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by peter
Wed Dec 31, 2014 12:45 am
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Is this part from my vivaldi?
Replies: 10
Views: 3750

Re: Is this part from my vivaldi?

That's a Versa Lab burr sharpener; once a month you're supposed to run it through the grinder and the little teeth clean out the grooves on the burrs and sharpen them simultaneously. Right, Chas?

;-)
by peter
Tue Sep 16, 2014 12:12 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Plumbing lines
Replies: 9
Views: 3497

Re: Plumbing lines

The best test is to pull a shot and run hot water at the same time. If the pump is starving for water it'll make a lot of noise and tell you. If all is quiet then you are good. My S1 is plumbed using 1/4" and it's never been an issue. But I've never run the hot water spout while pulling a shot, sin...
by peter
Sun Aug 03, 2014 2:37 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Solenoid Replacement
Replies: 2
Views: 1505

Re: Solenoid Replacement

Thank Chas. May this be info I never need. :-)
by peter
Mon Mar 10, 2014 9:47 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: 5 years w/o descaling?
Replies: 7
Views: 2695

Re: 5 years w/o descaling?

@MDL; when you write "and the owner flushed water from the steam boiler regularly" are you referring to using the hot-water spout, or something different?
by peter
Mon Dec 23, 2013 12:27 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Holiday Espresso
Replies: 4
Views: 1881

Re: Holiday Espresso

That's the sign of a good forum, devoted to a great machine... crickets... everybody must be loving their well-performing Vivaldis.
by peter
Fri Nov 29, 2013 1:02 am
Forum: Green Beans & Their Roasting
Topic: Green Beans Gone Bad
Replies: 3
Views: 1920

Re: Green Beans Gone Bad

I think 18 months is a good guideline. If you started using the beans at 18mos. and didn't have a reference point of what the beans were from the start, you might not notice anything wrong w/ them. In my bean bunker, high humidity is the main culprit, so I vac-seal my stash. I just roasted some El S...
by peter
Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:51 pm
Forum: Roaster Equipment and Use
Topic: Hottop Doh!
Replies: 2
Views: 1650

Re: Hottop Doh!

You're not mistreating the little cuties I sent you, are you?
by peter
Thu Oct 10, 2013 11:23 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Your ONE favorite change to improve your coffee?
Replies: 12
Views: 5135

Re: Your ONE favorite change to improve your coffee?

Adding lots of microfoam to drown out my pooched roasts. ;-)
by peter
Wed Sep 11, 2013 10:40 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: grind, DOSE, LEVEL, tamp
Replies: 6
Views: 2847

Re: grind, DOSE, LEVEL, tamp

I dose 16g for a double, ending up w/ ~30g of espresso. There may be some differences in grinders, as 16g is just about to the rim of the basket for me. I'd say level it before you do any settling taps, and be certain to get the settling taps perfectly flat against the counter (or whatever you're ta...
by peter
Tue Sep 03, 2013 4:02 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Vivaldi shipment on hold - second thoughts?
Replies: 2
Views: 1307

Re: Vivaldi shipment on hold - second thoughts?

You'd rather have a machine that was having an issue that the manufacturer and importer chose to overlook? I'd be thrilled that they discovered the issue and are not only taking steps to remedy it, but are putting shipments on hold until it's squared away. No machine is perfect. The Mini is as relia...
by peter
Wed Aug 21, 2013 10:53 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Filter Basket Diameter (S1V2)
Replies: 2
Views: 1304

Re: Filter Basket Diameter (S1V2)

I have a RB, and when I ordered it, I simply said it was for a 53mm La Spaz. I don't know what the baskets measure, but the tamper is right on at 53mm, and there's a little room between the tamper and baskets. It's just right.
by peter
Mon Aug 05, 2013 11:56 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Fuse problem?
Replies: 15
Views: 5218

Re: Fuse problem?

Most likely all the outlets in your kitchen are on one circuit, so changing to a different one won't tell you much.

Is your machine normal in the way it functions, or is it such that it won't even get warmed up before a fuse blows? You are actually meaning it trips the breaker, yes?
by peter
Tue Jul 30, 2013 1:04 am
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Temperature Adjustment
Replies: 5
Views: 1815

Re: Temperature Adjustment

bluesman13 wrote:agreed, but between 93C and 94C is 1.8 degrees. I'm not an expert either, but that may make a difference.....
So what happens to the taste of the shots when you go up to 94C? And, which coffees are better at 93C, 94C, 95C?
by peter
Fri Jul 12, 2013 7:38 pm
Forum: Pursuit of the God Shot
Topic: Proper espresso newb struggling a bit
Replies: 5
Views: 2781

Re: Proper espresso newb struggling a bit

You might consider weighing the espresso, and using that (along w/ color) as your means of determining when to end the shot. If you're eyeing the volume of two cups, it's hard to tell how much espresso was produced; even if you know the volume of the output, the amount of crema will vary and can thr...
by peter
Thu Jun 27, 2013 1:45 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Programming Volumetric Dosing
Replies: 6
Views: 2583

Re: Programming Volumetric Dosing

It makes me ask myself, "How much are you changing your grind?" I would think that if your grind changes enough that your output volume is changed wildly, you wouldn't be in the acceptable shot parameters. When I see a new coffee pulling too fast by 5 seconds and tighten up the grind, it still gives...
by peter
Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:13 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Steam Boiler Not Refilling
Replies: 16
Views: 5534

Re: Steam Boiler Not Refilling

I had a problem w/ part 2284 when my machine was fairly new. It was a sintered metal filter that was installed incorrectly at the factory. Chris' advice was to take it out and toss it, saying it's only needed in Europe or countries where the water is poor, but not needed in the US.
by peter
Mon Jun 10, 2013 1:56 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: The smell of burning plastic
Replies: 9
Views: 2813

Re: The smell of burning plastic

I'll have to look at those photos...

My guess is the old style spark-plug boot thingies were good for splashes or liquid moisture, but still wouldn't seal out moisture/dampness.
by peter
Sun Jun 09, 2013 11:54 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: The smell of burning plastic
Replies: 9
Views: 2813

Re: The smell of burning plastic

Bean, This thread 'boiler won't shut off' had some similar discussion. The jumper on top of the steam boiler looks like that'd be an easy job w/ some fresh wire and fresh connectors. I'm wondering what the difference would be between the special connectors chas linked to in this thread, and simply u...
by peter
Tue May 21, 2013 12:22 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Boiler won't shut off.
Replies: 9
Views: 3143

Re: Boiler won't shut off.

Thanks.
by peter
Sun May 19, 2013 9:21 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Boiler won't shut off.
Replies: 9
Views: 3143

Re: Boiler won't shut off.

Thanks Chas. Given that the top of my steam boiler and all its connections/insulators look new, would you see any benefit in redoing/soldering the connectors? It would be easy, except that there isn't enough slack in the wires to cut/strip/solder/crimp, and it would mean running new wires to whereve...
by peter
Fri May 17, 2013 2:57 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Boiler won't shut off.
Replies: 9
Views: 3143

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 peter
Wed May 15, 2013 12:26 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Boiler won't shut off.
Replies: 9
Views: 3143

Re: Boiler won't shut off.

Pressing the 'Boiler' button, like when you only want the group boiler to run, doesn't help?
by peter
Fri May 03, 2013 11:34 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: super noisy boiler fill?
Replies: 13
Views: 5442

Re: super noisy boiler fill?

It turned out I had the water valve mostly closed down. So I guess the pump was struggling with water trickling in during the steam boiler fill, but the fill was slow enough when pulling a shot that the pump was okay. When you say 'the water valve' are you referring to the little screw (gicleur) on...
by peter
Fri May 03, 2013 11:17 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Some ideas about volumetric dosing?
Replies: 2
Views: 1871

Re: Some ideas about volumetric dosing?

I sorta did the same thing... measured 16g of coffee and pulled the shot on a scale, when it got just shy of 30g of espresso, I programmed the machine for that. Now I adjust the grind to stay in the time parameters, but generally like the shots to run long.
by peter
Sun Mar 31, 2013 12:14 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: HG-One Grinder?
Replies: 71
Views: 26366

Re: HG-One Grinder?

...throw out your old theories about what a good shot should look like and simply thrust your taste. Now that is good wisdom! ;-) That's funny, because on another forum, greencoffeebuyingclub a buddy posted a photo of a latte and the backsplash on his machine was all spotty and ugly. I razzed him a...
by peter
Sun Mar 31, 2013 12:07 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Steam Boiler Not Refilling
Replies: 16
Views: 5534

Re: Steam Boiler Not Refilling

Bravo! Maybe it's just me, but when my espresso machine is acting up, my life is just plain out of kilter. I'm glad yours is back to being peachy. My pressure was going up again the other day, all by itself with the machine on and idle. After hitting the single button and cycling the motor a few tim...
by peter
Mon Mar 18, 2013 12:17 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: New grinder in the house. . . Compak K10 Fresh
Replies: 9
Views: 4208

Re: New grinder in the house. . . Compak K10 Fresh

Your definition, like all the discussion, is not wrong, but misguided. :-P Sorry, I just had to quote our buddy Jim. :blackeye: I agree with your ideas 100%, but in the reality of day to day use, it's a non-issue (at least for me); what comes out each time is close enough to what goes in each time, ...
by peter
Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:29 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: New grinder in the house. . . Compak K10 Fresh
Replies: 9
Views: 4208

Re: New grinder in the house. . . Compak K10 Fresh

Can you or any other forum members comment about the amount of grounds retention with this grinder? After reading about all the issues with the new HG One, I am considering this grinder as a replacement for my Baratza Vario. Thanks. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD There are a few threads over a...
by peter
Wed Mar 13, 2013 5:48 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: New grinder in the house. . . Compak K10 Fresh
Replies: 9
Views: 4208

Re: New grinder in the house. . . Compak K10 Fresh

Good move, Jon... a marriage made in heaven. Those two look like they were made for each other.
by peter
Wed Mar 13, 2013 5:41 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Plumbing tip
Replies: 1
Views: 2028

Re: Plumbing tip

And I'll wager you saved some of the tile in case you ever want to hide the hole and sell the house.
by peter
Tue Mar 12, 2013 10:32 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Noob Questions
Replies: 18
Views: 5730

Re: Noob Questions

I posted a pic here somewhere, but don't remember where. You search, I'll search, one of us will find it. Would love to see the picture. Did you drill a hole in your counter for the drain hose? I'll try to remember a photo next time I empty the drip tray. But it's such a simple design, you don't re...
by peter
Sat Mar 09, 2013 11:22 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Noob Questions
Replies: 18
Views: 5730

Re: Noob Questions

-I drilled a hole partway up the back wall of the tray, and inserted a plastic tube that was fairly snug. Once the tube was in place, I inserted the tip of a barbed plastic fitting that I cut off a tee, and pulled the tube back against the hole so that the barbs wedged the tubing tightly against th...
by peter
Thu Mar 07, 2013 12:31 am
Forum: Temp Measurements & Tools
Topic: Scace Graphs
Replies: 50
Views: 11961

Re: Scace Graphs

I'll venture a guess that the blinking lights only signify that the boiler element is on, and that's only because the group boiler is small enough that a flush and a shot draws the water down and it's refilling and reheating. But I don't think that will affect the temps of the water going through th...
by peter
Thu Mar 07, 2013 12:20 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Noob Questions
Replies: 18
Views: 5730

Re: Noob Questions

I'll attempt a few answers... 1. Preinfusion. What's good starting point? 3 seconds? -You'll have to experiment. Some of it depends on your line pressure. I use a regulator set at 2 bar, and have a 5sec. PI. 2. Temperature offset. This came with no offset. Since I have no scace, is there a typical r...
by peter
Tue Feb 19, 2013 5:05 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Steam Boiler Not Refilling
Replies: 16
Views: 5534

Re: Steam Boiler Not Refilling

This morning I called Chris' to get their take on what's been going on. The fella said that what the little plunger, P/N 280 is a common problem and something they would have looked at had the repair been happening in their shop. He recommends a food-grade lubricant rather than the Vaseline, but tha...
by peter
Sat Feb 16, 2013 5:44 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Steam Boiler Not Refilling
Replies: 16
Views: 5534

Steam Boiler Not Refilling

Let me say up front that it's been fixed, and also apologize for not knowing the names of some of these parts; that's one reason for starting the thread, so I and anyone else who doesn't know can learn the parts' names, and also point someone to a possible solution when they search. Is there an engl...
by peter
Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:03 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Steam Boiler Overheating
Replies: 60
Views: 18733

Re: Steam Boiler Overheating

Zzyzx wrote:It will be $35.00 for the replacement Triac board. I'm pretty relieved I don't have to install SSR board.
A perfect time to install the spacers under the fan, if you haven't already.
by peter
Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:28 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: 2nd Vivaldi - Plumbed or Pourover
Replies: 14
Views: 4606

Re: 2nd Vivaldi - Plumbed or Pourover

My S1 is across the kitchen in its own nook, w/ no sink. It used to sit next to the sink, so the filter/conditioning housing and the regulator are in the basement under where it used to be. The 1/4" line from the regulator to the machine is a good 15', and there's no problem w/ the pressure at 30psi...
by peter
Tue Oct 09, 2012 4:25 pm
Forum: Roaster Equipment and Use
Topic: Roaster Choices for 2012
Replies: 36
Views: 11215

Re: Roaster Choices for 2012

Interesting, Endo. You're speaking of Mico (Miroslav) I take it. I've been distributing to the GCBC for a few years, and have met Miroslav. The CR Santa Elena was one of the beans I/we cupped for him down here to distribute up there. He's a wonderful person, yes? And he knows his coffee, for sure! S...
by peter
Tue Oct 09, 2012 4:21 pm
Forum: Suggested Improvements
Topic: Seperate preinfuision times for each shot button
Replies: 4
Views: 2346

Re: Seperate preinfuision times for each shot button

I second separate preinfusion times, even though it seems like a difficult programming issue. Perhaps an easier fix is to have the option of turning preinfusion on or off for single and double shots. For instance, I have programmed the single-cup to add 8 ounces to make my Americanos. I pull about ...
by peter
Fri May 04, 2012 6:51 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Today's tip: Don't do this . . .
Replies: 4
Views: 2334

Re: Today's tip: Don't do this . . .

JonF wrote:
Anyway, I did not get mad, cookies were great, and I doubt this will come up again. . .

Cheers!
From this day forward and henceforth, thou shalt be called St. JonF.
by peter
Fri Apr 27, 2012 12:04 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Back flush procedure
Replies: 22
Views: 4837

Re: Back flush procedure

It's good to read what others are doing. And it's good to see the folks here have maintained an atmosphere where someone can ask a basic question about his machine. There are some forums who would ridicule or demean someone for asking about flushing. But not here, and that's a credit to all the grea...
by peter
Thu Apr 26, 2012 11:53 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: SCAA Exposition in Portland, OR
Replies: 7
Views: 4102

Re: SCAA Exposition in Portland, OR

I was in Portland for the SCAA, and met up w/ 8-9 members from the Green Coffee Buying Club. Two of us from Milwaukee, two from Ohio, one from CA, one from BC Canada, a Seattle guy, and a Portland guy. The show was very good, but I knew going into it there wasn't much there for me and how I do coffe...
by peter
Wed Apr 04, 2012 12:51 am
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Espro 12oz pitcher
Replies: 8
Views: 3226

Re: Espro 12oz pitcher

The secret is out! But... thanks to you Endo, there will never be another 'how do I froth for latte art' thread again. Thanks to you the world will be more boring. :cry:
by peter
Mon Apr 02, 2012 10:43 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Espro 12oz pitcher
Replies: 8
Views: 3226

Re: Espro 12oz pitcher

I think w/ small milk you almost have to tip the pitcher to get enough depth during the texturing phase, but that defeats the purpose of the Toroid. I do 3oz. in a 12oz. Rattleware pitcher. The initial stretching phase is almost non-existent, maybe a full second, straight down in the middle with the...
by peter
Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:48 pm
Forum: Green Beans & Their Roasting
Topic: Ordering from Sweet Marias from Canada
Replies: 7
Views: 3322

Re: Ordering from Sweet Marias from Canada

Sylvain, Whale, can vouch for the coffee as he helped us cup them. As a side note, I am called SLO here, unlike just about every other coffee sites as for some reason I was permitted "Whale". Hehehe... as soon as I logged in and saw this thread, I remembered that. Whoops. Now, we have to figure wha...
by peter
Tue Mar 13, 2012 11:03 pm
Forum: Green Beans & Their Roasting
Topic: Ordering from Sweet Marias from Canada
Replies: 7
Views: 3322

Re: Ordering from Sweet Marias from Canada

I'm a distributor for greencoffeebuyingclub.com. We have a member in Montreal, Miroslav, whose GCBC username is smico. He has some very good Costa Rican, Nicaraguan, and Mexican green coffee. Sylvain, Whale, can vouch for the coffee as he helped us cup them.
by peter
Tue Feb 21, 2012 11:02 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: compak K10WBC
Replies: 44
Views: 15554

Re: compak K10WBC

Can't beat that with a stick, comrade!
by peter
Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:36 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: compak K10WBC
Replies: 44
Views: 15554

Re: compak K10WBC

When I first called Chris year and half ago to inquire about S1 he seemed very abrasive and I hung up the phone after two minutes. I later bought the S1 dealing with Mary. I reciprocated the abrasiveness at that time so it may have not all have been him. Then I called for Mary two weeks ago, she wa...
by peter
Sat Feb 11, 2012 3:01 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: compak K10WBC
Replies: 44
Views: 15554

Re: compak K10WBC

Gentlemen, I've been away for a bit, but see Whale dug up an old photo... Endo's observant eye noticed my K10 sitting lower than the countertop the VII sat on. Since that photo was taken my kitchen was remodeled, which included a nook for espresso (long story, but some thugs forced their way in 14 m...
by peter
Tue Dec 27, 2011 12:00 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: new sII,Leaky???
Replies: 28
Views: 6279

Re: new sII,Leaky???

ahhhhh. Thank you. :drunken: With no coffee in the PF the machine is pushing the same volume of water in 6 secs that it does in 40 sec with coffee in the PF. It's been a while since I've read the manual, but IIRC, it says to set the volume for the two buttons w/ coffee in the PF. And that must be t...
by peter
Sun Sep 25, 2011 8:57 pm
Forum: Tampers
Topic: Tamper suggestions
Replies: 29
Views: 10122

Re: Tamper suggestions

Unless it's a crazy-big gap, word is that it doesn't matter much.

I have a 53mm Reg Barber, and there's a gap, but I wouldn't want it much tighter either.
by peter
Wed Sep 14, 2011 10:37 pm
Forum: Suggested Improvements
Topic: Taller Feet
Replies: 14
Views: 8296

Re: Taller Feet

How tall would you like them to be? Would you find wood dowels (painted black) with no taper acceptable? Black nylon could be found, but would add difficulty. All it would take is cutting the round stock, sourcing and installing the metric hanger bolts, and presto-chango, taller legs. The metric han...
by peter
Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:04 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: La Spaziale S1 Plumbing help..
Replies: 9
Views: 5152

Re: La Spaziale S1 Plumbing help..

slo wrote:If you have a very hard time I could get another and ship it to you...
You're a whale of a nice guy Sylvain! :lol:
by peter
Sun Aug 07, 2011 12:04 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Rotary pump: is mine too noisy?
Replies: 6
Views: 1856

Re: Rotary pump: is mine too noisy?

I notice with my machine, every time I disconnect the water supply it takes a few days before it quiets down again... might be air in the system. It sounds like you've had yours apart a lot. Will it be noisy always, even after a few weeks of use.
by peter
Fri Aug 05, 2011 11:18 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Shipping via USPS a bad idea?
Replies: 11
Views: 2529

Re: Shipping via USPS a bad idea?

When CC shipped my unit via UPS, the packaging was superb. I don't doubt it would survive a trip to you, but it sounds like you may have a less circuitous (and more fun) route.
by peter
Fri Aug 05, 2011 11:13 pm
Forum: Coffee Beans, Grinders, & Roasters
Topic: Favorite Single Origin Espressos
Replies: 40
Views: 12530

Re: Favorite Single Origin Espressos

SM's has this Panama back in stock, with a 5lb. limit. Last year's was in my top three favorite shots in my short espresso career.

Panama DP, Siete Dias de Bellota


And this DP El Salvador is right close behind it.

El Salvador Manzano Dry-Proces
by peter
Sun Jul 17, 2011 2:33 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Spouse spoils play
Replies: 23
Views: 6351

Re: Spouse spoils play

This will sound sophomoric, but is there no way your significant other can be persuaded to let you have your way? Can she be made to understand how grateful you'd be if she would bend a little, just this once?
by peter
Sun Jun 26, 2011 10:59 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Pre-purchase questions
Replies: 14
Views: 3248

Re: Pre-purchase questions

Part of me wants to say that if you're satisfied with your coffee world as it stands now and the Clever rings your bells, you would be wise to leave well enough alone. There's a lot to be said for keeping life simple where you can. That then begs the question, "What would I have done a year ago, kno...
by peter
Tue Jun 21, 2011 12:57 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: clear water drips around bottomless portafilter
Replies: 47
Views: 12766

Re: clear water drips around bottomless portafilter

Thanks for the insight Sylvain, and for the sacrificial research. For the shots that don't exit the basket perfectly, my main issue is the donut extraction, and your observation that water flows most at the edges of the puck during pre-infusion may shed some light on that. I think I have it set at 4...
by peter
Mon Jun 20, 2011 11:38 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: clear water drips around bottomless portafilter
Replies: 47
Views: 12766

Re: clear water drips around bottomless portafilter

My typical dose is 15g, and no, it doesn't fill the basket. I'll give the PF a couple shakes, and that's enough to level/settle the coffee sufficiently. If I see an imprint from the bolt that holds the screen in place in the puck after the shot, I know I've dosed a tad too high. I find this comment...
by peter
Sun Jun 19, 2011 1:57 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: clear water drips around bottomless portafilter
Replies: 47
Views: 12766

Re: clear water drips around bottomless portafilter

My guess is that Endo is hinting at 18g being too much for our 53mm double baskets, leaving you zero headroom once the puck expands and the puck hits the screen. My typical dose is 15g, and no, it doesn't fill the basket. I'll give the PF a couple shakes, and that's enough to level/settle the coffee...
by peter
Tue May 31, 2011 6:09 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Terra Keramik
Replies: 10
Views: 5023

Re: Terra Keramik

I wonder what you could use to smooth the bottoms of the cups. A potter would know, maybe some polishing sand? Would it do the cups injustice to coat the bottom rim with something durable, such as a glaze or outdoor varnish?
by peter
Wed May 18, 2011 5:58 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Mahlkönig K30 Vario
Replies: 32
Views: 9405

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. Nice streams with no spritzers is alw...
by peter
Mon May 16, 2011 10:40 pm
Forum: Temp Measurements & Tools
Topic: DIY Scace2
Replies: 2
Views: 2237

Re: DIY Scace2

Very cool, and very creative.
by peter
Sun May 08, 2011 10:33 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: clear water drips around bottomless portafilter
Replies: 47
Views: 12766

Re: clear water drips around bottomless portafilter

slo wrote:I dared not tell you to try tightening it more... ;-)
On my machine, with a new gasket the handle stops around 6:30 and with an old gasket it reaches 5:30 (with the machine facing you).
Yeah, but that's metric time, since you're in Canada. :drunken: And, in a different time zone! ;-)
by peter
Sat May 07, 2011 11:56 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Drain plumbing - with pictures
Replies: 29
Views: 21488

Re: Drain plumbing - with pictures

My first question is why the resin would slope to the center under the PF, but then the drain is on the back vertical panel. Unless you're thinking to make a channel in the resin to the back where the fitting is... A while back a friend and I were thinking out loud about the drip tray, and he mentio...
by peter
Fri Apr 29, 2011 10:06 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: New Shot Timer Thread!
Replies: 24
Views: 9161

Re: New Shot Timer Thread!

I think I found a good candidate. It is made by Thermor under the Bios Exactly brand: Bios Profesionnal Mini Kitchen Timer 138HC. It is about 2 1/2 x 1 3/4, counts up and down, has a small magnet on the back and is wrapped in a silicon layer (scratch free) . Its dark gray / chrome-like colors match...
by peter
Sat Apr 09, 2011 10:17 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: New version of the S1 Vivaldi II (SSR, no plastic cup rail)
Replies: 11
Views: 5499

Re: New version of the S1 Vivaldi II (SSR, no plastic cup ra

I've been scratching my head for some time, every time the subject of the new Vivaldis came up; my VII was purchased new from CCS May '10, and it never had the plastic cup rail. Other than the hole pattern of the cup warmer, it's identical to the photos Louis posted. Hopefully they'll be offering th...
by peter
Sun Feb 27, 2011 2:01 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Preinfusion: How many of you are using it with the S1VII?
Replies: 22
Views: 8457

Re: Preinfusion: How many of you are using it with the S1VI

4 seconds here.

Another relevant aspect would be the line pressure, I would think. When I put a regulator and dropped it from the city's 55psi to 28psi, the preinfusion became more sedate.
by peter
Sun Feb 27, 2011 1:58 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Group Boiler Dissambly Wrench... special tool??
Replies: 4
Views: 1704

Re: Group Boiler Dissambly Wrench... special tool??

Not knowing the scale or size from that photo, it looks just like the wrenches I use to adjust the coilover shocks of my car's suspension. I wish I could verify that quickly, as the ones I use are available at auto parts stores and would have to be cheaper.
by peter
Sun Feb 20, 2011 3:07 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Lights on
Replies: 54
Views: 34397

Re: Lights on

Thank you sir!

Did you plug yours into the wall? What would you think about splicing them into the machines circuit somewhere?
by peter
Sat Feb 19, 2011 11:03 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Lights on
Replies: 54
Views: 34397

Re: Lights on

Endo,

How do the dioder lights mount?
by peter
Sun Feb 13, 2011 8:32 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: boiler automatic refill system failure on mini vivaldi
Replies: 13
Views: 5019

Re: boiler automatic refill system failure on mini vivaldi

I had something similar happening with my VII when it was only 4 months old. It was a screen just ahead of the boiler fill valve/solenoid that was poorly installed at the factory. This may be the same thing that chas is describing, but the techs at Chris' called it a screen. It looks like a small si...
by peter
Fri Feb 11, 2011 2:55 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Greetings, and an easy first question
Replies: 7
Views: 2631

Re: Greetings, and an easy first question

Going strictly from memory I'm thinking it was about 30" long but I'd give CC a call if you need an exact length. That's my recollection too, about 30". They installed a John Guest fitting on the braided line for me, so that way you adjust for whatever length of water line you need with plastic, an...
by peter
Sat Nov 27, 2010 3:44 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Newbie with questions
Replies: 8
Views: 1731

Re: Newbie with questions

Allow another noob to take a stab... my VII arrived from Chris' the end of May this year, my first and only espresso machine. There's no reason you can't get your 10-15 years out of one of these, and most likely more. But know that any machine will need repair; mine did already. That's not a reflect...
by peter
Fri Nov 19, 2010 11:48 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Flying With Mini
Replies: 4
Views: 1195

Re: Flying With Mini

Taking the power cord off should save a couple lbs. too.
by peter
Wed Nov 03, 2010 3:36 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Cafelat (Bumper) grouphead brush
Replies: 7
Views: 2865

Re: Cafelat (Bumper) grouphead brush

We could all send our smashed up and spread out bristle heads to Bitches_Brew when we put a new one on. ;-)

By dispersion puck, I'm guessing Endo means the brass piece right above the two screens, yes? Next order to CC, I'm going to pick one up.
by peter
Mon Oct 25, 2010 3:53 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Cafelat (Bumper) grouphead brush
Replies: 7
Views: 2865

Re: Cafelat (Bumper) grouphead brush

Have you used a Pallo brush, http://www.chriscoffee.com/products/hom ... coffeetool and if so, how would compare the two?
by peter
Wed Oct 20, 2010 10:37 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: I only have 4 months to decide what machine to get
Replies: 12
Views: 2134

Re: I only have 4 months to decide what machine to get

Your water source may also play a part in the decision; my tap water is moderately hard, so I wanted to plumb in a softening cartridge. Filling a reservoir from the tap may not be a good option for Paul. Not really a reason at all. The Mini comes with a mini softening cartridge that fits in the res...
by peter
Tue Oct 19, 2010 10:40 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: I only have 4 months to decide what machine to get
Replies: 12
Views: 2134

Re: I only have 4 months to decide what machine to get

Your water source may also play a part in the decision; my tap water is moderately hard, so I wanted to plumb in a softening cartridge. Filling a reservoir from the tap may not be a good option for Paul.
by peter
Wed Jul 28, 2010 1:07 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Is It Bad To Choke My S1?
Replies: 2
Views: 988

Is It Bad To Choke My S1?

I suppose I could simply call Chris', but this will perhaps generate some discussion. I have noticed that grinding too fine or tamping to heavily will choke the machine, evidenced by the three blinking yellow LED's. But I can usually tell by the drips coming out of the bottomless PF, that it will 'u...
by peter
Wed Jun 23, 2010 6:38 pm
Forum: Roaster Equipment and Use
Topic: Seeking advice for a roaster
Replies: 16
Views: 4024

Re: Seeking advice for a roaster

If you need a roaster that will be sitting out for all to see, don't read any further. If you don't like to tinker or are not handy, again, don't read any further. For under $100 total for all new parts and the digital thermometer, you can put together a roaster with 1lb. capacity and will have way ...

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