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wsikes
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Location: West Virginia
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Espresso: Gaggia Classic
Grinder: Promac MD-64 AT
Drip: Bunn
Roaster: Behmor
Posted Fri May 4, 2012, 7:29am
Subject: A Beast in the Kitchen
 

I'm very excited today... I just bought a Promac MD-64 (rebadged Rancilio MD-50) off of eBay.  Hoping that it's not in too bad of condition... also hope it doesn't gobble up my little Saeco Aroma... lol.

 
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Posted Fri May 4, 2012, 2:04pm
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You should get great results from that grinder, provided it works well. As with all grinders bought used, be ready to change the burrs, CONGRATS!

 
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Espresso: Gaggia Classic
Grinder: Promac MD-64 AT
Drip: Bunn
Roaster: Behmor
Posted Fri May 4, 2012, 3:05pm
Subject: Re: A Beast for the Kitchen
 

calblacksmith Said:

You should get great results from that grinder, provided it works well. As with all grinders bought used, be ready to change the burrs, CONGRATS!

Posted May 4, 2012 link

Thanks... Gonna check the burrs first thing when it gets here... already priced some.  I figure I'll have to take it apart anyway to clean it... I'll know more next week.

 
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Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Gaggia Classic
Grinder: Promac MD-64 AT
Drip: Bunn
Roaster: Behmor
Posted Sat May 5, 2012, 9:15am
Subject: Re: A Beast for the Kitchen
 

Going crazy just waiting for it to ship... I'll be a basket case by the time it gets here.

 
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Espresso: Gaggia Classic
Grinder: Promac MD-64 AT
Drip: Bunn
Roaster: Behmor
Posted Thu May 10, 2012, 12:40pm
Subject: Re: A Beast for the Kitchen
 

The Beast is here!  I got it via FedEx yesterday and finally got to try it out this afternoon... it works great!  Now all I need to do is dial it in.  The pulls are still too fast, but I left it on the setting it was on when it arrived... 15... next shot will be pulled on a setting of 10.  So far I love it!  Fast, smooth, quiet, and easy.

 
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Posted Thu May 10, 2012, 1:27pm
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I am jealous you have a commercial grinder.  But my postage stamp sized kitchen will not support it.  One day I will remodel (to double the size of my tiny house, I keep buying those lotto tickets!) and have a wet bar set up and use it for a coffee shrine.

 
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Espresso: GS3
Grinder: RoburE, Kenia
Vac Pot: Hario
Drip: Brazen, CCD, Aeropress, V60,...
Roaster: Behmor, Air Crazy
Posted Thu May 10, 2012, 1:33pm
Subject: Re: A Beast for the Kitchen
 

wsikes Said:

The Beast is here!  I got it via FedEx yesterday and finally got to try it out this afternoon... it works great!  Now all I need to do is dial it in.  The pulls are still too fast, but I left it on the setting it was on when it arrived... 15... next shot will be pulled on a setting of 10.  So far I love it!  Fast, smooth, quiet, and easy.

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eek, i hope you took it apart and cleaned out the burrs, chute and doser.

looking forward to hearing about your future shots!  :)

ugh i really need to get me an espresso machine.  im so jealous.
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Espresso: Gaggia Classic
Grinder: Promac MD-64 AT
Drip: Bunn
Roaster: Behmor
Posted Thu May 10, 2012, 1:38pm
Subject: Re: A Beast for the Kitchen
 

Frank, that's why I couldn't try it out this morning... I had parts all over the place.  All is good to go now... loving the doser!

 
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Location: West Virginia
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Gaggia Classic
Grinder: Promac MD-64 AT
Drip: Bunn
Roaster: Behmor
Posted Thu May 10, 2012, 1:40pm
Subject: Re: A Beast in the Kitchen
 

Coffeenoobie Said:

I am jealous you have a commercial grinder.  But my postage stamp sized kitchen will not support it.  One day I will remodel (to double the size of my tiny house, I keep buying those lotto tickets!) and have a wet bar set up and use it for a coffee shrine.

Posted May 10, 2012 link

Lol... Wifey had to put the Bunn on top of the chest freezer to make room for it.  The kitchen is really crowded now, but it's worth it!

 
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Location: Los Angeles
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Espresso: GS3
Grinder: RoburE, Kenia
Vac Pot: Hario
Drip: Brazen, CCD, Aeropress, V60,...
Roaster: Behmor, Air Crazy
Posted Mon May 14, 2012, 12:54pm
Subject: Re: A Beast in the Kitchen
 

how are the shots coming along, Bill?  Any tips and tricks?

i actually just picked up the younger brother of your Aroma last night from craigslist.   Saeco Via Venezia.  :P


i think i got it all cleaned up nice and attempted to pull a couple shots with the only beans i have.  Some lightly roasted Panama Don K.  

didnt end up too good.  might have been because i was using the top of my deodorant stick cap as my tamper.  haha

geez this thing is becoming a money pit too.  i just purchased the naked portafilter from seattle coffee gear, a knockbox, cheapie 53mm tamper and shower head cleaning brush.  now i'm tempted to modify the thing to add an OPV valve to get the pressure down closer to 9bar
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