One came up for sale recently in one of the forums and I did not hesitate. After a couple emails and a trip to Paypal, all was set and my grinder set about it's UPS trip to North Carolina. I received my OE Pharos #375 today and immediately set about adjusting the grind for espresso to pull shots with my QuickMill Silvano (thanks ROASTe!). Shot #1 took 17 seconds, shot #2 I cut off at 45 seconds (even though it was still happily espressing one drop a time), shot #3 was a repeat of shot #1, and finally shot #4 was on the money.
18g cranks out in 50 - 60 very quick turns with these beans - getting the grinds out takes almost as long as grinding though - the price I pay for having titan conical quality for less than the price of a Baratza Preciso...
I can still taste the cocoa from those Brazilian beans I roasted with my heat gun and metal bowl back on April 5th - what a treat! This lot is the Brazil Cup of Excellence Lot#: 9 Antônio Fortes Bustamante - Fazenda Paraíso that I purchased last March. I stored them properly I guess (humidity and temperature controlled environment) because they still rock!
I scheduled work for myself for the next 5 days so I will stick these beans in the freezer and run some tests with the Pharos, Malkhonig K30 ES, Baratza Preciso, KitchenAid w/Mazzer Mini burrs, La Pavoni PBC and my KyM Turkish mill next week - a mini grind off - I need to order some espresso beans that are popular and available here on ROASTe so the review will be easy to relate with.
Edit: My selection is Rawanda Coko Cooperative from Mt. Air Roasting from here in Asheville, NC - bright n' light to showcase these burrs ; )
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