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fabchef
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Posted Sun Apr 15, 2012, 8:58pm
Subject: using  my saeco magic combi (with grinder) with a non pressurized handle?
 

Hi everyone, i have a saeco magic combi(with built in grinder) and was just seeing some videos on how to turn the pressurized handle to a non, by removing the internal parts. I wanted to know if any of you have tried this and what where the results?
Notice a difference? Was the built in grinder good enough to make it fine enough to pull good shots? I also (in worst case senerio) can use my rossi RR45 commercial grinder if the saeco doesn't cut it.
oh i forgot to ask. If this mod has worked for you, what grinder setting is yours set at? and is the stock amount of coffee that comes out okay? or did you adjust the screw to have more coffee form into the trap shoot?
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Posted Mon Apr 16, 2012, 6:10am
Subject: Re: using  my saeco magic combi (with grinder) with a non pressurized handle?
 

The normal advice is to not buy combo machines, the grinder is rarely up to snuff, that said, you have this so we will deal with what you have.

It is the very rare exception that removing the pressurized system is a good thing. You just might need to fall back to the RR45 though.

fresh coffee, good grind, proper prep, proper temp and proper pressure..... great coffee.

 
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Posted Mon Apr 16, 2012, 12:12pm
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CAL yup you where right. I did the mod but came out okay. I had to go  really low on the grinder settings (2) and it was a tad fine and was putting a bit of strain on the machine. I put everything back and will still be selling it.
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Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32
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Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
Drip: Msl. Com. brewers
Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Mon Apr 16, 2012, 2:19pm
Subject: Re: using  my saeco magic combi (with grinder) with a non pressurized handle?
 

I just  re read my post and even I don't know what I said, it must have been before breakfast!

I intended to say that removing the guts from a PPF to make it a "standard" PF and basket, will give you better coffee than you can get with the PPF in stock condition. That said, you need a good grinder to get the good results you are looking for and very often, the built in grinder is not able to do the job because it was not designed to work with a unpressurized PF.

If that is what you got the first time, GREAT!

 
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