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Eyal
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Posted Sat Aug 16, 2003, 2:11am
Subject: How to make Mazzer Mini doser-less?
 

Hi all,

Just got a MM, and finding the doser function quite inconvenient - leaving groudn behind and wastefull.

Would anyone have a simple solution how to overcome these difficulties and/or make it doserless?

Much obliged!

 
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Posted Sat Aug 16, 2003, 8:22am
Subject: Re: How to make Mazzer Mini doser-less?
 

Eyal Said:

Would anyone have a simple solution how to overcome these difficulties and/or make it doserless?

Much obliged!

Posted August 16, 2003 link

Here's a link to Andy Schecter's mods to the Mazzer

click here

below is a picture of my mods based on Andy's photos

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Posted Sat Aug 16, 2003, 8:42am
Subject: Re: How to make Mazzer Mini doser-less?
 

Below is a picture of the parts (not including the finger guard) I removed and put away for safe keeping - sorry about the reflection of my fingers in the stainless steel plate <grin>

First thing is to remove the finger guard - it's very firm - be patient

In order to remove the doser adjustment wheel and the other parts, you need to remove the screw at the top - when all parts are removed, replace the screw

I found a stainless steel container with lid -the lid makes a nice tamper holder -of the right size at Ikea - inverted the container over styrofoam and rotated hard to creat an indentation - cut the disk out with a box cutter - found the centre and made a hole - inserted it into the stainless steel container and attached to the Mazzer



A one inch pastry brush completes the mod

I also clean the chute with a chop stick

Regards Duane

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Eyal
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Posted Sat Aug 16, 2003, 5:06pm
Subject: Re: How to make Mazzer Mini doser-less?
 

Duane,

Thanks! looks great!

Will have to take a closer look at my MM... Will keep you posted...

 
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Posted Sat Aug 16, 2003, 11:16pm
Subject: Re: How to make Mazzer Mini doser-less?
 

in another thread:

dan_kehn Said:

With these modifications, I don't expect the doser to bother me anymore.

-- Dan

Posted August 16, 2003 link

Hi Dan

The doser doesn't bother me either <grin>

Points of procedure that I use:

1) remove portafiller from espresso machine and put it in the portafiller fork on the Mazzer

2) turn on grinder timed for 17 seconds (will vary with basket size)

3) as grinding starts, immediately start pulling the doser lever - the pastry brush tends to pack  the grinds which produces clumping - point is to be fast enough to stay ahead of the pastry brush - so that the brush is just sweeping and not packing

Works like a charm

Regards Duane (with kudos to Andy Schecter)
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Posted Mon Nov 17, 2003, 6:03pm
Subject: Re: How to make Mazzer Mini doser-less?
 

Eyal Said:

 Would anyone have a simple solution how to overcome these difficulties and/or make it doserless?

Posted August 16, 2003 link

I went through much the same pain when I got my Mazzer.  I love the grinder, but hate the doser!  I posed a similar question to the board and Dan was kind enough to post detailed instructions on how to perform Andy's mod.  

I decided to go out and get the pieces needed to perform the modification.  In the meantime, I removed all the bits inside (see Duane's earlier post) and put a small piece of plastic inside the doser which shields the round part on the bottom from collecting grounds and sweeps the coffee off of the vanes of the doser.  I have been using it this way for about a month and it's a HUGE difference over the standard doser mechanism.  Call me lazy, but I think I'm going to stick with my quick (and literally dirty) modification.  It's not as clean as the other option, but it is a big, big improvement.  I use a chopstick to clean out the grounds chute (after the burrs have come to a complete stop -- you only make that mistake once : )) and my guess is that there is less than 1/2 gram left over.

Cheers,
Dalton

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Posted Thu Nov 20, 2003, 3:55pm
Subject: Re: How to make Mazzer Mini doser-less?
 

The doser is useless for my home-use, too. But, making it doserless doesn't work either since it means I have to hold the (cooling) PF under the spout. So, I converted mine to a single-doser after removing the hopper. The ball on the end of the stick acts as a plug for the funnel and lets grounds pile up in the funnel. Remove the ball and the grounds drop into the PF when I want.

See the picture
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MrFollies
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Posted Thu Nov 20, 2003, 5:16pm
Subject: Re: How to make Mazzer Mini doser-less?
 

Now that looks amazing...
Where did you find that funnel?

-D
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Posted Fri Nov 21, 2003, 6:57am
Subject: Re: How to make Mazzer Mini doser-less?
 

DanBollinger Said:

The doser is useless for my home-use, too. But, making it doserless doesn't work either since it means I have to hold the (cooling) PF under the spout. So, I converted mine to a single-doser after removing the hopper. The ball on the end of the stick acts as a plug for the funnel and lets grounds pile up in the funnel. Remove the ball and the grounds drop into the PF when I want.

Posted November 20, 2003 link

That's a fantastic looking setup. Did you have someone fabricate the front plate and funnel, or is the funnel some off the shelf item? You may have started a new business...

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Posted Fri Nov 21, 2003, 7:28am
Subject: Re: How to make Mazzer Mini doser-less?
 

Dan - In one word...In-freakin'-credible! I am really impressed with the stopper you have in place of the hopper as well.

hachcafe Said:

You may have started a new business...


I agree. Put me on the list of potential customers for both the Hopper Stopper(tm) and the funnel.

As I've said in other posts, I love the Mr. Wizard stuff that people come up with for espresso/roasting/grinding, both here and alt.coffee.

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