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Thanks for all the input, everyone.

Decision made: Lido 3, which seems ideal for what I'm looking for.

The Hausgrind/Feldgrind and Commandante options look great too, but availablity is pretty much nil. The L3 seems very solid and well-thought-out, I don't think anything handheld is going to beat its burly 48 mm burrs for grind quality, plus it just seems like the most fun toy to have. If it's as good as I'm expecting, it could end up being my main non-espresso grinder, and the Mazzer can stay dialed in for espresso full-time.

While I was at it, I ordered Rhinowares' mini mill that grinds directly into an Aeropress:
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I checked out the standard version last month in London and it seemed decent, so I figured this version would make a nice little present for a brother of mine who does tons of travelling and also likes his coffee. It should get a good workout during our next backpacking weekend. The Zass one seemed very good too, but the company I bought the rest of the stuff from didn't carry it, and it would have been difficult to justify placing a separate international order for one.

To complete the grinder spree, I grabbed a 33M burr set for the Mini-E.


image credit: mazzer

The current ones are about due for replacement, so I thought I'd try out this common swap from the next-largest model that uses the same 64 mm carrier with a more powerful motor. There are a few reports of the more aggressive cut causing the Mini-E's 250 W motor to stall out ocassionally, but most people seem very happy with it and report no problems. I'll let you know how it goes.

Definitely looking forward to giving this stuff a spin. smile.gif

Reason for using a larger burr set in the MiniE ??

 

Also I am assuming you entertain a lot or have had the grinder a really long time to be at the end of the life cycle of the burr set....58mm Flat Burr 660lbs

 

Thanks & enjoy

post #3692 of 4120
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Originally Posted by marvin100 View Post

Awesome! For your next feat, you can try to abstain from smugly butting in!


Let's be nice and try to convert him!

post #3693 of 4120
I drank an extra pot to make up for him.
post #3694 of 4120
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Originally Posted by Mon Dieu View Post

Reason for using a larger burr set in the MiniE ??

Also I am assuming you entertain a lot or have had the grinder a really long time to be at the end of the life cycle of the burr set....58mm Flat Burr 660lbs

Thanks & enjoy
The Mini E also uses 64 mm burrs (it's the non-"E" version that's 58 mm), so it's a direct swap to the faster SJ set.

I've been averaging a 250 gram bag or a two a week through it since 2011 (I'd guess around 100 kilos total), and I'm not sure how much the previous (enthusiast) owner went through. Although it's unlikely that it's exceeded the manufacturer's recommendation yet, some people replace the blades earlier. As it's not particularly expensive or difficult, I didn't see any reason not to order a set along with the rest of the replacement bits from the parts supplier (pressurestat, gaskets, lower-flow steam tip) and be done with it.

In addition to the much faster output, those who do the swap report fluffier grinds with fewer clumps, which is reason enough to change them. I've also noticed that my vac pot stalls out on fines more than it did a few years ago, so I'll see if the new set improves that or if it's just something about the beans I'm using.

I'm looking forward to doing a little coffee-geek experiment to see how the conical-burr Lido compares to the flat-burr Mazzer as a brew grinder when all the new equipment arrives.




In other news, I started refurbishing a '90s Elektra lever machine over the weekend. It's fairly rough cosmetically, but it produced some good shots once I bypassed the broken power switch and descaled it.



It should clean up nicely. smile.gif
post #3695 of 4120
Use about a kilo per mo, have noticed I have to alter the grind from one bean to another
BlackCat beening the coarsest

Extra set of burrs I recived with the MiniE
Good job on the Lever Machine, something highly satisfying about manually pulling a shot

Well done enjoy 👍
Edited by Mon Dieu - 3/8/16 at 8:08am
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I always feel like it's okay to drink more alcohol if I had more coffee during the day. Stimulants and depressants right? 

 

I got a Black Cat espresso at Intelli today. This blend is definitely more on the dark, bitter sour side; not much sweetness but some interesting notes at the very end. 

post #3698 of 4120
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Originally Posted by t3hg0suazn View Post

I always feel like it's okay to drink more alcohol if I had more coffee during the day. Stimulants and depressants right? 

You have our approval.


Come on over to the "What are you drinking" thread.
post #3699 of 4120
Just saw that Coffee Review gave a 92 to Trader Joe's Kenya AA Medium Roast (under $10/lbs), and 90 to a McCafe Colombian (yes, it's McDonald's coffee, around $11/lbs.). Now I'm curious.
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Originally Posted by A Y View Post

Just saw that Coffee Review gave a 92 to Trader Joe's Kenya AA Medium Roast (under $10/lbs), and 90 to a McCafe Colombian (yes, it's McDonald's coffee, around $11/lbs.). Now I'm curious.

TJs has some solid coffees at great prices... Not quite as good as my local faves (Corvus and Novo), but damn good.
post #3701 of 4120
Are they fresh tho?
post #3702 of 4120
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Originally Posted by indesertum View Post

Are they fresh tho?

I don't have any at the moment, but they're fresh enough if you aren't super snobby about your beans. The cans are sealed, and if you go through beans like I do, they'll taste okay until the whole pound is gone.
post #3703 of 4120
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Originally Posted by Fueco View Post

I don't have any at the moment, but they're fresh enough if you aren't super snobby about your beans. The cans are sealed, and if you go through beans like I do, they'll taste okay until the whole pound is gone.

i dont think of myself as snobby, but i feel like beans taste kind of more bland after like a month or three weeks or so after roast date. not sure how sealing affects taste tho cuz i usually open the bag a few days after roast
post #3704 of 4120
Speaking of freshness...wtf is with the Peet's locations that have the coffee sitting out in uncovered bins.

Who wants a coffee with a roast date from a few weeks ago that has been sitting out with full exposure to air and light for 18 hours a day (I'm assuming they rebag the beans at night).
post #3705 of 4120
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Originally Posted by otc View Post

Speaking of freshness...wtf is with the Peet's locations that have the coffee sitting out in uncovered bins.

Who wants a coffee with a roast date from a few weeks ago that has been sitting out with full exposure to air and light for 18 hours a day (I'm assuming they rebag the beans at night).

 

 

You're assuming that the coffee doesn't cycle through on a daily basis. Peets sells a lot of beans that way, and I would assume they've been doing things that way since the beginning (I know they've been doing that since at least 1994 -the first time I went into a Peets).

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