I re-calibrated my Gaggia MDF last week-end so that 1 matches a notch over 0 (when Burrs touch). I am only able to get a good espresso grind with setting 2. I hear the recommended setting is "6" and I just don't understand how it is possible to get a decent espresso grind with that number as for me it is just too coarse. Does that mean I need to replace the burrs ? I've only had the grinder for a few months and don't heavily use it.
Sometimes the grinder can seem like the burrs are touching when they really are not. Listen for the sound after you clean out the grinder and run it for a second to check calibration. If the grinder is at the absolute zero point the sound will stop immediately. If it is not at the absolute zero point then the grinder will make a sort of winding down sound. 11-01-13 04:46PM
I experienced the same thing...my MDF ground at 3-4 out of the box for a good espresso. With the coffee I am currently using, I am at a 1-2 for a good shot, although 1 can choke it if I tamp up to 30lbs.
On a side note, my grind is something like 30-45 sec for 14-16g. Is that normal? 11-01-13 04:46PM
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