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by txrpls
Fri Apr 17, 2015 11:04 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: GS3
Replies: 15
Views: 4810

Re: GS3

The machine will be here Monday. Looking forward to the next step in dialing it in.
by txrpls
Sun Apr 12, 2015 8:21 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: GS3
Replies: 15
Views: 4810

Re: GS3

I wanted it primarily for the paddle. I know you also have a Dream. Do you think the 3 is worth the extra scratch over the Dream with its programmability?
by txrpls
Sun Apr 12, 2015 6:28 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: GS3
Replies: 15
Views: 4810

Re: GS3

Bummed out. I thought the GS3 would allow paddle pulls and volumetric. Looks like i'm going to have to cancel the order. The wife acceptance factor just went to zero. If I can't have the paddle I'll just stay with the mini.
by txrpls
Wed Apr 08, 2015 11:34 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: GS3
Replies: 15
Views: 4810

Re: GS3

I'll check it out when it gets here.
by txrpls
Tue Apr 07, 2015 10:57 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: GS3
Replies: 15
Views: 4810

Re: GS3

Everyone is entitled to there own opinion. This is not my first rodeo and have owned multiple machines including levers, E61s, and even one fully automatic. I frankly got tired of rebuilding the E61 group head every couple of years. The only other machine I would consider is Slayer, but alas it only...
by txrpls
Mon Apr 06, 2015 10:36 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: GS3
Replies: 15
Views: 4810

Re: GS3

Thanks for the image. It's a lot of money, but I don't think I will be happy until I get one. Almost pulled the trigger on the Dream, but I think dumping the dough on the GS3 is the right choice.
by txrpls
Mon Apr 06, 2015 12:13 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: GS3
Replies: 15
Views: 4810

GS3

Anyone out know if my wife can fill her cup on the GS3 like she does on the Mini II. I can't find any details on the GS3 ports filter height. It's time to upgrade, but wife acceptance factor is primary.
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by txrpls
Mon Jun 10, 2013 10:19 pm
Forum: Coffee Beans, Grinders, & Roasters
Topic: On the Fence About Grinder Purchase
Replies: 6
Views: 2551

Re: On the Fence About Grinder Purchase

jgaepi wrote:I see "WAF" used all the time. What is that term? I know it as Wife Acceptance Factor.
That would be correct.
by txrpls
Sat Jun 08, 2013 9:54 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: How to plug a La Spaziale timer ?
Replies: 3
Views: 1566

Re: How to plug a La Spaziale timer ?

If I remember right you take the back off the timer and plug the wire into the timer. I can't find my instructions.
by txrpls
Sat Jun 08, 2013 8:59 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Mini or Regular Vivaldi?
Replies: 7
Views: 2641

Re: Mini or Regular Vivaldi?

Can't comment on plumbed vs non since all of my machines have been pour overs. I have used many tampers over the years and the Tidka set up is my favorite by far. The Espro clicker was kind of nice for my wife. I have a good friend who owns a shop and has won a regional barista competition and he be...
by txrpls
Sat Jun 08, 2013 8:47 am
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: stefanolo's Mini Vivaldi II
Replies: 6
Views: 4960

Re: stefanolo's Mini Vivaldi II

I have the longer steam arm and never installed it. I'll give it to you if you pay the postage. I have been using the Tidka stuff fo about a year and it is great. The funnel thing is great for keeping grinding mess to a minimum.
by txrpls
Sat Jun 08, 2013 8:39 am
Forum: Coffee Beans, Grinders, & Roasters
Topic: On the Fence About Grinder Purchase
Replies: 6
Views: 2551

Re: On the Fence About Grinder Purchase

So I am on the fence about better grinders. I read about the Mahlkonig Pro M espresso and see mixed reviews. Mazzer Mini E has mixed reviews. The only consistent reviews I see are about the Rancillio grinder but I figure that isn't future proof. Ideally I like the Mahlkonig Pro M. It is the right s...
by txrpls
Wed May 22, 2013 9:28 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Boiler won't shut off.
Replies: 9
Views: 2937

Re: Boiler won't shut off.

I'm curious about which Vivaldi you have. I opened mine up, a VII, and there is no support bar above the steam boiler. And to the naked eye, the top of my steam boiler, all the connections and insulators look as new today after 3 years as they did when new. Could it be a case of leaving the machine...
by txrpls
Wed May 15, 2013 11:33 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Boiler won't shut off.
Replies: 9
Views: 2937

Re: Boiler won't shut off.

Thanks for the info. You where right about the triac at least that is what the tech at CC said. Should be here tomorrow. Figured out the part about disabling the boiler. I'm think I'm going to solder the terminal and use heat shrink on it for insulation.
by txrpls
Tue May 14, 2013 8:28 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Boiler won't shut off.
Replies: 9
Views: 2937

Boiler won't shut off.

I finished making coffee for my wife and just after I finished there was a loud pop and flash and the machine went dead. Pulled the top off and noticed that one of the connector's insulator had deteriorated and shorted out against the support bar across the top of the machine (picture below). The wi...
by txrpls
Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:54 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 24827

Re: HG-One Grinder?

Does this mean that you have actually crossed the threshold and gotten a grinder that does too good a job for the S1? It is also too good for the the Slayer at my friends coffee shop. We were able to choke the Slayer to a dribble. Pretty much the same experience as with the Spaz. I need to get micr...
by txrpls
Wed Mar 20, 2013 12:17 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 24827

Re: HG-One Grinder?

Since I have been using the One for about a month now and have the same micro jets as others with the bottomless, I think the issue may be that the grind is too consistent. With my Pro M I can get no jets consistently at 28-32 seconds. If I set the One to grind for the same time It looks like a show...
by txrpls
Sun Dec 09, 2012 12:29 pm
Forum: Suggested Improvements
Topic: Basket Improvements
Replies: 114
Views: 45252

Re: Basket Improvements

My Tidaka basket arrived yesterday. I found it required a much coarser grind. My first effort using the same grind as usual for the espresso blend I was using, blew water everywhere & started the 3 amber lights flashing. It took 3 points coarser on my Versalab to get it right. I am finding a little...
by txrpls
Sun Nov 11, 2012 8:09 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: alternative to Spaziale timer
Replies: 48
Views: 22569

Re: alternative to Spaziale timer

MonkeyK wrote:I really doubt that 15v would blow the leds if they are rated to 14.8. What you might not like is that the timer connector power is always on. So if you use it, your LEDs will be always on.
I think I will give it them a try. Always on is not a problem.
by txrpls
Sun Nov 11, 2012 12:15 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: alternative to Spaziale timer
Replies: 48
Views: 22569

Re: alternative to Spaziale timer

I just finished checking out the timer connection. I unwrapped the vinyl and found a three wire female connector: Black Grey Blue Stuck parts of paper clips into each female recepticle and turned the timer switch to on Then measured with my multimeter AC went all wierd Setting the multimeter to DC ...
by txrpls
Sun Nov 11, 2012 12:10 pm
Forum: Suggested Improvements
Topic: Basket Improvements
Replies: 114
Views: 45252

Re: Basket Improvements

I ordered the basket, funnel and tamper. Total cost with Shipping was $117.36 USD. I thought it was very reasonable. I sent VST a request months ago after I purchased their MoJoToGo app. Never received a reply.
by txrpls
Sat Nov 10, 2012 7:46 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Increasing Cup Height
Replies: 12
Views: 6090

Re: Increasing Cup Height

...or just remove the grate. Sure, but then you end up with cr*p on the bottom of the cup. I think the best solution is to bandsaw completely through the machine and add a height spacer. :lol: Put one of these in the bottom and set the cup on it: http://www.homedepot.com/buy/interdesign-large-soap-...
by txrpls
Thu Apr 12, 2012 9:31 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Gave in and bought the timer
Replies: 9
Views: 3206

Re: Gave in and bought the timer

:grin: Aw come on man! I was getting ready for the app. The timer works fine, but it is definitely old school technology and ridiculously priced at $200. My wifi controlled thermostat where only $100/unit.
by txrpls
Thu Mar 29, 2012 10:38 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Are you satisfied with your Vario ?
Replies: 33
Views: 8802

Re: Are you satisfied with your Vario ?

I've had no problems with mine, but only use it twice a month or so at the other house... I'm pretty happy with my daily use Pro-M.
by txrpls
Tue Mar 27, 2012 8:12 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: electronic timer auto DST
Replies: 21
Views: 4802

Re: electronic timer auto DST

I just had a meeting with a company from Italy yesterday and they all showed up an hour late. Their excuse was they didn't have DST. Is this true? If any of them had iPhones that is BS. iPhone and most other phones automatically change time to the local zone. At least in the US. This sadly isn't as...
by txrpls
Wed Mar 14, 2012 8:23 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Washing the Reservoir?
Replies: 4
Views: 1647

Re: Washing the Reservoir?

I started washing mine when I think about it. I felt the inside one time and it felt kind of slimy, although clear. I too just use whatever the wife has on the counter in her little container.
by txrpls
Tue Mar 13, 2012 4:56 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: electronic timer auto DST
Replies: 21
Views: 4802

Re: electronic timer auto DST

Endo wrote:I just had a meeting with a company from Italy yesterday and they all showed up an hour late. Their excuse was they didn't have DST. Is this true?
If any of them had iPhones that is BS. iPhone and most other phones automatically change time to the local zone. At least in the US.
by txrpls
Tue Mar 13, 2012 12:22 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: electronic timer auto DST
Replies: 21
Views: 4802

Re: electronic timer auto DST

5)The timer was only $200. :cry: That kind of technology needs a higher price tag IMO. You're being factious, right? "The clock module automatically adjusts for daylight savings time,if selected. HOWEVER,this feature has not been changed for the new US DST dates. Consequently,it is best to leave th...
by txrpls
Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:27 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: electronic timer auto DST
Replies: 21
Views: 4802

Re: electronic timer auto DST

I had the same problem. That timer is pretty much 1990 style technology and programming. Ridiculous price when you think about the cost of other electronics.
by txrpls
Sun Feb 26, 2012 12:11 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Drips of Water and Wet Pucks
Replies: 33
Views: 8240

Re: Drips of Water and Wet Pucks

Endo wrote:The "laser" cut baskets will have to wait until after I my latest shipment magnetically treated water. :roll:
And where do you get that? :bom:
by txrpls
Sat Feb 25, 2012 12:54 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Drips of Water and Wet Pucks
Replies: 33
Views: 8240

Re: Drips of Water and Wet Pucks

I have the triple and the double baskets for my GS/3 and I'd give the improvement in the cup more than 0.1 as it is noticeable and I doubt my palate is sensitive enough to notice a 0.1 improvement! I think I actually prefer the triple basket with 18g and lots of head room. My guy said that he did s...
by txrpls
Sat Feb 25, 2012 9:46 am
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Drips of Water and Wet Pucks
Replies: 33
Views: 8240

Re: Drips of Water and Wet Pucks

I'm sure it is a double, came stock with the machine. My friend also told me he changes his VST baskets monthly, but he has a real coffee bar. I would love to get a VST/Strada basket. Looks like I'm going to have to get a GS3 if I want those baskets. Think the wife would buy that? :-?
by txrpls
Fri Feb 24, 2012 7:58 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Drips of Water and Wet Pucks
Replies: 33
Views: 8240

Re: Drips of Water and Wet Pucks

Perhaps you updose beyond the usual 16g, or perhaps leave grounds on the rim when doing prep, but for me, my gasket and surrounding grouphead insides are very clean (no wipe required). The coffee on my machine stays inside the basket during shots as it should....no? I prefer to think of it as the c...
by txrpls
Fri Feb 24, 2012 7:39 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Drips of Water and Wet Pucks
Replies: 33
Views: 8240

Re: Drips of Water and Wet Pucks

The double screen is a real trap for the grounds. Can you clean the grounds trapped betwwen the 2 screens around the border using a pallo? I don't know how. :| Nobody said that we are cleaning the grounds between the screens. the issue is the grounds between the diffuser and the group head. I fail ...
by txrpls
Thu Feb 23, 2012 5:05 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Metal Drip Tray Mod
Replies: 57
Views: 23013

Re: Metal Drip Tray Mod

Ditto on the red. What are you thinking on the airbrush art? Skulls or nudes? Maybe both? flames?
by txrpls
Thu Feb 23, 2012 5:01 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Drips of Water and Wet Pucks
Replies: 33
Views: 8240

Re: Drips of Water and Wet Pucks

Nope normal. Maybe a little on the spring. To the wipe only group I would pose the following: How do you get the grounds out of the crevice between the brass diffuser and the group head? I always get a small amount of grounds every time I brush that wiping cannot possibly get without removing the sc...
by txrpls
Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:43 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Drips of Water and Wet Pucks
Replies: 33
Views: 8240

Re: Drips of Water and Wet Pucks

Either way, Paolo, Cafelat, Q-tip? Why bother? Rather than doing dentistry, isn't it a heck of a lot easier simply to loosen one screw then wipe the area properly with a nearby cloth? (I must be missing something here). :-? Yep, you're missing something. I can clean the gasket area in about 5 secon...
by txrpls
Sun Feb 19, 2012 11:38 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Drips of Water and Wet Pucks
Replies: 33
Views: 8240

Re: Drips of Water and Wet Pucks

I suppose everyone has their own cleaning routine...but to be honest, I never use a brush. I just do the swap the diffuser and screens once a week. Enough coffee oil bakes on the sides of the diffuser that it should be removed properly. The Paolo brush bristles are just crap. Too stiff, too few bri...
by txrpls
Sun Feb 19, 2012 8:35 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Drips of Water and Wet Pucks
Replies: 33
Views: 8240

Re: Drips of Water and Wet Pucks

6. Clean around the screen (gasket) with the Coffeetool after each 2-3 shots. :-? I do the other once a week.
by txrpls
Sun Feb 19, 2012 4:17 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Drips of Water and Wet Pucks
Replies: 33
Views: 8240

Re: Drips of Water and Wet Pucks

Get yourself a Pällo Coffeetool for the gasket. The wet puck is normal.
by txrpls
Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:33 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: What About the Timer?
Replies: 7
Views: 2336

Re: What About the Timer?

I finally broke down and bought one after my wife started giving me a lot of crap about leaving the machine on 24/7. Best investment I made since the machine. Funny thing was that I swore I would not buy anything again from CC. I ordered from a west coast company, but the item was drop shipped from ...
by txrpls
Sat Aug 20, 2011 7:56 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Softener Grossness
Replies: 9
Views: 3177

Re: Softener Grossness

We did the whole house and the under the sink thing about 4 months ago. What a difference in our glasses. My double insulated tervis tumblers i use for drinking water are now clear again Glasses come out of the dish washer with no residue. Best money spent my wife talked me into.
by txrpls
Mon Jul 18, 2011 9:06 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Spouse spoils play
Replies: 23
Views: 6099

Re: Spouse spoils play

I went with the mini because no way my wife would let a hole be cut in here counter top. Great machine and I love it. Huge water reservoir. You can tell I have no balls.
by txrpls
Sun Jul 17, 2011 10:47 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Spouse spoils play
Replies: 23
Views: 6099

Re: Spouse spoils play

Grab her by the throat and tell her how it is going to be. Be a man! :-)
by txrpls
Thu Jun 30, 2011 4:23 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Vario and Vivaldi
Replies: 183
Views: 58095

Re: Vario and Vivaldi

Been using the Pro M for about 3 months now and overall I'm pretty happy. The wife even likes it better than the Vario. My only complaint is that I measure my dose by weight and sometimes there is one bean left behind that just won't seem to catch in the burrs without several tries. Overall pretty i...
by txrpls
Thu May 19, 2011 9:53 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Mahlkönig K30 Vario
Replies: 32
Views: 8978

Re: Mahlkönig K30 Vario

I be over there today or tomorrow and I will find out. I think it is 14 oz.
by txrpls
Wed May 18, 2011 11:54 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Mahlkönig K30 Vario
Replies: 32
Views: 8978

Re: Mahlkönig K30 Vario

I have not, but I am blessed to have a small roaster here in San Antonio that is exquisite. I am able to go to his shop and knock out a capa or espresso and pick up coffee roasted that week, Browncoffeco.com
by txrpls
Wed May 18, 2011 7:13 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Mahlkönig K30 Vario
Replies: 32
Views: 8978

Re: Mahlkönig K30 Vario

Nice streams with no spritzers is always worth double the money. :lol: I'm not sure. I think a lot of this stuff is just coffee geek propaganda. I bet I could give you a blind taste test and you wouldn't be able to which shot has spritzers and which shot didn't. I think a lot of this stuff is just ...
by txrpls
Wed May 18, 2011 1:26 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Mahlkönig K30 Vario
Replies: 32
Views: 8978

Re: Mahlkönig K30 Vario

Pulled out the bottomless PF for the first time in a while and got a nice stream with no spritzers, something I was not able to accomplish with the Baratza. Overall I am very pleased with the Pro M. Not sure if it is worth double the money for the Vario though.
by txrpls
Sun May 15, 2011 8:53 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Mahlkönig K30 Vario
Replies: 32
Views: 8978

Re: Mahlkönig K30 Vario

Thanks for the info. I can't believe I missed the links on Mahlkönig website. I set the time for 7 seconds and use the same technique you describe. My on criticism is the that you can't punch the button and pull the PF forward and the timer stay on for the full 7 seconds.
by txrpls
Sat May 14, 2011 11:25 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Mahlkönig K30 Vario
Replies: 32
Views: 8978

Re: Mahlkönig K30 Vario

The Pro M arrived Saturday, unfortunately without the manual. Nasi called last week and asked if I would settle for his demo as he only had one new model and another customer wanted new. I accepted the demo machine but it arrived without the manual and the base plate. Nasi was extremely apologetic a...
by txrpls
Sun May 08, 2011 2:15 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Mahlkönig K30 Vario
Replies: 32
Views: 8978

Re: Mahlkönig K30 Vario

I don't clean my grinder anyway. I run some Grindz thruogh it and then some coffee and call it good. I obviously don't have a sophisticated palate. Called Nasi and the Pro M is on its way. I would have gotten a Speedster, but I can't afford the divorce. :grin: Looks like I Coffee Shop Solutions with...
by txrpls
Wed May 04, 2011 10:28 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Mahlkönig K30 Vario
Replies: 32
Views: 8978

Re: Mahlkönig K30 Vario

The last time I checked on the K30 is was in the $2K range. The Pro M would definitely be my wife's first choice. If it does a quality grind I'm game also. The Baratza Vario is the perfect size in my wife's eyes and I'm still in the house.
by txrpls
Mon May 02, 2011 8:21 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Mahlkönig K30 Vario
Replies: 32
Views: 8978

Mahlkönig K30 Vario

I'm not really happy with my Baratza Vario except for the size. I would like a grind into the portafilter with as little mess as possible (wife requirements) I have a Mazzer Mini that I have used fro several years, but hated the doser. I now see that the Mahlkönig K30 Vario is greatly reduced in pri...
by txrpls
Sun Apr 03, 2011 9:30 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Mini vs GS3 size
Replies: 1
Views: 896

Mini vs GS3 size

Looking at getting a GS3 and trying to get a visual size comparison between it and the Mini. Anyone know of any pictures with the two side by side?
by txrpls
Sat Mar 26, 2011 12:21 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Vario and Vivaldi
Replies: 183
Views: 58095

Re: Vario and Vivaldi

Man I would love to have one, but I would have to find a dog house with power if I start drilling in the counter top. It looks like a GS3 will be my next machine. I'd read all the past & sadly, current GS3 threads on H-B before settling for one. Why not set up a coffee bar in a different room? Dini...
by txrpls
Sat Mar 26, 2011 10:39 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Vario and Vivaldi
Replies: 183
Views: 58095

Re: Vario and Vivaldi

That's hilarious! I've never seen it before. That is definitely where I would be. My big search now if for a WBC type grinder the size of a Vario. I liked my old mini much better, but the wife doesn't want it back in the kitchen. :-(
by txrpls
Sat Mar 26, 2011 10:29 am
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Brass Diffuser
Replies: 3
Views: 1967

Re: Brass Diffuser

Thanks for the info. I never noticed those links on the right. Great resource. Since it appears that my favorite supplier (not) is the only supplier, I'll have to do without the triple.
by txrpls
Sat Mar 26, 2011 8:41 am
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Brass Diffuser
Replies: 3
Views: 1967

Brass Diffuser

After my deciding to look elsewhere for my parts rather than my previous supplier, I found a guy in San Antonio who works on LaSpaziale and other machines. He advised that he did indeed have the brass diffuser disk that I was looking for. I went by to pick one up (at about half the price of the norm...
by txrpls
Sat Mar 26, 2011 8:27 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Vario and Vivaldi
Replies: 183
Views: 58095

Re: Vario and Vivaldi

Man I would love to have one, but I would have to find a dog house with power if I start drilling in the counter top. It looks like a GS3 will be my next machine.
by txrpls
Sat Mar 19, 2011 9:14 am
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Supplier besides Chris Coffee
Replies: 7
Views: 2715

Re: Supplier besides Chris Coffee

He doesn't seem to have much patience for the geek crowd. When you call, just ask for Jason instead. I won't be calling again! Emails below (note: this was Chris responding not Tynnetta): First email: Hi Tynnetta, Recently I spoke to you on the phone about ordering the brass disk that fits under th...
by txrpls
Sat Mar 19, 2011 8:29 am
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Supplier besides Chris Coffee
Replies: 7
Views: 2715

Re: Supplier besides Chris Coffee

After a phone exchange today I have decided cease being a longtime client of Chris Coffee. I need to find another supplier for parts. Any suggestions? :lol: let me guess...you talked to chris. ;-) try espresso parts. check this link http://s1cafe.com/viewtopic.php?t=1441 i've noticed some of their ...
by txrpls
Fri Mar 18, 2011 2:58 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Supplier besides Chris Coffee
Replies: 7
Views: 2715

Supplier besides Chris Coffee

After a phone exchange today I have decided to cease being a longtime client of Chris Coffee. I need to find another supplier for parts. Any suggestions?
by txrpls
Wed Sep 01, 2010 11:26 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Vario and Vivaldi
Replies: 183
Views: 58095

Re: Vario and Vivaldi

I used a Mini for several years and was very happy with it, but my wife wasn't. I have to say for convenience and size they Vario is a much better fit for us and the grind is ever bit as good as the Mazzer. Since I measure ever dose by weight, the Vario really fits the bill for not leaving much wast...
by txrpls
Wed Sep 01, 2010 11:07 am
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Roast to Rosetta
Replies: 5
Views: 2526

Re: Roast to Rosetta

I would say a city roast. I recently reduced my roasting times and now I am getting some wonderful flavors that I have never experienced before. Previously I was roasting way to dark. I find that the light roast, just barely into the second crack, produces much more flavor.
by txrpls
Tue Aug 17, 2010 3:30 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Thermal Stabilization Graph
Replies: 12
Views: 4545

Re: Thermal Stabilization Graph

Slow weekend?
by txrpls
Sun Jul 11, 2010 5:30 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: New Vario
Replies: 24
Views: 4703

Re: New Vario

txrpls- If you aren't doing this already, I highly recommend weighing your dose after you grind to make sure you achieve 15.5, etc. The timer isn't always consistent :) I'll typically grind for 11.2 second, weigh, and add using the manual setting until I reach the desired dose. Thanks for the reply...
by txrpls
Sun Jul 11, 2010 12:14 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: New Vario
Replies: 24
Views: 4703

Re: New Vario

Was out of town until last night and unpacked the Vario. Did a coup;e of adjustment and then ground a shot and pulled it. The result tasted good, but the time was a little on the short side. adjusted the grind a couple times this morning and all seems to be operating well. I can't tell any taste dif...
by txrpls
Tue Jul 06, 2010 1:11 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: New Vario
Replies: 24
Views: 4703

Re: New Vario

If I'm reading correctly, it sounds like I might be happy with the Vario if I continue my present regimen of weighing my dose and then grinding. I only use my grinder for espresso, so I won't be changing the dials much once I get it tuned in. I rarely adjust the grinder on the Mazzer, but I pretty m...
by txrpls
Mon Jul 05, 2010 8:17 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: New Vario
Replies: 24
Views: 4703

Re: New Vario

Wow! I thought you guys where pretty high on the Vario. I don't care about the timer, just the grind quality. I don't see how any timed grinder can deliver consistent doses. If the grind quality is as good as my mini, I'll be happy.
by txrpls
Sun Jul 04, 2010 11:17 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: New Vario
Replies: 24
Views: 4703

Re: New Vario

Endo, Thanks fro the info. I still want to measure my dose by weight, I assume there is a way to just turn it off and on.
by txrpls
Sat Jul 03, 2010 9:18 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: New Vario
Replies: 24
Views: 4703

New Vario

The Vario will be here on Thursday. I normally grind 15.5 grams (by weight) and dump into the Mini Mazzer and thwack the doser until I get as much of the grind as possible. Any hints on using the Vario and tuning it in without wasting a lot of coffee?
by txrpls
Fri Jul 02, 2010 10:24 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Vario and Vivaldi
Replies: 183
Views: 58095

Re: Vario and Vivaldi

i think I will box it up and store it just in case. I'm also really intrigued by the Versalab, but that would go over about like a turd in a punch bowl with my wife. 8)
by txrpls
Thu Jul 01, 2010 11:03 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Vario and Vivaldi
Replies: 183
Views: 58095

Re: Vario and Vivaldi

Well I ordered the Vario yesterday. I giving up on my 8 year old Mini Mazzer which has served me well. The wife has never liked the big honker on the counter top. I hope the grind quality is as good as you guys say. Since I don't have an SJ, I hope I won't be disappointed.
by txrpls
Wed May 12, 2010 5:33 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: New Mini - First Month
Replies: 5
Views: 1952

New Mini - First Month

Well I've been using the Mini for a month now and love it. The shots taste better and it is a joy to use, not that my Tea was bad. Bought the bottomless PF and pretty well have that mastered. The pucks are a little wet and I notice water stays in the PF after back flushing (holes must be smaller in ...
by txrpls
Sat May 01, 2010 9:28 am
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Latte Art & Skim Milk
Replies: 7
Views: 2030

Re: Latte Art & Skim Milk

Thanks for the replies. I've stretched, not stretched, swirled, rolled, plunged and not plunged. Tried four different pitches, 3 different sizes. About the only thing I haven't done is shove it up my a$$. :smile: Maybe that is next. Tried 1% and poured a nice rosetta on the first try. I guess if I w...
by txrpls
Wed Apr 28, 2010 1:29 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Latte Art & Skim Milk
Replies: 7
Views: 2030

Re: Latte Art & Skim Milk

I haven't tried whole milk but I have no problem with 2%.
by txrpls
Tue Apr 27, 2010 9:12 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Latte Art & Skim Milk
Replies: 7
Views: 2030

Latte Art & Skim Milk

What the heck is the trick with getting decent art with skim milk and this beast. I can get 8 out of 10 with 2% but maybe 1 out of 10 with skim milk. Using 12oz pitcher, both straight and curved with success with 2%, but no such luck with skim. Really chaps me off.
by txrpls
Mon Apr 19, 2010 5:29 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Long Steam Arm
Replies: 3
Views: 1681

Re: Long Steam Arm

Thanks, I think I'll get an RMA and swap it out for a bottomless PF since I mainly do single lattes and cappas
by txrpls
Mon Apr 19, 2010 3:35 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Long Steam Arm
Replies: 3
Views: 1681

Long Steam Arm

Has anyone ordered and installed the longer steam arm on their Mini II. I just received mine the other day and it appears that it is only 1/2" longer than the standard, hardly worth the effort to install.
by txrpls
Thu Apr 08, 2010 9:54 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Whirring Sound
Replies: 7
Views: 1516

Re: Whirring Sound

Thanks for the info. The sound is a little on the loud side. I may pop the cover and see what is going on in there.
by txrpls
Thu Apr 08, 2010 9:45 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Whirring Sound
Replies: 7
Views: 1516

Whirring Sound

Just set up my new Mini last night and it sure is a nice machine. I thought I had a lot of steam with my Tea. What a wimp compared to the new machine. I notice a whirring sound kind of like a small motor coming on and off. Could someone clue me in on what this sound is. I just runs for a few seconds...

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