Now that we're out of "test
" mode, I figured I'd start a new thread. Out of an abundance of respect for Dan, I decided not to call it "owner experience." Feel free to make your own threads, you all! Or join in here. The conversation will be lively either way, I'm sure.
The LIDO 3 is in stock, as of today, but last week I was impatient, so I took Chris (aka yakster) up on his offer to pick up a LIDO 3 from the SCAA show floor for me on Fri. Chris did that, and called me from the floor, and even passed the phone to Doug for a quick chat, which I definitely enjoyed--thanks! And now here I am three days later with the grinder in my hands.
My first impressions are very positive. The weight is just perfect, much lighter than the 2 in the hand. I love all of the little touches. It feels like a good deal of care went into the design, which has been tweaked in several obvious and non-obvious ways.
So far I've ground two 20-g. light-roasted doses, one at 12 notches from zero and one at 10 notches. I noticed the reduced grinding effort relative to the LIDO 2 both times. I'm actually drinking the results of session #2 right now, some Ninety Plus Kemgin brewed in the Trifecta, and it's a very good cup already. Promising start.
I'll post updates now and then to this thread as I break in the grinder along with pics, including the obligatory "three generations of LIDO" shot that I've been waiting to take.
Props to Doug & Barb for this lovely machine. The folding handle is ingenious, and the popper stopper is a welcome accessory. Speaking of, mine fits better when turned 180 degrees from the intended orientation (i.e. with the raised part pointed away from the handle) and does not fall off while grinding.