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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Coffee Grinder, 19 Mar 2011
This review is from: De'Longhi KG79 Professional Burr Grinder (Kitchen & Home)
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Some reviews say this unit will not grind fine enough to make an espresso with a good crema. Mine was no exception. Rather than be annoyed and go into keyboard warrior mode, I thought about the problem and came up with a simple idea.

If the grind is not fine enough, it is because the burrs are not close enough together on the finest setting. Remedy:-
Remove the top burr as for cleaning.
Unscrew the three little star headed screws that hold the burr to the plastic holder.
From thin plastic (I used the side of a milk carton) make a washer to fit between the plastic holder and the top burr, easily done with nail scissors or craft knife.
Now re-fit the top burr.
Set the machine to "Coarse" and switch on, without coffee.
Slowly turn the grade control towards "Fine" and when you hear metal on metal (burr on burr), back off a millimetre or two.
Mark this position; it is your "Fine" setting now and will produce an excellent espresso.
Don't try to run any finer as you will wear out the burrs, but as long as the burrs are not touching, no harm will be done.
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Initial post: 21 May 2011 20:48:54 BDT
R. Burnett says:
Nice tweak. The fine grind isn't bad out of the box, but this tweak sounds like a good way to make that final adjustment.

Posted on 14 Jun 2011 20:28:25 BDT
Lyndalan says:
An espresso grind needs to be very fine however even with the grind selector dial turned all the way round to finest my coffee was far to course and gave a terrible end result.

There was no apparent way to fix this problem and it was extremely frustrating as it clearly markets itself for all coffee grind types. I tried various attempts to adjust the grinder cones however as previously mentioned this is a quality build product and is very very difficult to get into without running the risk of breaking the housing. But I was not to be beaten and I finally found the solution.

When the grind position is at its finest setting on the indicator dial, grip the top burr in your fingers preventing it from turning in any direction, then use a bit of force to turn the indicator dial a half turn around to the coarse setting, (the dial will click loudly however this does not appear to damage any part of the dial). Now release your grip on the top burr and then turn the indicator dial back to the fine setting. You have effectively tightened the burr cones by half a turn.

You can repeat this process as often as you want however just make sure that the burr cones are not touching as you'll knacker the burrs. I tested the grind and found an instant improvement in the quality of the grind. I now have a very good coffee grinder. Just a pity it took me 3 weeks and a lot of mucking around to figure it out.

Posted on 20 Oct 2011 11:20:38 BDT
Davori says:
This worked a treat. I can now get a Turkish coffee grind if I want :)

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Mar 2012 21:22:28 GMT
Mr. N. Wood says:
That has made a remarkable improvement. Thanks!

Posted on 28 Aug 2012 16:12:56 BDT
A. Maule says:
This modification is brilliant. Really easy to do and the espresso quality has just jumped the final notch and is now fantastic. Derek, you are a logical genius!

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Derekm says:
The DeLonghi grinder is at my holiday place and helps make the almost nearest thing to bistro coffee. Six months ago I jumped in and bought a DeLonghi bean to cup machine for home and after experimenting with the settings, the coffee is probably better than in most British outlets and as good as in Italy, France or Spain.

A little expensive maybe, but "only" about twice as much as a decent espresso machine and grinder.

I think the difference is that the domestic grinders all (?) run at high speed, but commercial grinders in bistros run a lot slower, meaning that the coffee stays between the burrs longer and is a more even grind. The DL bean to cup grinder runs relatively slow too.

Posted on 7 Mar 2014 03:24:06 GMT
DjRicardo says:
Nice tweek but if your machine goes down within warranty I think you will find your not covered as De`Longhi will certainly inspect the machine factory settings are there for a reason modify at your peril djricardo

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Mar 2014 07:54:14 GMT
Derekm says:
That's life I guess. If the machine won't produce a fine enough grind out of the box, then it's not much good is it?

Small modification, fine grind, good coffee, happy owner. Simples.
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