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Posted Sat Jun 16, 2012, 8:36am
Subject: Re: OK was this a deal or a flop? ( my new grinder)
 

One thing you will appreciate regarding the bottomless portafilter and the Carezza is the extra room for your cup it will give you.

 
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Posted Wed Jun 20, 2012, 10:00am
Subject: Re: OK was this a deal or a flop? (Update...it just came today)
 

Well UPS rang the bell a few hours ago.  The grinder showed up well packaged and with very little grounds in it.  I took the top off to brush out the burrs and they looked and felt brand new!! There was I would say less that 2-3 grams in the entire machine.  I cleaned out the hopper and the doser.  The grinder looks like it just came from a store.  So in go the beans....wow what a difference a good grinder makes.  The stepless adjustments are great.  I think at $160 this was a score!!  Plus it doesn't look out of place in my kitchen like some of the other commercial grinders.  I'll be sure to post a review after I get more time playing with it.
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Posted Wed Jun 20, 2012, 11:32am
Subject: Re: OK was this a deal or a flop?  (Update...it just came today)
 

It keeps getting better.  After dialing it in...had a bit of waste since this was the first time I've ever done this... it had to be the BEST espresso to ever come out of my machine.  When I got the grind right I had the crema I saw in all of the videos I watched.  I never thought I could get that out of my machine and was convinced I needed to upgrade, boy was I wrong!  Now I see why people say they can get a better shot with a good grinder and a $50 machine than with a bad grinder and a $1500 machine.  I guess my original post about was it a deal and good enough is solved.  No matter what I would have paid for it, I now feel it was worth every penny after looking at what it is producing.
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Posted Wed Jun 20, 2012, 1:23pm
Subject: Re: OK was this a deal or a flop?  (Update...it just came today)
 

:<D

 
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Posted Thu Jun 21, 2012, 10:36pm
Subject: Re: OK was this a deal or a flop?  (Update...it just came today)
 

A bottomless may allow you to get a triple basket! :)
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Posted Fri Jun 22, 2012, 12:29pm
Subject: Re: OK was this a deal or a flop?  (Update...it just came today)
 

I am curious did you try the oxyclean? Would it get the coffee residue off on my clear (brown) plastic doser? Or is there something else I should use? I don't want to make a special trip or wait for mail order so preferably something I can buy at the supermarket or find in my house? Thanks
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Posted Fri Jun 22, 2012, 12:48pm
Subject: Re: OK was this a deal or a flop?  (Update...it just came today)
 

To be honest it was 100% cleaner than I thought it was going to be.  I dusted out the burrs and wiped down the body with a sponge.  The hopper that was a bit discolored from the beans was as easy as dish soap and a green scrubby pad.  It looks like brand new now.  When he said very little use he meant it :P
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Posted Fri Jun 22, 2012, 1:24pm
Subject: Re: OK was this a deal or a flop?  (Update...it just came today)
 

Thats awesome sounds like you got a great deal I recently bought a MDX off CL and the machine is fairly clean but there are parts of the doser that have caked on residue. I am sure it is very easy to clean but I am hesitant to use any cleaners on it for fear it may damage the plastic or taint the coffee in the future. I am sure there is a post somewhere that talks about this but I haven't been able to find one apparently I am a horrible searcher:) Thanks for the fast response though!
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Posted Sat Jun 23, 2012, 1:38pm
Subject: How to clean coffee oil residue from the inside of a plastic hopper
 

Based on what the OP said about the condition of his grinder, I'm not sure this topic is of any further interest. But IIRC someone else posted a follow up question on this thread, so I'll in my .02 and experience. This works well, and does NOT leave a smelly odor in the hopper, nor does it result in any abrasion to the plastic hopper.

With the plastic hopper removed from the grinder, dampen a paper towel or cotton ball with some straight ammonia. It does not take much. This will dissolve the oily residue and stains. Follow up with a paper towel dampened with water. Note - ammonia evaporates very fast and more quickly than water.

Your nose is (probably) very sensitive to the potential odors left behind by any cleaning solution. My cleaning project resulted in a new-looking hopper and doser and no odors or fumes.
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Posted Sat Jun 23, 2012, 2:14pm
Subject: Re: How to clean coffee oil residue from the inside of a plastic hopper
 

Thank you for answering I unintentionally high jacked the thread oops. I will try that your right I have a strong sense of smell ironically I would have never even considered ammonia as it is so potent smelling but it makes since that it would evaporate quickly taking the smell with it. Thank you again :)
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