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by GDK
Thu Jun 28, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Shower screen disc
Replies: 2
Views: 337

Re: Shower screen disc

It is the way you hold it. You can test by aligning the screens with the bottom as they would otherwise not fit.
by GDK
Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Help with S1 VII Power Issues am I testing correctly
Replies: 15
Views: 1427

Re: Help with S1 VII Power Issues am I testing correctly

I was referring to the knob on your volt meter and why I was confused :) I hope all goes smoothly. BTW, older Minis use triac to turn on/off steam boiler. When boiler it is on, a small fan below the control board kicks in to cool that triac and noise is quite audible. With newer models, they introdu...
by GDK
Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Help with S1 VII Power Issues am I testing correctly
Replies: 15
Views: 1427

Re: Help with S1 VII Power Issues am I testing correctly

I see your meter is set to measure DC, you shall switch to AC.
by GDK
Tue Mar 27, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Give up trying or try another model?
Replies: 2
Views: 654

Re: Give up trying or try another model?

In order to determine if grinder plays a role in this case, I would suggest the following. Make a friend with one of the baristas in a good local coffee. Ask them to grind say around 50-100 g from their coffee and also give you similar amount of whole beans. Bring these home and try a few shots with...
by GDK
Sat Mar 03, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: HOWTO: Installing a power-on timer on your S1 (Request)
Replies: 52
Views: 29340

Re: HOWTO: Installing a power-on timer on your S1 (Request)

I am in the process of integrating my Mini with Google Home and make it work with app like Smart Life for remote control and timer based operation. Turning the machine on and off with voice commands is more of a show off but it just comes with the package. The design is based on the following timer ...
by GDK
Sun Apr 26, 2015 10:35 am
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Dosing on Mini vivaldi II
Replies: 7
Views: 4329

Re: Dosing on Mini vivaldi II

I have been dosing around 15g, +/-1g, using a Vario W grinder for 2 years - no issues at all. No need to tamp to the full 30lb btw.

The Vario is not clumping, so what I do is tap the handle/basket 2 times on the rubber pad so that the grind can settle and distribute evenly before I tamp.
by GDK
Thu Oct 17, 2013 10:23 am
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: 220VAC to 110VAC Conversion
Replies: 8
Views: 3356

Re: 220VAC to 110VAC Conversion

If you are comfortable with voltmeters, you can measure the output voltage of your transformer and see if it drops when the steam boiler heating element is on. It should keep up in theory but... Also wait until both elements (brew and steam) are on and see how this affects the output. If the voltage...
by GDK
Sun Oct 13, 2013 11:16 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: No flow during first warming flush
Replies: 11
Views: 4199

Re: No flow during first warming flush

Have a look at this thread: http://www.s1cafe.com/viewtopic.php?f=56&t=1559&p=18284#p18284 If the tank is not seated well (i.e. not firmly pushed to the back), it is possible that some air gets in and that may cause the delay of water flow. This could for example happen when the pump starts as it ma...
by GDK
Fri Jun 07, 2013 1:31 pm
Forum: Coffee Beans, Grinders, & Roasters
Topic: On the Fence About Grinder Purchase
Replies: 6
Views: 2520

Re: On the Fence About Grinder Purchase

I had the Rancilio Rocky before - it may be great for cheaper espresso machines with pressurized portafilters, but is does not cut it for the likes of the Vivaldi and up. Have you considered the Baratza Vario line (sold by Mahlkonig in Europe)? There are very very few good grinders, besides the Vari...
by GDK
Wed May 08, 2013 6:39 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Should I switch to 20 amp setting?
Replies: 4
Views: 2134

Re: Should I switch to 20 amp setting?

Assuming you have dual sockets in your kitchen (above the kitchen counter), it is very likely that all upper receptacles are connected to one phase while the lower counterparts. are on the other. This is a configuration that can help avoid overloading if all kitchen appliances are near a single sock...
by GDK
Sat Mar 30, 2013 5:21 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: New Owner
Replies: 6
Views: 2641

Re: New Owner

They are deep. I found that ultimately I went from doses of 18-19 grs to 14-16. great results... +1 Instead of removing the springs for the baskets completely, I removed them, bent the straight sections outwards and them put them back. Now they hold the basket in place and I can easily remove them ...
by GDK
Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:19 am
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: water treatment
Replies: 25
Views: 13984

Re: water treatment

Hi Endo, are you still using the Rancilio filter, and what is your opinion so far? Looking at how you mount the filter above - it is clever. Do you think that pump does not suck in some air when water is low? That opening on the cylinder's bottom is large. I just ordered a pack of six (for $80) and ...
by GDK
Sun Dec 23, 2012 6:38 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Vario and Vivaldi
Replies: 183
Views: 57467

Re: Vario and Vivaldi

Good to hear Endo! The levers numbering is exactly how they do it on the W version. Funny, I just noticed the burr removal tool being on sale at Orphan Espresso for $10. I cleaned my W today and had hard time removing the burr - it is very snug in there. After a year with the W, I just noticed that ...
by GDK
Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:48 pm
Forum: S1 Dream & S1 Dream T Pre-launch Discussions
Topic: Newly Discovered Tank vs Plumbed Difference
Replies: 1
Views: 1583

Re: Newly Discovered Tank vs Plumbed Difference

In a way I like the two pressures to be displayed in a consistent manner.
by GDK
Sat Nov 10, 2012 10:11 pm
Forum: Suggested Improvements
Topic: Basket Improvements
Replies: 114
Views: 44589

Re: Basket Improvements

Are you guys ordering this basket:

http://www.tidaka.de/contents/en-uk/p80 ... ziale.html

I clicked on shipping and it came to 21 Euros to Canada :shock:
by GDK
Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:27 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: S1 Preinfusion Chamber, does it make a difference?
Replies: 8
Views: 3287

Re: S1 Preinfusion Chamber, does it make a difference?

I recall reading a taste comparison between espresso made with vibe and rotary pumps (likely not Vivaldi specific) that found no difference at all.
by GDK
Sat Oct 13, 2012 1:52 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: alternative to Spaziale timer
Replies: 48
Views: 22329

Re: alternative to Spaziale timer

I will not be surprised if the voltages in steady state remain the same regardless of whether the machine is on or off (while controlled by the timer). I would bet that voltages change for a short period of time (providing a pulse of some length) only when machine is being turned on or off by the ti...
by GDK
Sat Oct 06, 2012 9:09 am
Forum: Roaster Equipment and Use
Topic: Roaster Choices for 2012
Replies: 36
Views: 10295

Re: Roaster Choices for 2012

Endo, have you found raw beans in Montreal that when roasted give similar taste to the Toscano from Counter Culture? I have no roaster yet but my wife is warming up to the idea. Having it on the kitchen counter is a very steep climb at the moment though.
by GDK
Sat Sep 08, 2012 4:14 pm
Forum: Roaster Equipment and Use
Topic: Roaster Choices for 2012
Replies: 36
Views: 10295

Re: Roaster Choices for 2012

Darn, I hope you get a replacement soon.
by GDK
Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:11 am
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: 220VAC to 110VAC Conversion
Replies: 8
Views: 3356

Re: 220VAC to 110VAC Conversion

It may cost you very little if you can connect the Mini using the the 2 phases here in US/Canada as the voltage between the two is 240V. However, you must consult an electrician. Instead of Neutral, Hot and Ground wires, your cable will carry two hot and ground. Related Google hit: http://en.allexpe...
by GDK
Sun Jun 10, 2012 8:42 am
Forum: Suggested Improvements
Topic: Basket Improvements
Replies: 114
Views: 44589

Re: Basket Improvements

I am too interested to hear about the Breville, I have been following their threads from time to time. One question most people ponder is longevity/sturdiness of the Breville, something that will take time to see.
by GDK
Tue Apr 17, 2012 9:17 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Vivalde II fuse problem
Replies: 8
Views: 2847

Re: Vivalde II fuse problem

I would start by removing the top cover as well as the the face panel (just above the tray) to visually inspect for dangling wires or parts that are not in place. Most of the terminals are visible from the top. Also look for discoloured wire insulation. I cannot recall how easy it is, but I would di...
by GDK
Thu Apr 12, 2012 8:40 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Concern about pre infusion
Replies: 3
Views: 1369

Re: Concern about pre infusion

A wild guess - water flow may have decreased. Make sure the water reservoir is pushed back all the way then run with no portafilter in place for a few seconds. Do you have blind basket? This would remove the coffee grind as a variable in your measurements.
by GDK
Wed Apr 11, 2012 5:32 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Are you satisfied with your Vario ?
Replies: 33
Views: 8710

Re: Are you satisfied with your Vario ?

I agree with Endo if we include the proviso "when/if it works" :)

It is like the four seasons with the Vario - only the cycle is unpredictable.
by GDK
Tue Apr 10, 2012 8:09 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Steam boiler pressure too high on startup
Replies: 3
Views: 1846

Re: Steam boiler pressure too high on startup

Just to make sure I understand. First time warm up, you say that pressure climbs to 1.35bar at which point light stops blinking and stays on solid as if the boiler heating element is off, though pressure continues to rise to 2bars despite of that. Does your machine control the steam heater with a tr...
by GDK
Mon Apr 09, 2012 11:24 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Are you satisfied with your Vario ?
Replies: 33
Views: 8710

Re: Are you satisfied with your Vario ?

This is smart Louis. Since I have the W, I have to set the weight and time the shots manually. If weight is reached faster, then grind should be tighter. In my case, I am not only concerned with cutting the waste while recalibrating but finding a good setting at all. It seems that many blends just c...
by GDK
Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:29 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Are you satisfied with your Vario ?
Replies: 33
Views: 8710

Re: Are you satisfied with your Vario ?

The thing is I do not ever move out of espresso range and it still sucks. Here is the story: - when I use Toscana, 16g dose, fresh or 20+ days old, setting is 2-4 micro-clicks coarser than the zero point and all goes by the book - fairly stable shots even when I vary dose and tamp pressure a bit - t...
by GDK
Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:08 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Are you satisfied with your Vario ?
Replies: 33
Views: 8710

Re: Are you satisfied with your Vario ?

OK, my satisfaction with the Vario is really hit and miss - completely dependent on coffee bean type. I always try to buy fresh beans from local coffee shops. Only one or two types (Toscana being one of them) the grinder would work with by the book - letting me pull long nice shots (30-35 secs w/ pr...
by GDK
Mon Apr 09, 2012 9:34 am
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Steaming Issues
Replies: 7
Views: 2426

Re: Steaming Issues

Also, make sure steam tip holes are not clogged.
by GDK
Fri Apr 06, 2012 2:04 pm
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: Espresso Blends to Try
Replies: 57
Views: 19392

Re: Espresso Blends to Try

I am not sure what makes a difference for the bolt pattern. It depends on the bean type and grind adjustment I assume. I am grinding 4-5 micro-clicks coarser than the zero point on my Vario-W. I also do nutation to pack the sides.
by GDK
Fri Apr 06, 2012 11:29 am
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: Espresso Blends to Try
Replies: 57
Views: 19392

Re: Espresso Blends to Try

I use a convex Espro tamper and can easily dose up to 18g with the standard basket. I never even get the bolt imprint on the puck, meaning I can even go a bit higher. The question is if following a dose optimized for 58mm basket best for the Vivaldi. My gut feel tells me subtract a gram and add 5 se...
by GDK
Sun Apr 01, 2012 9:21 am
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: Red Bird in Canada
Replies: 12
Views: 2492

Re: Red Bird in Canada

Jeff quoted me quite a bit lower price before, I cannot see a reason for the change: "Most everyone gets a 5# bag shipped via UPS, and it only takes 5-6 business days at the most. And, for reasons unknown, only 50% of the orders have been charged brokerage fees. To your address shipping would only b...
by GDK
Sat Mar 31, 2012 7:16 am
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: Red Bird in Canada
Replies: 12
Views: 2492

Re: Red Bird in Canada

If you go, I would suggest grabbing a pack or two of Toscana (from Counter Culture). Get the freshest packs available. I got 4 day roast and it was amazing. My last 20 day old roast is still fine. A bit pricey at $20 per pack, tax in.
by GDK
Fri Mar 30, 2012 9:41 am
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: Red Bird in Canada
Replies: 12
Views: 2492

Re: Red Bird in Canada

Endo, we should push Cafe in Gamba to start stocking Red Bird it in place of Black Cat...
by GDK
Fri Mar 30, 2012 9:37 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Are you satisfied with your Vario ?
Replies: 33
Views: 8710

Re: Are you satisfied with your Vario ?

I am on my second Vario-W as the first just lost the ability to grind fine. It seems to be a good espresso only, or anything else only grinder as it does not like frequent grind adjustments. Based on my experience: * do not go more than a notch or two below the zero point, as it was pointed elsewher...
by GDK
Sat Mar 24, 2012 12:01 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Any possibility a ridgeless basket exists?
Replies: 7
Views: 2772

Re: Any possibility a ridgeless basket exists?

expy98 wrote:or you can bend the PF spring so that it's very easy to remove the basket, which is what I do...
+1, with the Vivaldi you have to bend and loosen the spring in any case as otherwise pulling the basket out is quite a fight.
by GDK
Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:43 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: electronic timer auto DST
Replies: 21
Views: 4728

Re: electronic timer auto DST

I got my timer a couple of months ago and it is still not programmed to NA DST as it did not change either. Europe will change in 2-3 weeks. It is a darn expensive timer for what it does and I DO expect this type of things to work properly. On the "positive" side, clock is not that precise either, s...
by GDK
Sun Mar 11, 2012 11:56 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Pharos
Replies: 65
Views: 16005

Re: Pharos

"Like I said, definitely not a grinder for the Vivaldi crowd," I agree. First off, aesthetically Vario and Vivaldy match very well, look at the Vario site and you see the first picture there is a Vario with Vivaldi beside it. Then from functional perspective, they are also made for each other. The V...
by GDK
Thu Feb 16, 2012 12:46 pm
Forum: Coffee Beans, Grinders, & Roasters
Topic: Transcend espresso
Replies: 2
Views: 2003

Re: Transcend espresso

BTW, did you purchased the 5lb Red Bird from the states? How much did it cost you at the end?
by GDK
Tue Feb 14, 2012 1:56 pm
Forum: Coffee Beans, Grinders, & Roasters
Topic: compak K10WBC
Replies: 44
Views: 14192

Re: compak K10WBC

:), I am sure everyone will pass a blind test and distinguish the cars (you still have to see the road somehow though). I am not sure about the success rate with the two grinders - it will be less than 80% I would bet.
by GDK
Tue Feb 14, 2012 9:21 am
Forum: Coffee Beans, Grinders, & Roasters
Topic: compak K10WBC
Replies: 44
Views: 14192

Re: compak K10WBC

I may buy the Pharos just for the fun of it and will do a blind test experiment against the Vario. What I can tell you for my combo: a Vivaldi (auto-volumetric dosing), Vario W (auto-weight), Espro tamper (calibrated pressure), is that I am getting great consistency with so little effort - an experi...
by GDK
Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:00 pm
Forum: Coffee Beans, Grinders, & Roasters
Topic: compak K10WBC
Replies: 44
Views: 14192

Re: compak K10WBC

Endo wrote: ....So you might as well just suck it up, get whatever grinds the best..... and balance it out with jewelry for her.
:lol:
Hopefully one would not have to balance the weight on both as well :mrgreen:
by GDK
Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:17 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Latest front plate
Replies: 3
Views: 1415

Re: Latest front plate

Loosen the nut holding the gauge just a little bit and push the gouge down so it goes down as much as possible. Then tighten but not too much so it can still move sideways - -this will help you align it as you mount the plate.
by GDK
Sun Feb 05, 2012 8:37 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Latest front plate
Replies: 3
Views: 1415

Latest front plate

The new front plate with the embossed "La Spaziale" right under the pressure gauge looks quite cool. Anyone considered buying and swapping plates?
by GDK
Sun Feb 05, 2012 8:18 am
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Moisture on inside of quage
Replies: 5
Views: 3013

Re: Moisture on inside of quage

Good stuff, you are back to normal now. I noticed one interesting thing on your last picture - the brew boiler on these latest models seems to be insulated with something orange - is that the case? BTW, last time I opened the machine from the back, I insulated both boilers. Benefits are minor (unles...
by GDK
Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:39 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Pitcher size
Replies: 11
Views: 4596

Re: Pitcher size

Got this one from the wife for Christmas, and I LOVE it. Immediate improvement in all milk drinks across the board. http://www.amazon.com/Rattleware-16-Ounce-Handle-Spouted-Pitcher/dp/B003Y3AJ5G/ref=sr_1_57?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1327893018&sr=1-57 michael Do you use this 16oz pitcher for single...
by GDK
Fri Jan 27, 2012 10:00 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Plumbed in Mini?
Replies: 3
Views: 1614

Re: Plumbed in Mini?

If they offer a kit for the Mini say under $100, I will buy it in a heartbeat.
by GDK
Wed Jan 25, 2012 3:56 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: What About the Timer?
Replies: 7
Views: 2287

Re: What About the Timer?

That is a plus I did not think of - no need to apologize to your timer, it always works as instructed :)
by GDK
Wed Jan 25, 2012 2:10 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Vario and Vivaldi
Replies: 183
Views: 57467

Re: Vario and Vivaldi

Perhaps the Vario - Pharos combo is the way to go, use the Pharos when the Vario is being fixed ;)
by GDK
Wed Jan 25, 2012 12:07 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: What About the Timer?
Replies: 7
Views: 2287

Re: What About the Timer?

I have come across some posts on this forum about buying parts and soldering wires to the board. It took me a whole year to think about cheaper alternatives as a $200 timer costs as much as a few good coffee machines out there. I caved in eventually and coughed the $200 around Christmas. It integrat...
by GDK
Tue Jan 24, 2012 3:25 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Vario and Vivaldi
Replies: 183
Views: 57467

Re: Vario and Vivaldi

I am not at home to measure but it is close to 17 3/4"
by GDK
Mon Jan 23, 2012 9:20 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Vario and Vivaldi
Replies: 183
Views: 57467

Re: Vario and Vivaldi

:lol: :lol: :lol:
by GDK
Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:24 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Vario and Vivaldi
Replies: 183
Views: 57467

Re: Vario and Vivaldi

I can see very well why, Endo. I just sent mail to Baratza support describing the problems and the fact I ruled out fault play on my side. I hope to get a replacement as it is not just one problem. I even threw a third problem - the logo at the bottom keeps coming off - it may sound ridiculous and m...
by GDK
Sat Jan 21, 2012 6:39 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: 15 and 20amp option on Mini
Replies: 8
Views: 2066

Re: 15 and 20amp option on Mini

A 220V version would not need such switch, it will only need 10A circuit to have both boilers run simultaneously.
by GDK
Sat Jan 21, 2012 1:16 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Powering Up Mini Vivaldi II at the Beginning of the Day
Replies: 1
Views: 1614

Re: Powering Up Mini Vivaldi II at the Beginning of the Day

The answer is yes if you did steaming the previous day. When boiler is hot, the machine makes sure it is always filled to the right level. Next morning, when the machine is cold, water level is less as water contracted over night so the machine will do a top up immediately.
by GDK
Sat Jan 21, 2012 1:08 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Vario and Vivaldi
Replies: 183
Views: 57467

Re: Vario and Vivaldi

Endo, I pulled this thing apart to its basic peaces and now know how it breathes ;) The problem in my case was with the large plastic driver wheel. The hex shaft opening on the wheel had small imperfections which did not allow the lower burr carrier shaft to travel all the way down or move freely th...
by GDK
Fri Jan 20, 2012 10:16 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Preinfusion On Mini Vivaldi
Replies: 3
Views: 2619

Re: Preinfusion On Mini Vivaldi

One setting - around 6 secs. Congrats on the new machine!
by GDK
Fri Jan 20, 2012 2:02 pm
Forum: Mini In Warranty Issues
Topic: steam boiler failure
Replies: 1
Views: 4347

Re: steam boiler failure

Glad to hear such happy endings!
by GDK
Fri Jan 20, 2012 2:00 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Vario and Vivaldi
Replies: 183
Views: 57467

Re: Vario and Vivaldi

My Vario-W is giving me a very hard time these days - cannot grind coarse enough, cannot grind fine enough, you name it - all at the same time now. Endo, I responded to a thread you started at CG as I am going through the exact same experiences: http://www.coffeegeek.com/forums/espresso/grinders/535...
by GDK
Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:24 pm
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Sproline Foam Knife Steam Tip
Replies: 6
Views: 4195

Re: Sproline Foam Knife Steam Tip

Follow the links and see current prices :shock: No longer $70 ...
by GDK
Tue Jan 17, 2012 5:47 pm
Forum: Tampers
Topic: Tamper suggestions
Replies: 29
Views: 9454

Re: Tamper suggestions

I have the exact same tamper - it does the job and feels solid. Now it has a friend as I recently got the Espro with convex surface.
by GDK
Sat Jan 14, 2012 12:20 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Metal Drip Tray Mod
Replies: 57
Views: 22813

Re: Metal Drip Tray Mod

Really beautiful! I wonder how it would look on the Mini as it will also make the plastic tank stand out more - potentially another project . Would you consider orders ;)
by GDK
Thu Jan 12, 2012 8:43 am
Forum: Accessories
Topic: Rocket Steam Tip Set
Replies: 21
Views: 7735

Re: Rocket Steam Tip Set

Great tips Endo. I would add one more thing, make sure you can see the milk swirling all the way to the end. If the surface starts looking still while steaming, you need to correct the position or dept to keep milk moving all the time. That is a key to good micro-foam and no cotton balls.
by GDK
Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:07 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: The best way to look like an idiot in Italy is...
Replies: 13
Views: 5473

Re: The best way to look like an idiot in Italy is...

Do not feel bad. It is like a Mercedes sales person being condescending because you do not drive the latest SLS AMG model. Who knows what he goes home with at the end of the day - a B class perhaps?
by GDK
Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:13 pm
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: hair bender
Replies: 5
Views: 1910

Re: hair bender

Endo is right. Europeans stick with 14-16g dose for a double and they do understand what perfect espresso is - that is my own extensive experience anyway ;). Look at this post: http://www.home-barista.com/tips/two-types-of-espresso-t15764.html A quote: Within the South European style the dose doesn'...
by GDK
Sat Jan 07, 2012 7:49 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: New owner here.....waaaazzzzup!
Replies: 17
Views: 3874

Re: New owner here.....waaaazzzzup!

PS: I have to say the S1 looks much better in real than I was expecting. This is a great looking machine, pictures are deceiving. I was hesitant one year back as I thought I liked the Alex Duetto's, Rocket's etc. shiny shapes that show much better on pictures. I saw these E61s in person then but no...
by GDK
Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:07 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: This espresso maker sucks (so good)!!!!!
Replies: 10
Views: 3566

Re: This espresso maker sucks (so good)!!!!!

That is a great complain which I am glad to hear ;)
by GDK
Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:44 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Mini Vivaldi Steaming Capabilities
Replies: 10
Views: 3190

Re: Mini Vivaldi Steaming Capabilities

You may have notice the steam boiler has hysteresis. You probably chose the worst point in time to start steaming - the steam boiler was just about to turn on to catch up when the brew boiler went on at that same time and prevented that. I purge the wand just before I start the steaming, then wait a...
by GDK
Fri Dec 30, 2011 5:56 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Beans storage, parameter alterations, etc. Questions???
Replies: 10
Views: 3209

Re: Beans storage, parameter alterations, etc. Questions???

This container is not the cheapest but is likely the best option for coffee storage. I have two, one small and one large:

http://www.idrinkcoffee.com/Planetary_D ... oz-moc.htm
by GDK
Fri Dec 23, 2011 8:22 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: What's on your holiday espresso list?
Replies: 23
Views: 7435

Re: What's on your holiday espresso list?

My new 7-day timer is now up and running. Do you keep the timer on the side of the machine or did you invent some sort of a holder? Wire is not very long and limits options it seems. I noticed a very weird thing. While doing time adjustments, up arrow decrement time while down arrow increments. Very...
by GDK
Thu Dec 22, 2011 8:52 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: What's on your holiday espresso list?
Replies: 23
Views: 7435

Re: What's on your holiday espresso list?

Timer is on the way... peer pressure worked ;)
by GDK
Wed Dec 14, 2011 4:13 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: What's on your holiday espresso list?
Replies: 23
Views: 7435

Re: What's on your holiday espresso list?

I am doing the same as you, only turning the stem boiler 4-5 mins before I need it and then turn it off immediately after use. During these 5 mins I pull the shots, no limit there as I upgraded the circuit to 20A and thus brew boiler always tracks the temperature. Perhaps a 20A circuit breaker is a ...
by GDK
Tue Dec 13, 2011 9:38 pm
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: 49th Paralell Epic
Replies: 7
Views: 2958

Re: 49th Paralell Epic

Same here. I will be in Montreal this weekend and will pick up a pack of Redline Espresso or Black Cat from Cafe in Gamba, will see.
by GDK
Tue Dec 13, 2011 1:09 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: What's on your holiday espresso list?
Replies: 23
Views: 7435

Re: What's on your holiday espresso list?

There will be beans in my case too. I am going to Montreal this weekend and will pick up a couple of roasts.

I have been debating shelling $200 for the Vivaldi timer. I can afford it but price is just ridiculous for what it does.
by GDK
Mon Dec 12, 2011 11:03 pm
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: 49th Paralell Epic
Replies: 7
Views: 2958

Re: 49th Paralell Epic

I am going through a pack of Epic Espresso now. I believe they have suggestions on dose and temperature on their site - check it out. I am at 17.5g and 94C. My Vario W is set to very fine setting but quoting position will not help as it all depends on the grinder calibration. Let me know what you th...
by GDK
Sat Dec 03, 2011 11:49 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Just took delivery of new pre-spring 2011 Vivaldi
Replies: 15
Views: 4780

Re: Just took delivery of new pre-spring 2011 Vivaldi

The S1 logo is the perfect place for a timer. Embossed logo would not allow you to place a timer there - a plus in a way for the old logo. As for the gauge, remove the front plate and adjust the position of the gauge and the plate when you install it back so that the gauge appears straight as much a...
by GDK
Mon Nov 28, 2011 12:29 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Oton's Coffee Set Up
Replies: 40
Views: 18336

Re: Oton's Coffee Set Up

It looks like your Vario will entirely fit into the hopper of the big monster :grin:
by GDK
Mon Oct 24, 2011 8:53 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Strange Mini II Happenings
Replies: 11
Views: 2621

Re: Strange Mini II Happenings

I second Endo on grinder cleaning.
by GDK
Sun Oct 23, 2011 8:17 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Strange Mini II Happenings
Replies: 11
Views: 2621

Re: Strange Mini II Happenings

You may have many clogged wholes on the basket. Clean it well and check against a light to check them out. If basket is OK, check the screens - they might have clogged holes too. I watched the video and found something to be strange. As the shot progressed, I was expecting the lights showing the bre...
by GDK
Sun Oct 23, 2011 7:55 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Question about force of my water flushes
Replies: 13
Views: 3319

Re: Question about force of my water flushes

Try Windex - works on mine like a charm.
by GDK
Thu Oct 13, 2011 3:44 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Ceado E7
Replies: 56
Views: 13593

Re: Ceado E7

... But the morning after, when I come back to the morning espresso, I'm never sure if the previous setting I had the morning before will still be OK. Often it ends in the sink and after a couple of try, the adjustement is correct. But I don't like to throw coffee because of an inconsistent grinder...
by GDK
Sat Oct 08, 2011 8:00 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: puck sticking to dispersion screen
Replies: 2
Views: 1353

Re: puck sticking to dispersion screen

I had the same issue with 15g dose and it went away once i moved to 16g. I also think it is the 3-way valve. I have the pre-infusion chamber that releases some extra water with the valve click which may amplify the issue. Try this: after releasing the portafilter from the group, do not pull it down ...
by GDK
Fri Oct 07, 2011 3:20 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: My first espresso machine - Pump pressure issues?
Replies: 28
Views: 6072

Re: My first espresso machine - Pump pressure issues?

My daughter is coming back from Montreal today and will bring me a pack of Redline Espresso (Metropolis) from Cafe in Gamba :grin:
by GDK
Thu Oct 06, 2011 6:41 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: My first espresso machine - Pump pressure issues?
Replies: 28
Views: 6072

Re: My first espresso machine - Pump pressure issues?

Good news is there is nothing wrong with the machine it seems. In general, the coffee in your basket did not provide nearly enough resistance to the water and that did not allow proper brewing pressure to built and also resulted in a very quick shot with under-extraction (which the coffee colour cle...
by GDK
Thu Oct 06, 2011 4:49 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: My first espresso machine - Pump pressure issues?
Replies: 28
Views: 6072

Re: My first espresso machine - Pump pressure issues?

I agree with Endo about importance of preinfusion. I got mine just in case - more as a piece of mind. Nobody says it can make things worse ;) I settled on the Vario after close to a year back and forth between bigger grinders like the SJ or Mini and the Vario. Space was a limiting factor in my case,...
by GDK
Fri Sep 30, 2011 1:41 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Wooden side panels
Replies: 12
Views: 5132

Re: Wooden side panels

Brushed aluminum might be nice, but those wooden panels just do not do it for me. Espresso machines should stick to modern/European/contemporary styling. If any wood was to be put the the Vivaldi, it should be very light maple with subtle texture and zero knots (super extra grade, no country style o...
by GDK
Sun Sep 25, 2011 4:38 pm
Forum: Pre-Roasted Beans
Topic: Espresso Blends to Try
Replies: 57
Views: 19392

Re: Espresso Blends to Try

We have a cafe in Montreal called "Cafe in Gamba" on rue Park. It's owned and passionately run by a great guy named JF Leduc. He makes it a point of stocking all the latest coffees from the great micro-roasters. For example, if you hear about it one week in the coffee forums, he usually has it the ...
by GDK
Fri Sep 23, 2011 9:30 am
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Basket cleaning
Replies: 8
Views: 2489

Re: Basket cleaning

If you use pin to unplug the holes - be very CAREFUL. You should apply no more than feather light force as you definitely do not want to enlarge the holes. Edges of the holes are razor thin and can bent easily, I know it from experience.
by GDK
Fri Sep 02, 2011 3:35 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Vario and Vivaldi
Replies: 183
Views: 57467

Re: Vario and Vivaldi

Question for current Vario owners. If you use the grinder for espresso only and calibrate the time for say a 15 gram dose for a given coffee type, what variation in weight can one expect as minor grind size adjustments are made for different coffee beans (all for espresso) if grind time remains cons...
by GDK
Sat Aug 27, 2011 11:16 am
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Cleaning Metal Surfaces
Replies: 13
Views: 3922

Re: Cleaning Metal Surfaces

I have had god results using Windex and paper towel.
by GDK
Wed Aug 17, 2011 2:52 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: SSR Upgrade Retrofit
Replies: 10
Views: 5097

Re: SSR Upgrade Retrofit

I noticed an old thread for making the fan quieter with simple modification - has anyone done that here and how effective is this mod?
by GDK
Tue Aug 16, 2011 10:23 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Store demo Mini II at a good price
Replies: 1
Views: 976

Store demo Mini II at a good price

I think $1399 may be a good price for a store demo, if you can drive to Mississauga (Ontario) to pick it up:

http://www.espressoplanet.com/product.p ... t=0&page=1
by GDK
Tue Jul 12, 2011 4:37 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: Happiness Delayed :(
Replies: 10
Views: 3336

Re: Happiness Delayed :(

Same thing happened to me. The dealer told me there will be a conversion cord included in the box but it was not there when I received the package. I had to wait a few days before I could give it a try. Congratulations!

BTW, I have the same Bodum double wall glasses.
by GDK
Sun Jul 10, 2011 8:54 am
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Vario and Vivaldi
Replies: 183
Views: 57467

Re: Vario and Vivaldi

Running w/o hopper is a possibility for me as I am into the habit of weighting single doses myself. Can you grind say 20g at a time with no hopper? Do you have to keep your hand on top while grinding to keep the beans inside?
by GDK
Sat Jul 09, 2011 5:43 pm
Forum: Coffee Grinders
Topic: Vario and Vivaldi
Replies: 183
Views: 57467

Re: Vario and Vivaldi

I have been back and forth between options and I am now almost set on the Mini Mazzer E doserless. My restriction is the grinder height - should fit under the cabinets. The mini with a short bin is 16.5", barely but it will fit. Will have to be creative on how I load coffee as the clearance would be...
by GDK
Mon Jun 27, 2011 4:18 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Pre-purchase questions
Replies: 14
Views: 3016

Re: Pre-purchase questions

I find auto dosing very useful when I make my morning coffee. It is useful for multiple shots and when you are in a hurry. I have the mini now, but if I had to do it again, I would probably consider the plumbed version for convenience. The tank should at least give you the current level or early war...
by GDK
Sun Jun 26, 2011 2:32 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Mini Vivaldi II-Water Sensor Problem
Replies: 16
Views: 4588

Re: Mini Vivaldi II-Water Sensor Problem

Try this: bend the metal strip sensor is mounted on just a bit forward (1-2 mm). There may be a gap between the tank wall and the sensor and that way you can close that gap.
by GDK
Wed Jun 22, 2011 9:17 am
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: My new baby
Replies: 10
Views: 4602

Re: My new baby

I also have the Rocky and have been exploring upgrade options for quite a while. Budget is not a significant constraint in my case. You may have the same restriction like me - grinder will have to fit under the kitchen cabinets. So, for me the SJ and the likes are out of the question. I am now betwe...
by GDK
Tue Jun 21, 2011 9:27 pm
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: My new baby
Replies: 10
Views: 4602

Re: My new baby

Good catch Endo. I also suspect the left side of the pressure gauge not being in place thus pushing the plate forward and causing the bent.

A beautiful machine!

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