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homebrewdude
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Posted Wed Feb 19, 2014, 8:38pm
Subject: New OE Pharos Grinder - Impressions from a new guy
 

Received the Pharos in the mail.

Really simple to setup, not much to it.

Set the adjustment nut to one turn instructions said it would probably choke the machine, it did.
I played around until it seemed like I had a good grind for my cheap machine.

Running the beans through was no issue.
It was not easy to hold, I thought it should have a handle on it.
But then I watched the OE video on it, and saw him grab the center - so it is really a non-issue.

Dumping them out the hole in the bottom was no issue.  
I do think I need to find a small stainless bowl to rest the machine on when I dump them.
Or maybe my Illy can when it is empty?

I have read about all the mods and such.
Assuming the machine will maintain the grind setting, and I don't have to continually adjust it, I don't think I need any.
I only bought it for Espresso.  I have a Kitchenaid for drip coffee.
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Posted Thu Feb 20, 2014, 2:34pm
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I wanted to order one and the website isn't accepting orders, it says they are getting cought up! Darn!
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CMIN
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Posted Thu Feb 20, 2014, 3:35pm
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Did you depressurize the Delonghi basket yet? That'll make a big difference between that and the Pharos, don't use the basket stock as it'll make the Pharos pointless. Or grab one of the replacement baskets to hold you over (you were still looking for a lever machine right?). Congrats on the grinder, when you upgrade machines you won't really need any other grinder, look into the VooDoo mods down the road as they make the Pharos more easy/useable, helps with stability as sometimes the banging around to get grounds out stock can throw off the alignment (that's usually where people have issues on the Pharos). However I think the newer batches of the Pharos OE fixed the alignment issues some were having?
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Posted Thu Feb 20, 2014, 7:31pm
Subject: Re: New OE Pharos Grinder - Impressions from a new guy
 

sonnyhad3 Said:

I wanted to order one and the website isn't accepting orders, it says they are getting cought up! Darn!

Posted February 20, 2014 link

I'm in the same boat! Even E-mailed them to see if I could pre-order/pre-pay. No response as yet. I really want one- especially right now if they're really going to stop making them, I imagine used ones will become harder to find as time goes on.
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Posted Fri Feb 21, 2014, 12:26am
Subject: Re: New OE Pharos Grinder - Impressions from a new guy
 

Pharos is a good grinder for espresso, much better than many electric grinders in such a price.
For espresso you need to adjust the grinder all the time as different beans, freshness and roast level would require different fineness of the ground.
As CMIN suggested, you should change to a non pressurised filter basket in order to experience the real experience of the pharos.
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Posted Fri Feb 21, 2014, 5:21pm
Subject: Re: New OE Pharos Grinder - Impressions from a new guy
 

Check back often.  Until the grinder is available, you cannot select it for purchase.  i have had mine almost a year.  No mods,  works great !
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Posted Sat Feb 22, 2014, 4:17pm
Subject: Re: New OE Pharos Grinder - Impressions from a new guy
 

I'm checking back everyday, no change yet. Lido2 parts are supposed to hit their doors anyday now so they will extremely busy for awhile given their investment into that project.
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Posted Sat Mar 1, 2014, 4:55am
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The problem i can identify is the exposure time for the coffee to O2.
From grinding, till in powdered form and transferred to a portafilter.

Massive amount of oxidation expected
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Posted Sat Mar 1, 2014, 10:15am
Subject: Re: New OE Pharos Grinder - Impressions from a new guy
 

sonnyhad3 Said:

I'm checking back everyday, no change yet. Lido2 parts are supposed to hit their doors anyday now so they will extremely busy for awhile given their investment into that project.

Posted February 22, 2014 link

There's a thread on H-B in which Doug said he's going to build Pharos grinders as and when he feels like it.  Go to H-B and you'll undoubtedly find that the Pharos thread is near the top of the Grinder section.  

Expect them to hit the website four at a time (approximately).  If you're really serious about getting one, check the website twice a day, every day.  If you don't order within a couple of hours after a Pharos becomes available, someone else will.  

There's some thought about a Pharos 2.  Don't hold your breath.

The Garrots, Doug and Barb, (usually) don't respond to e-mail about when things will be ready. Their feeling seems to be that if you can send email you can also check the website.

Orphan Espresso doesn't accept pre-orders.  At least not now.  Anything and everything having to do with OE is subject to change without notice.  You may have a better chance of knowing what's what by staying current at H-B rather than here, or even OE's website.  Or not.  

That's OE for you.  I love their quality, imagination, originality, independence, honesty, and even the quirky way they conduct their business.    

Rich
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CMIN
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Posted Sat Mar 1, 2014, 10:27am
Subject: Re: New OE Pharos Grinder - Impressions from a new guy
 

jowdawson Said:

The problem i can identify is the exposure time for the coffee to O2.
From grinding, till in powdered form and transferred to a portafilter.

Massive amount of oxidation expected

Posted March 1, 2014 link

well your obviously wrong as thats complete bs, Pharos actually grinds pretty fast. Only way what you said would be true is if it took North of 20 minutes to grind and dose lol, point where coffee starts going stale. Even my electric grinder, I grind into the container of the machine, pull it out and dose, no stale grinds lol
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