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Thread: !!!SOLD!!! - MAHLKOENIG EK43 Grinder + TITUS ALIGNMENT TOOL +3 BURR sets

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    !!!SOLD!!! - MAHLKOENIG EK43 Grinder + TITUS ALIGNMENT TOOL +3 BURR sets

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    I purchased the legendary EK43 coffee grinder on 28/05/2015 from Xtracted Espresso Solutions, Melbourne.

    This was for home use for daily 1-2 filter coffees only (Hario V60). No espresso use (I don’t own an espresso machine). I wanted to use the same grinder as my favourite roasters used for filter coffee so this was not a limiting factor in my filter coffee. I have been extremely happy with the filter coffee and when I compared it to the Comandante hand grinder there was no comparison in the results (EK43 blew the Comandante away).

    The EK43 came with the newer coffee burrs (not Turkish), and I purchased an additional two sets of coffee burrs as I anticipated needing to change them regularly (turns out I misguided myself!) and it’s very difficult to get an EK43 and the burrs due to the overwhelming demand for them. I changed the burrs after one year without any advice, and after speaking to many cafes / roasteries and on forums realised that me grinding 40g of coffee per day would mean the burrs would last several years each before any signs of blunting. Hence there is a set of used but essentially mint condition burrs, a set of completely unopened burrs, and the current set in the grinder that are still sharp and do not need to be replaced any time soon. New sets of genuine Mahlkoenig EK43 Burrs are $715 per set.

    As I went along the journey, I got deep into burr alignment. I originally used the “marker pen” method described in a video by Matt Perger, and then went “next level” by purchasing the Titus Alignment Tool (this is a good overview: https://www.broadsheetcoffee.com/ek43-burr-alignment/ ). I now have the grinder aligned both the stationary and fixed burr to within 0.05um (after seriously a total of 20-25 hours of shimming over different days). The Titus Alignment Tool still has the complete set of different thickness shims as I used copper tape. The Titus Alignment Tool cost me $298 incl GST.

    The grinder is in absolutely excellent condition both cosmetically and operationally. I have always used RDT to prevent retention hence the chambers are so clean, and regularly clean out the grinder completely. The way they are built means you would have this for decades. This would be suitable for café or home use.

    I have also replaced all the original screws with Titanium hexagonal screws. The original screws if you clean the grinder regularly which I do are prone to stripped heads, so replacing the two front plate screws and the three screws holding each burr in place with titanium hexagonal screws means easier removal and no chance of stripping. It also allows me to use a torque wrench to get the exact same tightness on each screw. The 8 x Titanium Hex screws cost $175.

    Please see full resolution photos here: https://1drv.ms/f/s!AvfGVoSnpXdZ2RoK8dmnMtVole3G


    So this is a rare offering. You will receive:

    1. Mahlkoenig EK43 Grinder in Black, as perfectly aligned as you can get it, with titanium hex screws replacing the cheap steel flat head screws throughout.
    2. Titus alignment tool to get that perfect alignment with full set of shims
    3. 3 sets of burrs as described, all are sharp and one is unopened / mint
    4. Original manual and Allen key for recalibrating zero

    Price for the whole package is $3450. It is difficult to get an EK43 let alone a near perfectly aligned one with the alignment tool and an extra 2 sets of burrs.

    Local pick up in Melbourne is preferred due to the weight of the unit, but would consider freight at buyer's expense.

    Thanks for the interest!
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    this sounds like a very well loved grinder but the biggest question is what are you upgrading to?

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    Haha, I'm actually going to downgrade to the upcoming Orphan Espresso Apex manual grinder to free up some cash and bench space! If I don't get the price I want I'll be happy to keep it though!
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    It's a bargain. If I didn't already have one, I'd take it myself!

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    oooh the apex looks really interesting. seems like a over engineered grinder for manual brews (sounds like doug)

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    I'd grab it if I didn't have an EK43 already.
    Do you consider selling the burrs (mint one and new one), and the alignment tool separately?
    How much would each of them be?
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    Hi, I will consider selling the burrs and alignment tool separately if I don't get the price I want on the full package...will keep everyone posted if this happens and also direct message you. Thanks for the interest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bpchia View Post
    Hi, I will consider selling the burrs and alignment tool separately if I don't get the price I want on the full package...will keep everyone posted if this happens and also direct message you. Thanks for the interest.
    How much torque did you use when tightening ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhatBoy View Post
    How much torque did you use when tightening ?
    2.8 Nm as advised by email by Frank Durra of Titus Titus-Grinding Highend Kaffee- und Espressomhlen who makes the alignment tool

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    Quote Originally Posted by bpchia View Post
    2.8 Nm as advised by email by Frank Durra of Titus Titus-Grinding Highend Kaffee- und Espressomhlen who makes the alignment tool
    where did you find a torque wrench that could be so accurate? just asking because I've haven't been able to find one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhatBoy View Post
    where did you find a torque wrench that could be so accurate? just asking because I've haven't been able to find one.
    This is the model and place I got mine: https://au.rs-online.com/web/p/torqu...3579/?sra=pstk
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    Phat Boy, look up Borka Tools, they predominantly make firearm tools but will suit this application. Their off the shelf PTL kits are relatively cheap
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhatBoy View Post
    where did you find a torque wrench that could be so accurate? just asking because I've haven't been able to find one.
    You can get them at bike shops. Accurate, low torque wrenches are important when working with carbon fibre components.

    Usually 4-5Nm max.
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    cheers guys

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    Thought I would share this post from today https://www.scottrao.com/blog/2018/1...e%20newsletter
    Scott is a huge fan of perfectly aligned EKs both for espresso and filter

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    Hi all, I've had multiple requests about selling the burrs and/or alignment tool separately. Would anybody be interested in the EK43 perfectly (as close as possible without CNC machining) aligned on its own for $2700? This is a ridiculous price considering a new one is at least $3500 and not nearly aligned, and EK43s are built to grind spices and coffee all day every day for decades. Never heard of an EK43 breaking down. My EK43 has performed flawlessly since birth and had so little use. Plus there is a long waiting list to get an EK43 as cafes can't even get them straight away from what I've heard.

    If I could get this price then I could sell the burrs and alignment tool to those interested...either reply to this thread or PM me. Thanks.
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    Hi all, price drop! $3000 !!!! Perfectly aligned and Titus alignment tool and 3 as new burr sets, one mint. Ridiculous. Perfect condition.

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    Hmm ... PM sent ...

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    Hi all, sorry this has been sold via another channel now. Thanks for your interest.



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