hotdoc212 Senior Member Joined: 31 May 2014 Posts: 8 Location: Scottsdale, AZ Expertise: Just starting
Posted Tue Jun 17, 2014, 9:45am Subject: I can't afford a real grinder..help please
Hi, I have a DeLonghi EC155 and a Hario mini mill. I heard about the mod to make the 155 unpressurized, but because I can't really afford a Baratza grinder...would I be better off keeping the machine pressurized? I'm worried that I won't be grinding fine enough. Also, is it possible to tamp too hard? My machine tends to choke a lot..Thanks!
Hario Mini can produce a lot of fines, and your pry too fine of a setting anyway hence choking. Back off a click or two, and play with dose to compensate. Example b/c of the wide steps you may find a click or two back will now produce gushers, keep that setting and play with up dosing (though may be hard as the baskets on the Delongi are really small). There's a step-less mod for the Skerton if you search on here, the same could be done for the Mini except I think you needed a different locknut?
That's your only choice right now. What beans are you using? Fresh roasted is best even if using the machine pressurized, store bought crap is stale/nasty. I have a Hario Mini more for traveling for coarse use, I used it when I started on a Bar32 (same as EC155) and played with it on my CC1, it can work, but the shots will spritz a lot etc.... my Preciso is far better.
Don't be surprised if the machine works better pressurized with the Hario vs unpressurized especially if your not using good beans.
z0mbie Senior Member Joined: 26 Sep 2013 Posts: 396 Location: Online Expertise: I live coffee
Posted Wed Jun 18, 2014, 12:47am Subject: Re: I can't afford a real grinder..help please
Stick to the tamp pressure you find most comfortable and consistent. I find adjusting the grind is FAR more accurate than trying to adjust my tamp to get a good shot. Also in my experience, light tamps were terribly inconsistent with the Hario Mini Mill.
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