to get over to Woolloongabba and have a look in their showroom. Just upgraded the tv for The World Cup, so I've had to delay on the coffee upgrade for now.

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    Thanks Erimus,

    One question,
    Is the crema on top normally thick enough so when you pour milk in it sort of goes lumpy instead of flowing nicely through the milk? I've never seen this behaviour before so it's quite odd to me.

    Pic of new setup in its temporary home until our new home is built.

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    Great setup mate, hmmm...looks very familiar........(except for the single shot selection)
    Here's another link regarding dialing in your grinder that is worth a look.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNGbbdfREEE
    Btw, the numbers on the grind adjustment are reference points only ie. 6 does not indicate the level of the grind on a scale of 0 to 9.
    Hope I haven't confused things
    Enjoy.
    Mal

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    Thanks for the link Mal :-)



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