Post By saeco_user
Post By bigdaddy
Post By flynnaus
Hi guys. Itís time to retire my Breville grinder, and Iíve found a Macap MXAP for around $200.
Seems a good price, and should be a big step up from the Breville.
A couple of questions for anyone that knows much about these grinders.
Firstly, the doser. Iíve never used one like this, and itís unnecessary and not really functional for me grinding 19g of coffee at a time. How do small time home users deal with using these dozers?
And secondly, are there smaller hoppers available?
I wouldnít normally be looking for such a grinder, but I figure itís a good price, and a good grinder. If I can make it practical for home use
I don't have that grinder but had similar issues with another.
I have removed the hopper entirely and rolled some plastic sheet into a tube which I placed into the bean collection chute.
I've removed the tamper from mine but still use the doser because it distributes the grinds well and I don't have to worry about channelling issues.
Mine does a pretty good job of sweeping out and doesn't collect too many stale grinds in it.
My biggest collection point for grinds is in the chute leading into the doser and I just brush this out into the doser after every grind.
I would still use the doser...Just put in 19 grams plus retention of beans at a time and grind into the doser then use the doser to dose the portafilter...I don't have a doser so couldn't tell you for sure but that's what I'd do...To me $200.00 dollars is a very good price if it's in good condition...Why would you need another hopper? I have seen people use grinders without hoppers but I'd keep one on if I could.
I'll step aside now and let the more experienced of the crew step in, I'm sure they would come in with much better suggestions...
I have two doser grinders. The advised technique is to free dose which means thwacking the doser lever while the beans are grinding. This helps eliminate or reduce clumping. I rotate the group handle to help ensure even dosing as most dosers throw to the left.
A bit more fiddly in my opinion is to dose into a small cup and stir the grinds to break up clumps. Ive only tried this a couple of times .
Great, thanks everyone. Has laid some of concerns about retention to rest.
The reason I would want to use a smaller hopper is so itíll fit under my kitchen cabinets
I had an M7D which comes standard with a giant hopper, like yours . I cut mine down and fitted a doser lid (a mazzer if I recall correctly) to make it fit under my kitchen cupboards. Another option is to get a hopper from an M4 and fit a 'sleeve' around the neck of the hopper so that it fits inside the MXA throat.