[Homeroast] Need opinion ASAP...

Larry Dorman ldorman at gmail.com
Sat Sep 13 11:42:49 CDT 2014

Here's the actual craigslist posting which contains the pictures...
http://columbiamo.craigslist.org/bfs/4647867337.html  I'm just going from
the pictures and comparing to google to say that this is an SJ.  I'm
guessing this is the 'dull' doser...  what is the concern there?

As far as grinder capabilities...  I have a Rocky that does well for me
now, but I'm constantly switching between espresso and drip so I've been
thinking about getting a dedicated espresso grinder.  Is the SJ an upgrade
or just a side-grade?  I see that its burrs are nearly identical to the
Rocky, so can I really expect a higher quality grind?  I could see the
higher resolution adjustment capability making it better.  I could also see
a more powerful motor possibly helping, though I don't know that and it's
no like my Rocky struggles any.

So $300 isn't a great price...  what is a great price without 'stealing' it
from them?


On Sat, Sep 13, 2014 at 1:13 AM, miKe mcKoffee <mckona at comcast.net> wrote:

> I disagree, Mazzer SJ burrs are simple to replace and hard to install
> "wrong". Agree make sure the doser action is smooth HOWEVER it will NOT
> sweep clean unless/until doing sweep tape mod. Also if the doser is dull
> aluminum instead of more recent models with shiny smooth exterior hoppers
> I'd be leery.
> Price wise a brand new doser SJ can be had for $675 inc. shipping these
> days, their price has come down. Rather than make him an offer I'd say
> something like "I'll need to replace the burrs and a brand new Super Jolly
> is only $675, is $350 the best you can do?" And wait. Whatever he says next
> counter with "is that the best you can do"? And wait again, he who speaks
> first looses in the negotiations. Continue in this vane until he's adamant
> it is indeed the best he will do. Then and only then agree to purchase or
> if
> it's higher than you want to pay walk away. But in reality $350 if in
> excellent condition isn't a bad price, not great but not bad in today's
> market. Though new prices have come down there is no longer a glut of used
> Mazzer grinders like there once was when Charbucks switched to
> Super-Automatics.
> Also regardless the condition of the burrs, unless cut your finger sharp
> new, plan on replacing them. FWIW I can shoot you a new set for $40 inc.
> USPS Priority shipping. I've replaced most of my Mazzer grinders with Macap
> MD7 at our coffee houses and have a number of Major & Super Jolly new burr
> sets just laying in a drawer...
> Slave to the Bean miKe mcKoffee
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> http://www.mckoffee.com/
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Homeroast [mailto:homeroast-bounces at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com] On
> Behalf Of Larry Dorman
> Sent: Friday, September 12, 2014 10:20 PM
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> Subject: Re: [Homeroast] Need opinion ASAP...
> Yes, it does have a doser.  Was definitely planning to bring some beans
> with
> me.  Thanks!
> On Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 11:28 PM, Ira <ira at extrasensory.com> wrote:
> > Hello Larry,
> >
> > Friday, September 12, 2014, 8:52 PM, you wrote:
> >
> > > he $50 less on the grounds that I will need new burrs and because
> > > I'm traveling 70 miles round-trip to see it.
> >
> > > Thoughts?  Thanks!
> >
> > Bring tools, see what the burrs look like, see how dirty they are. Let
> > the current owner remove and replace the burrs as if you don't do it
> > right you can damage the grinder. Make it look like you know what your
> > doing. Offer less than you're willing to pay, lets you meet in the
> > middle and if you're lucky you get it for less than you expect. 350 is
> > fair, but on the hig side. Bring some coffee to grind. If it has a
> > doser make sure it sweeps clean and works smoothly.
> >
> > -- Ira
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