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Burner0000
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Posted Wed Apr 10, 2013, 5:57am
Subject: Grind settings on the Macap MX
 

Yesterday I got some new Burrs for my Macap MX grinder and once I had it calibrated I noticed that there were maybe only 12 settings within espresso range before the burrs touched.  Is this normal for an espresso only grinder?  

I plan to use it for drip and possibly press so it's not a lose lose. I was just a bit surprised.  Has anyone had this experience?
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Posted Wed Apr 10, 2013, 6:03am
Subject: Re: Grind settings on the Macap MX
 

I didn't know Macap made that grinder stepped.  Not sure why anyone would want it stepped even.  

Did you have this problem before you got new burrs?

 
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Posted Wed Apr 10, 2013, 6:59am
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It was worse when I got it because the burrs were worn. Bought it used.
UPDATE: Just tried to make an espresso.  2 notches from 0 it was still too course.  The burrs are new.  I'm gonna look at everything again and see if maybe the burrs aren't leveled.
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Posted Wed Apr 10, 2013, 6:04pm
Subject: Re: Grind settings on the Macap MX
 

You might want to email Macap support through their website. They actually respond within a day or so and seem willing to help customers (at least that was my experience when I had questions about my M4s). Given the high quality and performance of my Macaps, I'd be surprised if that grinder can't perform much much better than you've experienced thus far.

 
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Posted Wed Apr 10, 2013, 8:14pm
Subject: Re: Grind settings on the Macap MX
 

I've re installed the new burrs and re calibrated.  I was able to pull good espresso.  I guess because it's a discontinued stepped model it would explain the lack of "steps" on the fine side.  Regardless I am pulling good espresso now. :)
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Posted Mon Apr 15, 2013, 12:13pm
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do you have a picture of this stepped mx? I want to know what it looks like, versus a stepless one.
thanks!
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Posted Mon Apr 15, 2013, 12:37pm
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I will post one later.  Although there aren't a great amount of steps for espresso.  I have been able to pull well with different coffee's. Turns out I was trying to dial in a very light bean... Completely choked out a FC pull.  I should be able to use this grinder for all types of coffee. :)  Going to dial in manual drip next.  then French Press.
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Posted Mon Apr 15, 2013, 1:35pm
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thanks burner, i'll be waiting :D
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Posted Tue Apr 16, 2013, 5:33am
Subject: Re: Grind settings on the Macap MX
 

It's the same machine as the MX/T or A with a stepped adjustment.  The top burr holder is chromed also.

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Posted Tue Apr 16, 2013, 5:54am
Subject: Re: Grind settings on the Macap MX
 

I have an Elecktra which is a rebadged MX. If I close it all the way down I can choke my machine, but it's only a couple of clicks back to make espresso. It works fine for me for espresso, drip and anything in between, but there is no a lot of wriggle room down on the "espresso end" of this machine.

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