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Just got a 2nd hand mazzer sj through and it's massive. I appreciate i should have known this..... not popular at home so annoying I need to sell it as soon as I bought it.

Any tips on a smaller (ideally under 48cm) grinder for espresso? 


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Swap out the enormous standard hopper for a smaller one or search on here for the thread about fitting a short tube / weight in place of that hopper. If handy with a dremmel or similar cut down the hopper height yourself.

There are a few threads on here ref modding an SJ that will help with the doser at the front as well. If all done should end up smaller than your gaggia and if fit felt feet slide in and out from underneath the cabinets.

You would struggle to find as good a grinder for the price you paid without spending significantly more (assuming you happy to adopt any routines required for getting best out of it)

Best of luck


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I spent 150 on it. Think its a bit old and (I'm very new to this) I was finding it tricky to get the ground fine enough and consistent. If I keep if I think I'd need to change the burrs ASAP. I've taken off the hopper so I'll see if that makes it any more acceptable.

I had a budget of up to 250 for the grinder though and I may be less faff to get a new smaller one (even if it might not ultimately perform as well).

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I've been using mine for around 6 years now and it doesn't disappoint. I now single dose straight in the neck with a weight (53mm tamper) on top to prevent popcorning and find it as efficient as using a hood as a hopper because of the lower weight of beans in a small hopper I guess. They aren't actually as huge as they seem once the ridiculous hopper is off. 

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@Tennistim - I found it a lot neater and other half friendly to pop a little tray under the front so the mess is contained a bit. IKEA do small ones for £2 that fit nicely.

If you do the famous octopus funnel mod 🐙 to replace the doser, it’s neater than using the sweepers. A small dosing cup could rest on the portafilter fork quite nicely. Kept it neater for single dosing and contained any stray grinds etc. by leaving there when not in use.

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