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by JmanEspresso
Mon May 24, 2010 1:31 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: The Macap MXKR-An Informal Writeup(Long)
Replies: 26
Views: 7811

Re: The Macap MXKR-An Informal Writeup(Long)

Yeah the doser lever IS quite smooth. The action is unique.. I was reading Mark Prince's Review of the Macap M5(Large Hopper'd, Stepped M4) and he describes the feeling of the doser thwacker as almost feeling pnuematic. I totally see where he's coming from.. Its obviously not, but it feels kinda lik...
by JmanEspresso
Fri May 21, 2010 6:16 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Draining, without using the LS Kit
Replies: 39
Views: 14404

Re: Draining, without using the LS Kit

Slo- How you liking the MXK? A lot I hope! Ive gone to single dosing instead of keeping a 1lb/12oz in the hopper. After a while, I found that I was either having to purge a good amount of coffee after a long idle(like the next day), or the first 3-4 shots would be tainted with bitter/staleness. If y...
by JmanEspresso
Wed May 19, 2010 4:45 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Reverse Osmosis and Input Pressure
Replies: 3
Views: 1355

Re: Reverse Osmosis and Input Pressure

Technically, low pressure input shouldn't affect the normal operation, because the pump will drive the water to the puck. BUT, the VII uses Line Pressure for its Pre-infusion.. at only 9PSI, you will have barely a trickle of water for the PI. Most people generally are set between 2-4BAR Line Pressur...
by JmanEspresso
Tue Mar 30, 2010 3:41 am
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: work in progress..
Replies: 9
Views: 3757

Re: work in progress..

Very nice!

Man... I love the Nino :-)
by JmanEspresso
Wed Mar 24, 2010 10:02 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Clear LaSpaziale Portafilter
Replies: 8
Views: 3904

Re: Clear LaSpaziale Portafilter

Ive been searching for this video, for about 8months, which was when I first read that post on Coffeed, after seeing a scant reference to it, on his blog.

It is NOWHERE.
by JmanEspresso
Wed Mar 24, 2010 10:00 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: La Spaziale Mini Vivaldi II
Replies: 24
Views: 4480

Re: La Spaziale Mini Vivaldi II

Assuming it's calibrated to be in the espresso range... I was usually: 1 Click away from the Finest on the MACRO Side And between the coarsest and the middle on the Micro side. for roughly 16-17gram shots, depending on coffee. Start out one click down from the finest spot on the Macro side, and the ...
by JmanEspresso
Fri Mar 19, 2010 6:54 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: La Spaziale Mini Vivaldi II
Replies: 24
Views: 4480

Re: La Spaziale Mini Vivaldi II

Nice choice on the Vario Bob! Before I got my Macap MXK, I was using the Vario. We bought one for Christmas, and its main intended use, is for brewing/cupping. But, of course, once the Christmas morning festivities were over, first thing I just had to do, was try out the Vario for my espresso. I sti...
by JmanEspresso
Fri Mar 12, 2010 7:03 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: quick, easy tamp that seldom has spritzers
Replies: 2
Views: 2466

Re: quick, easy tamp that seldom has spritzers

Quite similar to how I operate. I used to single dose the grinder, and dose right into the portafilter. Then I stopped single dosing. So, Id have a full hopper, and dose right into the portafilter, using the simple tap-down method to updose, or not. To inconsistent for me. Im sure, had I given it mo...
by JmanEspresso
Fri Mar 12, 2010 6:52 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Stand By Light?
Replies: 10
Views: 3373

Re: Stand By Light?

You could just unplug the machine(though, this voids the purpose of a timer). But, honestly.. how annoying could the blinking light be... you can even see the light unless you're infront of the machine. If it's really annoying.. leave the machine on. Personally, I never understand why, with prosumer...
by JmanEspresso
Fri Mar 12, 2010 6:47 pm
Forum: Temp Measurements & Tools
Topic: Scace Graphs
Replies: 50
Views: 11320

Re: Scace Graphs

Woo-hoo! :bounce: Did you post your procedure here? Anything special I should know? http://s1cafe.com/viewtopic.php?f=57&t=860#p12484 Best advice I can offer is to use an insulating material designed for the job. In this case that is foil backed ceramic wool (KO Wool). Fold it around the bottom jus...
by JmanEspresso
Sat Mar 06, 2010 4:27 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: The Macap MXKR-An Informal Writeup(Long)
Replies: 26
Views: 7811

Re: The Macap MXKR-An Informal Writeup(Long)

Its funny you bring that up(well, its not actually funny, but, oh hell, you know what I mean), because...... EspressoParts.com(EPNW) will now mod any grinder, with a timer just like that. I haven't seen it advertised on their website, but I haven't done any serious looking around for it either. It i...
by JmanEspresso
Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:49 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: The Macap MXKR-An Informal Writeup(Long)
Replies: 26
Views: 7811

Re: The Macap MXKR-An Informal Writeup(Long)

I also have a digital Gralab 450 I got off E-bay a few months ago. I've been trying to decide if I like it as well. I've always been undecided, so I haven't even bothered to disconnect the stock mechanical "twist" timer on my SJ. Which kind of defeats the purpose since I now have two switches to hi...
by JmanEspresso
Fri Mar 05, 2010 12:57 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: The Macap MXKR-An Informal Writeup(Long)
Replies: 26
Views: 7811

Re: The Macap MXKR-An Informal Writeup(Long)

Wow, Im really glad you guys found the review helpful.. I actually didn't really "plan" to write a review.. but I was up late one night, and decided.. what the heck! I am continuing to love this grinder more and more. I have disconnect the Gralab450 Timer for the time-being.. using it made be lazy, ...
by JmanEspresso
Wed Mar 03, 2010 7:20 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: High pitched sound...normal?
Replies: 5
Views: 1577

Re: High pitched sound...normal?

Hey, everything sounds normal in the video, as long as that really IS a child in the background :)

My Machine, Both Vivaldis I tried up at Chris's, and two local(ish) cafes with La Spazs, all make the same sound. When brewing, it happens only as the headspace fills up, yes?
by JmanEspresso
Wed Mar 03, 2010 7:07 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Speedster Porn
Replies: 39
Views: 13824

Re: Speedster Porn

Is it wrong that I envy the Hario V60Buono Kettle the most? :grin:
by JmanEspresso
Wed Mar 03, 2010 6:55 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Basket Size and Taste
Replies: 36
Views: 8931

Re: Basket Size and Taste

Try the single spout. I really am not a fan of double spouts, and the one Kees uses, I despise the most(Its the one which comes on Synesso's, E-61s.. it has the little "cover" over the spouts??). The La Marzocco double spout(the "square" on, looks kinda like the La Spaz double spout), is OK, I suppo...
by JmanEspresso
Wed Mar 03, 2010 6:49 pm
Forum: Temp Measurements & Tools
Topic: Scace Graphs
Replies: 50
Views: 11320

Re: Scace Graphs

If it had the V1 control board(5C increments), why wouldnt it have everything else the V1 machines had? This is something that, personally, Id ask Chris about, to be sure.(I could ask, or u could?) The second reason is because even with the slower responding 1C sensor, the lag should only be in the ...
by JmanEspresso
Wed Mar 03, 2010 3:21 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Basket Size and Taste
Replies: 36
Views: 8931

Re: Basket Size and Taste

Last couple days, Ive been running 18gram shots, with great results. One of the double baskets I have is bigger then the other two, and 18gr still doesn cover the ridge(its right at the ridge though). Why don't you use the DC triple basket for the updose shots?? Honestly? My double baskets were on ...
by JmanEspresso
Wed Mar 03, 2010 2:56 am
Forum: Temp Measurements & Tools
Topic: Scace Graphs
Replies: 50
Views: 11320

Re: Scace Graphs

You have a Version 1 mini right? With the older temperature sensors, that were not only NOT directly in the boilers water, but inside a thermowell, AND they needed to sense a full degree(C) change to react. Thinking along those lines, it would make sense that if a 1degree DROP is tolerable before it...
by JmanEspresso
Mon Mar 01, 2010 1:32 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Basket Size and Taste
Replies: 36
Views: 8931

Re: Basket Size and Taste

Oh I have had many a "puck soup", and my knockbox has looked like a empty presspot at times.. BUT, who cares? Last couple days, Ive been running 18gram shots, with great results. One of the double baskets I have is bigger then the other two, and 18gr still doesn cover the ridge(its right at the ridg...
by JmanEspresso
Thu Feb 25, 2010 9:21 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Basket Size and Taste
Replies: 36
Views: 8931

Re: Basket Size and Taste

Updosing by itself, doesn't have anything to do with the diameter of the portafilter basket. Updosing to a certain amount however, does. Just the idea of updosing, has to do with the baskets capacity, and the amount of headspace a machine "likes". As Jason noted, the Elektra groups, as well as the B...
by JmanEspresso
Wed Feb 24, 2010 8:09 pm
Forum: VII Out-of-Warranty Problems
Topic: Power surge, very blown fuse
Replies: 7
Views: 3687

Re: Power surge, very blown fuse

This is interesting... It was my understanding that the Vivaldi is protected from power surges. Hence why you cant use a regular timer. Do you live in the Northeast? We lost power last night, and I wondered if I should unplug my VII.. I decided not too. I have it plugged into a power strip, which is...
by JmanEspresso
Wed Feb 24, 2010 7:23 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Basket Size and Taste
Replies: 36
Views: 8931

Re: Basket Size and Taste

I'm a little annoyed with La Spaz 53mm PF choice. I'd like to try some +20 gr "designed" coffees. I need a triple basket and a triple double-spout portafilter . Is this possible? Hell, even Rancilio have this. :protest: :protest: :protest: What I have been experimenting with, is using a "Vivaldi Do...
by JmanEspresso
Mon Feb 15, 2010 6:27 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: The Macap MXKR-An Informal Writeup(Long)
Replies: 26
Views: 7811

Re: The Macap MXKR-An Informal Writeup(Long)

Thank you for the Macap "novel". :grin: So the 40gr are from non-grinded beans. How many grams of grinded beans are left in the grinder? Correct. The throat is wide on top of the burrs, and holds enough coffee that you probably could get away with keeping just that topped off with beans, and skip t...
by JmanEspresso
Mon Feb 15, 2010 8:05 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: The Macap MXKR-An Informal Writeup(Long)
Replies: 26
Views: 7811

The Macap MXKR-An Informal Writeup(Long)

An Informal look at the Macap MXKR Stepless Conical Espresso Grinder, by a home barista just like yourself. I have no affiliation with Macap SRL, 1st Line Equipment LLC, nor have I received or place to receive any furnishing or gratuities from this writeup from either party. This is purely my own p...
by JmanEspresso
Thu Feb 11, 2010 10:53 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: New Hotness
Replies: 12
Views: 5596

Re: New Hotness

Slo, Ill have to find the packaging for the lights.. but you are correct, only 2 pods. They are 12V(I think), and there is a switch in-line, and then that connects to a small transformer, which is also the 110V plug. Very neat and tidy. The switch is especially nice.. I mounted right underneath the ...
by JmanEspresso
Wed Feb 10, 2010 11:19 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: New Hotness
Replies: 12
Views: 5596

New Hotness

So.. This has been posted on HB, but since Im a Vivaldi owner, it's only fitting to post it here as well! Ive made a few updates and changes.. So, will start with the least recent update: LIGHTS! I finally added lighting to my Vivaldi, and I must say to all those who either a)haven't done it yet... ...
by JmanEspresso
Tue Feb 09, 2010 1:50 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: What was I thinking?
Replies: 9
Views: 2174

Re: What was I thinking?

I paid, I think 85 bucks, plus a few dollars shipping, from OrphanEspresso. I check there quite frequently,and Ive never seen another 550mokka. I was surfing their site when they posted it, and I bought it right there. Doug told me it was the fastest they ever sold a hand grinder! I had already miss...
by JmanEspresso
Tue Feb 09, 2010 3:05 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: What was I thinking?
Replies: 9
Views: 2174

Re: What was I thinking?

Endo! THANK YOU! I, like John, have done a couple searches on the 550. Of course, even though I own the damn thing, I was spelling it wrong(goes lovely with "fail" aspect of this thread!) thanks for the info! one of the reasons why I LOVE this grinder so much, is because of the adjustment knob on th...
by JmanEspresso
Tue Feb 09, 2010 2:17 am
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: Espresso Blends to Try
Replies: 57
Views: 19881

Re: Espresso Blends to Try

No, not ordered yet.. . I was supposed to order it last week, but had to do something else with money. Ive been wanting a hottop for SO LONG, and its finnaly becoming a reality. Ive been saving for some time, and selling the Gaggia went towards it as well. Soon though.. VERY SOON!! Im so excited! Wh...
by JmanEspresso
Tue Feb 09, 2010 2:08 am
Forum: Coffee Beans, Grinders, & Roasters
Topic: Custom Roasts for the Vivaldi
Replies: 11
Views: 3934

Re: Custom Roasts for the Vivaldi

I know people all have their own opinion on when to start the shot timer when using pre-infusion... Personally... I dont really use my shot timer much. I do use to get thing dialed in, so its good to keep around.. but once Im in the ballpark, I go on color. Time and Volume look good on paper, but do...
by JmanEspresso
Fri Feb 05, 2010 8:01 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: What was I thinking?
Replies: 9
Views: 2174

Re: What was I thinking?

Man, frothing that cream must have been LOUD AS HELL! Ive attempted to froth heavy cream before. It is loud.. LOUD. I do enjoy frothing Half and Half to make a 4oz drink.. Double/Ristretto Shot, in a 4oz cup, with frothed H&H, makes one delicous drink. Quite creamy. But, heavy cream on its own, is t...
by JmanEspresso
Thu Feb 04, 2010 3:24 pm
Forum: Coffee Beans, Grinders, & Roasters
Topic: Custom Roasts for the Vivaldi
Replies: 11
Views: 3934

Re: Custom Roasts for the Vivaldi

The Organic, Reserve and Cafe Espresso's, are all quite forgiving, and very delicous. Chocolate, Caramel, Honey, Vanilla, with some soft fruit lingering in the background. Dont get me wrong, these are anything but fruity coffees.. But last time I had the Organic, there was a hint of candied orange t...
by JmanEspresso
Thu Feb 04, 2010 3:07 pm
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: Espresso Blends to Try
Replies: 57
Views: 19881

Re: Espresso Blends to Try

The Hario Syphons are super cool. there is a rare one, that is more of a collectors item then a brewer. It's called the Miniphon. Brews barely 100ml of syphon coffee. If you browse through Mark Prince's Flickr Stream, you'll see a few pics(along with a bunch of other super rare, must have items) Ive...
by JmanEspresso
Thu Feb 04, 2010 1:44 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Metal Drip Tray Mod
Replies: 57
Views: 23368

Re: Metal Drip Tray Mod

Bummer that finer temp control isn't in the planned future.. But I have to say Im not surprised, nor disappointed. Wheres the fun if you dont have that lingering thought in the back of your head, that you ignore to the best of your ability, that says no other words besides, "upgrade... upgrade... up...
by JmanEspresso
Fri Jan 29, 2010 3:09 pm
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: Espresso Blends to Try
Replies: 57
Views: 19881

Re: Espresso Blends to Try

When you get right down to it I find most of the well known blends pretty boring after a day or so but they are nice for breaking up the S/O intensity between rounds. If it wasn't for S/O espresso I'd probably sell off the equipment & live happily ever after with my vac pots. Bingo! Though Im not s...
by JmanEspresso
Fri Jan 29, 2010 2:56 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Taking it to the next level
Replies: 29
Views: 5944

Re: Taking it to the next level

While I agree that Fresh, High Quality Beans are very important, and without them, NO equipment in the world can even hope to produce anything but undrinkable swill... Barefoot certainly fits in that category. So do many other roasters. Im not against home roasting, but it takes A LOT of effort and ...
by JmanEspresso
Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:50 am
Forum: Suggested Improvements
Topic: 1 Degree Fahrenheit Adjustment
Replies: 56
Views: 16223

Re: 1 Degree Fahrenheit Adjustment

Just like every, single, thing, in, the, world... Some people see the advantage, others don't. And thats fine. I think whether or not you see that it would improve the machine, any machine.. depends on how you make espresso. Meaning, what kinds of coffee do you use, and what kind of drinks do you ma...
by JmanEspresso
Thu Jan 28, 2010 3:48 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Taking it to the next level
Replies: 29
Views: 5944

Re: Taking it to the next level

MAke no mistake, the M4 is a good grinder. No doubt about it. But.. if you want professional level results, you need professional level gear. The Vivaldi meets that quota. You want to see the biggest possible change in your espresso? Upgrade to a large conical burr grinder. Conicals grind differentl...
by JmanEspresso
Wed Jan 27, 2010 10:06 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Speedster Porn
Replies: 39
Views: 13824

Re: Speedster Porn

Between the Polished, Engine Turned, and Black panels... The Engine Turned Panels are BY FAR, the best looking. The Polished looks OK.. But doesn't match the "Speedster-esque". And, I dont like the Black very much. However.. I would like if you could choose a custom color for the side panel indents ...
by JmanEspresso
Wed Jan 27, 2010 12:06 am
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: Espresso Blends to Try
Replies: 57
Views: 19881

Re: Espresso Blends to Try

In my opinion, there certainly are SOME blends that worked better on my E-61. Mainly Klatch's House. MAYBE the belle, depending on your opinion. But, Ive had much better luck with every coffee Ive tried on the S1.. Because on the Anita.. I had serious trouble getting the flushes for each shot, consi...
by JmanEspresso
Mon Jan 25, 2010 5:30 am
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Always hot?
Replies: 7
Views: 1686

Re: Always hot?

Ive always left my machines on 24/7.. I prefer it. When Im not using my machine, and IF I leave the PF in the group, its just barely hanging in there.. just enough so it wont fall out when someone walks near the machine. But, other times, Ill just put the PF up top. The S1V2 gets nice a toasty up to...
by JmanEspresso
Mon Jan 25, 2010 4:57 am
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Speedster Porn
Replies: 39
Views: 13824

Re: Speedster Porn

Man, that is such a nice match to the Speedster! Congratulations!

If everything happens as it should, I may also get to post a new picture in a week or so.. We'll see!
by JmanEspresso
Mon Jan 25, 2010 2:44 am
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: Espresso Blends to Try
Replies: 57
Views: 19881

Re: Espresso Blends to Try

I choose my coffee's two different ways.. Ill go through a period of 3-4 orders, where all I want is single origins. Citrus, Tropical fruits, Acidity, Florals etc etc. Then, after drinking that for a while, Ill need some more bass-toned coffee for an order or two. two reasons. First, its nice to hav...
by JmanEspresso
Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:31 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Brew pressure adjustment device - for during shot use ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1354

Re: Brew pressure adjustment device - for during shot use ?

Yes, also a very good point. I would like to play around with pressure profiling, but I dont think Im going to put the effort forward to do a TMFR pump for my VII. Maybe Ill take a trip down to Texas and hang with Nick and Jon for a weekend. 2 GS3's, a Nino, A Robur, a K30, a Major and a VII. Could ...
by JmanEspresso
Fri Jan 22, 2010 9:01 pm
Forum: Suggested Improvements
Topic: 1 Degree Fahrenheit Adjustment
Replies: 56
Views: 16223

Re: 1 Degree Fahrenheit Adjustment

How did I know this would turn into a debate about how people can taste things? First of all.. There is a HUGE, HUGE, MASSIVE difference, between being able to taste a difference of 1F in the cup, and tasting the EFFECTS of a 1F change in the cup. I guarantee that almost NO ONE, can taste five glass...
by JmanEspresso
Thu Jan 21, 2010 3:36 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Brew pressure adjustment device - for during shot use ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1354

Re: Brew pressure adjustment device - for during shot use ?

I dont know if that is the way you want to go about doing pressure profiling... BUT... If you go over on Home-Barista, and search for "TMFR Pump", you'll find a whole thread of a couple people who did some modifications to the pump, and have installed them on their machines, to allow for FULL pressu...
by JmanEspresso
Thu Jan 21, 2010 3:31 am
Forum: Suggested Improvements
Topic: 1 Degree Fahrenheit Adjustment
Replies: 56
Views: 16223

Re: 1 Degree Fahrenheit Adjustment

Niko, I agree, I assumed, at the very least, a new probe and a re-programming of the board would be needed. Im more then positive Chris could do it, but the question is, will he do it . Another "upgrade" that would happen simply by changing the VII to Fahrenheit 1degree adjustment, would be a furthe...
by JmanEspresso
Tue Jan 19, 2010 5:21 am
Forum: Suggested Improvements
Topic: 1 Degree Fahrenheit Adjustment
Replies: 56
Views: 16223

Re: 1 Degree Fahrenheit Adjustment

Yep, thats what I said. Word for word.
by JmanEspresso
Mon Jan 18, 2010 8:38 pm
Forum: Suggested Improvements
Topic: 1 Degree Fahrenheit Adjustment
Replies: 56
Views: 16223

Re: 1 Degree Fahrenheit Adjustment

Endo, maybe it's ridiculous to you, and maybe YOU cant taste a 1degree change in temperature, and maybe YOU aren't consistent enough shot to shot to appreciate such a difference... But please dont presume to tell ME what I can and can not taste. Endo, you're a big milk drinker right? You don't often...
by JmanEspresso
Mon Jan 18, 2010 8:07 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: New No-Burn 4 hole Tip
Replies: 34
Views: 10570

Re: New No-Burn 4 hole Tip

As to the no-burn ARM... I also hated it on the VII. I just sold it. Its too long, the angle is wierd. Endo is right, it belongs on a Quickmill/E-61. Im actually considering putting the stock arm back on to try it out. Ive got the S5 arm on now, and it doesnt tuck away nicely. It tucks to one spot, ...
by JmanEspresso
Fri Jan 15, 2010 1:46 pm
Forum: Suggested Improvements
Topic: 1 Degree Fahrenheit Adjustment
Replies: 56
Views: 16223

1 Degree Fahrenheit Adjustment

Ya know, there really IS only ONE thing I would add to the Vivaldi... 1 degree FAHRENHEIT temperature adjustment. Adding that to the Vivaldi would make it, by far, the best Dual Boiler on the market. As it is, I think it competes with the Duetto II. They both have good features which people want. Bu...
by JmanEspresso
Fri Jan 15, 2010 1:42 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Shot Pics
Replies: 13
Views: 4894

Re: Shot Pics

Nice shots 8) I really like the 3rd pic, the shot is beading really well. At least you have your priorities, if I can only get rid of all my photo equipment....maybe I can get a Mistral and a couple of GS3's (one for each room :grin: ). Yeah man, Photo equipment gets expensive, REAL fast. When I lo...
by JmanEspresso
Fri Jan 15, 2010 1:36 pm
Forum: Suggested Improvements
Topic: Rotary Pump Upgrade
Replies: 2
Views: 2740

Re: Rotary Pump Upgrade

A couple guys over on HB used these pumps to allows full-pressure-profiling. Not "slayer style".. but full pressure profiling, like what the La Marzocco Strada is offering. I'd like to do the same thing on my VII.. but Ill be honest, I probably wont. If I ever upgrade from this machine, it will be t...
by JmanEspresso
Fri Jan 15, 2010 1:34 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: How long did your original brew group gasket last?
Replies: 34
Views: 7186

Re: How long did your original brew group gasket last?

Ive been meaning to buy a second D-Block so that I can just switch them quickly. Ive got two screen sets, but only one D-Block. Id like a second D-block, so, as you said Niko, No down Time.

What am I looking at, cost wise, for a new D-Block? $40?
by JmanEspresso
Fri Jan 15, 2010 1:29 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Looking for scale recommendations
Replies: 13
Views: 4646

Re: Looking for scale recommendations

I went with this one here, Click This . Its got a 2000gram capacity, reads in .1gr, as well as ounces, and some other stuff. I use it for: Weighing doses for shots Weighing Roast Batch Sizes Brewing. I have been wanting a scale that I could use for brewing for so long. Something with enough capacity...
by JmanEspresso
Thu Jan 14, 2010 3:20 am
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Shot Pics
Replies: 13
Views: 4894

Re: Shot Pics

Ok, I'll play. These were taken about a week after I got the machine..Will have some more recent stuff tmrw. Shot 1: Looks Promising. . Porn 1-Resized for S1C.JPG But Turns into this. . Porn 2-Resized for S1C.JPG Not a shot I would label as "terrible", but definitely not an awesome shot either. I kn...
by JmanEspresso
Wed Jan 13, 2010 3:47 am
Forum: Pursuit of the God Shot
Topic: Close-up Extraction Video
Replies: 16
Views: 6164

Re: Close-up Extraction Video

John, Thanks for the tip, I try that out. Id love to use it, but the one time I did, i was getting goosebumps and chills the whole time. Im tellin ya, it sounds crazy, but its true! The sandpaper should do the trick, and if so, i might have to pick up some Klatch Belle for a little 24gr reunion sess...
by JmanEspresso
Wed Jan 13, 2010 3:43 am
Forum: Mini Day One Problems
Topic: Newbie Help--Tight Portafilter Baskets
Replies: 4
Views: 2386

Re: Newbie Help--Tight Portafilter Baskets

Yep, springs are TIGHT. Going from an Anita, and E-61 HX.. There is only ONE thing i miss. Ridgless baskets. I loved my Synesso baskets. However, I like the ESPRESSO on the VII more, so I can live with it :) I think some people bought La Marzocco retaining springs and used those.. I have two, but Iv...
by JmanEspresso
Wed Jan 13, 2010 3:39 am
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: New Mini VII Owner
Replies: 7
Views: 2700

Re: New Mini VII Owner

If you want to use the volumetric buttons "as they're intended", you need to program them while you're pulling a shot. Setting it by the volume of water that comes out when flushing, wont work properly. Most people see to set up one of the buttons for 4oz, and the other to 2oz. They use the 4oz for ...
by JmanEspresso
Mon Jan 11, 2010 8:00 pm
Forum: Pursuit of the God Shot
Topic: Close-up Extraction Video
Replies: 16
Views: 6164

Re: Close-up Extraction Video

What is up with the DC triple? Is it coated in teflon or something? Its wierd.. Hard to wipe clean, feels wierd in my hands.. Gives me that nails on a chalkboard feeling. Weeeeiird.
by JmanEspresso
Mon Jan 11, 2010 7:57 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Empty the boiler regularly?
Replies: 7
Views: 2513

Re: Empty the boiler regularly?

In keeping with Johns style,, I too flush a lot of water out of the steam boiler. Once a day, my Father uses 20oz for his TableTop vacpot. every morning. Then, I use it to rinse baskets and portafilters. Sometimes. Sometimes I use the group's water.. depends what im in the mood for. For all milk dri...
by JmanEspresso
Mon Jan 11, 2010 6:51 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: All My Tips
Replies: 14
Views: 5614

Re: All My Tips

Oh I know, it does tuck away, but I find it in the way, for me. I usually leave it off the side, not over the drip tray.
by JmanEspresso
Mon Jan 11, 2010 5:04 am
Forum: Pursuit of the God Shot
Topic: Close-up Extraction Video
Replies: 16
Views: 6164

Re: Close-up Extraction Video

I never distribute. Well, This would be why you have a slight donut extraction. Now, im not saying it wasn't a good shot.. It was. One I would gladly drink myself, or serve to a friend. But, I also would have payed more attention to my distribution on the next shot. But, I fail to see your reasonin...
by JmanEspresso
Mon Jan 11, 2010 12:20 am
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: How I added LED lighting to my Vivaldi II
Replies: 52
Views: 19431

Re: How I added LED lighting to my Vivaldi II

SuperBrite sells a nice array of both rigid, and flexible light bars. Different beam types, sideways lighting.. A man can get very carried away for sure. You should have no problem running them all one on transformer.. just match the right transformer for the power draw... There is a chart on their ...
by JmanEspresso
Mon Jan 11, 2010 12:14 am
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: My geek setups
Replies: 16
Views: 7835

Re: My geek setups

That looks great! I will soon have a beautiful setup to display as well.. Were getting so close to moving,.. I cant wait. Properly plumbed, 20amp power, nice big 54in long countertop, with overhead cabinets. the overhead cabinets are going to have lighting, to light up the whole espresso bar work ar...
by JmanEspresso
Sun Jan 10, 2010 11:59 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: All My Tips
Replies: 14
Views: 5614

Re: All My Tips

John,

Yes, Currently, Im using the smallest of the three, as im mostly making Machiatto's and small capps. When Im making two drinks at a time, I put on the custom tip you made, or sometimes the big one. The smallest allows me those few extra seconds, which helps a lot with only 3-4oz of milk.
by JmanEspresso
Sun Jan 10, 2010 5:27 am
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: My first day with the VII (w/unboxing pics)
Replies: 18
Views: 6655

Re: My first day with the VII (w/unboxing pics)

Mine are set as: 1Cup-4oz(temp change flush, shots) 2Cup- 2oz(Warm up flush, cleaning flush, "i took too long/re-warm up" flush) I always say Ill program one of them for the coffee im using.. but to keep it where I want it.. Id be programming it every day. No point. I just cut the shot manually. And...
by JmanEspresso
Sun Jan 10, 2010 12:56 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: All My Tips
Replies: 14
Views: 5614

Re: All My Tips

I have to respectfully disagree, Endo. The quality of microfoam I'm getting, is out of this world. Dense, yet light. Creamy, Rich, smooth.. not to mention, textbook, every single time. Compared to my Anita... No contest. The Vivaldi walks all and up down Anita in the milk steaming department.(And Im...
by JmanEspresso
Fri Dec 25, 2009 3:07 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Taking much longer than expected to pull a double espresso
Replies: 17
Views: 4568

Re: Taking much longer than expected to pull a double espresso

Idk... Ive been making some of the absolute best microfoam Ive ever poured and tasted, including some Ive made, and had made for me, on a 3grp GB/5, with a local dairy's whole milk.

From the first pitcher of milk, its been even easier then second nature.
by JmanEspresso
Wed Dec 23, 2009 5:44 am
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Speedster Porn
Replies: 39
Views: 13824

Re: Speedster Porn

DOOOOOOOOOOOOOD....

That is so superawesomecrazycoolstupendoussuperblyterrific! (yes, its a word...)


Congratulations Man, you must be lovin the Espresso Chiffon huh? :)
by JmanEspresso
Mon Dec 21, 2009 5:08 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Taking much longer than expected to pull a double espresso
Replies: 17
Views: 4568

Re: Taking much longer than expected to pull a double espresso

John Borella is selling a very nice condition Super Jolly on CoffeeGeek for $400... Had I not JUST bought a Vario, Id be strongly considering it. Regardless of which grinder you choose to buy... Get a Gram Scale which reads in 1/10th of a gram (0.1gr). Regardless of whether your grinder has timed do...
by JmanEspresso
Sun Dec 20, 2009 4:11 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Taking much longer than expected to pull a double espresso
Replies: 17
Views: 4568

Re: Taking much longer than expected to pull a double espresso

This is a good deal on a very decent scale for anything coffee related... [url=http://www.amazon.com/American-Weigh-SC-2kg-Capicity-Precision/dp/B001RF3XJ2/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&s=office-products&qid=1261299635&sr=8-14]Click here[x]. It reads in 0.1gr, which is what you need for accurate dosing. It wi...
by JmanEspresso
Sun Dec 20, 2009 2:14 am
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: How I added LED lighting to my Vivaldi II
Replies: 52
Views: 19431

Re: How I added LED lighting to my Vivaldi II

Nah I haven't ordered it yet.. Probably will wait till after Christmas... Spent much more then I planned on Christmas this year, including a big order of coffee and stuff for me. Accumulator came, and is installed. Big difference on PI, and my extractions are DEAD ON. LOOOOOOOOVE it. Plus the VII is...
by JmanEspresso
Sun Dec 20, 2009 2:11 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Changing your set temperature during a session
Replies: 5
Views: 1413

Re: Changing your set temperature during a session

John, Thanks for the tip... Ten minute wait time is working nicely for temp changes. For others reading this... Ten minutes sounds like a "long time"... But Actually set a timer for 10mins and see. Not bad at all, and honestly, at first i was like, "What?? I cant just flush the crap out of the group...
by JmanEspresso
Sat Dec 19, 2009 8:03 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Taking much longer than expected to pull a double espresso
Replies: 17
Views: 4568

Re: Taking much longer than expected to pull a double espresso

The problem is that you're not using fresh roasted coffee, and grinding it only seconds before you need it. Simply put.

But with the Illy, try using a lower dose. You cant change how it's ground, so the only control you have, is dose. Less Coffee=Faster Extraction. More Coffee=Slower Extraction
by JmanEspresso
Fri Dec 18, 2009 3:01 am
Forum: Generic Discussions about Pre-infusion
Topic: Ive got a thought for a "profiling" mod. . .
Replies: 9
Views: 3694

Re: Ive got a thought for a "profiling" mod. . .

In my head, there should be no reason why the water pressure wouldn't drop to, and stay at, whatever your Line Pressure it set too.. as long as the brew path solenoids stay open. Thats what I want to do with the VII. Put toggle switches on the Solenoids, so I can leave them open, so when I turn off ...
by JmanEspresso
Tue Dec 15, 2009 11:03 pm
Forum: Generic Discussions about Pre-infusion
Topic: Ive got a thought for a "profiling" mod. . .
Replies: 9
Views: 3694

Re: Ive got a thought for a "profiling" mod. . .

So, without keeping the pump running, there is no way to get the water pressure to stop from falling violently down to line pressure?

Sounds like I could just go all the way and setup a TMFR pump for full profiling.
by JmanEspresso
Tue Dec 15, 2009 8:06 pm
Forum: Generic Discussions about Pre-infusion
Topic: Ive got a thought for a "profiling" mod. . .
Replies: 9
Views: 3694

Ive got a thought for a "profiling" mod. . .

Naturally, owning the VII, Ideas come to mind about how i can improve it. What is great, is that I can't really find anything that would improve the VII much, except 1 degree F temp increments. But I did have a thought, for a mod, using the existing pre-infusion. I have no idea how to go about doing...
by JmanEspresso
Mon Dec 14, 2009 2:36 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: WDT Cup?
Replies: 13
Views: 4827

Re: WDT Cup?

Heh heh.. Yeah Im sure the shot was only decent. :) The Major is a great grinder IMO, but I think many will agree with me. Have you been reading the topics on HB about single-dose grinding? Seems that the shots would benefit from loading up an amount of beans. Im interested in trying it, but with ho...
by JmanEspresso
Sun Dec 13, 2009 8:13 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: WDT Cup?
Replies: 13
Views: 4827

Re: WDT Cup?

Not yet, but only because i removed the Schnozz from my grinder(it was pretty beat up and crappy), and i didnt put another one on yet. I probably will in a day or two. Once that goes back on, Im going to attempt dosing straight into the PF. I did it on my Anita with no problem. I think Im buying a V...
by JmanEspresso
Fri Dec 11, 2009 3:05 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Changing your set temperature during a session
Replies: 5
Views: 1413

Re: Changing your set temperature during a session

Alright, Ill give that a go in the morning and report back. That sounds about right, cuz, I had a feeling I wasnt getting the adjustment I thought I was this evening when I was playing with the WBC blend. I was trying to open some fruit out of that blend(and I KNOW its there, Ive tasted it), and it ...
by JmanEspresso
Thu Dec 10, 2009 7:07 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: How I added LED lighting to my Vivaldi II
Replies: 52
Views: 19431

Re: How I added LED lighting to my Vivaldi II

Oh man that is awesome dude! Speedster. I mean IS there anything better? I think not. Well.. Maybe my VII :) ..Maybe. I need me an Accumulator so pre-infusion actually works properly. I realized thats why Im only getting good results with 3, MAYYYYBE 4 seconds PI. Inconsistent line pressure. Its not...
by JmanEspresso
Thu Dec 10, 2009 2:16 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Changing your set temperature during a session
Replies: 5
Views: 1413

Re: Changing your set temperature during a session

So, lets say then. . . After the initial warm up flush(es), you could keep yourself on the safe side, by doing a quick spritzer flush before each shot? Im not exactly speedy gonzales in grinding/dosing/tamping, the PF is out of the group while im doing that. Ill time myself during my afternoon sessi...
by JmanEspresso
Wed Dec 09, 2009 6:42 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Changing your set temperature during a session
Replies: 5
Views: 1413

Changing your set temperature during a session

Im curious about something on my VII. Often times during a dialing-in session, well, everytime actually, I am playing with different temps. Usually, Im starting out at 92, and have been heading up to 93 and 94 for some coffees. I havent been out of that range, succesfully, yet. I have pulled shots a...
by JmanEspresso
Wed Dec 09, 2009 6:10 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: How I added LED lighting to my Vivaldi II
Replies: 52
Views: 19431

Re: How I added LED lighting to my Vivaldi II

Oh thats a good point. Ill go with the 3's, so that I dont have to worry about it.
by JmanEspresso
Wed Dec 09, 2009 12:09 am
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: WDT Cup?
Replies: 13
Views: 4827

Re: WDT Cup?

Im a big fan of WDT, for getting things dialed in. It allows you to kinda "forget" about distribution when you're working out the dose the grind, the temp etc etc. Im still new to the Vivaldi, so Im using the WDT for every shot. Once I get more familiar with the machine, Ill drop it. . . Just like I...
by JmanEspresso
Tue Dec 08, 2009 4:11 am
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: How I added LED lighting to my Vivaldi II
Replies: 52
Views: 19431

Re: How I added LED lighting to my Vivaldi II

For the actual LEDs, Im going to use the LBMx4's. Waterproof, 4 high flux LEDs. Color: White. 60 degree beam. Ill get 4, though I might only need two. If I have two left over, Im going to mount them on the underside of my bench, with a switch, so I can have good lighting for plumbing stuff, refillin...
by JmanEspresso
Mon Dec 07, 2009 6:22 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: WDT Cup?
Replies: 13
Views: 4827

Re: WDT Cup?

Basically, no, the grinds wont fall out when you lift up the cup. you cut it so its like a funnel-ish thing. This allows you to stir the crap out of the grounds without them falling over the side. Then, carefully lift off the cup... its much easier then it sounds. Tamp and go. Some people level off ...
by JmanEspresso
Mon Dec 07, 2009 6:02 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: How I added LED lighting to my Vivaldi II
Replies: 52
Views: 19431

Re: How I added LED lighting to my Vivaldi II

Doing more investigation on thier website, yes, I can do that. just need to pick out the proper adaptor for what Im doin.

I should be able to order this stuff soon. . . Ive got a couple small things for sale on CoffeeGeek, and one already sold. SWEEEEEEEEET!
by JmanEspresso
Mon Dec 07, 2009 5:41 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: How I added LED lighting to my Vivaldi II
Replies: 52
Views: 19431

Re: How I added LED lighting to my Vivaldi II

Been thinking more about adding lights to the VII. I definitely think it will look great. I was thinking though, personally, I would rather not tie the lights into the machines power. Looking on the "super bright LED" website, it looks like they have what I want to do this. . On this page . . . Ther...
by JmanEspresso
Sun Dec 06, 2009 3:47 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Mazzer Major Timer or Automatic?
Replies: 8
Views: 3760

Re: Mazzer Major Timer or Automatic?

Yeah, taking them apart is pretty straightforward. Depending on the condition. . . Remove the adjustment collar, and upper burr carrier. Remove the top burr. Remove the lower burr. Clean everything. You might need to remove the lower burr carrier, but unless there is a rancid aroma coming from it, y...
by JmanEspresso
Sun Dec 06, 2009 2:44 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: spaziale 53mm basket actual size
Replies: 8
Views: 4085

Re: spaziale 53mm basket actual size

It, of course, IS possible. But, I think its from the 3-way opening post-extraction. BUT, I think it also depends on the depth of the puck, ie:how much expansion you had; how tight/loose was the shot pulled, the roast of the coffee, and maybe other things as well. Im not convinced, either way, of wh...
by JmanEspresso
Fri Dec 04, 2009 3:30 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Draining, without using the LS Kit
Replies: 39
Views: 14404

Re: Draining, without using the LS Kit

After re-evaluating the drain ideas, Im not going with the Vetrano Drain. I agree with both of you guys, in that, it probably is enough to drain it, and that it might get clogged up. I would like this mod to be setup so I DONT need to remove the drip tray very often. Once a month, on grinder cleanin...
by JmanEspresso
Fri Dec 04, 2009 3:13 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: How I added LED lighting to my Vivaldi II
Replies: 52
Views: 19431

Re: How I added LED lighting to my Vivaldi II

Wow, those Cappa cups are nice! Im not crazy about the Demi's, but I am wierd, Ill only use Tulips, and a select few other style cups. But the Capps! The upside down handle is awesome! ----- As for this lighting... Im adding lights to mine. I was thinking of doing it, debating back and forth whether...
by JmanEspresso
Fri Dec 04, 2009 12:02 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: spaziale 53mm basket actual size
Replies: 8
Views: 4085

Re: spaziale 53mm basket actual size

Those small holes have often been thought to be areas of channeling. Sometimes, I get those small holes on the best shots Ive pulled. What do you think those holes are. . . Evidence of channeling? or 135pounds per square in of pressure being evacuated from the puck in under a second? I find it hard ...
by JmanEspresso
Thu Dec 03, 2009 9:01 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: spaziale 53mm basket actual size
Replies: 8
Views: 4085

Re: spaziale 53mm basket actual size

Maybe its something unique to the Vivaldi, because Ive read this question quite often, but IMO, there is no need for an absolute seal.... In fact, too good of a seal will ruin your shot build, because of the vaccum caused when you lift the tamper out. Ive never had a tamper custom sized, and all of ...
by JmanEspresso
Wed Dec 02, 2009 9:35 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Compak K3 Touch Doserless
Replies: 20
Views: 9596

Re: Compak K3 Touch Doserless

All reports of the Vario put it about dead even, in the cup, to the Super Jolly. Big points to Baratza for making a consumer priced grinder, with commercial grade grinds. Its something MANY Home Baristi have wanted for a while. I think the Vario is awesome, and If I didnt own a Bunn G2 bulk grinder,...
by JmanEspresso
Tue Dec 01, 2009 1:38 am
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Draining, without using the LS Kit
Replies: 39
Views: 14404

Re: Draining, without using the LS Kit

It is a bit on the smaller side, but, how much water is there going to be at one time. Aside from testing it out, in normal use, its only a couple ounces at a time. . . Although, I do like that setup, using the threaded side of a Watts/JG fitting. . . Clever. Well, we'll see. Maybe this weekend, if ...
by JmanEspresso
Mon Nov 30, 2009 7:34 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: My Bench, and How it Came to Be
Replies: 10
Views: 4176

Re: My Bench, and How it Came to Be

As a "semi" update on my home roasting for espresso. . . As I said in my earlier post, in preparation for the Vivaldi, I roasted 5 different coffees, a little over 1/3lb each, or so, using the HeatGun method. Mine is a little different, in that I place a bowl over a butane camping burner, so i have ...

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