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Guy_Simpson
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Posted Sun Jul 22, 2012, 1:09am
Subject: Question for Mazzer owners
 

For those of you who own (or have used) a Mazzer doser model with timer: can the timer dial be set to grind enough for one shot and no more?

I've been offered a good deal on a Mini Doser Timer model, but want to find out if it features a 'minimum' grind time setting - so I'm not forced to grind more coffee than I need to. In an ideal world I'd go for a Mini Doserless E, but they're nearly 200 more (which I can't afford sadly).

Thanks for your help!

Guy
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Posted Sun Jul 22, 2012, 10:43am
Subject: Re: Question for Mazzer owners
 

Buy yourself a dark room timer for about $50 used then just use the timer on the grinder as an on/off switch. You will get VERY consistent volume of grounds this way. I ran my Mazzers that way for a long time until I upgraded my grinders.

The built in timer is not able to be adjusted to the degree need to control your ground volume, it's purpose was just to prevent the doser from over filling when grinding in volume.

A lot of dark room timers do not have enough ability to switch a motor on and off so you might need to use a relay that is turned on and off by the timer and the relay turns the grinder on and off. It is VERY easy to make this setup and once you have it, you will be able to set your grind time in 1/10 of a second... over and over again.

My personal feeling is that when used this way, the doser is a great value to you. I have a mod on this site the CBSJ mod, (search for it) to make the doser sweep very clean and when using the doser, you have the ability to grind your beans while using you PF in your machine to pull a shot or while doing something else. Multitasking at its best. YMMV!

 
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dyno
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Posted Sun Jul 22, 2012, 2:39pm
Subject: Re: Question for Mazzer owners
 

Listened to these guys and got a Time-O-Lite M-72. Works great with the Mazzer Mini Timer.  It also has another plug-in that I run a Preciso off in my caf/decaf dual grinder setup.
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Posted Sun Jul 22, 2012, 3:56pm
Subject: Re: Question for Mazzer owners
 

calblacksmith Said:

Buy yourself a dark room timer for about $50 used then just use the timer on the grinder as an on/off switch. You will get VERY consistent volume of grounds this way. I ran my Mazzers that way for a long time until I upgraded my grinders.

The built in timer is not able to be adjusted to the degree need to control your ground volume, it's purpose was just to prevent the doser from over filling when grinding in volume.

A lot of dark room timers do not have enough ability to switch a motor on and off so you might need to use a relay that is turned on and off by the timer and the relay turns the grinder on and off. It is VERY easy to make this setup and once you have it, you will be able to set your grind time in 1/10 of a second... over and over again.

My personal feeling is that when used this way, the doser is a great value to you. I have a mod on this site the CBSJ mod, (search for it) to make the doser sweep very clean and when using the doser, you have the ability to grind your beans while using you PF in your machine to pull a shot or while doing something else. Multitasking at its best. YMMV!

Posted July 22, 2012 link

Yes Yes to master Wayne you listen! Ok so i it is hard to channel Yoda and make it sound right:) in a forum.  I scale the way vast majority of my shots before and after and my major on dark room timer is spot on.

 
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Guy_Simpson
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Posted Tue Jul 24, 2012, 1:15pm
Subject: Re: Question for Mazzer owners
 

Thanks for all the replies. I had a chance to play around with a Mazzer SJ today and I'm coming to the conclusion that even the Mazzer mini will be overkill for my requirements. I like the idea of modding the timer though, simple yet clever solution.
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Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Thu Jul 26, 2012, 4:56am
Subject: Re: Question for Mazzer owners
 

When it comes to grinders for espresso, there is no such thing as OVERKILL, the MINI is a solid built grinder but it is NOT overkill, rather it is on the lower end of the scale for very good to great espresso. YMMV!!

 
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Posted Thu Jul 26, 2012, 12:41pm
Subject: Re: Question for Mazzer owners
 

Guy_Simpson Said:

I had a chance to play around with a Mazzer SJ today and I'm coming to the conclusion that even the Mazzer mini will be overkill for my requirements.

Posted July 24, 2012 link

In what way(s)?  My SJ certainly isn't overkill in terms of what ends up in the cup.
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