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Posted Thu Jan 9, 2014, 12:20pm
Subject: Picked up a Super Jolly off Craigslist.  What mods are "essential"?
 

I just joined the big leagues!  A guy who had closed down his cafe was selling two SJs for $300 each.  While I apparently missed out on the decaf one which likely had less use, I'm still pretty happy with the price and with my wonder wife who puts up with commercial cafe equipment getting stuck in our tiny kitchen.  I really hope to see the difference with my HX Expobar.

It should be quite a step up from the Rocky which itself was quite a step up from the Breville Smart Grinder.  Even though I said I'd sell the Smart Grinder, I've kept it around for the occasional french press pot at which it does a pretty good job.  So now I definitely need to sell one of them or I'll be in the dog house ;).

I've been perusing the site and h-b, looking for mods to make it better for home use.  I see that some people remove the doser.  Is that really worth it?
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Posted Thu Jan 9, 2014, 1:53pm
Subject: Re: Picked up a Super Jolly off Craigslist.  What mods are "essential"?
 

I ended up using a mini "short" bean hopper which fits under the upper cabinets.  You can remove the hopper but you will need a cover as the beans get tossed out as it grinds without the hopper on.

Also changed out the doser for a funnel and timer so now it is an automatic doserless

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Posted Thu Jan 9, 2014, 2:02pm
Subject: Re: Picked up a Super Jolly off Craigslist.  What mods are "essential"?
 

With pretty much any Craigslist grinder, new burrs are at the head of the line. Beyond that, I'd hesitate to say. I thought I'd want a doserless grinder, but when I got the chance to pick up the MD-85, I jumped at it and find that the doser helps de-clump the grind. I also don't find brushing out the chute a big problem, and will actually use the doser if I'm pulling several back-to-back shots where the grind-per-shot routine would just slow things down.

I'd say adding a timer is the smartest move, unless you intend to do only single-weighed dose grinding and live with the popcorning (because there's always popcorning, even with a tamper stuck over the feed tube). I found that a timer on the MD-85 can get me a very consistent dose, once it's readjusted for different beans, which can take a few shots—fewer as you gain more experience with it. I tend to keep several days worth of beans in my hopper at a time, so there's always some weight in the bean column, and the timer makes it a very simple operation to grind, dose, verify dosed weight, tamp and pull.
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Posted Thu Jan 9, 2014, 3:05pm
Subject: Re: Picked up a Super Jolly off Craigslist.  What mods are "essential"?
 

I'm debating between the mini short hopper or a canning funnel with a tamper in it.  It seems like the canning funnel is nice because you get to use it for double or even triple duty.  The guy I saw who recommends that is using it as a funnel into the portafilter and then as a tamping base too which seems pretty clever.

I'm going to check the burrs when I get home.  Allegedly they were replaced once already since purchase but I have no idea the volume of beans run through.
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Posted Thu Jan 9, 2014, 5:50pm
Subject: Re: Picked up a Super Jolly off Craigslist.  What mods are "essential"?
 

http://www.espressoparts.com/ELVINATOR_V1
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Click Here (www.home-barista.com)

And a personal favorite (wink wink nod nod):
Click Here (www.home-barista.com)
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Posted Mon Jan 13, 2014, 10:28am
Subject: Re: Picked up a Super Jolly off Craigslist.  What mods are "essential"?
 

Changed the burrs ... once since it was bought... replace them, they don't cost that much and you will know where you are starting from.

If you single dose, the bowl Russel advises will work. When I had SJs,  I used them with the mini hopper, it has a diversion plate close to the throat to always keep a constant volume of beans above the burrs, then I used a timer and I had very consistent results with no weighing. The chute between the grind chamber and the doser I used a chopstick to clean out, it is quick and easy.

To make it sweep clean, you might try the CBSJ mod for the doser. Anyone who has done it loves it. In effect it eliminates all the brush cleaning of the doser. A few quick flicks and it is clean.

http://coffeegeek.com/forums/espresso/machinemods/562237

 
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Posted Tue Jan 14, 2014, 3:09pm
Subject: Re: Picked up a Super Jolly off Craigslist.  What mods are "essential"?
 

Grabbed the silicone bowls for single dosing since that's what I did with the Rocky.  I'll keep the mini hopper in mind if I ever get lazier about it.

New burrs are on the list but will have to wait until my lovely, understanding wife forgets that I just spent $300 on a grinder.

I'm going to print out the schechtermatic so I can dose into the portafilter if I want.  I've been using an old plastic storage thing I have and then pouring it into the filter from there but it's slow and a little bit messy.

I'm also looking at the CBSJ mod.

Thanks for the tips all.
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Posted Wed Jan 15, 2014, 7:13am
Subject: Re: Picked up a Super Jolly off Craigslist.  What mods are "essential"?
 

It isn't a matter of being lazy, it is consistency.

I'm not saying that single dosing is bad, just that it is a PITA when you could grind by time. YMMV!

 
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Posted Mon Jan 27, 2014, 8:11pm
Subject: Re: Picked up a Super Jolly off Craigslist.  What mods are "essential"?
 

I second the elvinator! Click Here (bigeyelaboratory.com)

If you print that bad boy out and use some heavy gauge plastic it will change your life. I used the cover of an old FiveStar notebook and it worked fantastic, if you need tips on install feel free to DM me.
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Posted Tue Jan 28, 2014, 4:41pm
Subject: Re: Picked up a Super Jolly off Craigslist.  What mods are "essential"?
 

Almost bought a Super Jolly for $400 last week but the guy didn't respond to $350 and frankly I was scambling to get cash for it since I just bought a Rancilio S27 and I didn't want to take away from my hottop fund
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