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pwacher
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Posted Sat Sep 15, 2012, 11:18am
Subject: Re: Can't grind fine enough with Baratza Preciso?
 

Hrrmm, maybe i'm reading the calibration .pdf incorrectly, but from the documentation it says:

Hold the adjustment ring steady while rotating the windows to change
your calibration. Moving the windows to the left makes the unit coarser; moving them to the right
makes the unit finer.

While the image shows the windows all the way to the left is the finest grind.

Is my comprehension out of wack?

I have my Preciso set exactly as it is in the image, and again dialed to 1A is still too course for espresso.

Hope someone can set me straight.

Thanks,
Patrick.

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D4F
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Posted Sat Sep 15, 2012, 11:32am
Subject: Re: Can't grind fine enough with Baratza Preciso?
 

My normal response is to call Baratza, but from reading your posts, you know that trick.  It is the weekend.  

As you know, that is the finest calibration, so, that may not be the problem.  I would look at a couple of the other adjustment troubleshooting threads.  Could the ring have come unglued?  Is the machine cleaned and the burr seated all the way?  There are a couple of other troubleshooting guides on grinding.

 
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Posted Sat Sep 15, 2012, 11:57am
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Seattle Coffe Gear has a video on the matter.  

Click Here (www.youtube.com)
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pwacher
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Posted Sat Sep 15, 2012, 7:47pm
Subject: Re: Can't grind fine enough with Baratza Preciso?
 

Thanks for the info and input. It seems I did do everything correctly and nothing else seems to be out of place.

Looks to be that this machine just isn't doing a good job for my espresso unfortunately. I will certainly contact their support again, but to be honest, i'm now eyeing off a Mazzer Mini.
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Posted Sat Sep 15, 2012, 8:33pm
Subject: Re: Can't grind fine enough with Baratza Preciso?
 

For all having trouble, check the ring around the upper burr. Is there a crack ?
If so, it needs to be replaced (free) and your problems may be over.
Referring back to the OP, I seriously doubt anyone could get a 25 second shot, let alone a GOOD TASTING 25 second shot from a blade grinder. I Just don't. Sorry.

BTW, to all, PLEASE, whenever adjusting your grind finer with beans in the hopper, 3 beans or 300, ALWAYS run the grinder.

 
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Posted Mon Sep 17, 2012, 1:47pm
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Okay, so could someone definitively clarify - should there be beans in the hopper or not when you're dialing it finer?
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D4F
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Posted Mon Sep 17, 2012, 1:57pm
Subject: Re: Can't grind fine enough with Baratza Preciso?
 

If there are beans then you must run to go finer, and that seems to mean that you are tossing what comes out as a mixed grind.  I think that if you are having trouble, I would dump the hopper and then pulse the grinder and clean it out, then adjust running or not.  In practice I run it dry, pulse, adjust, pulse, and then use it.  I guess the extra pulse is to assure that it is clear and running freely.

 
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Posted Mon Sep 17, 2012, 2:36pm
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So you're saying it's best to adjust it with no beans in the hopper.
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Posted Mon Sep 17, 2012, 2:44pm
Subject: Re: Can't grind fine enough with Baratza Preciso?
 

Best, not sure, but it works.  I believe that if you want to adjust it with beans in, then you must adjust finer while running and I find that a pain.  I could sometimes use another hand, and then there is still the grinds generated while you are adjusting.

 
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Posted Wed Sep 19, 2012, 7:08pm
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Baratza manual states always run the grinder when adjusting the macro.  It also says to never run it without beans or you risk ruining the burrs.
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