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ThomasK
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Posted Tue Jul 2, 2013, 10:01am
Subject: Mystery grinder - what is this?
 

Here's a picture of an unknown (to me) grinder - can anyone help identify, as well as give me a thumbs up or down regarding whether it is any good, spare parts availability etc?

Many thanks in advance!

(I've read many a post here - finally registered today so I could ask  question)

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Posted Tue Jul 2, 2013, 11:39am
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Cunill?
look at the bottom plate for a possible tag

 
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ThomasK
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Posted Tue Jul 2, 2013, 11:46am
Subject: Re: Mystery grinder - what is this?
 

Stefano - thanks for the reply.  

The grinder is a left-over from a commercial operation - in storage right now - that's a picture the owner sent me.

He's going to take a look at it, see what it is, and give me a call tonight.

I thought if someone could figure out what it is, that I'd be better prepared for the discussion tonight.

Also, perhaps a fun challenge to the members of the board?
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Posted Tue Jul 2, 2013, 2:03pm
Subject: Re: Mystery grinder - what is this?
 

I believe it is a Faema MPN
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ThomasK
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Posted Tue Jul 2, 2013, 2:17pm
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penrod Said:

I believe it is a Faema MPN

Posted July 2, 2013 link

Thanks - I think you're right!

I found a number of threads on this grinder here - looks like a solid performer.

Cafeparts sells burrs (54mm) for less than $30 a pair, so that's nice to see.

If it runs correctly and can be had for around $200, should be a good buy, right?
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Posted Tue Jul 2, 2013, 4:44pm
Subject: Re: Mystery grinder - what is this?
 

I just took a peek at past sales on ebay for you. $200 is about average but an occasional one goes for under $100. Doesn't appear to be any issues with them, just bad timing on the sellers part I would guess. I tend to consider past ebay sales a reasonable indicator of an items value if I don't otherwise know myself, YMMV.
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Posted Thu Jul 11, 2013, 3:01pm
Subject: Re: Mystery grinder - what is this?
 

CoffeeRon - thanks!

I went ahead and bought the grinder today - ran beans through it and it sounded and smelled nice - and it came out consistently fine ground.  

It's not filthy dirty but decidedly in need of TLC on the cleaning front.

Will probably repaint it in fire engine red - the grey is boooring.  Also, convert to a small bean hopper or plexi tube.

Getting rid of the doser is also on the list - one of my neighbors is a highly skilled welder so we'll see if I go that route.

A step up or three from my KitchenAid PL... :-)
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Posted Fri Jul 12, 2013, 6:31am
Subject: Re: Mystery grinder - what is this?
 

Doserless is not the end all be all, give the doser a try, I have gone both ways and I like the doser much more. There is much less mess on the counter and less clumping in the coffee. You need not use the doser the way a coffee shop would, by filling it up then dosing a volume of coffee into your PF.

Just use it as a holding bin for your coffee so you can do something else while the grinder grinds your measured dose, then simply give the doser a few flicks and drop that freshly ground coffee into your PF.

You may like it doserless more but before making perm changes to the grinder, give it chance as it is. YMMV.

 
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ThomasK
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Posted Fri Jul 12, 2013, 7:05am
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calblacksmith Said:

Doserless is not the end all be all, give the doser a try, I have gone both ways and I like the doser much more. There is much less mess on the counter and less clumping in the coffee. You need not use the doser the way a coffee shop would, by filling it up then dosing a volume of coffee into your PF.

Just use it as a holding bin for your coffee so you can do something else while the grinder grinds your measured dose, then simply give the doser a few flicks and drop that freshly ground coffee into your PF.

You may like it doserless more but before making perm changes to the grinder, give it chance as it is. YMMV.

Posted July 12, 2013 link

Good point - I actually test ran it last night - filthy as it is - and was pleasantly surprised with the results - such uniform, finely ground, non-clumpy output.

After that I read more about the dosers (I admit to having read mostly the "purist" single-shot grind threads before) and I think I'll start out with a thorough clean and repaint.

I still plan on removing the hopper safety and fit a smaller hopper - the original is ridiculously large for my needs - and most importantly, negative WAF points...
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