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    From Rocky to Macap

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    Rocky was bought in late July 2007 to replace my previous grinder. I had only just come to realise how important a grinder was, and this was a big step up for me. My espresso equipment was more than 20 years old, and I wanted an improvement.

    Rocky gave me this—my shots improved markedly and I was able to ‘dial in’ the procedure to a much greater extent than previously. Unfortunately, within months, my venerable La San Marco espresso machine died in unrepairable ways. I replaced it with a VBM Domobar and the coffee got better again.

    I soon started tweaking Rocky—the “better coffee” sickness had well and truly set in. I noticed that there were “fines” in the bottom of my latte glasses and I was determined to get rid of them. Winding the threads on the upper burr carrier with plumber’s teflon tape provide a good answer by stabilising the burrs and making the grinds more consistent in size. I was happy for months, and my friends kept dropping in for coffee.

    When I started roasting my own beans I found I occasionally wanted to adjust Rocky in half-steps and proceeded to (as far as I can tell) invent a tweak. I sprung the upper burr carrier against some rubber tubing and combined that with a off-cut holding the adjustment release down. Rocky was now stepless, and again my shots improved.

    About this time I started frequenting The Coffee Barun and realised how much further there was to go. Going from large milk drinks, to doppio ristretto piccolo latte’s, to straight ristretto’s, I was getting fussier and fussier. A trial with Rocky against better grinders showed me that another grinder upgrade was the logical (?!) next step.

    My reading and experimenting led me to a Macap M4D, and it was duly ordered from Talk Coffee. The dialing-in commenced again.

    The Macap grinds considerably more consistently (and much quicker) than Rocky and this had some interesting effects. Small adjustments in grind made much more difference to the taste of the shot, and when I got it right the taste was great. With Rocky, blonding occurred after a fairly short shot and running too long left the coffee more bitter than I liked in my straight ristretto, although this was insignificant with milk. The Macap has allowed me to extend the shot and still have it come out brown with tiger striping. The taste stays sweet longer and this also allows some of the fruit flavours and aromatics to come through stronger. Getting great shots is also a more repeatable process, although the adjustments are more critical.

    The tweaking has continued though. The M4D was too tall to fit where I wanted it with the standard hopper so I experimented with making smaller versions. An orange juice bottle provided a close to ideal size but had somewhat less bling than made me happy. After all, the chrome Macap, and the polished stainless of the VBM called for more than a juice bottle. A scrounge of the local “Cheap Shop” found me a $5 cocktail shaker that fit and worked well by having it’s bottom cut off. A pic of the Macap with it’s new stainless hopper is below.

    Is the Macap worth well more than twice the cost of Rocky? I can’t answer for you, but I’m keeping it. Rocky is in Coffee Hardware For Sale.

    Greg




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    Re: From Rocky to Macap

    Definitely a classy bit of gear Greg and worth the upgrade on all fronts in my view, 8-)

    Cheers,
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    Re: From Rocky to Macap



    I helped my father purchase one of these (to go with a new Bezzera BZ07) through Chris on a recent trip to Melbourne. * Actually Dad saw this grinder and wanted it, no questions asked!

    Anyway, after a week of playing with the M4D Ive fallen in love with it .................. and upgraditus has set in.

    Back in Brisbane now and the Compak K3 touch, although a great grinder, doesnt quite cut it anymore * :o

    The M4D is so fast, quite and neat. * And it looks pretty damn lovely too *:)


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    Re: From Rocky to Macap

    Quote Originally Posted by Corretto link=1220688166/0#2 date=1220692862

    I helped my father purchase one of these (to go with a new Bezzera BZ07) through Chris on a recent trip to Melbourne. * Actually Dad saw this grinder and wanted it, no questions asked!

    Anyway, after a week of playing with the M4D Ive fallen in love with it .................. and upgraditus has set in.

    Back in Brisbane now and the Compak K3 touch, although a great grinder, doesnt quite cut it anymore * :o

    The M4D is so fast, quite and neat. * And it looks pretty damn lovely too *:)


    Belinda
    Agreed- Theyre a brilliant grinder 8-).

    I actually have the silver stepped one- having tried both.

    As I use this grinder sometimes for siphon, plunger and cupping, I have found it to be great. The steps are so small on the M4D (waaay smaller than a stepped M4 for example) that they just dont matter. At $200 less than the chrome micrometric one, I reckon its the sleeper of the range.

    Chris

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    Re: From Rocky to Macap

    I moved to this grinder when it was on pre order
    Waiting for it was a pain and a thrill at the same time
    But the wait was well worth it

    I have the stepped silver model so I can make quick adjustments for Brisbane’s changing weather and also frequent different bean changes

    I love it

    KK

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    Re: From Rocky to Macap

    Ive just done the same upgrade and whilst Im still trying to get the Macap tuned, Im already getting better coffees than with the Rocky. The dosing will make the tamp the only real variable left to master, assuming I dont change beans.

    It does clump but I am using that as the indicator that Im grinding too fine. With coarser grind, there was no clumping at all.



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