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Thread: Viability/risk profile on used Mazzer SJ

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    Viability/risk profile on used Mazzer SJ

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    G'day experts,

    First post, though been an avid reader for a little while.

    I'm looking at getting into home espresso and thus have been on the lookout for appropriate entry-level equipment. My inner voice has been telling me to go cheap on components that aren't exciting, but having read at length here about how quality of components (including grinder) impacts outcome I have started looking at more robust machines.

    My initial instinct was to buy a new breville smart grinder and a used espresso machine (depending on what was available on the used market), but I have since realised that I'd likely just want to upgrade the grinder almost immediately thus making it a poor investment.

    I've since found a used mazzer super jolly auto via a friend of a friend that they're willing to part ways with for $250, and my question to the brains trust is whether this is a reasonable value prospect for me or not. I am entirely new to espresso and am only going by what I can find on this and other forums - namely that a SJ will last a long time, be very durable and repairable, and will produce better than adequate home coffee.

    Is this a reasonable buy for a new player? Is there another option I'm missing that's better suited to me? My wife is supportive, but hesitant on large expenses making buying new equipment not a real option.

    I'll try to link some images of the machine for your perusal.

    Any advice on grinders/starting out in general would be appreciated as well.

    Thanks!







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    I've bought a number of super holly's in the last few years and they are built like tanks. worse case really will be a set of new burrs but honestly its unlikely as they are good for hundreds of kgs of beans. the short hopper off the mazzer mini fits if you need to meet height constraints. and at $250 you really cant go wrong
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    Jeez at 250 Id buy two of them!!
    Oh wait I have three mazzers, nah go for it, they are really easy to take apart and clean out, Im doing one atm.
    Four screws hold the doser to the main body and you can easily take apart the doser clean it out and reassemble,
    The burrs are pretty easy too, youtube is your best friend here as well as likely to be many threads about them, I haven't updated all the pictures on my thread of disassembly but at 250 grab that beast!
    As Broadhead said above if the standard hopper is too high for your area you can get the smaller one.
    If you use something like cafetto to clean out build up coffee gunk I think that you have to only soak for about half hour or so I read somewhere, and thoroughly rinse parts. Helps to also have a small amount of food safe grease to lubricate the part under the doser that you pull, sorry I forget its name, doser handle?
    If you have any questions Im sure someone can put you in the right direction
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    Thanks for the feedback so far!

    Consensus so far seems to be that buying used isnt a hugely risky venture, which is heartening, and that the price is reasonable.

    The further question is whether its well suited for a first-time home espresso maker. Will the fact that it's commercial be frustrating for me?

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    Pretty sure youll be ok with it, lookup vids on how to calibrate it to your machine, and Im pretty sure I might be correct in suggesting that when you put a new batch of beans in it, you may need to adjust collar on it to slightly alter the grind each biff roast batch.
    Where possible fresh beans are the go, give Andys beans a shot esp the peru ceja (my pers fav) and yellow burbon, really depends what you like.
    Now some will poopoo the doser, theres heaps of talk about grind retention and old beans being in the doser and will affect taste. The amount of coffee that goes thru my machines both at home and at work makes this point mute with me. Although having said that I bought a sette270wi cause I thought how it weighs out dosing was interesting, and if single shot grinding interests you one day look at the niche, loads of info on that but they are also around 1200 mark I think.
    Start of with this beasty, ;earn it get your technique right dosing right and a suitable machine to go with it, esp at that price!!
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    Thanks everyone for your input. I bought the SJ.
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