BOBPAULE, Nice MazzerMiniMiniHopper. If your tamper can slide down inside the MiniHopper it would reduce the "popcorn" effect. A Vivace Ergo tamper 58mm weight would be equivalent ~260 grams load of beans.
Noel Mano dell 'operatore> Macinadosatore> Miscela> Macchina espresso
I have a slight 'twist' to this idea that I just did on my mini and it's EASY, cost $10, and retains the look of a Mini, with a smaller hopper.
First, let me say that my mini fits under my cabinets unmodified with about 2-3" clearance. However, my problem was that I always had to move the grinder out from under the cabinet whenever I loaded beans, which was just about daily.
I looked for suitable smaller hoppers to no avail.
Here's what I did:
- Cut the top 3.25 inches (important) off my existing hopper by carefully sawing through it with a hack saw...I know it sounds bad, but hear me out! - Carefully 'cleaned' up the edge of the plastic that I cut to smooth it out and make it look 'manufactured'. I used a metal file, and a sand block with 100 grit, followed by 150 grit sandpaper. - Now for a lid. I went to Espressoparts.com and ordered a new lid for the DOSER for $10. It fits perfectly onto the 'cut-off' hopper. It also 'matches' the grinder because it is exactly the same as the lid on the doser.
The advantage here is that it looks GREAT. It looks like a Mazzer Mini that has a special super small hopper. It holds about 1/2 pound of beans. And most importantly, I have room to pour beans in the grinder without having to move it around every day.
I'd post a picture but I haven't figured out how to put digital photos on my computer yet (I'm a financial guy, not a computer guy). However, if you take a look at your Mini's and just imagine it with a shorter hopper, that's it. I LOVE IT!
... - Cut the top 3.25 inches ... - Now for a lid. I went to Espressoparts.com and ordered a new lid for the DOSER for $10. It fits perfectly onto the 'cut-off' hopper. It also 'matches' the grinder because it is exactly the same as the lid on the doser. ...
Brilliant! There's been a lot of talk about sawing off the top of the hopper on alt.coffee, but the idea always foundered on finding a decent looking lid. Nobody thought of sawing off the hopper so a second doser lid fits it. As with all good ideas, it's obvious in hindsight.
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