tjkoko Senior Member Joined: 28 Oct 2007 Posts: 713 Location: Somewhere in the swamps Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Bialetti Moka Pot Grinder: Baratza Preciso and Turkish... Drip: Meiltta filter with cone Roaster: Whirlypop Stovetop Unit,...
Posted Fri Jun 5, 2009, 8:45pm 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.
AustinMike Senior Member Joined: 24 Jul 2007 Posts: 377 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, 9:44am 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!
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.
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.
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