Posted Wed Feb 19, 2014, 7:38pm Subject: New OE Pharos Grinder - Impressions from a new guy
Received the Pharos in the mail.
Really simple to setup, not much to it.
Set the adjustment nut to one turn instructions said it would probably choke the machine, it did. I played around until it seemed like I had a good grind for my cheap machine.
Running the beans through was no issue. It was not easy to hold, I thought it should have a handle on it. But then I watched the OE video on it, and saw him grab the center - so it is really a non-issue.
Dumping them out the hole in the bottom was no issue. I do think I need to find a small stainless bowl to rest the machine on when I dump them. Or maybe my Illy can when it is empty?
I have read about all the mods and such. Assuming the machine will maintain the grind setting, and I don't have to continually adjust it, I don't think I need any. I only bought it for Espresso. I have a Kitchenaid for drip coffee.
CMIN Senior Member Joined: 14 Jun 2012 Posts: 1,450 Location: South FL Expertise: I like coffee
Espresso: Crossland CC1 Grinder: Baratza Preciso
Posted Thu Feb 20, 2014, 2:35pm Subject: Re: New OE Pharos Grinder - Impressions from a new guy
Did you depressurize the Delonghi basket yet? That'll make a big difference between that and the Pharos, don't use the basket stock as it'll make the Pharos pointless. Or grab one of the replacement baskets to hold you over (you were still looking for a lever machine right?). Congrats on the grinder, when you upgrade machines you won't really need any other grinder, look into the VooDoo mods down the road as they make the Pharos more easy/useable, helps with stability as sometimes the banging around to get grounds out stock can throw off the alignment (that's usually where people have issues on the Pharos). However I think the newer batches of the Pharos OE fixed the alignment issues some were having?
I'm in the same boat! Even E-mailed them to see if I could pre-order/pre-pay. No response as yet. I really want one- especially right now if they're really going to stop making them, I imagine used ones will become harder to find as time goes on.
Posted Thu Feb 20, 2014, 11:26pm Subject: Re: New OE Pharos Grinder - Impressions from a new guy
Pharos is a good grinder for espresso, much better than many electric grinders in such a price. For espresso you need to adjust the grinder all the time as different beans, freshness and roast level would require different fineness of the ground. As CMIN suggested, you should change to a non pressurised filter basket in order to experience the real experience of the pharos.
There's a thread on H-B in which Doug said he's going to build Pharos grinders as and when he feels like it. Go to H-B and you'll undoubtedly find that the Pharos thread is near the top of the Grinder section.
Expect them to hit the website four at a time (approximately). If you're really serious about getting one, check the website twice a day, every day. If you don't order within a couple of hours after a Pharos becomes available, someone else will.
There's some thought about a Pharos 2. Don't hold your breath.
The Garrots, Doug and Barb, (usually) don't respond to e-mail about when things will be ready. Their feeling seems to be that if you can send email you can also check the website.
Orphan Espresso doesn't accept pre-orders. At least not now. Anything and everything having to do with OE is subject to change without notice. You may have a better chance of knowing what's what by staying current at H-B rather than here, or even OE's website. Or not.
That's OE for you. I love their quality, imagination, originality, independence, honesty, and even the quirky way they conduct their business.
well your obviously wrong as thats complete bs, Pharos actually grinds pretty fast. Only way what you said would be true is if it took North of 20 minutes to grind and dose lol, point where coffee starts going stale. Even my electric grinder, I grind into the container of the machine, pull it out and dose, no stale grinds lol
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