orphanespresso wrote:The beans were not too hard for the Apex, but they were harder than the beans previously used, and required more speed in turning to grind than the previously used beans needed. The 'stopping' was because not enough speed was applied.
Very simply put, at this juncture of the Apex mfg/intro...we designed & produced the Apex around the idea that it is a coffee grinder, and for many months, our #000 has functioned as a coffee grinder - it sits on the counter all day long, when it's time to make some coffee we throw in X amount of beans, turn the handle with an adequate speed to grind, resulting in X amt of coffee, and we brew the coffee. That's all it does. And the coffee has been tasty. We don't tinker, take it apart, mess with it often, it just functions, with minimum intervention. Leaving it alone leads to minimal retention, and minimum fuss... It just grinds coffee. Try not to overthink it. We hope at some point it functions this way for you too...
-Barb & Doug
Correct, I should have clarified this in my post. The Apex is working much better for me now. I still get a lot of retention, perhaps this is because I vacuum and brush out the grinder after every dose, so the coffee just builds up in there again?
But I also don't want old coffee grounds building up in there, and I can't see any way to prevent that than doing a full disassembly? I'll see what is left in there when I do it next.
It's hard to comment on a longer term basis, but the cup quality seems every bit as good as my EK43 and hopefully I find it surpasses it when it's seasoned properly. I may never get the same usability but I knew this when switching to the Apex.
BTW, can anyone explain what would be happening to these ghost burrs as they are seasoned, ie with >2kg of coffee through them???
So to summarise, the Apex which is 6 times cheaper than my EK43, has what I suspect is equal and hopefully better grind quality! That is high praise so I hope I don't turn anybody off it. I'll continue to post my findings.