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    newbie grinder advice

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    Hi all, Im new here so I thought Id introduce myself.

    My names Richard and Im a caffeinaholic.
    No seriously, I do enjoy my coffee but I try to drink in moderation these days :)

    I stumbled across this site whilst trying to identify problems with my Sunbeam EMO480. After reading through some of the discussions here I returned it as I didnt really want to be modifying a week old machine.

    So.... what do I replace it with? I really would prefer not to spend the $400+ on a Rancilio Rocky. It looks like the Iberitas Challenge or Gaggia MDF are the way to go for < $300 (Seen the Gaggia for ~$250)? Ill be using it mainly for an espresso machine so perhaps the stepless Iberitas might be better?!? Wheres a good place to get a good deal in Melbourne?

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    Re: newbie grinder advice

    Welcome to coffee snobs mate, and also welcome to the quest for a decent grinder, I cant help you much with your questions but I can tell you that the quality / ability of the grinder is, if not more but at least as important as your espresso machine quality / ability... in other words, take the grinder issue very seriously. There are some very good threads with heaps of good reading from lots of coffee snobs members under the heading of grinders on the home page........

    Ray.

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    Re: newbie grinder advice

    The sponsors links are a good place to start.
    I recommend Talk Coffee if Melbournes a must.

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    Re: newbie grinder advice

    Hi rjw and welcome

    As Thundergod mentioned, you should definitely talk to Chris from Talk Coffee and take a look at this while youre at it...

    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1187480374/2#2

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    Re: newbie grinder advice

    Quote Originally Posted by rjw180 link=1187580592/0#0 date=1187580592
    Hi all, Im new here so I thought Id introduce myself.

    My names Richard and Im a caffeinaholic.

    And everybody collectively says "Hello Richard!" ;) :)

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    Re: newbie grinder advice


    Why dont you persist with the EM0480 until it dies? Be sure to assemble it correctly and if its all good, then leave it alone, i.e. dont pull it apart.


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    Re: newbie grinder advice

    It sounds like hes already taken it back...Interesting to find out who took it back (ie which retailer). We can probably also assume that it wasnt a free one?

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    Re: newbie grinder advice

    Thanks for the welcome :)

    And thanks also for the suggestions. I was fairly impatient so I rushed out and bought a Gaggia MDF which should be arriving tomorrow. Hopefully I have better luck.

    I bought the EMO480 from Myers and yes I already took it back. I figured if it isnt working properly out of the box and others are also having problems then I figure its best to return it while I still can. The Sunbeam rep was actually there while I was returning it and she said that they hadnt had any issues with them at all but the staff let me return it without any real hassles.

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    Re: newbie grinder advice

    Ive got the gaggia MDF myself and its a great grinder.. The doser however could use a bit of improvement. I did a simple electrical tape mod on the doser vane so that it sweeps more cleanly and leaves hardly any grounds behind. Took Lucindas advice of "burping the baby" (ie. tilt the MDF forward a little and tap the back a few times) to clear the chute of grounds as well... Its amazing (not the positive kind of amazing) how much grounds get caught up in the chute otherwise.

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    Re: newbie grinder advice

    Burping the baby *;D ;D ;D ;D I like that.

    Welcome to cofeesnobs. $250 for an MDF is a good price, I paid that for mine. Though it had a wee scratch (barely detectable) on the casing so was classsified as shopsoiled. They are usually about $300.

    The MDF is a solid little machine and you will get years out of it. All you need to do now is to start roasting your own coffee. It took me about 2 weeks of being on here. ;D

    All you need to really do is occasionally vacuum out the hopper and the doser.

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    Re: newbie grinder advice

    Well the MDF arrived. Have to say the build quality seems pretty good - its much more solid than I expected. The grinder itself works really well too. On the other hand, quite right NewtoEspresso - the doser is very ordinary

    In any case, I"m just happy to have a grinder that actually works.

    Im not expecting to start roasting just yet though :)



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