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beanlove
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Posted Sun Dec 29, 2013, 9:59pm
Subject: Fiorenzato T80 Mod
 

I will share my DIY Fiorenzato modding adventures...

Earlier this year I obtained a working Fiorenzato T80 at a good price. It needed some elbow grease to clean up and some mods to improve it's usability.

As soon as I bought it I did the washer-stack-on-the-motor-bolt upgrade to prevents grinds from collecting on the bottom burr. I also bought a new set of burrs.

This week I wanted to convert my grinder to a doserless model (I have concluded that all the handle pulling and extra noise it causes is totally unnecessary and wasteful). I saw someone made a beautiful one using a bakery funnel that looked exactly like a Mazzer doserless model, but it seems the funnel is not easily obtained in the US, so I grabbed a used milk carton out of the recycle bin, started cutting making a simple chute, being careful to create a smooth chute for the grinds to travel - removed the doser and bolted it onto the body reusing the doser bolts. When the grinder first starts up it fires some grinds straight out the chute, so I added a flap made out of shelf lining plastic, held in place with a strip of 3M super duty adhesive. Now the grinds go right into the portafilter, with less mess than the doser! I weigh my doses so I can now easily get the right weight with much less waste than before.

I also converted a chrome travel mug to hopper use (bought from the dollar store) this weekend. Because it has a wider opening, it is more functional than the previous home made hopper - which was an old spice container with a too-narrow opening causing me to have to go grab a funnel every time I refilled.

Well, I admit my mods are not aesthetically pleasing but I think they are not so ugly as to make me cringe in the morning....yet.

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Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32
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Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Mon Dec 30, 2013, 7:02am
Subject: Re: Fiorenzato T80 Mod
 

A doser is a personal preference, it is neither good or bad. My PERSONAL preference is to have a doser but if you like your grinder more now, congrats on the conversion :D

I find that the T80 does not like to single dose and much prefers a hopper full of beans to operate smoothly.

 
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beanlove
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Location: Charlotte, NC
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Espresso: Rancillio Silvia w/ Auber...
Grinder: Baratza Virtuoso Preciso
Vac Pot: Yama Siphon
Drip: Melitta
Posted Mon Dec 30, 2013, 5:27pm
Subject: Re: Fiorenzato T80 Mod
 

Calblacksmith, good points. Thanks. The one item I might add one day is a good timer in order to repeat dose. The mechanics of the doser it came with just felt in my way lately.
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Joined: 25 Nov 2007
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Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A.
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32
Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major
Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
Drip: Msl. Com. brewers
Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Tue Dec 31, 2013, 2:28am
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By all means, dump the doser if you wish, I like it because it allows me to grind for the next shot while pulling shots, the doser is a handy place for the grounds to wait for the coffee basket. I ran a pair of SJs and Majors on a dark room timer, the timer was good to 1/10 second and the dose was darn consistent.

 
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