[Homeroast] Need opinion ASAP...

Greg Hollrigel ghollrigel at gmail.com
Sat Sep 13 12:03:16 CDT 2014


I picked up a used SJ for about $300 about 2 years ago.  It already had the
tape mod and also the electrics were modified to be manually controlled.  I
love this grinder.  I feel like I got a great deal at $300.

Greg

On Sat, Sep 13, 2014 at 9:42 AM, Larry Dorman <ldorman at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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?
>
> LarryD
>
> 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
> > www.CompassCoffeeRoasting.com
> > URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:
> > http://www.mckoffee.com/
> >
> > Ultimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I
> must
> > first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal
> enlightenment
> > found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone
> > before.
> >
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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
> > To: A list to discuss home coffee roasting. There are rules for this
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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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