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beerANDmathematics
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beerANDmathematics
Joined: 18 Mar 2012
Posts: 153
Location: NYC
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: Sama Export, La Peppina,...
Grinder: OE Pharos+VDD, Lido2,...
Vac Pot: Cona B + CoffeeBoS Brew...
Drip: hario woodneck, kalita wave...
Roaster: popcorn popper but rather...
Posted Thu May 23, 2013, 11:03am
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Why not, I'll +1 the Pharos too!

Let me note that my Pharos is super aggressive. I can sometimes grind 15g in 12 turns! Now, the less turns means the harder it is to hold the grinder and turn the handle. Usually, it is 19 turns so I am grinding in much less than 30 seconds. But, you have to factor in time to remove the grounds (whack whack whack) etc. I love hand grinding and am not going back to electric. YMMV

Also, the Pharos shot quality is exponentially greater than my older NS Grinta. The Grinta had 50mm flat burrs (like a Rocky) but had excellent reviews. It was good, better than my Encore, but not mind blowing. The Pharos was mind blowing.
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timatkaleo
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Joined: 25 Apr 2013
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Location: North Texas
Expertise: I like coffee

Posted Fri May 24, 2013, 7:59am
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Can't find an OE Pharos for sale anywhere...
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beerANDmathematics
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beerANDmathematics
Joined: 18 Mar 2012
Posts: 153
Location: NYC
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: Sama Export, La Peppina,...
Grinder: OE Pharos+VDD, Lido2,...
Vac Pot: Cona B + CoffeeBoS Brew...
Drip: hario woodneck, kalita wave...
Roaster: popcorn popper but rather...
Posted Fri May 24, 2013, 9:17am
Subject: Re: Grinder for under $300
 

timatkaleo Said:

Can't find an OE Pharos for sale anywhere...

Posted May 24, 2013 link

The Pharos is hand-built, one at a time, by Doug and Barb at Orphan Espresso. When they run out of parts to build the Pharos, they remove them from the website. Sometimes this lasts for a few weeks, sometimes longer. From my understanding, the delays are on the manufacturers end (ie the people who make the parts for OE). If you are serious about ordering one, contact OE through their website to get a more accurate ETA.

I think it is worth the wait, IMO. I was too impatient and bought a Grinta. Ended up selling the Grinta after one week of finding a used Pharos. Of couse, YMMV
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nbmac
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Joined: 23 May 2013
Posts: 22
Location: Boston
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Andreja Premium, Cremina
Grinder: VPharos, Lido2
Posted Sun May 26, 2013, 7:14am
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timatkaleo Said:

Can't find an OE Pharos for sale anywhere...

Posted May 24, 2013 link

I'd also keep an eye out for the pharos on the buy/sell forum here and at home barista.  They've been popping up every now and then.

The orphan espresso website is a little frustrating, but they've been really responsive to my emails.
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nbmac
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Joined: 23 May 2013
Posts: 22
Location: Boston
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Andreja Premium, Cremina
Grinder: VPharos, Lido2
Posted Tue May 28, 2013, 5:25pm
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One more thought if you do spring for the pharos is to get the bench dogs too.  at $20 for two, they make grinding espresso way way easier and faster.
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tanninbomb
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Joined: 20 Jul 2013
Posts: 12
Location: Cincinnati
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Jura E9
Posted Sat Jul 27, 2013, 5:57pm
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How much was your Pharos?  I don't see any pricing or
way to order on the OE site and I have not been able to get a response from them for over a week.

nbmac Said:

+1 for the pharos.
I got a new one a few weeks ago, and I'm really enjoying it, even without the voodoo mods.

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beerANDmathematics
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beerANDmathematics
Joined: 18 Mar 2012
Posts: 153
Location: NYC
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: Sama Export, La Peppina,...
Grinder: OE Pharos+VDD, Lido2,...
Vac Pot: Cona B + CoffeeBoS Brew...
Drip: hario woodneck, kalita wave...
Roaster: popcorn popper but rather...
Posted Sun Jul 28, 2013, 11:19am
Subject: Re: Grinder for under $300
 

tanninbomb Said:

How much was your Pharos?  I don't see any pricing or
way to order on the OE site and I have not been able to get a response from them for over a week.

Posted July 27, 2013 link

They are 245 new from OE plus shipping (cheapest is 13ish I believe). Used: depends on mods/no mods range but the rough range 200-300.
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