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« Reply #850 on: 26/11/2013, 12:19 AM »
Welcome to the Crema forum MOQ
Q - Do you home roast ?

As a fellow BNZ MD 74 owner I can vouch that its a great grinder

I have posted a reversible and non destructive mod to make it from a stepped grinder to metro metrical adjustment
Having said that - the MD74s steps are very fine and I use it in stepped mode

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No roasting, I have the very good fortune of being able to buy 5S beans at a very nice price, courtesy of the cafe owner that poured that mindset-altering macc. We became instant friends and I visit his cafe at least once a week despite being >25km from where I live, and we sometimes do lunch + cafe crawls on his day off ... just for something different!

I saw your mod on the MD74, thanks. I am thinking of making a vernier style adjuster, but first I have to finish reconditioning the grinder, install it, and play with it while I contemplate how to make it. I'm not that worried about drilling into the chassis as I know I can patch it and re-powerdercoat it, but if I can do it without having to drill it, of course that'd be preferable.

However, interesting to know you made your own micrometric adjuster, but that the steps are adequately fine for you. I have a mate who advised me to buy the BNZ and he is an awesome barista, he said the steps are no problem.

One mod I might contemplate is a doserless setup. I saw someone had done this by adapting the Mazzer stainless steel funnel to the MD74. Not convinced as I think the doser acts as a clump disperser, and we all hate clumps! It could be an experiment anyway as it'd be easy to revert back to the doser.
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« Reply #851 on: 26/11/2013, 12:38 AM »
It can be converted to doserless as it's fairly straight forward

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« Reply #852 on: 26/11/2013, 08:52 AM »

 The only other beans that I KNOW I have had and like is Manfredi and Piazo D'Oro but do not know anything else other than the name. For anyone that may be in the Castle Hill area of NSW, I loved the coffee I had at Trellinis Bar and Resturant, so if you know the name of what they use and if I can purchase it I'd be most appreciative.

 KimJ.
 Even some supermarket beans will be much better than instant or the Aldi capsule coffe you are used to.
 But For the best results, only use beans that have a  " Roasted On date" of no more than 3 weeks  before you buy them. That rules out most all shop bought beans.
 Look for a local cafe or roaster who will sell you small ( 250gm) packs,..but try his cafe  coffee first to see if you like it.
 There are some good roaster/cafe's  on the central coast,...get looking !

 Trellini's changed  owners  over 12 months ago. Now called  "Criniti's".. BUT,.. if anything the coffee is even better since they now have a nice Izzo "Pompei" Lever group machine ....(but sadly using Izzo's beans ?)

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« Reply #853 on: 26/11/2013, 04:50 PM »
Hi MOQ,

The nice girl who sold me the K3 couldn't believe that I was upset about the slop in the collar but mine and the three others they had in stock all had lots of play in the collar.  Perhaps just a bad batch.  The Rocky was a much better experience!
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« Reply #854 on: 26/11/2013, 11:35 PM »
Hi MOQ,

The nice girl who sold me the K3 couldn't believe that I was upset about the slop in the collar but mine and the three others they had in stock all had lots of play in the collar.  Perhaps just a bad batch.  The Rocky was a much better experience!
Hmmm, I'm really glad I am not the only one who has experienced this. Once I get the BNZ running I'll contact the importer to discuss options.

My fave cafe just bought one and I exclaimed "Oh NO!!" but when I went to demonstrate the fault I had it didn't seem to do it.

Roughly what date did you buy, do you know the date or manufacture? Mine was built 19 Nov 2012
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« Reply #855 on: 27/11/2013, 04:57 PM »
Hi mate, mine was much older like 2009.  I already had an old Rocky so just ended up updating it with a newer/same version.
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« Reply #856 on: 06/12/2013, 02:19 AM »
Hello good people!

One of the reasons I am here is is my interest in the custom wood handles i saw elsewhere on the web for my Breville Dual Boiler.
They look luscious! And I would love to have one made for myself.
If someone can point me in the right direction, that would be great!

When work is not looming, I will write back with my story.

Sincere thanks.

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« Reply #857 on: 06/12/2013, 09:30 AM »
Hi Alex,

Glad to have you with us! Unfortunately the member who created those handles is no longer with this community, but there are a number of other members who do do this sort of thing from time to time.

Derrilex is one, BLDRFX another.

Good luck!
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« Reply #858 on: 06/12/2013, 03:07 PM »
Hi mate, mine was much older like 2009.  I already had an old Rocky so just ended up updating it with a newer/same version.
Sounds like the problems have been long existing.

Well I've put the K3 aside temporarily as a friend asked me to collect his used gear and it included a K6. Naturally I offered to clean it up and of course had to "test" it. After nearly a week I am convinced the K3 is not grinding properly as the shots from the K6 offer much more subtle flavours.

Can't wait for the BNZ to be put into action. What's the hold-up? I want to bead-blast the casings and powerdcoat them in a far more decorative way than standard powdercoats. While I can buy prismatic metallic flake powdercoat from the US (yes, it looks wild even in photos), my usual powdercoating company won't use an unknown product in case it screws up their gun, which is fair enough. Add to that the festive season when they all close down ...

Sadly, the K6 gets shipped to the owner next week, so I'm going to have to have to put up with the dodgy K3 for a while longer.
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« Reply #859 on: 07/12/2013, 02:13 PM »
Sounds like the problems have been long existing.

Well I've put the K3 aside temporarily as a friend asked me to collect his used gear and it included a K6. Naturally I offered to clean it up and of course had to "test" it. After nearly a week I am convinced the K3 is not grinding properly as the shots from the K6 offer much more subtle flavours.

Can't wait for the BNZ to be put into action. What's the hold-up? I want to bead-blast the casings and powerdcoat them in a far more decorative way than standard powdercoats. While I can buy prismatic metallic flake powdercoat from the US (yes, it looks wild even in photos), my usual powdercoating company won't use an unknown product in case it screws up their gun, which is fair enough. Add to that the festive season when they all close down ...

Sadly, the K6 gets shipped to the owner next week, so I'm going to have to have to put up with the dodgy K3 for a while longer.

I'm sorry to hear of your plight mate.  Had you thought to take the issue up with your retailer?  I did and they completely refunded my money and no longer sell k3s.  They gave me a complete refund because they had to agree that my grinder didn't work as intended.  Lots of happy k3 owners out there so clearly it's only the occasional unit that slips through the cracks... As you'd expect with any huge product run.
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« Reply #860 on: 07/12/2013, 03:52 PM »
I'm sorry to hear of your plight mate.  Had you thought to take the issue up with your retailer?  I did and they completely refunded my money and no longer sell k3s.  They gave me a complete refund because they had to agree that my grinder didn't work as intended.  Lots of happy k3 owners out there so clearly it's only the occasional unit that slips through the cracks... As you'd expect with any huge product run.
I did mention it to the retailer, all I got was "your beans must be old".

Once I get the BNZ running I will take it up with the distributor. I emailed Compak for the details, they were apologetic about the problem.

I might have found a local company to spray the metal flake finish, will contact them Monday. If so, I'll be one step closer to espresso bliss!
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« Reply #861 on: 05/01/2014, 12:30 PM »

I live in Sydney & pretty much retired which has allowed me to start thinking about getting to understand things like making good coffee rather than just tossing coffee beans into the hopper, grinding some brand & pressing the go button on the coffee machine.

I just completed a barista course & found it very interesting & has certainly motivated me to become a good coffee maker. I have a Breville BES 900 which I think is a good machine but I am struggling with matching some of the concepts I learnt at my barista course with my machine, e.g. Single shot of coffee should equal 7grams of coffee - if I put that amount of coffee into my basket it is not enough to tamp down. How does the 25 to 30 seconds it should take to extract 30 Mls of coffee equate to the preinfusion etc. Does anyone have a similar machine to me that can give me some enlightenment please. I'm looking forward to participating in the coffee forum...
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« Reply #862 on: 05/01/2014, 03:26 PM »
Welcome Barry.  There is a very recent thread that will be interesting reading I'm sure! 

http://www.bestcafes.com.au/forum/how-to-improve-your-coffee/is-there-something-wrong-with-my-coffee-taste/

Particularly excellent are the posts by Fresh Coffee and MyCuppa. 

Again, welcome mate!
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« Reply #863 on: 05/01/2014, 03:29 PM »
I did mention it to the retailer, all I got was "your beans must be old".

Once I get the BNZ running I will take it up with the distributor. I emailed Compak for the details, they were apologetic about the problem.

I might have found a local company to spray the metal flake finish, will contact them Monday. If so, I'll be one step closer to espresso bliss!

I'm just reading this now.  How very frustrating... I'd love a PM in regards to who your retailer was.  Just because I'm curious and very often asked to recommend good retailers of great gear.
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« Reply #864 on: 05/01/2014, 04:29 PM »
Single shot of coffee should equal 7grams of coffee - if I put that amount of coffee into my basket it is not enough to tamp down. How does the 25 to 30 seconds it should take to extract 30 Mls of coffee equate to the preinfusion etc.

Welcome Barry.  It all comes down to what's in your cup.  If you like it you should be happy. :)  What grinder are you using?

I would personally pull doubles (the single basket is in the cupboard because it's much more difficult to get a consistant shot out of it), so I grind a bit finer and pull a ristretto which produces 40-50ml.

I've run shots past 30 seconds and into the 40s and they were great, so as far as I'm concerned, aim for 25-30 secs but don't pour it down the sink if it's 30.3secs if you know what I mean.  Taste it, see what YOU like.  Count prefusion or don't don't, it's only a few secs anyway.  When I used my lever machine I didn't count it.  I rarely use a timer now that I'm used to the machine.  Keep an eye on the pour more than the time, you can spot it about to blond before it happens and that's when I pull it usually.

Start a new thread under Espresso machines if you want.  I'm sure plenty of others will have advice for you.

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« Reply #865 on: 24/01/2014, 06:36 AM »
Thanks for your welcoming words!
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« Reply #866 on: 24/01/2014, 04:06 PM »
An interesting website Mik, I hope to see you posting on the forum.  There are many threads that you could add information to on the forum I'm sure.  A few members collect all different types of coffee equipment so there should be plenty to interest you.

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« Reply #867 on: 26/01/2014, 06:45 AM »
Thanks Lacehim! I have posted on the Thread i wanted to contribute to (About my Blog). It is a strange feeling: 3 years ago, Crema was the first website i visited as i was thirsty for knowledge!!! Things have changed... a lot!

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« Reply #868 on: 06/02/2014, 01:35 PM »
Hi all,
I am from Wynnum, east Brisbane and a coffee addict, so much so that I bought a mobile coffee business. Have had it now working since the middle of November 2013. slow and small beginnings but we are working hard to grow it. I hope to get a lot out of this forum including the making of some new like minded friends.
I look forward to chatting with you along the way.
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« Reply #869 on: 06/02/2014, 02:29 PM »
Hi and welcome to Crema
We welcome your participation and any future questions

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« Reply #870 on: 06/02/2014, 02:48 PM »
Welcome mean bean.  I would be great to hear about your equipment and your experience with your mobile coffee business.  I'm sure you'll find a thread on here or start your own.

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« Reply #871 on: 06/02/2014, 05:00 PM »
I live in Sydney & pretty much retired which has allowed me to start thinking about getting to understand things like making good coffee rather than just tossing coffee beans into the hopper, grinding some brand & pressing the go button on the coffee machine.

I just completed a barista course & found it very interesting & has certainly motivated me to become a good coffee maker. I have a Breville BES 900 which I think is a good machine but I am struggling with matching some of the concepts I learnt at my barista course with my machine, e.g. Single shot of coffee should equal 7grams of coffee - if I put that amount of coffee into my basket it is not enough to tamp down. How does the 25 to 30 seconds it should take to extract 30 Mls of coffee equate to the preinfusion etc. Does anyone have a similar machine to me that can give me some enlightenment please. I'm looking forward to participating in the coffee forum...
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Barry I have a BES900 and can get really good coffee out of it, just ask away and I'll tell you what I know.  You might want to do that in the BES900 thread though :D

You can find that there here http://www.bestcafes.com.au/forum/espresso-machines/breville's-new-dual-boiler-machine/600/  I'll PM you as well with it.
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« Reply #872 on: 06/02/2014, 09:25 PM »
Hi Barry, as I started this very informative thread mentioned above (thanks for our sponsor knowledge and participants) I feel I can share with you my journey. So from my experience :

EQUIPMENT
Machine - main issue is not stating the pour too hot or with too high pressure. Shape_Shifter will help you there
Grinder - good one is so so important to get fine enough grind (I started 10yo with a cheap sunbeam and I never managed to get any crema out of a pour, then I upgraded)
Coffee - freshly roasted of course (anything past 6 weeks from roast is getting quite old and need to wait a degas period that varies 5-12 days from roast). If more question here KK/Jeff can help you. I also suggest you get roasted beans from mycuppa.com.au as you cannot go wrong there.

TECHNIQUE: 3 variables you need to control (Dose / Tamp / Grind)
Dose: use double basket as suggested before and maybe (to start with-as I did) weight each basket (should hold 14-19g) whatever you choose, stick with it and repeat again and again and again.
Tamp: usually 10-15kg. If you have bathroom scale use it to see what it feels like to do 15kg. As long as you tamp with the same pressure and evenly every time then you will be ok. The challenge here is to be consistent.
Grind: this is the only variable you are left with. Grind so that you get your 30ml in around 25-30sec. Once you get there then you can start playing with all 3 variables (one at a time) to achieve your taste.

As said above the 30ml in 25-30sec is a guideline to ensure correct Dose/Tamp/Grind. Personally I usually pour 30ml in 30-40sec.

Hope this helps as it did for me.

There are people on this forum far more knowledgeable than me so they are welcome to correct/add to this post. But this is what helped me when I felt a bit lost in getting a great pour.

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« Reply #873 on: 09/04/2014, 12:49 PM »
Hi, my name is Pete and this is my first post. I am in Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

I currently have a Bezzera Strega and Mazzer Mini combo.

Looking forward to interacting with other Strega owners in particular and learning how to get the best results in the cup in general.

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« Reply #874 on: 09/04/2014, 12:52 PM »
Hi, my name is Pete and this is my first post. I am in Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

I currently have a Bezzera Strega and Mazzer Mini combo.

Looking forward to interacting with other Strega owners in particular and learning how to get the best results in the cup in general.

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Hi Pete and welcome to the Crema forum
I have the first Bezzera Strega to arrive in Australia and it's been a wonderful machine to own and use

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