Today I ground two batches using the Fixie, starting with the fine disk and then moving up to medium (no shims in either round). The "data" below should be taken with a big grain of salt since these burrs are not broken in yet and I expect (a) grind times to decrease somewhat and (b) particle size to shift slightly as time goes on. Re: beans, I went with a natural Ethiopian roasted light and locally by Wells.
Note: I'm bored with using coins as reference objects, so I turned to the ever-more-universal LEGO mini-figure, which has the added advantage of faithfully representing life at home with kids these days as we shelter in place.
: 20 g., 65 sec., 183 turns
: 20 g., 45 sec., 120 turns
Medium looked just about right (maybe 1mm in terms of particle size?) for the brew method I wanted to use--Trifecta MB, i.e. metal-filtered, siphon-esque, with air infusion--and the cup turned out great
. Hardly anything measurable made it through the metal filter! This is a good sign.
A few observations in no particular order...
- The grinder, much to my delight, is smaller than expected, and it feels so light that it seemed like a toy at first. Of course, it's anything but a toy, but I'm having to recalibrate whatever in my head preferentially equates more solid, heavier items with *quality*.
- I love how easily the shaft + cone burr assembly comes out for quick cleaning with a brush afterward.
- Pouring beans from the titanium grounds cup into the hopper (corner to corner, as Doug demonstrates in the video) is easy.
- The grounds cup retained barely any fines. Strikingly few. This is without RDT.
- Effort required to crank is certainly not more than with any of the current Lidos. No issues so far.
- Noise is low-ish. Not objectionable.
- Things I'm finding a little fiddly: putting the hopper plug in, and screwing the top nut on. I'll get used to both, I'm sure.