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ggcadc
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Location: San Diego, CA
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: QM Alexia
Grinder: Mazzer mini E, Virtuoso,...
Vac Pot: Yama 3 cup
Drip: All of them
Roaster: Behmor 1600
Posted Sat Jan 5, 2013, 11:22pm
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Iluvdabean Said:

How did you clean it?

Posted January 5, 2013 link

brush and canned air.
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Iluvdabean
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Location: Kentucky
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: La Nuova Era Cuadra/Gaggia...
Grinder: Baratza Preciso/K-A Pro...
Drip: Bonavita BV 1800 TH
Roaster: Nesco 1010/Behmor 1600
Posted Sun Jan 6, 2013, 1:54pm
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I only use these...and have never ever had a grinder problem...ever.
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ggcadc Said:

brush and canned air.

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ggcadc
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Joined: 25 Mar 2008
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Location: San Diego, CA
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: QM Alexia
Grinder: Mazzer mini E, Virtuoso,...
Vac Pot: Yama 3 cup
Drip: All of them
Roaster: Behmor 1600
Posted Sun Jan 6, 2013, 1:58pm
Subject: Re: Preciso and Virtuoso Woes
 

it's the plastic internals and lack of tight tolerances on these, some are great, some are duds, I happened to get three. I'm realy happy with the build quality of the mini e. the 64mm burrs arent bad either.

also, i use grindz between real cleanings, theyre great I know.
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Espresso: Alex Duetto 3.0
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Posted Mon Jan 7, 2013, 2:52pm
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Mazzers are definitely tanks.
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Drip: Bonavita BV 1800 TH
Roaster: Nesco 1010/Behmor 1600
Posted Tue Jan 8, 2013, 10:59am
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I think its a great grinder and would site the rave reviews over the negative ones,sorry yours didnt meet your expectations.
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Posted Tue Jan 8, 2013, 12:48pm
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I'm right there with you on the Preciso. Really enjoy it when it's working, but sucks when its not.

My story with mine, had it two years and on my second one. However, with the second I had to replace the adjustment ring because it wore out in about 6 months of use with about a pound of coffee per week. I am pretty sure thats probably what happened to my first one, but they just replaced it with a refurb. At this point in time I am hoping it will hold up until I have the funds to buy something else and avoiding light roasted espresso blends like the plauge because it will probably break the grinder.

BTW I have thought about the Mini-e, how does it compare in terms of taste?

 
Less water, more grounds.
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ggcadc
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Joined: 25 Mar 2008
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Location: San Diego, CA
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: QM Alexia
Grinder: Mazzer mini E, Virtuoso,...
Vac Pot: Yama 3 cup
Drip: All of them
Roaster: Behmor 1600
Posted Wed Jan 9, 2013, 5:52pm
Subject: Re: Preciso and Virtuoso Woes
 

I still havent dialed it in, burrs are still breaking in and I really under developed this last roast, so i dont want to consider this as it's potential. But it does quite well, even the under extracted, early blonding shots ive pulled with it seem to taste close to OK, not over powering body, no bitterness in the finish, I was worried about that going back to flat burrs, but at 64mm with low RPM, I dont think it's going to produce the same flavor my rocky did a few years back (the reason I switched to a conical burr).
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Espresso: Rancilio Silvia
Grinder: Preciso
Posted Wed Jan 9, 2013, 6:05pm
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I was on the phone with customer service for about 30 minutes trying to solve a problem I have with the burrs.  He was great and helped, for now, but its only a matter of time before I have to do this yet again.  4th time I've had to call for support and on my second machine.  Pulling off the case is annoying, time consuming and guarantees to scratch the thing to high heaven.  There is no way around it.  The design would be great if it wasn't all plastic.

Its crap.  Don't buy it.  If it's cheap then you are buying cheap.  $300 sounds like a steal for a espresso quality grind.  Its not, its a waste of money.  Spend the required dollars for a proper espresso grinder and save yourself from torture and pain.  There is no such thing as a steal in espresso.
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