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tjkoko
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Joined: 28 Oct 2007
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Location: Somewhere in the swamps
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Espresso: Bialetti Moka Pot
Grinder: Baratza Preciso and Turkish...
Drip: Meiltta filter with cone
Roaster: Whirlypop Stovetop Unit,...
Posted Fri Jun 5, 2009, 7:45pm
Subject: Re: Virtuoso driving me nuts!
 

If you own the older BV, the motor's rpms (around 650 rpm) are way too high for the beans to feed properly, especially for beans that are either very large or very oily.  And in that situation they need to be coaxed into the burrs with a chopstique!

Get yourself a newer but refurb BV where the motor's rpms are set at 450.  At that setting the beans will feed much better with no coaxing at all.
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AustinMike
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Joined: 24 Jul 2007
Posts: 376
Location: Austin, TX
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: La San Marco 85E
Grinder: Mahlkonig  K30
Vac Pot: Yama
Drip: Krupps Mokabrew
Roaster: BBQ Drum
Posted Sat Jun 6, 2009, 8:44am
Subject: Re: Virtuoso driving me nuts!
 

My grinder has the flat cord, so I can't adjust the speed.  I was thinking about cutting out the finger guard (at the bottom of the bean hopper), so that I can put a tamper on top of the beans, which will force them down into the burrs.  It's a minor annoyance that I can live with.  If all else fails, I can adjust my K30 all the way up and use it for drip.  Thanks for the info guys!
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Dooglas
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Joined: 12 Mar 2005
Posts: 731
Location: Portland, OR
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Vibiemme Junior
Grinder: Vario, Virtuoso
Drip: Bonavita, Bodum press
Roaster: GeneCafe, Behmor
Posted Sat Jun 6, 2009, 10:01am
Subject: Re: Virtuoso driving me nuts!
 

xdavez Said:

I'd sell it and get a good grinder.

Posted January 30, 2009 link

IMO nothing wrong with the Baratzas for drip. In fact, having a Virtuoso for drip and press so you don't have to fiddle with the settings on your espresso grinder is generally an excellent arrangement.

MonkeyK Said:

I have had problems with the beans not grinding if they are particularly oily on the outside.  Seems like they stick to the hopper too much.

Posted January 30, 2009 link

That has been my experience as well. If you typically use very dark roasts you will find the burr area and the hopper coated with sticky oil.
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