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annacoffee
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Posted Tue Jul 16, 2013, 3:54am
Subject: New Owner of used Rancilio MD50 and Obel Milano (also known under Caramali, etc)
 

Hi guys,
am new to this forum, but will probably need your help in the very near future.
After I inherited an Olympia Cremina from my Dad, I got into the espresso making culture...

Now I just bought two used grinders, one Rancilio MD50, and an Obel Milano (which seems to be know under other names, as well).

The Rancilio is missing the doser-lid, which seems no problem, and the Obel is missing the hopper and the doser lid. Still not really a problem, but if someone has those or a good address where to get them, that'd be great.

I am probably crazy for buying both, but I got the Rancilio for under 100USD, and the Oble for under 50USD, so I couldn't resist....

Will send pics once I get the machines, but if anyone has do's, or dont's, or caveats, let me know!

Thanks!!!
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Posted Tue Jul 16, 2013, 8:13am
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...especially i would like advice on which one to best use with my cremina, and which one potentially to keep or sell!
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Posted Wed Jul 17, 2013, 9:38am
Subject: Re: New Owner of used Rancilio MD50 and Obel Milano
 

Is this the Obel Milano?
Click Here (www.1st-line.com)

Based only on the MSRP, the MD50 sells for more, nearly $200 more.
Click Here (www.seattlecoffeegear.com)

Either should be a good grinder.

Flip a coin or take the one you like the looks of better.

 
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Posted Thu Jul 18, 2013, 2:10am
Subject: Re: New Owner of used Rancilio MD50 and Obel Milano
 

Hi, no, the obel looks like the one here:
http://coffeegeek.com/forums/espresso/questions/186372

The rancilio seems pretty used, I have heard one can clean them by grinding dry rice?
Is that recommended?
And I guess I would anyhow have to replace the burrs, or how can I check if they are still good enough? Simply by grinding coffee?

Sorry if those are stupid questions, but I have never had a burr grinder before....

Thanks!

(I didn't get mine yet, hence cannot post original pics)
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Posted Mon Jul 22, 2013, 7:14am
Subject: How to optimize the doser functionality? How do I know I need replacement burrs?
 

Hi guys,
so today I finally got my Rancilio Grinder - and it WORKS!!! was very excited, of course. The hopper has a few cracks at the top, and the lid of the doser is missing, but I think those are no serious worries...

As some people had suggested around here, I was grinding rice to clean it, but it seems I'd probably have to take it apart a bit to REALLY clean it.
What are the do's and dont's for that? i.e. use water and/or soap? or vinegar water? no water at all?

And more questions:

- How do I know the burrs need replacement? (and are their "good" and "bad" replacement burrs?)
- How do I make the doser mechanism go smoother? (or how do i know it works how it is supposed to work? now it is a bit tight, takes some effort to move the thing)


Help appreciated!!!
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Posted Thu Jul 25, 2013, 2:51am
Subject: Re: How to optimize the doser functionality?
 

Maybe this will help.  For the Rocky, maybe similar.

"How to Clean a Rancilio Rocky"

If you are make espresso, grind some beans to tell if fine enough.  I have a Rocky for 10 years now and just ordered new Burrs last week, an actually mine still grinds great.

Good Luck
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Posted Fri Jul 26, 2013, 7:20am
Subject: Re: New Owner of used Rancilio MD50 and Obel Milano
 

Obel Bregant is a small but very efficient company in Milano that makes quite a bit of different grinder, most of them are purchase and re branded by other espresso machine makers
example la pavoni zip grinder,

 
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