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Sundance
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Espresso: Gaggia Coffee
Grinder: La San Marco SM90
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Posted Mon Jan 28, 2008, 8:14am
Subject: LaSan Marco SM90
 

The consumer review does not have much info on this beast so I come here to you all. I am new to this forum and am grateful for all your expertice.

With recommendations from here I picked up a Gaggia Coffee that was recently rebuilt. Now I seek a decent grinder (using a blade model now!!)

I have the opportunity to pick up an older (1995) La San Marco SM90. *It has several paint scuffs and will need a paint job. *It runs well and I am told it grinds well but I have not seen the burrs. *It is missing the hopper ($40 replacement) and the doser lid (??? not sure where to get one). *It is missing one rubber foot (where to get??).

He is asking $125 for the unit.

My questions?? *Is it worth it?? *Does this unit do a good grind?? *Any impressions and advise is appreciated.

Thanks

 
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Sundance
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Espresso: Gaggia Coffee
Grinder: La San Marco SM90
Drip: In Closet
Posted Mon Jan 28, 2008, 1:54pm
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My second option is the Solis/Starbucks Barista grinder. That one rates well but this one is built to last forever. Just wondering what the performance of the SM90 might be.

 
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Posted Tue Feb 5, 2008, 8:50pm
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I picked up one of these through an eBay surplus outlet for peanuts. It too was missing a hopper and lid, had some paint scuffs.. and it was missing a rubber foot, too. Hm. Weird. Haven't really replaced any of these, so it's still kind of shabby looking, but it works fine. It's a real tank. Unfortunately, UPS decided for me that the doser was not necessary and proceeded to shatter it in to several shards of plastic. I ended up carefully gluing the shards back together. It's now seriously ugly, but it does the job just like new. Seriously though, the grinder feels like it's going to outlast me, especially considering how solid it is after having been in service since 1995. I think you may have found my grinder's long lost twin brother, this is starting to get creepy!
It grinds super fast, the doser sweeps clean, and it's pretty adjustable. Stepless would be a major improvement, but I'll live. I've since converted to pretty much exclusively using my Gaggia Factory lever and my beefed up hand grinder, but the SM 90 definitely rocks. You won't be disappointed.
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Posted Tue Mar 11, 2008, 11:51am
Subject: Re: LaSan Marco SM90
 

I too just bought one of these on eBay.  Amazingly, it too is missing one foot!!  Must be either a design defect or it is the same machine.

Has anyone modified these to stepless?  Any suggestions as to where to buy new burrs and how easy is it to change them, as this is my first serious grinder.

 
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Sundance
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Grinder: La San Marco SM90
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Posted Tue Mar 11, 2008, 6:40pm
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I can't imagine any advantage to stepless as far as my SM90 goes.  No problem getting where I need to be.

Burrs are easy to change. I haven't changed mine but I have taken it apart for cleaning and out of pure
curiosity.

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topherpalmtree
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Posted Mon Jun 28, 2010, 1:53pm
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Did you end up purchasing the grinder? If you did what do you think? I'm also looking at what seems to be a deal on ebay, but I'm not sure it's worth it or spend a hundred to two hundred more on a mazzer.
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Posted Wed May 29, 2013, 8:01pm
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Maybe this single machine is just hitching rides round the county? I am looking at one on eBay that has a repaired foot and a replacement lid. I think we need to get a picture of all of these machines to get to the root of it!

This commercial duty burr grinder is in good cosmetic condition and works very well.
It has a nice stainless replacement hopper lid.
One foot has been repaired, and some paint has been touched up.
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