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DavecUK
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Posted Sun Jan 26, 2014, 9:42am
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The CBR-1200 I will be keeping for my personal use. It's great for my needs, quick warmup (2m) and back to back capability. It makes it ideal for my reduced capacity needs and a few roasts for friends. It's also smaller and lighter, which makes it more suitable for home/workshop use. So no, you won't be getting your hands on mine ;-)

Testing still continues, I've had it for over 3 months now, because want to make sure it's right. Will be doing heating element replacement testing this week (oh not because it has failed, just to check the procedure) to see how easy it is and also investigating over next few weeks the possibility of changing just the element rather than the whole heating box. Heater element should relatively cheap, individual heating elements should be a negligible commercial cost. Also trying some differently sized heating elements, to see if very long life can be coupled with enough power to roast and possibly even better/esier roasting capability for the specific commercial setting.

However, I can say, it's bloody good!
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Posted Sun Jan 26, 2014, 2:56pm
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And there I was already slavering at the prospect of this great new piece of kit coming my way courtesy of you! Not to be then.
Still, the big idea is to have one in every one of my Coffee Shops as a focal point. I am told Bellabarrista are the appointed distributors. I'll have to ring them up soon and enquire about availability. Do you know them?
Also, I have done a general post asking for advice on selecting the Best commercial Ceramic burr grinder out there. Can you help me with that quest?
Better still. Can we talk sometime? My mobile is the same as it ever was.
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DavecUK
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Posted Sun Jan 26, 2014, 7:24pm
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DavidN Said:

And there I was already slavering at the prospect of this great new piece of kit coming my way courtesy of you! Not to be then.
Still, the big idea is to have one in every one of my Coffee Shops as a focal point. I am told Bellabarrista are the appointed distributors. I'll have to ring them up soon and enquire about availability. Do you know them?
Also, I have done a general post asking for advice on selecting the Best commercial Ceramic burr grinder out there. Can you help me with that quest?
Better still. Can we talk sometime? My number is xxxxxxx, same as it ever was.

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I'm doing the testing for Bella Barista, and writing all the documentation etc...so the manuals etc.. won't be in "pidgeon english". Oh if I were u I would edit your post and remove your mobile number from the forum, not a good idea.

For commercial grinders, I'm a bit old fashioned and would stick to metal burrs...but that's just me.
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Posted Mon Jan 27, 2014, 1:33pm
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Thanks for the advice. Acted upon it right away.
I've been told that metal burrs tend to heat up and lead to lumps in the grind, whereas Ceramic Burrs don't, thereby keeping the ground coffee even. There must be something in that?
What's your take?
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Posted Mon Jan 27, 2014, 8:14pm
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DavidN Said:

Thanks for the advice. Acted upon it right away.
I've been told that metal burrs tend to heat up and lead to lumps in the grind, whereas Ceramic Burrs don't, thereby keeping the ground coffee even. There must be something in that?
What's your take?

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Unless your using a high volume sack grinder, i wouldn't worry about it. I'm talking about the  6 inch burr models that grind 100kg per hour to fill large bags on a continuous basis. For normal commercial use, no metal burr grinder is going to heat up enough to cause lumps from grinding. If it did (which is won't), ceramic can get hot too!
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